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 2023 Black History Month events, sponsored by the Crispus Attucks Community Center:
Saturday, Feb. 4 – Black History Month Fashion Show, 5:30 pm | Reynolds Middle School
Thursday, Feb. 9 – Soul Food Thursday, 11:00 am | Crispus Attucks Community Center
Saturday, Feb. 11 – Sounds of Blackness, 5:30 pm | Jackson Middle School
Journey through the African American Music & Civil Rights Movement. Directed by Starleisha Michelle Gingrich. Click here to register.
Starleisha Michelle Gingrich (she/her) is a storyteller, a creative, and a self-described mirror and a lens: a reflection of what she holds dear and a look into how she views the world. Starleisha studied theatre at Messiah University and Community-Based Theatre with Cornerstone Theater Company in Queens, New York.
In Lancaster, Sharleisha has blended her love of theatre and her passion for justice and representation by launching Disrupt Theatre Company, a theatre designed to tell stories from the often-ignored perspectives of Black, Indigenous, non-Black People of Color, queer and trans folks. A facilitator through YWCA Lancaster’s Center for Racial and Gender Equity, Starleisha is passionate about helping people assess their diversity, equity, inclusion and justice needs, and develop long-term plans and strategies to bolster their DEIJ efforts within their companies.
Thursday, Feb. 16 – Soul Food Thursday, 11:00 am | Crispus Attucks Community Center
Thursday, Feb. 23 – Soul Food Thursday, 11:00 am | Crispus Attucks Community Center
Saturday, Feb. 25 – Step Show & Dance Battle, 5:30 pm | McCaskey East
Black History Month Step Show & Dance Battle features some of the best step teams and dance teams from the region and beyond for an afternoon of high energy performances. The Step Show & Dance Battle is one of the most anticipated annual events in the area.
Stepping is truly something that needs to be seen to be fully appreciated, the quick moves and split-second changes showcase just how much time and energy is put into the choreography. Beyond its entertainment value, the event is also highly educational as it relates to the concepts and themes of identity, culture, environment and society and their role in why these organizations came about and why they still exist today.
Click here to purchase tickets. Proceeds benefit Infamous Unstoppables Drill Team & Drum Squad, a program of the Crispus Attucks Community Center.
Sunday, Feb. 26 – Black History Month Quiz Bowl, 1:00 pm | E.R. Martin School
We believe that each participant in this year’s quiz bowl is standing on the unique culture, heritage, and promises of our African ancestors. It is with this promise, that we create a better today, and invest in our shared tomorrow. Through our young people, tomorrow we will harvest buds of promise, producing the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders!
A Concrete Rose
- Live from the Red Rose: Round 2 – Feb 2
- Educator Happy Hour – Feb 3
- Melanin and Mimosa Brunch – Feb 5
- Culture Corner: Improv Open Mic – Feb 10
- Live Music w/ Beautiful Migration – Feb 23
African American Cultural Alliance of Lancaster
- Black Business Expo: Kickoff Black Friday sale, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17; 2-day expo, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19, at the former Bon-Ton store at Park City Center, 600 Park City Center.
Bethel AME Church
- Living the Experience: Underground Railroad re-enactment. 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at Bethel AME Church, 512 E. Strawberry St.
Black Composers and Black Poets
- Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2-3:30pm – FREE
- New Creation United Methodist Church 10 W. Farnum St.
- Free Parking in church parking lot
City of Lancaster
- Black History Month Free Story time at the Lancaster City Welcome Center – 38 Penn Square
- February 11, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm by A Concrete Rose
- February 18, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm by Read Rose Books
Lancaster Public Library & NAACP Lancaster Branch
- Black History Month on Screen: Free film screenings at Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St.
- “Till,” 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.
- “The Woman King,” 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.
- Community Class – Friday, February 24
- Treadhouse is inviting every soul to take a class for FREE all day to members and guests.
- Black Artist Waystation – February 3 and February 24
- Dorothy Height Social Justice Club – February 9, 6:00 pm
- Interrupting Oppression – February 21 at 6:00 pm
- Ripening the Times – February 23 at 11:30 am
Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse
Artist: Antwain Williams
Details: Most of the work on display will be framed prints in black and white, a couple of the pieces will be framed original work by Antwain and 20% of all sales will be donated to Crispus Attucks.
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.