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Local events celebrate 2024 Black History Month

The McCaskey High School Voices of Freedom Choir, seen here at the 2024 MLK Breakfast, will perform Saturday, Feb. 10, at the “Sounds of Blackness” concert. (Source: OUL file photo)

February is Black History Month, and Lancaster nonprofits and civic organizations have a variety of celebrations planned.

The month kicked off this past weekend with First Friday performances and a Saturday fashion show. Upcoming events include the following:

African American Cultural Alliance

  • Sounds of Blackness: 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at Jackson Middle School, 431 S. Ann St., Lancaster. Concert featuring performances by McCaskey Voices of Freedom Choir; Infamous Unstoppables Drill Team & Drum Squad; Servant Stage; and Jackson & Washington Elementary Schools’ combined choirs. A soul food dinner will be served. Cost: Free. To RSVP, click here.
  • Black History Month Step Show: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Lincoln Middle School, 1001 Lehigh Ave., Lancaster. Cost: $15. To purchase tickets, click here.

Crispus Attucks Community Center

  • Black History Month Brunch: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Crispus Attucks Community Center, 470 Howard Ave. Lancaster. Full brunch, open bar, featuring DJ Matt and Black History Month bingo. Cost: $35. Proceeds benefit the community center. For tickets, click here.

Lancaster Public Library

  • “The Most Famous Lancastrian You May Not Know,” Author Mark Kelley discusses “An Uncommon Woman,” his biography of Lydia Hamilton Smith. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the library’s community room, 151 N. Queen St., Lancaster. Cost: Free. To register, click here.

The Ware Center

  • “Woke Up, Had to Get the Blockrite,” an exhibit by “Artivist” Sir Domique Jordan. Open daily through Feb. 23 in the Regitz Gallery at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster. Cost: Free.

YWCA Lancaster

  • African American Heritage Walking Tour: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 29, starting at Crispus Attucks Community Center, 407 Howard Ave., Lancaster. Offered in partnership with the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania. Cost: Free. To register, click here.