Forest Hill Church celebrates Black History Month
February is Black History Month and, for the fourth consecutive year, members of Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, 3031 Monticello Blvd. in Cleveland Heights, have organized events for each weekend of the month, designed to “educate ourselves, strengthen our ties with one another and stir our souls.” All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.fhcpresb.org or call 216-321-2660.
Feb. 1: A talk by LaDon Headon, hip-hop historian and former musician, on Hip Hop 2.0, 12:30–2 p.m. This presentation will explore the history and development of this genre of music, and the hip-hop culture.
Feb. 8: Cajun Treats and Jazz Music, 12:30–2 p.m. This event, for all ages, features a Mardi Gras masks activity, in anticipation of Fat Tuesday.
Feb. 15: A talk by Ron Hickman, Ph.D., R.N., on the Challenges of Gaining Entrance and Mobility in Nursing Medicine, 12:30–2 p.m. Hickman is a young African-American nurse researcher and assistant professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).
Feb. 20: Friday Movie Night, 7–10 p.m. This family-friendly evening features hot dogs, pizza and popcorn, and a showing of the Spike Lee film, “Crooklyn,” with a brief discussion to follow.
Feb. 22: Soul Food Pot Luck and Book Discussion, 12:30–3 p.m. Dr. Faye Gary (who will also speak at the 11 a.m. worship), will lead a book discussion on The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, and on the National Institute of Health’s recommendations for future research protocols. Gary is the Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor for Vulnerable and At-Risk Persons at CWRU.
Feb. 22: Evening Worship Service: A celebration of African Music, 7–9. This evening of poetry, stories and music, will be led by Caleb Wright and feature internationally known gospel singer Mother Willie-Mae Wright, Peter Williams, and others. Willie-Mae Wright has been performing and advocating for the poor since the 1960s. She sang for Pope John VI at the Vatican in 1975. Wright is the matriarch of the Wright Family Singers, featuring seven of her eight children. The group performed for President Bill Clinton at the White House in 1994.
Vikki Nowak is a 10-year resident of Cleveland Heights and vice president at Nottingham Spirk.