Groups around York County celebrated Black History Month with a lecture series, displays at local libraries and museum tours.
The Crispus Attucks Association sponsored a lecture series. The series featured professors from Penn State-York, Lancaster's Franklin & Marshall College, and York College of Pennsylvania.
Topics covered "Sustainability Challenges and Your Responsibility" by Dr. Fulgentius Lugemwa, Asst. Professor, Chemistry at Penn State-York; "The Harlem Renaissance and the Making of Black Consciousness" by Dr. Patrick Bernard, Associate Professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College; and "Rosa Parks and the Long Struggle for Equality" by Dr. Peter Levy, Chair History & Political Science Department, York College of PA.
Children's Room Coordinator at Martin Library, LaTassia Kinard, created her annual display for Black History Month. She gathered a mix of books, featuring historical figures and biographies about current leaders in politics, science and culture.
When buying books for the collection, "we really have to stay up on which is the new famous, hot celebrity," said Children's Services Librarian Laura O'Grady, who along with Kinard recognizes that it is necessary to have that modern-day hook to get the kids engaged and interested in learning more.
"Nine out of 10 (of the celebrities featured in the biography collection) have stories of struggle and they have worked really hard to achieve their dreams and goals," O'Grady said.
And year-round, a Black heritage tour titled "A Road to Freedom" brings to light the untold stories of the American Black experience that took place in Gettysburg.
Hear stories of the contributions of black families to our local and national heritage. Learn about their plight leading up to and during the actual battle in Gettysburg.
90-minute tours are available from 9am until dusk, starting from the Gettysburg Hotel (One Lincoln Square) and concluding at Old Gettysburg Village.
For more information, visit gettysburgblackhistory.org.