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Black history month activities

The University Museum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the Historical & Genealogical Society of Indiana County presents "Freedom in the Air: Indiana County's Underground Railroad in Black and White," with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on campus in John Sutton Hall, Indiana, Pa. Admission is free. For further details, call 724-357-4940.

  A listing of Black History Month events will run every Thursday in February in the Magazine section. To be included, send details of your event to c/o Crystal Egbuna, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh 15222. You may also fax to 412-391-8452 or e-mail your information to

Please include a daytime phone number for confirmation.


Quaker Valley School District/ Sewickley Academy celebrate Black History Month with these events:

dot.gif (78 bytes) Daniel B. Matthews of Sewickley Historical Society, middle school and high school students participate from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15 and 16 at St. Matthews-Campbell Art Gallery.

dot.gif (78 bytes) U.S. Military Academy Gospel Choir, reception to follow at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Sewickley Academy Rea Auditorium.

For details and information on other daytime programs, call Sewickley Academy at 412-741-2113 or Quaker Valley at 412-749-3623.

The Pittsburgh Club of the National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Clubs is accepting applications for its annual Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Scholarship Competition. The competition is open to men and women ages 18 to 30 who are aspiring classical vocal artists. It takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. April 22 at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church social hall. Winners will continue to the district finals in Chicago on May 18. For applications, call 412-731-1290 or write to: N.A.N.B.P.W., Box 8847, Pittsburgh 15221-8847. Deadline is March 26.

Community College of Allegheny County celebrates Black History Month with several events. Information: 412-237-3100.

dot.gif (78 bytes) LuQman SaLaam, known as B'Tree, presents "The History of Hip-Hop Music" at noon tomorrow on the South Campus, Room A-306.

dot.gif (78 bytes) BluesWorks, an acoustic/electric blues trio, performs at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday on the North Campus.

dot.gif (78 bytes) The Sounds of Blackness offers gospel music therapy from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. next Thursday in the Allegheny Campus Auditorium.

Feb. 5

At noon, Citiparks opens "Perspectives," an art exhibit in the lobby of the City-County Building. It features sculptures, paintings and drawings submitted by Pittsburgh artists in partnership with the Kuumba Trust and will be on display all of February. Information: 412-255-8975.

Feb. 6

Robert Morris College Student Activities and Residence Life Department celebrates Black History month with the following events:

dot.gif (78 bytes) "Experience of the Black Diaspora," a multimedia presentation by Ruth Boykin from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in Sewall Center Entrance Suite on campus, Narrows Run Road, Moon.

dot.gif (78 bytes) Black History Game Show at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Center Food Court.

dot.gif (78 bytes) Discussion: "Black Leadership: Three Viewpoints" at 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Center.

dot.gif (78 bytes) The movie "Malcolm X" will be shown at 9 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Student Center television lounge.

dot.gif (78 bytes) Black History Month Dinner and Awards Program at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 in Dowe's on 9th, Ninth Street, Downtown.

Black Action Society of the University of Pittsburgh announces the following events:

dot.gif (78 bytes) Ilyasah Shabazz at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Ball Room.

dot.gif (78 bytes) Dr. Na'im Akbar at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Assembly Room

dot.gif (78 bytes) Nikki Giovanni at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Assembly Room

dot.gif (78 bytes) Dr. Bertice Berry at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 Assembly Room.

All events take place in the William Pitt Union. Information: 412-648-7880.

Feb. 7

La Roche College hosts the following events:

dot.gif (78 bytes) "Roberto Clemente," performance by Gregory Kenny at Zappala College Center Square on Wednesday. Time to be determined, call for details.

dot.gif (78 bytes) African-American documentary film at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 in Singletary Room, Bold Residence Hall.

dot.gif (78 bytes) "The Gospel According to Tanner" by Henry Ossawa Tanner at noon Feb. 13 in the Ryan Room.

dot.gif (78 bytes) African-American movie at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in Singletary Room, Bold Residence Hall.

dot.gif (78 bytes) Black History Month Grand Finale at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in Zappala College Center Square. Information: 412-536-1176.

CCAC Boyce Campus Adult Re-Entry and Women's Center hosts a workshop in honor of Black History Month, "African-Americans Discuss Challenges for Today" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the center, Room S453, Level 4. Panel participants include Cmdr. Gwen Elliott of the Pittsburgh Police; CCAC journalism professor Imogene Hines; and Anita Waddell, case manager at the Parent and Child Guidance Center. For reservations and information, call the center at 724-325-6825 or 412-371-8651, Ext. 6825.

