Event Calendar

Events for Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Blax Museum: Poetic Performances of Activist Poets
12:00 PM
Join poet and performance artist Michelle R. Smith, when BLAX MUSEUM comes to the Maltz Museum in honor of Black History Month. Showcasing notable black figures in American history and culture, this annual event — which changes venues year to year — features black artists from Northeast Ohio celebrating the art and artistry of black ancestors through electrifying presentations. Since its inception, BLAX MUSEUM has paid tribute to such heroes, icons, and innovators as Crispus Attucks, Josephine Baker, Frederick Douglass, Nikki Giovanni, Fred Hampton, Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, bell hooks, Mahalia Jackson, Etta James, Henrietta Lacks, Audre Lorde, Gordon Parks, Richard Pryor, Paul Robeson, Malcolm X, and many revered others through music, poetry, speeches, monologues, photography, and even stand-up comedy. Don’t miss February’s show, to be held inside the special exhibition gallery showcasing This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement.

Maltz Museum, 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, Ohio 44122

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Ohio Pastors to Join Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking, to discuss Faith, Racial Bias and The Death Penalty
12:00 PM
On February 28 at 7:00 p.m. two Ohio faith leaders along with the national director of the Faith Leaders of Color Coalition will join world renowned anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, for an evening of discussion about the intersection of faith, racial bias and the failures of the death penalty.

The virtual event called “Thou Shall Not Kill: A Conversation with Sis Helen Prejean about Faith and the Death Penalty” will be hosted by the Ohio Council of Churches, Ohioans to Stop Executions and the Faith Leaders of Color Coalition.

Joining Sister Helen will be:

• Rev. Dr. Amariah McIntosh, Ohio Council of Churches, FLOCC member

• Bishop Gregory Palmer, West Ohio Conference United Methodist Church, FLOCC member

• Joia Erin Thornton, Faith Leaders of Color Coalition (FLOCC), Coalition Director

“This is a moment of divine destiny for people of color in Ohio that we must seize with determination,” said Rev. Dr. McIntosh. “My fellow Ohio members of the Faith Leaders of Color Coalition are energized for the campaign to end the death penalty, which is a direct descendent of racial terror lynchings. We are fully committed to seeing this racially biased system end in Ohio once and for all.”

To register for the event go to this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ND7Xa6XETSyHXI-8JntVAA

For more information, please contact Allison Cohen: allison@otse.org, 513-787-9399.

Ohioans to Stop Executions is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to ending the death penalty in Ohio through public education, grassroots organizing, and advocacy. Founded in 1988, OTSE is the state's leading voice against capital punishment.

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