Hagerstown YMCA plans Black History Month program

February 09, 2012|Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street

Hagerstown YMCA plans Black History Month program
The Hagerstown YMCA Black Achievers will host a community Black History Month program Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. at Bridge of Life Church, 14 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

For more information, call Deborah Phillips at 301-739-3990, ext. 4239.

Chocolate Sunday
Sunday will be Chocolate Sunday at Ebenezer AME Church, 40 W. Bethel St. in Hagerstown.

The event will be a Women’s Day fundraiser.

Church members will sell “Everything Chocolate,” beginning at 1 p.m.   

The menu includes chocolate cake, cookies, candy, muffins, brownies and chocolate pie. 

There will also be chocolate-covered strawberries. If you would like to order strawberries to pick up at the church Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., call Carol Austin at 240-818-8639 or send an email to 

The cost is $8 per pound.

Art exhibit
Just Lookin’ Gallery, at 40 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown, will celebrate its 17th anniversary in downtown Hagerstown Feb. 18 to 20.


On Saturday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m., the gallery will host an artist dialogue with the two featured artists, Preston Sampson of Silver Spring, Md., and Wesley Clark of Hyattsville, Md. The artists will talk about their inspirations, choice of media and the creative process.

New works by a dozen African-American artists will be on display, including new pieces by both featured artists.

Black History Month facts
As Black History Month continues, here are a few more facts:

  • African-American mechanical engineer, David Crosthwait Jr., created the heating systems for the Rockefeller Center and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.
  • In 1899, African-American golf fan Dr. George Franklin Grant received a patent for the world’s first golf tee. Grant, however, never marketed his invention, instead giving the tees away to friends and fellow golfers.
  • Dr. Maulana Karenga created the African-American holiday Kwanzaa in 1966.
  • African-American inventor Garrett Augustus Morgan created the gas mask — then became renowned for using his mask to save workers trapped in a toxic fume-filled tunnel.
  • Jazz drummer, William “Cozy” Cole, broke Billboard records in 1958 with the single “Topsy,” when it became the only drum solo to sell more than a million records.

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