Black History Month Programming

Black History Month Programming

Not Black history. American history.

Is That Black Enough for You?!?

6:30 p.m., February 2  |  Ticket required

Join acclaimed filmmaker and critic Elvis Mitchell and actor, director and Cincinnati resident Emilio Estévez for a screening and discussion of Mitchell’s documentary Is That Black Enough for You?!? The film – written, directed and narrated by Mitchell – features interviews with Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Whoopi Goldberg, Zendaya and more to explore the history of representation in American cinema with a focus on the provocative and groundbreaking blaxploitation films of the 1970s.

Following the film screening, Mitchell and Estévez sit down with Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival Artistic Director tt stern-enzi to discuss the past, present and future of representation in cinema.

Presented in partnership with the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival.


Why Kids Need Truthful History Classes

7 p.m., February 15  |  Registration required

Our inaugural Carter G. Woodson Roundtable addresses the importance of teaching truthful history and social justice in elementary and middle school classrooms.
Discover how teachers engage students to become tomorrow’s leaders and how this education impacts children’s mental health. Learn how to advocate for quality education for our children. This discussion is designed for educators, parents and students, all to be empowered to advocate for the integrity of education.



7 p.m., February 17  |  Registration required

Enjoy a screening and post-film discussion of gOD-Talk, a feature-length documentary on Black millennials and faith. The film is the culmination of a five-year study exploring the lives of seven millennials – Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Ifa and Spiritualist – and the challenges and discoveries with faith and spirituality. Following the film, gOD-Talk creator and producer Dr. Teddy Reaves and writer and director Kim Moir will explore how people express and reimagine faith in the 21st century. 

Presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in partnership with the Pew Research Group. 


The People's Referendum: George Chidi on Protecting Democracy

7 p.m., February 29  |  Ticket required

In 2023, voters across the country turned out in droves to vote on issues of abortion and bodily autonomy, the legalization of cannabis and procedures to amend state constitutions. On each issue, the voters made clear: citizens still hold power to enact change and they will hold legislators accountable. Journalist George Chidi discusses the unprecedented referendums in Ohio’s 2023 election and the subsequent efforts by the opponents of those referendums to subvert those results and limit the power of voters. In doing so, he hopes to answer: is America a government of the people or a government imposed on the people?