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Annual Observances

The Upper Arlington Public Library is developing a community calendar that details national and religious holidays and observances, and we plan to include this valuable resource here, as a useful reference tool for the community when planning special events or public meetings.

City of UA Community Calendar

The City provides an online Community Calendar each year as a service to the community, detailing various qualifying community events and activities in addition to the public meetings of City Council, its Boards and Commissions and pertinent City service updates.

Programs & Events

Various community groups have developed a schedule of programs and activities for 2022 in honor of Black History Month. We invite you to be part of the celebration.

Black History Month Celebration Packs

Sponsored by Equal UA
Equal UA is excited to celebrate Black History Month with a Family Celebration Pack! Beautifully wrapped, this meaningful gift will help inspire people of all ages to be a positive force in our community. In partnership with Cover to Cover bookstore, each Celebration Pack will contain one wonderfully written book that celebrates Black history as well as other treats and activities (you will indicate your choice when ordering). Go to // for more information and to purchase your Black History Month Celebration Pack.

UAPL Periodic Table of Black History

Tremont Library
Visit the Youth Department at the Main branch of the Upper Arlington Public Library throughout the month of February to interact with our Periodic Table of Black History! Through interactive displays, activities and book recommendations, you’ll learn about notable Black Americans through history to present day. A selection of these amazing people will be featured on the Library’s Instagram throughout the month of February.

UAPL Black History Month Displays

All three UA Library Branches
During the month of February, the Upper Arlington Public Library will have special displays of books, movies and more for Black History Month.

UAPL Reference Databases

Upper Arlington Public Library
During Black History Month, check out these databases that are a great source of information:

  • African American Heritage – Provides records and resources for African American family history research.
  • Great American Mosaic– Provides primary source documents that illustrate the diverse experiences of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.
  • Great Black Migration– Explores the migration of African Americans from the southern United States to the urban north and west during the 20th Century. Includes primary source documents.
  • Encyclopedia of Race and Racism – Examines theories of race and racism in the modern era, with entries on the historic origins of ideas of race, and their social and scientific consequences.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America– Contains entries on different ethnic and minority groups in the United States, including information on culture, historical background, settlement, and settlement patterns.
  • Race Relations in America: Examining the Facts– Uses evidence-based documentation to provide a full and impartial examination of race in America, drawing on research from a variety of fields to answer frequently asked questions regarding race relations, systemic racism, and racial inequality.

Black History Month Student Activities

Engaging students across district school communities
Upper Arlington Schools
Upper Arlington Schools will offer intentional Black History Month learning opportunities for students across buildings and grade levels throughout February. At the elementary level, lessons in literacy, language, history, and the arts will feature insights and contributions from Black heroes for students to discover in unity with their peers and teachers. At the secondary levels, student groups will begin to take the lead in honoring the lives and contributions of Black leaders across fields of study around the globe and throughout history. Projects include student-designed door displays and will be integrated into student media productions and athletic events. Plans are evolving for choral and orchestral performances, tours of student-produced art, panel discussions, and media displays in the Learning Center. Students at all levels will be encouraged to grow awareness and understanding of the contributions of Pleasant Litchford and his descendants to Upper Arlington history. For updates on district plans, please contact Kristyn Anderson, Executive Assistant for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at [email protected].

Concourse Gallery: Elementary Schools

February 2-25
Reception: 2-4 pm, Sunday, February 13
Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road
UA Cultural Arts Division
Enjoy one of the most popular exhibits of the year – works by students creating art in our elementary schools. At the reception, guests can enjoy a Black History Month art activity that will be displayed on an adjoining gallery wall for the remainder of the exhibit.

Equal UA Books and Beyond

7-8:30 pm, Monday, February 7, Zoom book discussion
Register at: //
Sponsored by Equal UA
Equal UA Books and Beyond will feature the book Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad by author Ann Hagedorn who will speak with the UA community on February 16 as a part of the UA Historical Society’s History Speaks Series. We will meet by Zoom to discuss the book on Monday, February 7, from 7 – 8:30pm. Sign up here: // We hope to attend the Historical Society event together the following week.

