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Black History Month events get under way

Feb. 8—Tonight's Kentucky Chautauqua Series featuring Col. Charles Young, portrayed by Michael Jones, is just the first of Black History Month events in the area.

Jones' appearance, part of the Kentucky Chautauqua series at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, will begin at 6 p.m. at the museum.

Other Black History Month events include:

—A performance of music by African-American composters will be at 7 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Huntington, presented by soprano Dr. Carline Waugh and Dr. Johan Botes on piano from Marshall University's School of Music.

—Drinko Academy's annual Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lecture: Brent Leggs, executive director, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund and senior vice president of the National Trust, will discuss historic preservation at 4 p.m. Monday, Shawkey Dining Room, Memorial Student Center, Marshall University campus, Huntington.

—Gospel Night, set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center in Ashland. Entertainment will include live music, interpretative dance and storytelling.

—Dr. Julian K. Glover, assistant professor, Virginia Commonwealth University and expert in Black/Brown Queer Cultural Formations, will host a student roundtable in the Drinko Library Atrium at Marshall University from 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 15. Light refreshments will be provided. He will speak at 6 p.m. in the Shawkey Dining Room of the Memorial Student Center at Marshall: "My Life, My Research: How a Homeless Kid Became a Professor." Light refreshments will be served.

—The fifth annual Soul Food Dinner will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at Prefontaine Pub in Morehead, with music by Kazual.

—The Great Soul Food Cook Off will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Memorial Student Center, Don Morris Room.

—Prince Hall 42 Masonic Lodge will host a performance of the play "Heritage," comprising a series of monologues on the lives of Black figures from history, ranging from Medgar Evars to Ruby Bridges to Mahalia Jackson, 3 p.m. Feb 17 at Ohio University Southern.

—John Moon, who is highlighted in the book "American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America's First Paramedics," written by Kevin Hazzard, will present a lecture at 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Drinko Library Atrium at Marshall University.

—Real Men/Women's Virtue Black and Brown Fashion show, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21, ADUC Ballroom A, Morehead State University.

—Judge Richard Gergel will present his lecture titled "The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Igniting of the Modern Civil Rights Movement" at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall at Marshall University.

—The C.B. Nuckolls Community Center and Black History Museum will have a fundraising dinner at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Highlands Museum. A catered dinner and a cash bar with live music, a silent auction and door prizes are planned.

(606) 326-2661 — lward@dailyindependent.com