Friday, February 03, 2017

Your Daily Dose

This is Black History Month and consistent with our view that we all need to be thinking globally but acting locally, we want to encourage every one of our readers to attend at least two events this month that recognize black history or culture. We’ll be lenient and say that attending a social justice event can count as one of the black history/culture events.

Attendance at such events is valuable on a number of levels. In this day of social media it is easy in this social media era to deceive ourselves into thinking that the media connection addresses the social needs we have as humans in need of connection. I have been gratified every time I have actually picked up the phone and called someone instead of sending a quick email response. How much truer is that when we actually show up instead of relying upon the electronic as our primary means of connection!

So here’s a quick initial list of events we think worthy of your consideration this month. The first one is Saturday, February 4, and we are perplexed at how we could have omitted it from our weekly roundup feature, This Week in Cleveland. We are talking about the !7th Annual Social Justice Teach-In at Case Western Reserve University’s Tinkham Veale Center 11038 Bellflower Rd. Cleveland 44106. It starts at 10:30 am and runs to 3:30 pm.

The teach-in offers over 30 workshops on local and global justice issues, and aims to provide attendees with enhanced skills to work for social change.

Students can attend this timely event for free. There is a $10 admission fee for others. Sponsors are the Inter Religious Task Force on Central America and CWRU. Get a sense of the day by checking this site.

Also noted for your consideration as a late schedule adjustment is “A Talk with my Daughters: Spiritual Healing for African American Women”. This event is also set to begin tomorrow morning, Saturday, February 4 from 9 am-1 pm at Maple Heights Regional Library, 5225 Library Lane Maple Heights 44137.

The program has a bevy of sponsors, including the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition, National Council of Negro Women, Cuyahoga Section, Girl Trek, New Voices Cleveland, Coalition of 100 Black Women, National Congress of Black Women, Elyria YWCA, Trumbull County African American Achievers, and the Lorain County Negro Business and Professional Women.

A flier we picked up on the event indicates its essence will be  a discussion on how African American women “can channel our ancestors in order to heal ourselves, our loved ones and our spirit relations to help build a better Northeast Ohio”.

We know this is late notice but we are encouraged to share this info because even a similar late notice to Dr. Cassi Pittman’s presentation this past week increased attendance at the event by about 10%.

Our next This Week in Cleveland will appear in this space Monday morning, so if you know of a worthwhile event occurring this month, let us know ASAP.

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