2016-02-18 / Around Town

Celebrating Black History Month

Thursday, Feb. 18 Newport’s Black Giants: Race, Sport and Community Sports Historian Robert Cvornyek will discuss the social and cultural impact/presence in Newport, around the turn of the last century, of African-American athletic clubs and neighborhood-sponsored teams. Cvornyek, chair of the history department at Rhode Island College, will discuss “how minority players transformed the city’s ball fields into public spaces dedicated to the struggle for equality,” 5:30 p.m., Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro St., $5 per person, $4 with Newport Winter Festival bracelet; $1 for NHS members, RSVP at 401- 846-0813 x 110 or email mdelaire@newporthistory.org

Saturday, Feb. 20 Slavery and Justice in the 21st Century Maiyah Gamble-Rivers, a second-year Master’s fellow at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University, will discuss the center’s mission as a scholarly research center. Areas of study include the role of slavery in forming the modern Americas. Gamble Rivers, a native Rhode Islander, is working on her Master’s Degree in Public Humanities while working with R.I. high school students, 2 p.m., Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., free, 847-8720 x208 or newportlibraryri.org.

Film & Vocal Singers Sponsored by the Newport NAACP, 6:30 p.m., Community Baptist Church, 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., free, 401-846-3086.

Saturday, Feb. 27 “The Invisible Church Emerges,” performance by the Unity Choir of the Community Baptist Church, 2 p.m., Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., free, 401-847-8720.

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