Black History Month events planned for Butler County

William “Kip” Moore announced several Black History Month celebrations will be held in Middletown. Here, Moore gives an inspirational performance during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day event Monday, Jan. 19, on the Atrium Medical Center campus in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
William “Kip” Moore announced several Black History Month celebrations will be held in Middletown. Here, Moore gives an inspirational performance during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day event Monday, Jan. 19, on the Atrium Medical Center campus in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Several events have been planned around Butler County to celebrate Black History Month.

Civic leaders and several organizations have contacted the Journal-News to list celebrations.

There are numerous events planned in Middletown that have been announced.

Every Friday during the month, Cincinnati State Middletown and Miami University Middletown are hosting events.

Educators and local leaders will discuss Education and Our Community at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Cincinnati State, Thatcher Wing.

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The panel of speakers includes City Manager Doug Adkins; Destini Burns, communications and community relations specialist for the Middletown City Schools District; Celeste Davis, educator chair of the NAACP; Charlotte McGuire, Dayton area state school board member; school board member Michelle Novak; Kendall Wright, founder and CEO at Entelechy Training and Development Inc.; and Joe Wittman, vice president of the NAACP.

Kip Moore, college recruiter at Cincinnati State, said the goal of the education discussion is to “engage the community” and get residents involved in the process.

Local African American writers will discuss and share their stories and writings at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Cincinnati State; the work of Willis "Bing" Davis, one of Dayton's most notable artists, will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17; and the month celebration will end with a performance of "12 Angry Men," featuring an all-black cast, at 7 p.m. Feb. 25-26 at the Robert "Sonny" Hill Community Center, 800 Lafayette Ave.

Several screenings and conversations about race will be held at the Robert “Sonny” Hill Community Center, 800 Lafayette Ave.

Hidden Color 1 will be shown at 7 p.m. today; Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 9; Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 16; and Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

The Rev. Elmon Prier, a retired teacher and former contributor to the Middletown Journal, will make two appearances at local Kroger locations to discuss his new book: “A Chocolate Piece of Middletown and Other Articles 1978-1983.” Prier’s other books and posters will be available at the same time.

He will appear from 3-6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Kroger, 3420 Towne Blvd., and 3-6 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Kroger, 438 Oxford State Road.

The Family Love event — discussing infant mortality and saving black babies — will start at 6 p.m. Feb. 18, at 142 Johnston Hall at Miami University – Middletown Day Care. The program is sponsored by the 3R Development group.

The Booker T. Washington Center in Hamilton is planning a special event for mid-February and will release detailed information after details surrounding the guest speaker get finalized.

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