BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS
Emperor Jones — 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron. Play is not suitable for children under 16. Performers include University of Akron alumni and existing students who wanted to present challenging theater. Directed by Lois Elswick, a UA graduate student. Features Treviel Cody as the Emperor and Keith Scott as Smithers. Other cast members include Navarre Medlock, Emmanual Anim Koranteng and Thurayya Umbaye Make. $10, $7 students. 330-376-8480.
Paul Goebbel Presents The Underground Railroad — 6:30 tonight, Stark County District Library, Perry Sippo Branch, 5710 12th St., NW, Canton. A historical presenter, Goebbel will tell the story of men and women who risked their personal finances and freedom to help U.S. slaves. Not suitable for those under 18. Registration is requested. 330-477-8482, www.StarkLibrary.org/eventscalendar.
Jimmy Baynes Photography Collection Spotlight — 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, 2809 Woodland Ave., Cleveland. Free with reservation, go to http://tickets.rockhall.com.
The Black List: Vol. III — 2 p.m. Wednesday, Kent State University at Stark, Library Conference Room, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, Jackson Township. The series provides insight on identity, diversity and race in America. Each video will be followed by a moderated discussion. Free. For more information, call 330-499-9600 or go to www.stark.kent.edu/about/diversity.
An Evening With NFL Hall of Famer Willie Brown — 6 p.m. Wednesday, Kent State University at Stark, University Center, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, Jackson Township. Willie Brown will share his story about the American Football League and playing professional football during the 1960s. Free. For more information, call 330-499-9600 or go to www.stark.kent.edu/about/diversity.
Boddie Recording Studio Panel Discussion — 7 p.m. Wednesday, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland. Featuring Mrs. Louise Boddie, Harvey Hall of Harvey and the Phenomenals, and Dante Carfagna of reissue label Numero Group. Free with reservation, go to http://tickets.rockhall.com.
Rainbow Repertory presents Listening In: African American History, 1809-2010 — 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Malone University, Johnson Center Chapel, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. $8, $7 seniors and students. 330-454-5880.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Hall of Fame Series presents Bobby Womack — 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Foster Theatre, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland. $15. For tickets, go to http://tickets.rockhall.com.
Dred Scott Decision Talk — 11 a.m. Feb. 23, Stark County District Library, DeHoff Memorial Branch, 216 Hartford Ave. SE, Canton. Historical presenter Paul Goebbel will give the talk, followed at 12:30 p.m. by Repository staff writer Charita Goshay’s talk about the history of Canton’s Cherry Avenue. More information at www.StarkLibrary.org/eventscalendar.
Massillon Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch — 12:10 p.m. Feb. 26, Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E. Marva Dodson, a Massillon City Schools retired nurse, community volunteer and historian, will present CHARISMA: Contributions of Historic African-Americans whose Roots and Influence are of Significance to the Massillon Area. Free. 330-833-4061 or www.massillonmuseum.org.
Discussion: Race in America — 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Malone University, Randall Campus Center, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. Free.
Famous African-Americans — Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Second Baptist Church of Medina, 451 Bronson St. Presented by the church and the Medina County Branch of the American Association of University Women. The Fellowship Hall and corridors will be filled with displays featuring famous African-Americans, collected by Ozenia Burden, church member, who has served as Black History Month historian for 20 years. The program will begin at 7 p.m. No fee to attend. Information, call 330-735-1360.
Hall of Fame Series With Bobby Massey of the O’Jays — 7 p.m. Feb. 27, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland. Free with reservation, go to http://tickets.rockhall.com.
Kent State University at Stark presents Electric Blues featuring the Wallace Coleman Band — 6 p.m. Feb. 28, Kent State University at Stark, Main Hall Auditorium, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, Jackson Township. Free. Information, call 330-499-9600 or go to www.stark.kent.edu/about/diversity.
African-American Women Pioneers in Sports — 1 p.m. March 12, Kent State University at Stark, Main Hall Auditorium, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, Jackson Township. Highlights African-American women who have made significant contributions and achievements in sports. Free. Information, call 330-499-9600 or go to www.stark.kent.edu/about/diversity.