National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Hosting a Full Day of Black History Month Programming

. February 24, 2018

CINCINNATI, OH – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host a variety of programs closing out Black History Month on Saturday, February 24, beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the 12th Annual African American Quiz Bowl. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Black History Month programming for the day continues with Gallery Talk: Black Ingenuity-From Inventors to Entrepreneurship at 11:30 a.m., Gallery Talk: Celebrating African American Inventors at 1:30 p.m., and Gallery Talk: Buffalo Soldiers at 3:00 p.m. Gallery Talks are included with general admission to the museum.

The 12th Annual African American Quiz Bowl gives youth from local schools, churches and community groups the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions African Americans have made in America. The members of Delta Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. seek to evolve the educational experience through the quiz bowl by promoting the achievements and contributions of African Americans. Led by Steven Clark Sr., this annual competition has been a significant experience for a number of youth in the Greater Cincinnati region.

“We are looking forward to opening our doors to these phenomenal students in this growing tradition of how they celebrate Black History Month,” says Christopher Miller, Manager of Programs Initiatives at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “By showcasing and elevating the intellect of these students in the quiz bowl, we shed light on stories that are often untold or misinterpreted.”

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center board member Sean Rugless will be the guest speaker in Gallery Talk: Black Ingenuity-From Inventors to Entrepreneurship and will discuss the context and contributions from the earliest innovators, and how they have shaped today’s social and business landscapes. He will also explore how the same ingenuity transcends into economic opportunities that serve as the cornerstone of our communities.

Gallery Talk: Celebrating African American Inventors features a discussion on inspiration, patents, and family inventions by Dr. Kimya Moyo. A retired Cincinnati Public School mathematics educator, Dr. Moyo currently teaches at De Paul Cristo Rey High School and is the former director of the Sankofa Educational Enrichment Program-a high school Saturday school that focused on travel and taught critical thinking through African and African American history.

In conjunction with the national 2018 Black History Month theme, “African Americans in Times of War”, Gallery Talk: Buffalo Soldiers featuring Gregory A. Jones, M.Ed. will discuss the first inclusion of black men in the regular army between the times of the Civil War through World War I.

“We are thrilled to invite guests for a day of exceptional programming that offers rich and in-depth knowledge on the contributions African Americans have made to American history,” says Tara Riley, Interim Director of Museum Experiences at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Guests will also have the opportunity to see The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection as it is in the final weeks. The exhibit closes Saturday, March 3.

The 12th Annual African American Quiz Bowl will be at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Saturday, February 24, at 10:00 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Gallery Talk: Black Ingenuity-From Inventors to Entrepreneurship begins at 11:30 a.m. Gallery Talk: Celebrating African American Inventors begins at 1:30 p.m., and Gallery Talk: Buffalo Soldiers begins at 3:00 p.m. The Gallery Talk series are free with general admission. For more information about programming and exhibits at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org

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