Feb. 9

Gregory Kenney portrays Josh Gibson, baseball star for the Homestead Grays, in a performance at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Northview Heights Recreation Center, North Side. Information: 412-322-7225.

La Roche College is holding the following Black History Month events:

dot.gif (78 bytes) African-American documentary film, 7 p.m. tomorrow in Singletary Room, Bold Residence Hall.

dot.gif (78 bytes) "The Gospel According to Tanner" by Henry Ossawa Tanner, noon Feb. 13 in the Ryan Room.

dot.gif (78 bytes) African-American movie, 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in Singletary Room, Bold Residence Hall.

 dot.gif (78 bytes)Black History Month Grand Finale, 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in Zappala College Center Square. Information on events, call 412-536-1176.

Feb. 10

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History will hold the following Black History Month activities:

dot.gif (78 bytes) Imhotep, a five-person African drum ensemble, performs at noon Feb. 10.

dot.gif (78 bytes) Kuntu Repertory Theater presents "Africana Reflection," a dramatic collage exploring African diaspora in poetry, prose, dance and song, at 2 p.m. Feb. 10.

dot.gif (78 bytes) Marketplace -- local African-American artists showcase their artwork and demonstrate their craft, including hand-carved walking sticks, quilts, fiber art, textile designs and jewelry from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 and 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 11. For information on any of these events: 412-622-3361.

The Westmoreland County Community College celebrates Black History Month with several events focusing on "Walking Forward, Looking Back."

dot.gif (78 bytes) "An Evening of Jazz" featuring Harold Betters Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Founders Hall at the Youngwood campus. Tickets are $10, $5 for WCCC students.

dot.gif (78 bytes) "Race Relations in the 21st Century" at noon Feb. 14 in the Founders Hall amphitheater.

dot.gif (78 bytes) Ninth Annual WCCC African-American High School Achievement Banquet at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Commissioners Hall Dining Room. Reservations are $12 per person.

dot.gif (78 bytes) "Shop 'Til You Drop IV," fashion show and luncheon at noon Feb. 24 in the Commissioners Hall Dining Room. Tickets are $12.50 per person. Information: 724-925-4055.

Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, Brownsville, sponsors a celebration display beginning Saturday through March 1 at the Flatiron Building Heritage Center, 69 Market St., Brownsville. The event is sponsored by Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation and Mount Zion Church. For information, call 724-785-9331.

Feb. 11

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland features an afternoon of free family fun and entertainment beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Children's Department. Parking available in the Carnegie Library Garage at Forbes Avenue and South Craig Street. For a detailed list of other events, call the library at 412-622-3114.

The Urban League of Pittsburgh holds a two-hour interdenominational service at 4 p.m. at Carnegie Music Hall. Service will be followed by a reception and tour of Museum’s nationally famous exhibit "Africa: One Continent --Many Worlds."

Feb. 13

Robert Morris College Student Activities and Residence Life Department celebrates Black History month with the following events:

dot.gif (78 bytes)The movie "Malcolm X," 9 p.m. in the Student Center television lounge.

George Barbour, retired award-winning print and broadcast journalist and aviation historian, discusses "Tuskegee Airmen," the first African-American military pilots in U.S. history, 7 p.m. at the LeMoyne House, 49 East Maiden St., Washington, Pa. Information: 724-225-6740.

Feb. 15

Black Action Society of the University of Pittsburgh announces the following event:

dot.gif (78 bytes)Dr. Na’im Akbar at 8 p.m. next Thursday in the Assembly Room.

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania's Music Department presents a concert featuring the works of African-American composer Harry T. Burleigh, including choral and solo arrangements of spirituals, art songs and piano sketches at 8 p.m. in the Newman Center and at 7:30 p.m. in the Blasco Library, Edinboro. Also, on Saturday the Shiloh Baptist Church presents a choral workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. featuring Dr. Oral Moses of Kennesaw College in Marietta, Ga., and Bessie Sewell of Pittsburgh.

A Smithsonian exhibit on America's civil rights movement, "We Shall Overcome: Photographs from the American Civil Rights Era," runs through April 8 at the Sen. John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center. Information: 412-454-6430.

