Crispus Attucks Community Center is presenting a lecture series featuring discussions on race, natural resources and 1969 riots in York.

The Black History Month Lecture Series will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 10 and 24 at Crispus Attucks Early Learning Center, 50 E. Boundary Ave. in York City.

The lectures are free and open to the public.

Sunday's topic is "Black Is, Black Ain't: Seeing Race in America Clearly," presented by Douglas Anthony, chairman of the history department at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster County.

This is the first time Crispus Attucks is presenting a Black History Month Lecture Series, said Cindy Leiphart, the center's development director.

"We want to offer an educational experience to York residents," Leiphart said. "It's something that would benefit the community, bring people together and raise awareness of black history and create opportunities for people to get together and learn from each other."

The Feb. 10 lecture title is "Sustainability of the World's Natural Resources." The presenter is Fulgentius Lugemwa,

assistant professor in chemistry department at Penn State York.

"York: Riots and Rebirth" is the topic for the Feb. 24 lecture by Peter Levy, chairman of the department of history and political science at York College.

During the series, the center will present artwork and music created by youth in the early learning center -- which serves children ages 3 months to 12 years -- and by students from Crispus Attucks YouthBuild Charter School, Leiphart said.

Charter School students are encouraged to attend the lectures, she said.

"We feel like it (will give) them a richer experience and a more well-rounded educational experience," she said.

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.