Forest Hill church hosts Black History Month programs
As part of its ongoing efforts to promote better interracial relationships, Forest Hill Presbyterian Church is again offering an active, entertaining and educational series of programs in honor of Black History Month in February:
Sunday, Feb. 4 - Visit a Black-Owned Restaurant Weekend: We encourage everyone to eat at a Black-owned restaurant or use a Black-owned caterer or deli for their Super Bowl parties, as an expression of financial justice and to appreciate a positive aspect of African American Culture: hospitality expressed through welcome and good food. For a list of more than 50 Black-owned restaurants, caterers, delis, and takeout places, www.fhcpresb.org.
Sunday, Feb. 11, 12:30 p.m. – Lunch with the Honorable Janine Boyd, State Representative, Ohio District 9: Rep. Boyd will speak with us about what Melissa Harris-Perry, in her book Sister Citizen, calls “standing straight in a crooked room,” i.e., living as a Black woman who is claiming her own power. A light luncheon will be served.
Sunday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. - Annual Forest Hill Church Gospel Concert: This year’s concert will feature music by the professional Black sacred music ensemble Spiritual Gifts, and poetry by Ali McClain, a local poet and Spoken Word performer. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. concert.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 12:30 p.m. - Soul Food Luncheon and Discussion of Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris-Perry: Join us for soul food in the Afro-Caribbean tradition, and a lively, facilitated discussion of Melissa Harris-Perry's book Sister Citizen. We expect this to be a high-energy conversation about a serious topic, with emphasis on what we can do to help straighten the walls of the crooked room in which we live.
Peg Weissbrod is a freelance writer and publicity coordinator for Forest Hill Church in Cleveland Heights.