Feb. 16

Mon Yough Community Services sponsors a Soul Food Lunch-eon/African Marketplace from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McKeesport Area Senior High School, South Hall Cafeteria, 1960 Eden Park Blvd. Donation is $3. For tickets, call 412-664-1930. Also, Gospel Night takes place at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 716 Walnut St., McKeesport.

Feb. 17

The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus sponsors an African-American Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bidwell Presbyterian Church, North Side. Featured is jazz vocalist Shawnee Lake. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit the Coleman Patrick Scholarship Fund for Minority Students. Information: 412-681-7305.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Oakland, in conjunction with AFRICA: One Continent, Many Worlds, presents Norma Jean Barnes, dance director of Expressions Contemporary Dance Company, performing a one-woman show that combines a lecture with contemporary dance at 2 p.m. in the Lecture Hall. Information: 412-622-3361.

Feb. 18

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Oakland, welcomes Temujin the Story Teller, sharing African and African-American folklore through family-oriented, audience-participatory storytelling at 3 p.m. in the Lecture Hall.

New Hope Church, 2710 Shadeland Ave., North Side, presents the concert of Nikki Smith and True Worship and Praise Ensemble at 6 p.m. in the church. Also appearing is H.H.G.C. and Tarah Praise Dance Ministry. The public is invited. Information: 412-766-2728.

Feb. 22

Pittsburgh North Anti-Racism Coalition celebrates Black History Month at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the North Hills YWCA Center for Race Relations on Thompson Run Road. The program features Rwandan Singers from La Roche College. Dr. Veronica Morgan Lee, director of Carlow Hill College, will be guest speaker. The program concludes with recitation of Maya Angelou's poetry by Ayisha Morgan Lee, a senior at Oakland Catholic High School. Information: 412-471-0155.

The Ammon Recreation Center, 2217 Bedford Ave., Hill District, hosts its African-American Fashion Show, featuring models from all generations wearing garments and hairstyles representing the culture, at 7 p.m.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Reading Center, Herron Avenue and Milwaukee Street, Hill District, invites the public to hear from Black History Makers of the 21st Century from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The group includes Tyra Greene, Collette Henderson, Chelsea Johnson, Alec Matthews, Elijah Walker and Terrel Williams. Information: 412-622-6270.

Feb. 23

The 171st Air Refueling Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard holds its 18th Annual African-American Heritage Month Flight/Luncheon from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Airport Marriott Hotel, Montour Run Exit, Coraopolis. Pittsburgh City Councilman Sala Udin will speak. Entertainment provided by Westinghouse High School Choir Ensemble. Cost is $15. Information: 412-474-7395.


Feb. 24

Artist and sculptor Biko will exhibit his work and explain its legends from 3 to 5 p.m. at Images Fine Art and Gifts, 7355 Frankstown Ave., Homewood. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Biko's work is also on display at Penn State University, New Kensington. For information, call 412-242-2518.

The Sewickley Community Center presents "Celebrating Our Heritage" from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sewickley Community Center, 15 Chadwick St., Sewickley. The event features Black History Trivia Competition for middle and high school level (registration required) and a Black History Poster Contest for elementary school level (entry form required). Artistic vendors, musical entertainment and more. To register or for information:412-741-5430.

Feb. 25

Shadyside Presbyterian Church's Music in a Great Space presents a Gospel Music Festival at 4 p.m. at the church, 5121 Westminster Place. Also on the weekend of Feb. 25, the Shadyside Chancel Choir, Shadyside Choral Society and Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church Choir will attend workshops under the direction of internationally noted conductor and educator Barbara Baker. Tickets are $8, $5 for seniors, free for students. Sales benefit Bethlehem Haven and East End Cooperative Ministries. Tickets or information: 412-682-4300 or

Feb. 26

The Pittsburgh Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, in conjunction with Kaufmann's and US Airways, sponsors its 25th annual benefit dinner and fashion show, "Reaffirming Our Commitment: A Vision for the New Millennium" at 5 p.m. at Kaufmann's, Downtown, 11th floor dining room and auditorium. Proceeds benefit the association's educational scholarship. Lynn Hayes-Freeland of KDKA-TV will moderate. Tickets are $25. Information and tickets: 412-232-2313.

March 17

The Black Association of South Hills for Women holds its 2001 scholarship fund-raiser with a fashion show, "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bradley House, 5239 Brownsville Road, Baldwin Borough. Lynne Hayes-Freeland, of KDKA-TV will be guest commentator. Tickets are $25. For information: 412-831-8472.

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