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January 2018

Elijah Pierce: An American Journey

January 1 - April 12
Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Avenue North
Canton, OH 44702 United States
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The exhibit celebrates the work of a prolific African American woodcarver known for his brightly painted sculptural panels illustrating biblical stories, moral lessons, historical events, and images from popular culture. Contact Canton Museum of Art for details.

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One Community Reads: Cuyahoga County Public Library

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - January 30 @ 7:00 pm

Community Conversation: Evicted Various scholars will lead a rich and thoughtful conversation around the topic of eviction and its effect on the community. The purpose of the discussion is to engage both the public and community leaders in a conversation about the impact of housing insecurity on the region and shed light on the work being done by fair housing, veterans affairs, mental health and social services. Conversation will be based on Matthew Desmond’s book, Evicted, but it is not…

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February 2018

Speakers Bureau: William Trollinger, “Ohio’s KKK of the 1920’s”

February 3 @ 2:00 pm
Sandusky Library, 114 W. Adams St.
Sandusky, 44870 United States
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Having virtually disappeared in the late nineteenth century, the Ku Klux Klan exploded onto the national in the early 1920s, with perhaps five million members at its peak. While the original Klan concentrated its animus against the newly freed slaves, this "second" KKK had an expanded list of social scapegoats that included immigrants, Jews, and Catholics. While the original Klan was based primarily in the South, the second Klan had its greatest numerical strength in the West and Midwest. In…

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The Great Migration of African Americans to the North

February 6 @ 6:00 pm
Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Avenue North
Canton, OH 44702 United States
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The lecture will focus on providing context for Elijah Pierce’s work by delving into the Great Migration of African Americans to the North. Following Reconstruction in the South, African Americans began to move to the North in search of better living conditions, both economically and politically. Beginning at the turn of the twentieth century and continuing on into the post-World War II period, African Americans migrated to the North in two waves. The first wave of migrants beginning in the first…

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Civil Conversations About Constitutional Matters: A Roundtable Dialogue on Peaceable Assembly

February 7 @ 7:00 pm
Barette Center of Walsh University, 2020 E Maple St
North Canton, OH 44720-3336 United States
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Walsh University's Lifelong Learning Center will sponsor a roundtable dialogue on First Amendment Constitutional guarantee of Peaceable Assembly. The roundtables are designed to have adult citizens discuss topics of citizenship with each other under the setting provided by humanities professionals who introduce and moderate a dialogue across party affiliations and philosophical and religious differences.  

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William McDaniel Jr – Understanding Black History Through Black Music

February 10 @ 1:30 pm
Twinsburg Public Library, 9840 Ravenna RD
Twinsburg, OH 44087-3066 United States
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Black music has often served as a barometer of the times and lives of black people. This program, utilizing recorded music, explores various aspects and periods of black history by examining the music of each era. It ranges from the worksongs and spirituals of slavery through the rap of modern urban times.  

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Susan Talbot-Stanaway – The Great Paper War

February 10 @ 2:00 pm
Loudonville Public Library, 122 E Main St
Loudonville, OH 44842-1244 United States
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In 1917, when the U.S. entered World War I, President Woodrow Wilson needed a means to inform the public about the war effort. He established the Committee on Public Information and its subsidiary, Division of Pictorial Publicity. Working under the Committee, famed American illustrators such as Charles Dana Gibson, James Montgomery Flagg, and Ohio’s own Howard Chandler Christy created paintings that were made into more than 700 different posters. Hundreds of thousands of these dramatic works of art were hung…

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Ric Sheffield – In the Wake of Brown: The Color of Classrooms in Rural Ohio

February 11 @ 10:30 am
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 25 Church St
Bellville, OH 44813-1105 United States
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When this nation celebrated a recent anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, many acknowledged that it was one of the most important decisions about race in the nation’s history.  Few, however, saw that the case also had relevance to the lives of black people residing in rural Ohio.  Nearly all of the scholarship and social commentary have focused upon Brown’s impact upon the lives of black and white school children in the…

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Anthony Gibbs – Freedom, Citizenship, and Equality: The Story of the United States Colored Troops

February 19 @ 7:00 pm
Cleveland Grays Archive and Armory, 1234 Bolivar Rd
Cleveland, OH 44115-1208 United States
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Almost 200,000 black soldiers fought for the Union during the Civil War. Their story is a unique chapter in the American conflict. These men were freedom fighters who fought for emancipation and for full citizenship rights. Mr. Gibbs discusses events significant to these men that led up to the Civil War, and what made these men different from the other thousands who fought and died in the War Between the States.  

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Ric Sheffield – The Community Within: Discovering African American History in Rural Ohio

February 22 @ 6:00 pm
Ohio University Zanesville, 1425 Newark RD
Zanesville, OH 43701-2624 United States
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Many rural areas in Ohio have long-established black communities that are often invisible to the larger white communities in which they reside.  This program relates the adventure of reclaiming the lost history of African Americans in Knox County, Ohio while explaining the benefits of including minority populations within celebrations of heritage and sharing strategies for undertaking such projects in communities of various sizes and racial and ethnic makeups.  

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