Black History Education

To promote better interracial relationships, we offer a year-round Black History Education program as well as an active, entertaining, and educational Black History Education Month each February.

50 Years, Still Climbing:
Next Stop, Mountaintop

The 2020 Black History Month is an interactive learning program complete with outings, fellowship, and group activities.

Sun. Feb 2, 12:30-1:30pm: Base Camp
Prepare for the events ahead by reading Martin Luther King’s “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech and discuss what we need to reach that mountaintop as a community. The Black History Education Team has prepared modules to help us build our skills and stamina for the climb.

Sat. Feb. 8, mid to late afternoon: Movie Night
Enjoy an intergenerational movie night. Times depend on showtimes, but meet at church at 3:30pm to drop off kids and carpool to the theater. Kids will watch Zootopia as a lead-in to a discussion on race and racism. Youth and adults will see Just Mercy in the theater, then return to church for dinner and discussion. Dinner and childcare provided. Let David Wigger know if you are interested. This is a collaboration of the Black History Education Team and the Family, Youth & Children Ministry.

***Sat. Feb. 15, 2pm or 7pm: Ma’afa
Ma’afa, a play written & directed by Terrence Spivey and performed at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, takes the audience  on a mystical journey from present day to the torturous transatlantic slave trade to the antebellum, so a 10-year old girl can to learn her family tree and save an African burial ground in the South. We have reserved tickets for the 2pm and 7pm shows. $35 adults; $15 children 18 and under. Sign up here.

***Sat. Feb. 22, 4-7pm: Cooking Class with Chef Eric Wells
Chef Eric Wells of Sky LaRae’s Culinary Services presents a hands-on class at Forest Hill Church on preparing a gourmet 4-course meal, which we will sit and enjoy afterwards. Chef Wells is a Cleveland native and a graduate of Loretta Paganini’s International Culinary Arts & Sciences Institute. Cost: about $50/person. Sign up here.

Sun. Feb. 23, 5-6:30pm: Soul Food Pot Luck
This year’s Soul Food Pot Luck has a Soul Fusion theme with an emphasis on blending elements from traditional Southern cooking with different regional American southern states and different cultures. Recently, innovative African American chefs have drawn from multiple traditions to create new delicious combinations, such as collard rolls stuffed with blackeyed peas, barbecue chicken spaghetti, or kimchi coleslaw.  Sign up here and let us know what you’re bringing.

Sun. Feb. 23, 6:30-8pm: Ascension: An Evening of African-American Music
The 7th annual Black History Month Concert presented by musical director Caleb A. Wright will be an evening of African American sacred music and jazz of the past 50 years. Member and seminarian Shannon Headon will be our host for the evening. Theron Brown, a national jazz recording artist & pianist, will direct a collective of accomplished local musicians including Michael Hives, Reginald Bowens, Malika Turner, Adrianna Miller, Sierra Delaine, Toyia Wright-Reynolds and more. Local artist Eris Dyson will join us as our Poet Laureate. This is an evening of phenomenal music that you do not want to miss!

*** Events marked with asterisks have an admission cost. To make these available to our whole congregation regardless of ability to pay, we encourage those who can pay the full amount to do so. If you can afford to pay for more than 1 admission, please do! If you can pay only part of the cost, or cannot pay anything at all, just sign up and pay what you can. We trust that the extra money from those who can pay more will cover participation for those who can pay less or not at all.

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