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HAPPENING AT MAIN

Empowerment and Achievement AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN THE QUEEN CITY

Throughout history, women fought obstacles and overcame perceptions of their role in society. This February, during Black History Month, the Main Library will showcase African American women who refused to take a limited role and instead became leaders who made a difference in Hamilton County. All programs begin at 2 p.m. in the Reading Garden Lounge on the first floor of the South Building at the Main Library.

The Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs at 1010 Chapel Street SATURDAY, FEB. 3

Historian John Harshaw and members of the Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women will present a fascinating look at one of the oldest African American women’s organizations in the United States and efforts to preserve and renovate its clubhouse at 1010 Chapel Street in Walnut Hills.

Marian Spencer—Keep on Fighting SATURDAY, FEB. 10 Join author Dorothy H. Christenson for a talk on her friend and Cincinnati legend Marian Spencer. Spencer left a legacy of lasting Civil Rights victories including the desegregation of Cincinnati’s Coney Island amusement park. She fought to desegregate Cincinnati schools and to stop the introduction of observers in black voting precincts in Ohio. Her campaign to raise awareness of industrial toxic-waste practices in minority neighborhoods was later adapted into national Superfund legislation. Christenson’s biography, Keep On Fighting, reveals the life story of this remarkable leader.

Miss Black Cincinnati and Miss Black Teen Cincinnati Pageants SATURDAY, FEB. 24 Thirty-eight years ago, Robert L. Humphries created a pageant that focused on the inner beauty of the contestants and valued young African American women for their poise, intellect, and talent. Join Humphries and former contestants for a discussion on the history of these pageants and the impact it made on individual lives and on the community. 8

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