In your community: Taste of African Heritage series set at main library branch

February 9, 2017

Taste of African Heritage series set at main library

A Taste of African Heritage takes place each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s main branch, 1901 Vine St.

The free, six-lesson nutrition and cooking program is presented by Oldways until Feb. 28. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend all six workshops.

Visitor center blends archeology, Black history

Join an archeologist for a slide program, “Lessons from the Earth: Uncovering Black History,” at 1 p.m. Feb. 11 inside the Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market streets.

It will offer viewers a glimpse into the world of people such as James Oronoco Dexter, a free Black coachman who lived in Philadelphia in the late 1700s, and Oney Judge, the enslaved maid to George Washington wife, Martha.

Black History Concert planned at Episcopal church

The Marian Anderson Music Guild will present a Black History Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Grace Episcopal Church, 19 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, N.J.

The event features organist Michael Gittens, soprano Vedra Chandler, tenor the Rev. William Heard III and the Camden Creative Arts High School Concert Choir. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for youth, with the proceeds going for a scholarship fund.

Portrayal of early civil rights fighter scheduled

“Philadelphia’s Forgotten Hero: Octavius V. Catto” will inspire listeners with the story of the great 19th century civil rights activist, portrayed by Robert Branch.

Catto was a crusader in Philadelphia in the late 1800s who fought for education and justice and equality for all.

The program is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Feb. 18, 1 p.m. at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market streets.

Black History event on Pennsylvania Hall

“Pennsylvania Hall: A New Perspective in the Fight for Freedom” will allow visitors to hear about the promise of Pennsylvania Hall, the abolitionist meeting place that stood for just three days before being destroyed.

The discussion will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market streets.

Genealogical society invites public to monthly meetings

The Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society’s Philadelphia chapter will hold its monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Feb. 25 at the Community College of Philadelphia’s auxiliary campus, 1300 W. Godfrey Ave., room 244.

Among the scheduled topic is “How to Research African American Family History.” The program is free and open to the public.

Other meeting dates are March 25 and April 22 at 11 a.m. For more information call 215-747-2786.

African Episcopal Church concert to aid scholarships

The Music Committee of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Ave., will hold a benefit concert on April 23 at 3 p.m. to benefit its scholarships fund.

The event will feature Lincoln University’s Concert Choir, conductor Edryn J. Coleman, bass baritone Ronald Campbell and accompanist Joseph Krupa.

Donations are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under age 12 are admitted free.

For more information, call (610) 328-0406.