breaking news

Death of Huber Heights man found in Springfield park ruled a homicide

These Butler County events will celebrate Black History Month

Several events have been planned around Butler County and the northern Cincinnati area to celebrate Black History Month, as several organizations have contacted the Journal-News to list celebrations.

An array of events including lectures, dinner and other activities,are planned throughout the month. If there is an event you would like to add to our calendar please email it to

READ MORE: Tons of resources to learn more about Black History Month

Here is the current list of events for Black History Month:

Miami University Regionals announces their annual ‘Taste of Soul’ in Hamilton and Middletown

In Hamilton, the Taste of Soul Dinner and Silent Auction will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students, free for children under 12. No credit cards please. Guests will enjoy traditional soul food, entertainment and a silent auction from 6 - 7 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by Made Men from Dayton featuring a wide array of music: rock and roll, blues, jazz, r&b, and hip hop.

The menu will include fried chicken or fried catfish, collard greens, red beans and rice, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and muffins, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, pound cake and drinks.

The Taste of Soul Luncheon in Middletown will be held from from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m on Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the Miriam G. Knoll Community Center (142 Johnston Hall).

Enjoy an instrumental performance by Ed “Sax” Thomas. The luncheon will offer fried chicken or fried catfish, collard greens, green beans, macaroni and cheese, candied sweet potatoes, potato salad, cole slaw, red beans and rice, pound cake, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, cornbread, dinner rolls and punch. Admission is $8, no credit cards please. Carryout is available, no call-in orders.

To assure there is enough food, RSVP online at or call 513-785-3024. Miami University Regionals’ Hamilton campus is located at 1601 University Blvd. The Middletown campus is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.

MORE: February is Black History Month

Miami U. Martin Luther King , Jr. march

Miami U. is hosting Dr. Lawrence A.Q. Burnley, Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Dayton, to discuss the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and how he infused social activism strategies with the black church starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 at the Martin Luther King Uptown Park.

Booker T. Washington Center event

Hamilton’s Booker T. Washington Center will host its Black History Month program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Enjoy the Black History exhibits and a delicious bowl of bean soup and corn bread. There is no charge to attend.

Miami U. Black Student, Staff and Faculty Networking Mixer

The Black Student, Staff, and Faculty Networking Mixer, sponsored by The Graduate Students of Color Association, the Multicultural Business Association, and the National Black Law Student Association at Miami University are hosting an evening of food, fun, and fellowship from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 21 at the Armstrong Pavilion A.

Dance Storytelling Presentation

Presented by SMAG Dance Collective, this Dance Storytelling Presentation will push the boundaries of contemporary dance through eclecticism of movement. The program starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22 at the MidPointe Library, 125 South Broad Street, Middletown.

She Sang Freedom

She Sang Freedom is an interactive program that explores how black women musicians have used music as a means of documenting and promoting the struggle for equality and social justice in America. The program starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 at the Atrium Medical Center Professional Building.

The program combines a historical framework, which is set through multi-media images and historical accounts, with live musical performances that move through slavery, the Popular Front in 1940s New York, the front lines of the Civil Rights Movements, and the proliferation of the Black Power movement in the 1970s.

Blackout Showcase at Miami University

In honor of Black History month, students are welcomed to share and showcase any talent or skill here at Miami University for the Blackout Showcase. This community free event is opened to all ages, race and genders which also includes raffle tickets at the price of $1 to win a custom hoodie. All proceeds will be donated to the Dream Keepers Cincinnati outreach program. The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in Benton Hall, room 102.

Third annual Black History Month Community Speaker Series

The Third Annual Black History Month Community Speaker Series, presented by the Black Agenda Cincinnati in conjunction with the Health Gap, Cincinnati Herald, National Action Network (NAN) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Cincinnati (SCLC), will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Renew Community Church, 2129 West North Bend Rd. in Cincinnati.

Carl B. Westmoreland, senior historian for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati is the keynote speaker. He will address the importance of remembering and capturing the rich cultural history of the black community in Cincinnati. The theme of the event is “If we don’t record our own history, who will?”

History Comes to Life with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

From 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb 25 at the Oxford Lane Library, 441 S. Locust Street, Oxford, kids from age 6 to 11 can enjoy learning about the early history of African American culture through an interactive experience with a historical interpreter.

Miami University Black History Month Banquet

The Black History Month Banquet culminates a month-long series of events on campus, and will feature dinner, special performances and a keynote address by Dr. Talea Drummer, director of the Student Multicultural Center at Kent State University. The event will be held on Monday Feb. 28 and the deadline to purchase tickets from the Miami Univ. ticket office is Feb. 19 at noon.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Dayton woman, 49, killed in weekend motorcycle crash
Dayton woman, 49, killed in weekend motorcycle crash

A 49-year-old Dayton woman was killed in a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning on Needmore Road, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. Lynn Goss was pronounced dead at Grandview Hospital after being transported from the crash in the 3300 block of Needmore around 2:30 a.m., the coroner's office said.  Goss' death was ruled an accident...
Local woman could win $1 million on ‘Survivor’ season finale tonight 
Local woman could win $1 million on ‘Survivor’ season finale tonight 

A local woman could land $1 million tonight if she wins the finale of “Survivor: Ghost Island.” The season finale will air on Wednesday, May 23 at 8/7c on CBS. The castaways have been narrowed down to  Domenick, Wendell, Laurel, Angela, Donathan, and Sebastian. Angela Perkins, a Mason resident, will compete...
2 Franklin men arrested in stabbing incident
2 Franklin men arrested in stabbing incident

Two Franklin men involved in a late night fight that resulted in a stabbing have been arrested. Franklin police charged Timothy Tinch, 32, with one count of assault, a second-degree misdemeanor, and Christian Vick, 34, with felonious assault, a second-degree felony. MORE: These Butler, Warren businesses want to become medical marijuana stores Vick...
‘No, not this again’: Grandmother’s death in drive-by shooting reminds of 2006 incident just 3 doors away
‘No, not this again’: Grandmother’s death in drive-by shooting reminds of 2006 incident just 3 doors away

The May 19 fatal drive-by shooting of a 62-year-old grandmother — which has Dayton police asking for help before the trail goes cold — is similar to a 2006 incident that also happened on North Euclid Avenue. The story is all too familiar to one area man’s memories of his aunt’s death. Sherrell V. Wheatley died last Saturday...
Daytonian of the Week: Tom Helbig, founder of Tomfoolery Outdoors
Daytonian of the Week: Tom Helbig, founder of Tomfoolery Outdoors

As of this morning, Tom Helbig is cruising on his bicycle through reportedly, 68 degree and sunny Portland, Maine, en route to Canada, craving a Dayton craft beer and some Taqueria Mixteca.  His East Coast cycling trip began in February in Key West, Florida and will wrap at the end of June when he returns to Dayton to resume organizing and planning ...
More Stories