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UA Community Celebrates Black History Month

Various community groups – including the City, UA Schools, UA Library, Equal UA, Parents & Families of Color, the UA Historical Society and the UA Community Relations Committee – have been working together to develop a schedule of programs and activities in honor of Black History Month. We invite you to be part of the celebration by participating in one or more of the following activities:

Equal UA Black History Month Celebration Packs
In partnership with Cover to Cover bookstore, each Celebration Pack contains one book that celebrates Black history as well as other treats and activities. Visit the Equal UA website to purchase the packs.

UA Public Library Activities
The UA Public Library will feature the following activities for Black History Month:

  • Periodic Table of Black History – the Youth Department at the Main Library will feature interactive displays, activities and book recommendations focused on notable Black Americans through history to the present day.
  • Black History Month Displays – each UAPL branch will feature displays of books, movies and more.
  • Reference Databases – the Library offers a series of databases on topics that include: African American Heritage; Great Black Migration; Encyclopedia of Race and Racism; and Race Relations in America.

UA Schools Black History Month Student Activities
UA Schools will offer intentional Black History Month learning opportunities for students across buildings and grade levels. At the elementary level, lessons in literacy, language, history, and the arts will feature insights and contributions from Black heroes. At the secondary levels, student groups will take the lead in honoring the lives and contributions of Black leaders across fields of study around the globe and throughout history. Students at all levels will be encouraged to grow awareness and understanding of the contributions of Pleasant Litchford and his descendants to Upper Arlington history.

City of UA Concourse Gallery: Elementary Schools
February 2-25
Reception: 2-4 pm, Sunday, February 13

At the Elementary Schools reception, guests can enjoy a Black History Month art activity that will be displayed on an adjoining gallery wall for the remainder of the exhibit.

Equal UA Books and Beyond
7-8:30 pm, Monday, February 7, Zoom book discussion



Equal UA Books and Beyond will feature the book Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad by author Ann Hagedorn who will speak with the UA community on February 16 as a part of the UA Historical Society’s History Speaks Series.

UA Senior Center Programming
Buffalo Soldiers with Gregory Edmonds
1-2 pm, Monday, February 14, Zoom presentation

Act#: 551571-A

Join Gregory Edmonds, member of the UA Senior Center, as he shares a video and PowerPoint on the Buffalo Soldiers, African American soldiers who mainly served on the Western frontier in segregated cavalry and infantry units following the Civil War. The program open to the public in addition to Senior Center members, but you must register in advance to receive the Zoom link.

UA Historical Society’s History Speaks Author Talk
Beyond the River by Ann Hagedorn
7-8:30 pm, February 16
Jones Middle School, 2100 Arlington Avenue

$20 general admission | CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Join us for an insightful evening into the stories of Ohio’s Underground Railroad network led by Ann Hagedorn, author of 2003’s Beyond the River, hailed by the American Library Association as one of the “25 most notable nonfiction books in America.” Ms. Hagedorn tells the remarkable stories of participants – black and white – in the Ripley, Ohio line of the Underground Railroad.

Columbus Filmmaker Talk
Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of African-American Women in the Ring by Chris Bournea
6:30-8 pm, Tuesday, February 22
Tremont Library


Lady Wrestler chronicles the stories of Babs Wingo, Ethel Johnson, Marva Scott, Ramona Isbell and dozens of other women who braved racism and sexism to succeed in the male-dominated world of professional wrestling during the sport’s golden age in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Columbus journalist, author and documentary filmmaker, Chris Bournea, will share insight on his discovery of these remarkable women – many of whom were based and trained in Columbus during the sport’s golden age – sharing clips from the documentary and taking questions from the audience.

Rainbow UA Power Panel
7 pm, Thursday, February 24

Free Zoom Event

Five Black LGBTQ community leaders will discuss the intersectionality of Black History Month and LGBTQ identity. Panelists include: Letha Pugh, head of Black Out and Proud and co-owner of Bake Me Happy; Erin Upchurch, Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Youth Center; Densil Porteous, Executive Director of Stonewall; Siobhan Boyd-Nelson, Deputy Director of Equality Ohio; and Khris Goins, President of Black Transmen of Ohio.

Parents and Families of Color Black History Month Story Time
1:30 pm, Sunday, February 27
Tremont Library, Youth Activity Area

Free Event

Join us for a celebration of Black achievement and history. We will have a variety of books to share, suitable for ages 3 and up. There will also be trivia and a craft, so bring the whole family!

Screening of Lady Wrestler
6:30 pm, Wednesday, March 2
Tremont Library


Sit back and enjoy a full screening of Lady Wrestler – a documentary that chronicles the stories of Babs Wingo, Ethel Johnson, Marva Scott, Ramona Isbell and dozens of other women who braved racism and sexism to succeed in the male-dominated world of professional wrestling during the sport’s golden age in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

Full details of these programs can be found on the Resources page of the UA Community Relations website, at

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