Black History Month events

Selfie Museum’s popup exhibit at library

Feb. 1 to Feb. 28, from noon to 6 p.m. at Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., Dayton.

Gem City Selfie Museum presents a creative, informative and interactive experience exploring the interactions of color and mental wellness. The pop-up exhibit will celebrate Black History Month through both color and phototherapy.

Understanding the significance of community fellowship and combined resources for global influence, Gem City Selfie Museum will be partnering with local artists and entrepreneurs to design the activations for the exhibition and host a range of programs to promote social and mental wellness.

“What makes this exhibit unique is its foundation. Everything we do is rooted in community and wellness,” said NaAsiaha Simon, founder of Gem City Selfie Museum. “Our goal is to enlighten and lighten the emotional burdens of all patrons of all ages through selfies and self-discovery. Visitors can expect to see themselves and have their feelings represented in our art and throughout the creative space. We design for the people because we are the people, too!”

Video essay contest for students

Ongoing — Springboro-area students are invited to compete in the 2022 Black History Month video essay contest. The contest is a part of the Black History Month celebration sponsored by Parents Empowering All Children of Color (PEACOC) in conjunction with Springboro Community City School District. PEACOC is excited to provide an opportunity for Springboro area students to celebrate unsung Black heroes.

The Black History Month video essay contest is open to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade who live in Springboro or Clearcreek Twp. All submissions must be uploaded to PEACOC Google Classroom (code: c6uffom) before 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18. The video essay awards ceremony will be via Zoom on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Submissions that do not meet the criteria, that plagiarized others’ work, or do not include a complete application and release form, will not be considered.

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2021 Art of Soul! juried art show awards

Sat., Feb. 26, 1 – 2 p.m. at National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, 1350 Brush Row Road, Wilberforce.

Join in for the last viewing of the 2021 Art of Soul! juried art show from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and meet some of the artists who created the 66 pieces of artwork. During the 1 p.m. ceremony, the winners of the 2021 show will be announced, and all participating artists will be recognized for their excellent submissions reflecting the theme of “Black Future.” Ceremony is included with museum admission: $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $3 for ages 6–17, Free for Ohio History Connection & NAAMCC members. For more information, visit or email