| Topeka Capital-Journal
Each year during Black History Month, which has been designated to take place during February, communities gather to celebrate Black history and culture, as well as host community events that further the conversation surrounding race, racial justice and the importance of Black history.
This year, in the midst of ongoing racial tensions, supporting Black community members seems more important than ever. Here is a list of events and conversations taking place in Topeka during Black History Month.
Author Frederick Gooding participates in virtual talk at library
When: 7 p.m. Feb. 9
Frederick Gooding, author of “Black Oscars: From Mammy to Minny, What the Academy Awards Tell Us About African Americans,” will speak and give a presentation during a virtual event with the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Gooding will offer insight and analysis into the last 90 years of the Oscars and how many winners and nominations have been awarded to Black actors.
More information: https://events.tscpl.org/event/4833666
USD 501 to host Black History Month education panel
When: 1 p.m. Feb. 16
Topeka Unified School District 501 will host a racial equity panel via Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook Live. Topics discussed during the panel include the 2021 historical inauguration and equity in education. Information on how to participate will be released as a later date.
Topeka Family and Friends Lecture Series
When: 6 p.m. Feb. 18
This lecture hosted by Topeka Family and Friends will be a roundtable focused on sankofa, which translates to “go back and get it.” The event will be livestreamed on YouTube.
How to improve race relations virtual conference
When: 8:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Feb. 26
Price: $100 for individuals, $500 for groups
This statewide conference will include talks from a variety of speakers including Topekan Curtis Pitts. During the daylong conference, attendees can tune into lectures on topics such as how to partner to prevent the health risks of poverty and racial discrimination, ways majority and minority-owned businesses can partner for success, partnering to prevent the educational disparity of poverty and racial discrimination, how to partner to prevent racial discrimination and civil rights and partnering to end racial injustice.
More information: www.naaausa.com
Check cjonline.com throughout the month of February for updates to this list.
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