BHM service

FEB. 21—The Summer Vacation Bible School of Morningside COGIC will host a Black History Month Service at 4 p.m. at Dearborn St., Morningside. The theme is “Reflecting on Pittsburghers.” The selected individuals to be recognized are Helen Faison, Nate Smith, Cmdr. Gwen Elliot and John Moon. There will also be a showing of the documentary, “Freedom House.” All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 412-361-9865.

History program

FEB. 21—Waymen Chapel AME Church will host their African-American History Program at 4 p.m. at 1120 6th Ave., New Brighton. Participants from Waymen and other local churches, schools and the community will come together to commemorate Black History Month. There will be nine educational skits and a message from Anthony B. Mitchell of Penn State Greater Allegheny campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 724-843-2352.

Living legends

FEB. 23—The Duquesne School of Law and the Homer S. Brown Law Association will host a Living Legends event at 3 p.m. at the university’s Power Center Ballroom, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. Guests are invited to spend the afternoon with John Marshall, son of Thurgood Marshall, and Charles Houston Jr. This event will bring together the sons of two of the most significant civil rights figures in American History. The afternoon will be moderated by the law school’s interim dean, Ken Gormley and feature a film regarding the achievements of Thurgood Marshall and Charles Houston. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. For more information, visit

BHM speaker series

FEB. 25—PNC Financial Services will host the Black History Month Speaker Series, “A Conversation in Courage” from 8:15-9:30 a.m. at the August Wilson Center for African-American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This event is in celebration of Black History Month. Renee Powell, the daughter of the late golfer, entrepreneur, and visionary William J. Powell, will be the keynote speaker. He was the only African-American to design, build, own and operate a golf course. And she was the second African-American woman to play Ladies Professional Golf. The event is free and open to the public. A continental breakfast will be served and registration is requested. For more information, e-mail

Poetry slam

FEB. 25—Duquesne University and the Office of Multicultural Affairs will host “Poetry Slam: Dukes and Duchesses on the Bluff” at 8 p.m. at The Red Ring Restaurant, the Power Center, Duquesne University, Forbes Ave. at Chatham Square, Uptown. The event will feature original poetry, haikus, ballads and more from Duquesne community members. For more information, call 412-396-1117.

Art chat

FEB. 27—The William E. Anderson Library of Penn Hills and the Carnegie Museum of Art and Allegheny County Library Collection will host “Art Chat: Teenie Harris” at 2 p.m. at 1037 Stotler Rd., Penn Hills. Attendees will have the opportunity to view photographs from Harris’ 40-year career with the Pittsburgh Courier. The collection of approximately 80,000 images is the largest single collection of photographic images of any Black community in the world. Jara Dorsey, community outreach specialist for the Carnegie Museum, will offer a presentation detailing Harris’ life and offering some of his most famous photographs, providing an opportunity to understand his incomparable techniques and see Pittsburgh through his eyes. Admission is free. For more information, call 412-793-7000.

BHM program

FEB. 27—The McKeesport Heritage Center will host their 2010 Black History Month Program at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Dr., McKeesport. The guest speaker will be retired Justice of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Cynthia Baldwin. Registration is requested. For more information, call 412-678-1832.

Church celebration

FEB. 28—Central Baptist Church will host the African-American History Celebration “Looking Back To Go Forward” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at 2200 Wylie Ave., Hill District. Dr. Ralph Proctor, chairman of the Ethnic and Diversity Studies Department at CCAC, will be the keynote speaker and Harold Hayes will be the master of ceremonies. There will be several performances and presentations. For more information, call 412-566-1200.

First award

FEB. 28—JAS Interprises, P.S., will host a 2010 Black History Month “First Award” Banquet Dinner and Dance from 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Sheraton Station Square, 300 West Station Square Dr., Station Square. This is a Black History month program that honors outstanding achievements, educates about past achievements and celebrates the continuing struggles of the African-American race. The honorees include, Ophelia “Cookie” Coleman, Alex Johnson and Helen Faison. DJ Nick Nice will be the featured entertainment with his oldies but goodies. Tickets are $55 in advance and $65 after Feb. 20. For more information, call 412-758-7792.

Annual celebration

FEB. 28—The Education Department of Pentecostal Temple COGIC will host their Annual Black History Month Celebration at 7 p.m. at 6300 East Liberty Blvd., East Liberty. This event will feature a variety of cultural expressions, The Alice Vactor Writing Contest and their “Women of Distinction 2010,” which honors several African-American women. This event is free. For more information, call Denise White at 412- 371-6268 or the church at 412-361-7000.

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