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The York Dispatch

Black History Month events: 

FILE - In this May 17, 1967 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King speaks at the University of California administration building in Berkeley, Calif. Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. asked Americans, "Where do we go from here?" His warning of chaos or community squarely confronted racism, and marked a shift from his emphasis on nonviolence to a demand for full economic and political equality. Younger generations of black activists say they prefer the pointed, more forceful King to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning pacifist who preached love over hate.   (AP Photo, File)

Feb. 2:

Make your own African maxi skirt with Gusa by Victoria: $110, which includes 6 yards of fabric, food and drink and white T-shirt to wear with your finished skirt. This event takes place at 6 p.m. on Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Located at 252 W. Philadelphia St.

Feb. 3:

Paint and Sip hosted by Gusa by Victoria: $47, from 7 to 9 p.m.. Located at 252 W. Philadelphia St.

First Friday at Pennsylvania Arts Experience: Twelve black female artists will have their art on display during First Friday, located at 37 W. Philadelphia St.

Hank Willis Thomas reception at Marketview Arts: A reception will take place at Marketview Arts at 6:30 p.m., where this photo conceptual artist's work will be displayed from Feb. 3 through March 11.

Feb. 5:

South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Meeting: The meeting will take place at the York County Historical Center and will be lead by York City School District Superintendent Eric Holmes. He will present research on African American genealogical difficulties. The meeting is free and open to the public. It will run from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Feb. 9:

Hank Willis Thomas lecture: In a presentation at York College's DeMeester Recital Hall, you can hear this photo conceptual artist speak about his work at 5:30 p.m.

Honoring Obama: At Penn State York's campus from 4 to 6 p.m., the Black Student Union will host this event with refreshments. Videos of Obama will be shown, and a speaker will talk about the former president's legacy.

Feb. 11:

"A Slave No More": As a part of the Second Saturday Lecture Series at the York County Historical Center, author Judy Wolfman will talk about her latest book, "A Slave No More." The event is free and open to the public. It takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Feb. 15:

York Civil War Roundtable: The event takes place at the York County Historical Center and will have authors and local historians James McClure and Scott Mingus present "The Ground Swallowed Them Up: Slavery and the Underground Railroad in York County, PA." The event is free and open to the public, and will take place from 7 to 8 p.m.

Feb. 27:

Open Mic Night: To honor the role poetry has played in African-American culture, Penn State York's Black Student Union will host this event with a special appearance from Carla Christopher, a local poet and activist. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Room on campus.

Feb. 28:

YWCA York Film Series presents "13th": The documentary "13th," which looks at the nation's prison system, will be shown at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center at 5:30 p.m. for free. After the movie, a discussion will be facilitated by York NAACP President Sandra Thompson.

This is not a complete list of the events taking place in York County during Black History Month. If you would like your event featured on this list, please email news@yorkdispatch.com.