(807 Walker Ave.)
Feb. 13: 2-3 p.m., The Hollis F. Price Library presents Birthplace of Hip-Hop Tour, Alumni Room.
Feb. 18: 9:45 a.m.-10:50 a.m., A Discussion of Africans in Israel, featuring LOC faculty, Little Theater.
Feb. 22: 2-4 p.m., Owen College Legacy book signing with Dr. Miriam DeCosta Willis and other Owen College alumni, Dorothy Harris Lounge in the Hanson Student Center.
Feb. 22: 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m., 4th annual Harambee Festival, Bruce-Johnson Hall Gymnasium'
For more information, contact Dr. Femi Ajanaku at 901)-435-1427.
American Red Cross
In the spirit of Dr. Charles Drew, an African-American and the first medical director of an American Red Cross blood bank, the Red Cross reminds eligible donors of the importance of a diverse blood supply. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with the same ethnicity.
Donors of all types are encouraged to help save lives. Appointments 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Upcoming blood donation opportunities: Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ServiceMaster, 3839 Forest Hill-Irene Road.
A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum (Burkle Estate) is located at 826 No. Second St.
Feb. 8: Exhibit opening: Images of Africa: Before & After the Middle Passage, Shaakira & Jeff Edison, exhibitors; Musical Presentations: "Spirit of African Music & Spirituals," Ekpe Abioto.
Feb. 15: Book signings – Dr. Yao Foli Modey, "Mama Africa & The Angry Gods of Africa"; Earnest Lacey, "Free Joe" & "The Search for Free Joe"; Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis, "Black Memphis Landmarks"; Larry Batchlor, "The Juneteenth Story"; Florence Howard, "From Sagging to Success: The Story of Emery Franklin"; Tobbie Ingram, "The History of the Black Soldier."
Feb. 22: Artists Market, African Artifacts, African Clothing, Doll Makers, Crafts, Jewelry, Paintings. Museum hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admissions: $10 adults; $8 students.
University of Mississippi
Feb. 24: Soledad O'Brien, the former CNN anchor, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Open to the public. To find out more and see the complete list of Black History Month events, go to: http://news.olemiss.edu/former-cnn-anchor-soledad-obrien-to-speak-at-um-black-history-month/ - .Uu-imXmo9yE
Feb. 22: Celebrating Black History Month in the Heritage of Southwest Memphis, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the C.H. Nash Museum. Presentations include: The Abandoned Cemeteries of Southwest Memphis by Coriana Close, M.F.A., Assistant Professor, Department of Art, University of Memphis; Documenting and Preserving a People's History – A Sense of Place by Cynthia Jones Sadler, Ph.D., African and African American Studies, University of Memphis; A History of Education in Southwest Memphis by Earnestine Jenkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History, University of Memphis; Comments and Recognition of U.S. Military Veterans by Robert Gurley, President, Westwood Neighborhood Association, Inc.;
Also, film screening of "Black Diamonds Blues City," which tells the story of baseball's segregated Negro Leagues with particular emphasis on the Memphis Red Sox.
Southwest Tennessee Community College
Feb. 11: The 25th Annual Carter G. Woodson Awards Ceremony on the Union Avenue Campus - Vertis Sails Gym, at 11 a.m.
Arkansas State University (Jonesboro)
Feb. 8: TinkerFest beginning at 10 a.m. A second, related component will be a display of historic Mid-South photography by the late Nadia Price Bates Strid of Memphis. A TinkerFest is a fair where participants take apart, invent, or otherwise tinker with gadgets, toys, and other contraptions to learn more about how things work. All ages; free admission. Sponsored by the Arkansas Discovery Network, which is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The Museum also has received financial support from the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation to provide its 2014 membership in the network.
ASU Museum is located at 320 University Loop Circle in the west wing of Dean B. Ellis Library. Visit the Museum online at http://museum.astate.edu or http://facebook.com/ASUMuseum. Museum hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Bellevue Middle School
Feb. 28: "Bellevue Honors," a formal award show, will honor African Americans who have made significant contributions to society. The New Tri-State Defender will be saluted in the areas of journalism and community service. Time: 8:30 am. More information: 901-416-4488 or 901-230-9356.
DeSoto County African American History Symposium