Area activists want to ensure community members remember the accomplishments, through sacrifices and struggles, countless blacks made to help achieve equality and progress.
So school administrators, church leaders and others scheduled several Black History Month events occurring through the next four weeks.
All events are free to attend and aim to both educate and entertain attendees, said Jim Jackson, president of the NAACP’s chapter in Sandusky.
“When you forget your history, it’s doomed to repeat itself,” Jackson said. “You can’t forget your history, and you can’t forget your black history. There are a lot of things the black population has gained over the last 100 years”
List of local Black History Month events
• Different times today through Thursday: West African drumming and stilt dancing programs in various schools, including Hancock Elementary (Sandusky), Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies, formerly Jackson Junior High (Sandusky), Shawnee Elementary (Huron), Edison Elementary (Milan), South Central Elementary (Greenwich) and League Elementary (Norwalk). Call Firelands Symphony Orchestra at 419-621-4800 for more information.
• All school day Friday: Black Expo featuring historically black colleges at Sandusky High School auxiliary gym.
• 1 p.m. Feb. 13: Gospel choir at Mills Elementary School (Sandusky).
• 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 15: Youth prayer breakfast for black history, Agape Love Ministries, International, 4013 Columbus Ave., Perkins Township.
• During school day Feb. 18: Gospel choir at Venice Heights Elementary School (Sandusky).
• During school day, Feb. 21: Gospel choir at Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies, formerly Jackson Junior High (Sandusky).
• 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23: Black youth history program at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 2515 Columbus Ave, Sandusky.
• 4 p.m. Feb. 23: Black youth history presentation program at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Shelby Street, Sandusky.
• 8:30 a.m. Feb. 25: Black history assembly at Sandusky High School auditorium.
• 1 p.m. Feb. 27: Black History fair at Venice Heights Elementary School (Sandusky).
• 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28: Gospel choir at Meadowlawn Intermediate School gym (Perkins).
• 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28: Black History Month assemble at Perkins High School.
• During school day Feb. 28: Black History Month assembly at Briar Middle School.
• All month: Students at Mills Elementary School (Sandusky) to incorporate Black History Month into their reading and history curriculums. Students will also pay homage to black culture by creating “unwritten love letters” and discussing the Civil Rights Movement’s significance. In the school’s lobby, there will be “Henry’s Freedom Box,” which students can sit inside. Based on a true story, a slave mailed himself to the north — while inside the box — so he could become free.
• All month: Students at Osborne Elementary (Sandusky) will read books about black history.
• All month: Students at Ontario Elementary (Sandusky) will incorporate black history through reading, exercise and music. Each grade will also be assigned a specific project on black history.
• All month: Teachers of individual classes at Furry Elementary (Perkins) will present lessons about black history.
• 6 p.m. March 1: Annual Pageant and Community Celebration at Perkins High School auditorium, sponsored by the Perkins High School Confederation for the Betterment of Black Students.
Don’t see your event? Let us know what when and where your Black History Month is by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 419-609-5857.