Join us for this year's completely virtual 30th Annual Black History Celebration! Although this event will look and feel a little different this year with no in-person events, we are hoping that our engaging line-up of Facebook Live events, take-home kits, virtual speakers and entertainers, and more will inspire you as we celebrate our community's black history.
NOTE: None of the 2021 events will be in-person at our Main library as in past years due to COVID-19 restrictions.
11 AM-Facebook Live presentation of the Black
National Anthem by Mansfield vocalist, James Davis
11 AM, while supplies last-Free celebratory, take-home meal distributed at:
Kingdom Grace Fellowship Church, 105 Reba Ave.
Providence Baptist Church, 112 W 6th St.
MRCPL public parking lot, Mulberry St.
12 PM Facebook Live-Performance by the Jesus Jewels Praise Dancers of Shiloh Baptist Church
2 PM-Live discussion of Mental Health in the Current Culture presented by Carla James, CDCA. This will be a Zoom event, please register at mrcpl.org/calendar.
2 PM Facebook Live Story Time
In addition to the above live events, MRCPL is offering Black History themed, take-home craft kits for adults, teens, and children of all ages (while supplies last). These kits can be picked up Saturday, February 6 at all 9 MRCPL branch locations from 10 AM - 2 PM. Kits will also be available at all three meal distribution locations.
The Library’s website will host several additional opportunities to celebrate Black History Month. These include:
Virtual photography slide show by OSU-Mansfield student artist, Braxton Daniel.
Video presentation from the Mansfield Senior High F.I.E.L.D. Strong Step Team (Fierce, Individuals, Empowered, to Lead, and Develop).
A special video introduction from the newly-elected Mansfield NAACP President, Leonard Dillon who will be sharing his vision for uniting the community.
In honor of Black History month, we want to hear and share the stories of your heritage as a resident of Richland County. We recognize the importance of connecting our community by remembering and celebrating African American History. Please click the link below to share your story and/or picture to be added to our collection.
As we celebrate Black History month, we want to also support our local businesses. We are compiling a database of African American business owners. The complete list will be hosted on this page beginning Saturday, February 6, and remain accessible throughout the month of February.
If you would like your business to be represented on our list, click this link to complete a brief form with your business's information.
All submissions need to be made by Friday, January 29 to ensure they are represented on our website. Note: by completing and submitting the information on this form, you are giving permission to MRCPL to host the information on our public website.
If you are unable to complete this form, you can call Keli Dotson at 419.521.3145 and provide the below information for your business.
Type of Business (EX: salon, restaurant, shop, homemade jewelry sales)
Business Phone Number
Business URL or Facebook page URL (recommended, but optional)
43 West Third Street
Mansfield, OH 44902
Mon. - Thu.: 10 AM - 6 PM
Fri: 10 AM - 5 PM
Sat: 10 AM - 2 PM