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Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Crispus Attucks Community Center strives to improve the quality of life for youth and families in Lancaster by providing services that promote community prosperity, physical and mental health, and by offering programs and cultural events that preserve the African American heritage.

Here are the 2022 Black History Month events, sponsored by the Crispus Attucks Community Center: 


Say Their Name Art Display – Crispus Attucks Community Center 

Keisha Finnie, artist, will be hosting her Say Their Name Collage for the Month of February in front of the building.

Pizza Across America – Wednesday, February 9, 2022 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (until sold out)

Pizza Tent is partnering with the Crispus Attucks Community Center for National Pizza Day to ‘Slice Out Hunger’ on Wednesday, February 9, 2021, from 11 am to 12 pm. They will be setting up at the Crispus Attucks Community Center and will be serving Cheese & Pepperoni pies boxed to go!

This campaign celebrates National Pizza Day (Feb 9) by asking pizzerias to donate at least 10 pies to their local shelters, soup kitchens, and hunger action centers. Pizzerias across the U.S. will join the World Pizza Champions, a group of pizza industry leaders, in supporting their neighbors in need. For more information about the campaign, visit: https://sliceouthunger.org/pizza-across-america

 

Taste of Africa Cooking Workshop – Mondays – 5:30pm-6:30pm 

This cooking class will take place for 6 weeks in partnership with CAP Nutrition Education Program. Join us for FREE every Monday at the Crispus Attucks Community Center from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

  • January 31
  • February 7
  • February 14
  • February 18
  • February 28
  • March 7
  • March 14

Note: February 21 is President’s Day. In observance of the holiday, CAP is closed. 

To register, contact Vincent “Derek” Smith vsmith@caplanc.org or call 771-394-6604

Soul Food Thursdays 

When you think of Soul Food, do you think of comfort foods served at family gatherings and holidays that bring feelings of home? Traditional African American comfort foods include homemade macaroni and cheese, fried fish/chicken seasoned green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, and ice-cold drink and so much more. Join us for a free soul food lunch at Crispus Attucks Café.  The menu includes Fried Fish & Shrimp Mac & Cheese Green Beans Mashed Potatoes and gravy.

  • Thursday, February 4 – Smothered Chicken, Red Beans & Rice, Green Beans and Potatoes
  • Thursday, February 11 – Jambalaya, Fried Cabbage, and Corn Bread
  • Thursday, February 18 – Chicken Liver, String Beans, and Rice & Gravy
  • Thursday, February 25 – Fried Chicken, Baked Mac & Cheese, and Sweet Potatoes

Patients R Waiting – Health Equity Fair – Fridays – 6:00pm-9:00pm 

Patients R Waiting and PA United Against COVID brings you The Health Equity Lancaster Music Festival. This event will be every Friday until February 11th at Crispus Attucks Community Center. Performances will feature local and regional music artists, with an emphasis on BIPOC artists. The pre-show hosted by The TCP Network for each event will feature a public health and health promotion message. We will be offering COVID Vaccines for ages 5 and Up as well as Booster Shots and Flu Shots.

Soulful Sunday – February 6 & February 20 at 1:00 pm

An intimate interview with local African American religious leaders and their impact on the African American Community will be aired on Crispus Attucks Community Center’s Facebook and YouTube.

This year we will be interviewing Just As I Am Ministries on Sunday, February 6 and Brightside Opportunities Center on February 20.

Fashion Show – Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 6:00 pm

The Black History Month Fashion Show is a celebration of black beauty, black style, and their impact on popular style and culture. The show is also meant to be an inclusive space, rejecting the norms/traditions of the fashion industry in regard to what the “model type” looks like. This event is free and is open to the public. For more information about how to be a model in the show or any questions, please contact Derek Smith at vsmith@caplanc.org or 717-394-6604.

 Black History Quiz Bowl – February 27 at 5:00 pm – Virtual 

In partnership with Millersville University, YWCA of Lancaster, and the Crispus Attucks Community Center, test your Black History Month knowledge and join us for a virtual Black History Month Quiz Bowl from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Prizes include a Nintendo Switch for students and Adults can win up to $500 toward the non-profit of their choice.

 


To learn more about events and celebrations happening in our community, go to cityoflancasterpa.com/black-history-month

Fundraisers

  • During Black History Month, Decades Lancaster is selling buttons to support us! Purchase a $2 Decades button and we’ll donate $1 to Community Action Partnership to go towards their transformational initiatives!
  • Create a Facebook Fundraiser to support Crispus Attucks: CLICK HERE
  • Donate one-time or help sustain Crispus Attucks by becoming a monthly donor, donate here.

Resources

 

To support the Crispus Attucks Community Center by making a donation, click here.


 

About the Crispus Attucks Community Center

Since 1927, the Crispus Attucks Community Center has been an anchor in Southeast Lancaster City. The organization has a proud history of providing educational and cultural programs to celebrate African American heritage, serving meals to individuals in need, and focusing on youth education and leadership development. Crispus Attucks takes immense pride in its mission to improve the quality of life for youth and families in Lancaster by providing services that promote community prosperity, physical and mental health, and by offering programs and cultural events which preserve the African American heritage. For more information, visit caplanc.org/crispusattucks

About the Community Action Partnership

The Community Action Partnership is Lancaster County’s largest anti-poverty organization, helping low income families move toward self-sufficiency. CAP’s service profile interrupts inter-generational poverty with programs that support families and individuals at every age and place in life, in the areas of education and child development, health and nutrition, household stability and safety and empowerment. For more information, visit www.caplanc.org.