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Series of free Black History Month events scheduled in Buffalo

Free tours of the Nash House Museum, 36 Nash St. between Broadway and William Street, at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday will kick off a series of free events in conjunction with Black History Month in Buffalo. The tours will feature historical stories from Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of Western New York.

Most of the programs will be held in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. They include:

• An African-American Read-in in the Merriweather Library at 2 p.m. Sunday, when short passages will be read from noted African-American writers.

• A documentary film, “The Healing Passage: Voices from the Water,” directed by S. Pearl Sharp, in the Merriweather Library at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

• Free tours of the Nash House Museum, 36 Nash St., at noon and 2 p.m. Feb. 15, with stories from Tradition Keepers.

• “Along the Way: Storytelling in the African Tradition” with Sharon Holley and Karima Amin in the Merriweather Library at 2 p.m. Feb. 17. Special guests will be Seku Ba Jehudi and Joyce Carolyn.

• Opening of a Black History Exhibit, coordinated by the Buffalo African American Museum, at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Central Library in Lafayette Square.

• Awards program for the 35th annual Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest in the Merriweather Library at 2 p.m. Feb. 24. The contest is open to students from fourth to 12th grade who must write a 200- to 500-word essay on the topic of “A Salute to African-American Businesses in Western New York.” Essays must be delivered to the library by Feb. 8. For more information, see the library’s Facebook page.

• A documentary film, “Frederick Douglass: Shape of the Time,” directed by Octavia Hudson, in the Merriweather Library at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26.

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