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Black History Month events scheduled across Lancaster

Source: Community Action Partnership

Source: Community Action Partnership
Source: Community Action Partnership

In honor of Black History Month, several Lancaster nonprofits have announced presentations, art exhibits, meals and more throughout February to celebrate the heritage and culture of the African diaspora.

All events listed below are free and open to the public.

Crispus Attucks Community Center

Source: CAP/Crispus Attucks Community Center

  • "Say Their Name" art display - throughout February
    • outdoors at Crispus Attucks (470 Howard Ave., Lancaster)
  • Soul Food Thursdays - 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25
    • No ID or registration required
    • 470 Howard Ave., Lancaster
  • Taste of Africa Cooking Workshops - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, March 7 and 14
  • Soulful Sundays (interviews with local leaders of the faith community) - Feb. 6 (Just As I Am Ministries) and Feb. 20 (Bright Side Baptist Church)
  • Fashion Show - 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26
    • 470 Howard Ave., Lancaster
  • Black History Quiz Bowl- 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27
    • Registration required - email
    • Virtual - livestreamed on Zoom
    • In partnership with YWCA Lancaster and Millersville University

For more information on any of the above events, click here.

Millersville University

  • Free Under Freedom's Sky - Stories of African American Heritage and the Underground Railroad (Staged reading) - 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4
    • Steinman Hall, Ware Center (42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster)

The Mix

  • MLK Youth Day of Service - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 (Note: This is a rescheduled event originally planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
    • 520 North St., Lancaster
    • Invitation open to students in 6th to 12th grades
    • Event includes True2Y0u Block Rite Neighborhood Clean-Up, a grab-and-go lunch, student performances and a leadership award presentation

YWCA Lancaster

Source: YWCA Lancaster

  • High on the Hog (hybrid culinary and storytelling event) - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11
    • “High on the Hog” will feature a meal from two Lancaster chefs: Chef Oliver of Homage and Patience Buckwalter of Grape Leaf Cafe, as they detail their cuisine and how it ties back to their family upbringing and Black culture
    • Netflix's "High on the Hog" is a suggested pre-watch
    • 5:30-6:30: Meal pick-up at YWCA Lancaster (110 N. Lime St., Lancaster)
    • 6:30-7:30: Virtual program with Chef Oliver and Patience Buckwalter
    • Must pre-register
  • Reclaiming Our Time - 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20
    • A collective space that recognizes the systemic inequities Black and Brown people endure while celebrating excellence and the unwavering ability to have joy
    • Virtual on Zoom