The Clinton County History Center, in partnership with WAMA (Wilmington Area Ministerial Association), is happy to present a wide variety of Black History resources to celebrate February’s Black History Month in 2021. These links feature a collection of national, state, and local resources to learn more about the history of both Black and African American people. Due to COVID19 we are unable to gather to celebrate Black History Month as a community such as last year when Kentucky Humanities performer Debra Faulk stared as “Nancy Green: Being Aunt Jemima, the Pancake Queen” on the historic Murphy Theater’s stage. We are hopeful next year will provide an opportunity to host a public performance of some type to honor Black History Month as social distancing restrictions may be lifted. In the mean time, we hope you will enjoy and benefit from the following resources…
- PBS Civil Rights
- African American History Month – website that is curated by The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Black History Teaching Resources – website featuring education resources put together by the Smithsonian
- BlackPast.org – 6,000 page reference center dedicated to providing information to the general public on African American history and the history of more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world
- Ohio History Connection – Black History Month 2021
- Online resources from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati
- After Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Black Voices for Justice, online lecture series hosted by the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Cincinnati
- History Channel’s Tuskegee Airmen
- Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum – Black Wings and the history of Tuskegee Airmen
- Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture – Celebrating Black History Month
- Black History Month: Different times, different treatment by Neil Snarr, Wilmington News Journal 2019
- African American schools have rich history by Neil Snarr, Wilmington News Journal 2017
- Joseph Hawley: From slavery’s bondage to businessman, councilman by Shelby Boatman, Wilmington News Journal 2020
- Charles “Hammie” Graham: Entrepreneur and local force for change by Shelby Boatman, Wilmington News Journal 2020
- William Yoakley had lasting impact on education, health in Clinton County by Shelby Boatman, Wilmington News Journal 2020
- All that jazz: Celebrating Clarence Jones by Shelby Boatman, Wilmington News Journal 2020
- Black History Month: When the KKK came to Clinton County (Part I) by Neil Snarr, Wilmington News Journal 2021
- Black History Month: Decline of the KKK in early 20th century (Part II) by Neil Snarr, Wilmington News Journal 2021
- Rollins’ life of helping those in need by Neil Snarr, Wilmington News Journal 2018
- Gist Settlement: It took nearly 200 years by Neil Snarr, Wilmington News Journal 2018
- Fostering hope after Civil War by Neil Snarr, Wilmington News Journal 2018
- A family of workers and innovators by Neil Snarr, Wilmington News Journal 2018
- Black History Month: Filing for freedom by Beth Mitchell – Genealogy Society Library Researcher, Wilmington News Journal 2021
- Wilmington College’s Black History Month, 2021
- Wilmington College’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion – Black History Events 2021
- Celebrating Black History Month: Black History of Highland County, The Highland County Press, 2021
- The Lincoln School Story and Highland Co.’s Marching Mothers – The Lincoln School Project began in the Fall of 2015. A committee was formed to explore the possibility of creating an exhibit for the Highland House Museum (Hillsboro Ohio) to tell the story of integration of the Hillsboro Elementary Schools in the mid 1950’s. (Highland County is located just slightly south-east of Clinton County)
Virtual Events (from Ohio Humanities):
Courage in the Skies: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 12pm
Sponsored and broadcast online by the Ohio Statehouse and presented by living historian Anthony Gibbs
After Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Black Voices for Justice Discussion Series
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7pm
Sponsored by the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and featuring Dr. John Getz, Professor Emeritus, Xavier University and Dr. Jerry Cline-Bailey, Associate Professor of English, Xavier University
Children’s Storytime: The Last Stop on Market Street
Saturday, February 6 at 2pm
Sponsored and streamed on Facebook live by the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library. Featuring a story about what an African-American child learned on a bus ride with his grandmother.
A People Denied: Tri-Racial Appalachian Heritage
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12pm
Sponsored and broadcast online by the Ohio Statehouse and presented by storyteller Lyn Ford.
Before Her Time: The Life of Virginia Hamilton
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11 am
Sponsored by Ohio History Connection and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. Featuring author Julie Rubini and presented by Ohio Humanities.
Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest Virtual Book Conversation Series
Saturday, February 13 at 7pm
Presented by White Whale Bookstore and featuring contributors Curtis L. Crisler, Nia Easley, Lyndsey Ellis, Deva Rashed-Boone, Wylliam Smith, Vanessa Taylor, DeMar Walker, and Kim-Marie Walker.
Behind the Mask: Black Power in Comics
Monday, February 15 at 7pm
Sponsored by Ohio History Connection and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. Co-hosted by the Wright Memorial Public Library.
Henry “Box” Brown: Magician Escapes to Freedom
Tuesday, February 16 at 12pm
Sponsored and broadcast online by the Ohio Statehouse and presented by Rory Rennick.
Queens of the Queen City: Cincinnati Stories of African American Women
Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 4pm
Sponsored by the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and Ohio History Connection and featuring Hadley Drodge, assistant curator of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center.
“Remember the Ladies:” The 1850 Women’s Rights Convention in Salem, OH
Thursday, March 11 at 7pm
Sponsored by Ohio History Connection and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. Presented by Ohio Humanities and Cathy Nelson.
Reading List (via Ohio Humanities):
Devote time to reading these books about Black Ohio history or written by Black Ohio authors:
The Northern Stories of Charles W. Chesnutt edited by Charles Duncan
How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones
Historic Black Settlements in Ohio by David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker
Home by Toni Morrison
Clinton County Reads Book Selection: “The Girl with the Louding Voice” – the debut novel of Abi Darè that tells the inspiring story of a teenage girl, Adunni, who grows up in a rural Nigerian village. Clinton County Reads is sponsored by the Blanchester Public Library, the Sabina Public Library and its New Vienna branch, the Wilmington Public Library and its Clinton-Massie branch, and BooksNMore.org. Physical copies of “The Girl with the Louding Voice” are available at each library location, and ebooks and audiobooks are available via library apps such as Hoopla, Libby, or Overdrive. The book can also be purchased through Clinton County-based BooksNMore.org
Check back soon! This page will be updated throughout the month of February with more resources and links.