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February 2018

Elijah Pierce: An American Journey

February 1 - May 13
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

February 2 @ 12:00 am - March 15 @ 12:00 am

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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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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Documentary: If These Walls Could Talk (2017) Directed by Chris Webb

February 21 @ 6:30 pm
Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Ave
Lakewood, OH 44107-3829 United States
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What would happen if abandoned houses in Cleveland had voices? What stories would 100-year-old structures tell if they had the opportunity and chance to do so? If These Walls Could Talk is an interactive documentary experience like no other. This feature-length documentary highlights Northeast Ohio's history, present problems and future solutions from the innovative perspective of three vacant homes on Cleveland's East Side. Using a unique blend of 2 and 3-D animation, live action, and documentary elements, this film is…

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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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Architects of the Athens Asylum

February 22 @ 6:00 pm
Southeast Ohio History Center, 65 N Court St
Athens, OH 45701-2506 United States
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Southeast Ohio History Center Executive Director, Tom O'Grady, will discuss the extraordinary genius of the architects of the Athens Asylum, Levi T. Schofield, and Herman Haerlin, and demonstrate how their remaining works have national significance today.  

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William Trollinger – Ohio’s KKK of the 1920s

February 24 @ 12:00 pm
Milan Public Library, 19 Church St
Milan, OH 44846 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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March 2018

Brad Lepper – The Newark Earthworks: One of the World’s Ancient Wonders

March 1 @ 6:30 pm
Canalway Visitor Center, 4524 E 49th St
Cleveland, OH 44125-1008 United States
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The Newark Earthworks are the largest set of geometric enclosures and mounds in the world. The work of the Hopewell people who lived in Ohio circa 100 B.C. to A.D. 400, these geometric earthworks covered nearly five square miles, using more than seven million cubic feet of earth. Why did the Hopewell build such monumental works? Were they prehistoric forts or ancient American cathedrals?  

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Kimberly Hamlin – Race, Racism, and the Women’s Movement

March 3 @ 6:00 pm
Sandusky Library, 114 W. Adams St.
Sandusky, 44870 United States
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The 19th-century women’s rights movement had close ties with abolitionism, and the women’s movement of the 1960s and 1970s grew out of the Civil Rights movement. Yet, mainstream women’s rights movements have often been critiqued for prioritizing the needs of white women over those of women of color, and white leaders have often been blind to issues of race and racism. These historical debates and fissures came to a head during the planning of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington.…

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Documentary: If These Walls Could Talk (2017) Directed by Chris Webb

March 4 @ 2:00 pm
East Cleveland Public Library, 14101 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44112 United States
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What would happen if abandoned houses in Cleveland had voices? What stories would 100-year-old structures tell if they had the opportunity and chance to do so? If These Walls Could Talk is an interactive documentary experience like no other. This feature-length documentary highlights Northeast Ohio's history, present problems and future solutions from the innovative perspective of three vacant homes on Cleveland's East Side. Using a unique blend of 2 and 3-D animation, live action, and documentary elements, this film is…

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