Black History Month Events | Evansville Living Magazine

Officially recognized by the United States government in 1976, Black History Month is a national commemoration of the notable contributions Black Americans have made to United States history. Each February, museums, universities and non-profit organizations pay tribute to black history with specialized programs and activities. Honor this cultural celebration by attending one of these tri-state events throughout the month of February.

Black History Month at USI
Various days/times during the month of February
Indiana Southern University, 8600 University Blvd.

The Multicultural Center at Indiana Southern University will host a myriad of events available to the Evansville community to coincide with Black History Month. Events include a public speaking contest at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 at Traditions Lounge, a debating contest at 5 p.m. Feb. 10 at Traditions Lounge, speaker and “Tasteful Thoughts” founder Shirval Moore at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at Carter Hall , and a soul food tasting and talk by Sodexo Executive Chef Gregory Dillard at 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at Carter Hall.

EVPL Black History Month Programs
Various days/times during the month of February
All participating EVPL sites

Black History Month activities hosted by the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library include a scavenger hunt, a spotlight on young adult black authors, Black History Month trivia for teens and a family movie night. Book bundles organized to mark Black History Month can be reserved and picked up at any EVPL store in February. At EVPL Central, guests can learn about the impact of healthy lifestyles through an interactive exhibit curated by DeAndre Wilson, a local activist and founder of the Keep Rolling campaign.

John M. Caldwell Memorial Lecture Series
11 a.m.-2 p.m. February 19
EVPL Central, Browning Rooms A and B, 200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The Soul Writer’s Guild of the Evansville African American Museum will host a conference honoring the memory of the Reverend John M. Caldwell on February 19. Caldwell was pastor of Zion Baptist Church and in 1967 became the first African American elected to the Evansville City Council. The conference is free and open to the public.

taste of history
7 p.m. March 12
University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Ave.

This Evansville African American Museum event will feature Nicholasville, Kentucky, resident Michael Crutcher Sr. in an individual production on Frederick Douglass. A soul food dinner will be served, with bar service available. Admission is $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members.

Lyles Station Centennial Celebration
1 p.m. February 19
Lyles Station Historic School and Museum, 953 N. County Road 500 W., Princeton, Indiana

To celebrate Black History Month and the 100th anniversary of the founding of Lyles Station School and Museum, Lyles Station will host a free program with guest speaker Eunice Trotter. The first black woman to serve as editor of the Indianapolis Star, Trotter is also a member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame and is considered an expert on black history in southwestern Indiana. His recent book “Black in Indiana” details the process of ending slavery in Indiana. A screening of the film “An Eagle on His Button,” which explores the story of a group of local African-American farm boys from Southern Illinois who fought in the Civil War, will take place after the presentation of the Trotter . Free tours of the museum and local art exhibits will also be offered on Saturdays.

Crossroads Christian Church Unity Concert
5 p.m. February 20
Crossroads Christian Church, 10800 Outer Lincoln Ave., Newburgh, Indiana

Presented by the United Churches of Evansville and Crossroads Christian Church, this Unity concert celebrating Black History Month will feature music from gospel artists George Dean and G4, Aero Ju, Marcellus Barnes and Crossroads Worship Band. The concert is free and open to the public. An offering will be taken during the concert to benefit the youth programs of the Evansville African American Museum.

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