Black History Month Events in Blair County (and beyond!)

Since the release of our save-the-date memo for 2023 (which you can read at the bottom of the page), the Blair County NAACP Branch #2252 has received information on additional diversity-focused programming in our area! Though some of the events have passed at the time of this posting, there is still plenty of time to get out and get educated on the Black & Brown Experience in America. The following is a list of events for Black History Month in Blair County:

  1. On January 23, 2023, Penn State Altoona hosted a screening of the movie “Till” at 6PM in the Harry E. Slep Student Center.
  2. On February 1, 2023, Penn State Altoona hosted nationally-known author Odell Bizell, who spoke on “When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Meets Malcolm X” at 6PM in the Harry E. Slep Student Center.
  3. On February 11, 2023, Paige Lightner (Blair County NAACP 2nd Vice President and CEO of Pa’je’s Potions & Pa’je’s Productions) organized and hosted a Go-Go Themed Adult Prom with Pennsoulvania, Inc. to benefit the African American Heritage Festival 2023.
  4. On February 12, 2023, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (One of Blair County’s historic Underground Railroad stops) screened a Black History Movie from 2PM to 5PM.
  5. On February 15, 2023, the Blair County NAACP Branch #2252 is hosting its monthly meeting at 6:30 PM, at the Blair County Community Action Agency building (2301 Beale Ave, Altoona, PA, 16601).
  6. On February 16, 2023, Penn State Altoona is hosting a poetry reading by Cameron Barnett, author of “The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water” at 12:15 in the Titleman Study of the Misciagna Family Center for the Performing Arts.
  7. Also on February 16, 2023, the Greater Altoona Jewish Federation is hosting the Shared Legacies Dinner and a film screening. If you did not place reservations for the Dinner, which is taking place at 5:30PM at the Agudath Achim Social Hall, there is no requirement for reservations to attend the film screening at 7PM at the Downtown Devorris Center (1431 12th Avenue, Altoona, PA). From the federation:
    “SHARED LEGACIES is a documentary that recounts the crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation during the Civil Rights movement. This potent, inspiring story of unity, empathy and partnership validates the ubiquity of the human experience and how freedom and equality for all can be achieved only when people come together.” The film is $5/person, unless you are a student, for whom it is free. Payments by check can be made to the Greater Altoona Jewish Federation (PO Box 224, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648) or via credit card by visit and clicking on the large orange DONATE button.
  8. On February 19-20, 2023, Penn State Altoona is hosting its 23rd Annual African American Read-in. Reservations are closed for the Sunday dinner event, but more information on the AARI can be found here.
  9. On February 23, 2023, Harriet Gaston (founder of Blair County’s African-American Heritage Project and resident NAACP Branch #2252 historian) is presenting on “The Educational History of Hollidaysburg’s Black Residents: Overcoming and Thriving” at 6:30PM at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library.
  10. On February 24, 2023, ArtsAltoona is giving anyone who missed their opportunity to view “Till” at Penn State Altoona another chance to see! At 6PM at ArtsAltoona HQ, “Till” will be screened, followed by a panel discussion on themes from the movie. Among the panelists is Blair County NAACP President Andrae Holsey. For more information, individuals may contact them at .
  11. On February 26, 2023, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is screening another Black History Month Movie. If you missed your chance to go on February 12th, this is a fantastic 2nd opportunity to view an informative film on the Black & Brown Experience in America.

For more information on upcoming events involving the NAACP or our community partners, feel free to view the list of Blair County NAACP-sponsored/supported events approved for release by the Officers and Executive Committee of Branch #2252. As this memorandum was approved on December 14, 2022, there will be additional events throughout the year posted on this page.

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