5 Erie Events To Honor Black History Month

By Kara Murphy February 4, 2021

Looking for ways to explore Black history with your kids this month? Here are five ideas of free Erie happenings where your family can explore and learn about Black history:

1.Take part in the Erie County Library Black History Month Reading Challenge

By participating in the free February challenge and earning activity badges, readers will learn about Black history makers, explore cultural traditions and honor the evolution of Black history in America. It is vital to understand history in order to impact the future, from the Civil Rights Movement to #BlackLivesMatter. Click here to learn more and to register.

2. Enter the Tops Friendly Markets contest

From Tops: Now it is your turn to honor those in your own lives whom you admire most who are of African American descent...your mom, pastor, coach - even your big brother. Please submit a paragraph, or more, by Feb. 19, 2021 describing why they are someone you look up to for a chance to win not only $100 for your school, but a $50 Tops gift card for yourself so that you can treat your family, or the person nominated, to a special dinner and dessert. Enter here.

3. Poetry Hour: The Beauty of a Colorful Mind; Honoring the Past While Inspiring a Brilliant Future 

As a tribute to Black History Month, Hagen History Center is hosting "The Beauty of a Colorful Mind; Honoring the Past while Inspiring a Brilliant Future, Poetry Hour." The purpose of this event is to pay homage to famous African American Poets and Artists of the past. This project also gives local poets and word artists an opportunity to use their creative talents to honor the past, appreciate the present and inspire a bright and brilliant future through recorded words. All are welcome.  This event will be streamed on February 6th at 7 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube.

4. Profiles in Writing: Black History Month Discussion

Join with the Erie County Public Library on Facebook on February 25th from 6:00-7:30pm and listen as Mabel Howard, David Taylor, and Angelia Evans discuss the Black writers that have influenced them and, afterward, as they share their own writing. Watch online here.

5. Speaker Series: A Pictorial View of Life in Erie's Black Community: An Unseen Perspective

This will be a PowerPoint presentation presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2021 with the Ada Lawrence Collection to highlight through pictures of family life in the African American Community. Presented by the Erie County Historical Society-Hagen History Center. Watch on Facebook Live.

Do you know of an Erie Black history month event we're missing? Please let me know at and I'll add it to this list and our calendar.