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Celebrate Black History Month Around The Main Line

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7 great ways to honor Black Americans’ struggles and successes throughout the month of February and beyond.

FEB. 3, 10, 17 and 24: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. Every Wednesday this month from noon to 1:15 p.m., Montgomery County’s Black History Month Committee is livestreaming a series of panel discussions centered on “The Black Family.” Join community leaders as they engage in dialogue about education (Feb. 3.), criminal justice (Feb. 10), parenting and family (Feb. 17), and faith (Feb. 24). Registration required.


FEB. 12: NAACP’s 112th Anniversary. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded on this date in 1909. Support the work of the local NAACP Main Line Branch by donating.


FEB. 12: Junior Marvin (of the Wailers): Fifth Annual Bob Marley Birthday Celebration. Celebrate the anniversary of Bob Marley’s birthday with the Wailers’ Julian Junior Marvin. Ardmore Music Hall hosts this free virtual livestream event at 8 p.m. Registration required; donations are welcome.


FEB. 16: Food for Thought: Community Conversations. Join the Chester County Community Foundation for a noon discussion of diversity, equity and inclusion based around Mellody Hobson’s TED Talk, “Color Blind or Color Brave?” Hobson confronts the discomfort of speaking openly about race, arguing that it’s better for businesses and society in general. Registration required.

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FEB. 16: Reads & Company’s Virtual Conversation with Author Nancy Johnson. Join the folks at Phoenixville’s Reads & Company bookstore at 7 p.m. for a chat with Nancy Johnson, author of The Kindest Lie, a powerful novel framing the generational impact of America’s racial injustices—one that dives into how we define motherhood and family. Registration required.


FEB 18: A Virtual Discussion with Michael Eric Dyson and Jon Meacham. The Free Library of Philadelphia hosts a 7:30 p.m. conversation between Michael Eric Dyson (author of Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America) and Jon Meacham (author of The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels) about race in America and the path to redemption. Registration required.


Locust Lane Craft Brewery’s Black Is Beautiful Brew. Purchase a four-pack of this Irish stout from the Malvern-based brewery, and proceeds go to the Locust Lane Craft Brewery Black Is Beautiful Scholarship. The annual award goes to local Black high school seniors pursuing higher education.