African American History Month activities at YSU announced

Shawn Williams is a featured YSU lecturer this February for Black History Month events.

Shawn Williams, featured lecturer.

Youngstown State University’s celebration of African American History Month starts this Saturday with the African Marketplace in Kilcawley Center. Other activities throughout the month include panel discussions, dancing, lectures and jazz. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 4, noon – 6 p.m., Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center: The African Marketplace. Vendors from near and far offer artistic creations, clothing, books, jewelry and ancient artifacts from Africa and the African Diaspora.

Thursday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m. Reception, Bliss Hall Art Gallery, 6 p.m. Panel Discussion, McDonough Museum of Art: Reception and Panel Discussion on African American Artistic Display “The Art of Louis Borroughs.” Burroughs’ art is motivated by current events and is deeply rooted in the African American experience with a narrative representing the struggle against oppression, subjugation and enslavement.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 11:00 a.m., St. Andrews A.M.E. Church, 521 Earle Avenue: African Fitness Dance Class. Dance for a Cure is the initiative of Educe Group Inc, under the leadership of Eboni Bogan with the goal of raising awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Donations are $10 for adults and $5 for youths.

Heidi Durrow will give a presentation at Youngstown State University as part of the university's Black History Month activities.

Heidi Durrow

Monday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. Jones Room, Kilcawley Center: Keynote Lecture by Heidi Durrow: The Biracial Mixed Experience. Durrow is the New York Times best-selling author of “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky,” a coming of age story based on elements from Durrow’s own life as a young girl growing up in Portland, Oregon.

Saturday, Feb 18, 7:30 p.m. Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center: Prospect Theatrics: The Faces of Black History: This dynamic New Jersey dance troupe has performed all over the nation highlighting the major contributions of African Americans to American history and culture. This year’s production includes a tribute to Michael Jackson and a salute to the Tuskegee Airmen.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. Gallery Room, Kilcawley Center: Lecture by Shawn Williams “Blogging While Black”: The lecture conveys the experiences of the speaker and other online bloggers to provide tips for journalists wishing to make inroads in the use of social media.

Sunday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center: An Evening of Gospel Jazz: Join us as we explore these rich traditions through some of our most gifted YSU students—and a special guest to be revealed that evening. The event is free and open to the public.