African American History Month events

Youngstown State University’s celebration of African American History Month kicks off Saturday, Feb. 2, with the African Marketplace in Kilcawley Center. Other activities showcased throughout the month include panel discussions, lectures, art, music and an awards ceremony.

Here’s a look at the full schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 2, Noon to 6 p.m., Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center. The African Marketplace. Vendors from near and far present artistic creations, artifacts, books and jewelry. African culture will also be celebrated in music and dance, provided by the Harambee Youth Group of Youngstown.

Saihou Omar Njie

Saihou Omar Njie

Thursday, Feb.7, 7:30 p.m., Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center. The African American Pyramid Awards. The achievement of outstanding students from Youngstown City Schools will be celebrated with a presentation and awards ceremony. Teachers, mentors and parents will also be recognized. This event has been cancelled.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 5 p.m. Reception, Bliss Hall Art Gallery, 6 p.m. Panel Discussion, Zona Auditorium, Butler Institute of American Art. Reception and panel discussion on African Art Display. The artistic talents of Saihou Omar Njie will be on exhibit. Njie grew up in The Gambia, West Africa and now is on the roster of Teaching Artists for the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Friday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m., The Ohio Room, Kilcawley Center. Keynote by Mwatabu S. Okantah, “Black Arts and The Civil Rights Movement.” Okantah is the author of several published poems, in addition to being a performer. Okantah has collaborated with the Cavani String Quartet, the Rhodes Street Rude Boys and heads the Muntu Kuntu Energy Group.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m., St. Augustine Church, 614 Parmalee Ave., Youngstown. Save Nubia Project Seminar. Professor Manu Ampim will lead the seminar. His latest project draws upon his archaeological research of the classical African civilizations of Ancient Kush and Nubia, which are in danger of being flooded.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., The Ohio Room, Kilcawley Center. E.P. McNight will present her one-woman play “With Grace I Stand.” McNight, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, currently travels throughout the country with her highly acclaimed show, “I Question America: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer.”

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. Award-winning poet Remica Bingham reads from her new collection of poetry, What We Ask of Flesh (Etruscan, 2013), in the McDonough Museum of Art. The reading is free and open to the public.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday February 21, 22, 23 and 24, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 1, 2 and 3.  University Theater presents BROKE-OLOGY, a drama by Nathan Louis Jackson, in Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater.  Call the University Theater Box Office for tickets, 330-941-3105. There will be an Opening Night Pre-Show Event 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Charlie Staples Bar-B-Q, 372 West Rayen Ave., Youngstown. The cost of the event is $35 for season ticket holders and $40 for non-season ticket holders. Call 330-941-3105 for reservations.
Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., The Gallery Room, Kilcawley Center. Lecture by Emmanuel Christian Nyarko, “African Culture Heritage: Missing Values in the Quest for Modernism.” Nyarko was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for National Culture in Kumasi and president of the Ghana Association of Visual Arts. He is currently a Ghanaian educationalist specializing in Art Education.
Toby Foyeh

Toby Foyeh

Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center. African Musical Extravaganza. Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa will head this musical celebration. A dynamic assortment of jazz, rock, pop and “Afrijam” music will be displayed.

Monday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Jones Room, Kilcawley Center. Black Faculty Research Showcase. YSU’s Black faculty will be celebrated, with an opportunity to share their research for feedback and general discussion. Presenters include Frank Akpadock and Victor Wan-Tatah. A book signing will take place at the end of the event.