UA Senior Center Programming

Buffalo Soldiers with Gregory Edmonds
1-2 pm, Monday, February 14, Zoom presentation
Act#: 551571-A
Join Gregory Edmonds, member of the UA Senior Center, as he shares a video and PowerPoint on the Buffalo Soldiers. The Buffalo Soldiers were African American soldiers who mainly served on the Western frontier in segregated cavalry and infantry units following the Civil War. This is a FREE program open to the public in addition to Senior Center members, but you must register in advance to receive the Zoom link.

History Speaks Author Talk

Beyond the River by Ann Hagedorn
7-8:30 pm, February 16, in-person event
Jones Middle School, 2100 Arlington Avenue
$20 general admission | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
UA Historical Society
Join us for an insightful evening into the stories of Ohio’s Underground Railroad network led by Ann Hagedorn, author of 2003’s Beyond the River, hailed by the American Library Association as one of the “25 most notable nonfiction books in America.” Ms. Hagedorn tells the remarkable stories of participants – black and white – in the Ripley, Ohio line of the Underground Railroad. Ticket sales start in January – go to for information. Beyond the River is available for purchase from Cover to Cover, 2116 Arlington Avenue.
*Masks required for in-person attendees.

UA Senior Center Programming

Movie Club: Hidden Figures (PG, 2h, 7m)
Noon, Thursday, February 17, in person event
UA Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Road, Bldg 2, Rm 204
Free program for current Senior Center members only, registration required as space is limited
The story of a team of female African American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Let’s Learn Together! Family Event

1-3:30 pm, Saturday February 19
Tremont Library, Friends Theater
Rainbow UA
Come join Rainbow UA, Harper’s Corner, Cover to Cover bookstore, and UAPL for a fun family event to celebrate the intersectionality of Black History Month and LGBTQ identities.  We will have short films and a history making episode of a popular children’s program, along with book lists, crafts, snacks and story time for kids. Register on the Rainbow UA website.

Columbus Filmmaker Talk

Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of African-American Women in the Ring by Chris Bournea
6:30-8 pm, Tuesday, February 22
Tremont Library
Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of African-American Women in the Ring is a documentary that chronicles the stories of Babs Wingo, Ethel Johnson, Marva Scott, Ramona Isbell and dozens of other women who braved racism and sexism to succeed in the male-dominated world of professional wrestling during the sport’s golden age in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. These courageous women raised families while blazing a trail for female athletes long before many of the breakthroughs of the civil rights and feminist movements. Columbus journalist, author and documentary filmmaker, Chris Bournea, will share insight on his discovery of these remarkable women – many of whom were based and trained in Columbus during the sport’s golden age – sharing clips from the documentary and taking questions from the audience. A full screening of Lady Wrestler is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, March 2 (see below for additional details).
*Masks required for in-person attendees.

UAHS Community Reception

6-8 pm, Wednesday, February 23
1625 Zollinger Road, 1st Floor Learning Commons
Upper Arlington High School will host a Black History Month reception on February 23rd from 6 – 8 pm. The event will feature opening remarks from DEI Executive Director Matthew L. Boaz, recordings of student performances inspired by Black composers and musicians, and poetry readings. Wrap-up the evening with a tour of student art displayed on classroom doors throughout the academic wing of the new high school. Community members of all ages are welcome. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Rainbow UA Power Panel

7 pm, Thursday, February 24
Free Zoom Event
Check Back for Registration Details
Rainbow UA

Black LGBTQ community leaders will discuss the intersectionality of Black History Month and LGBTQ identity. Panelists include: Letha Pugh, head of Black Out and Proud and co-owner of Bake Me Happy; Erin Upchurch, Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Youth Center; Densil Porteous, Executive Director of Stonewall; Siobhan Boyd-Nelson, Deputy Director of Equality Ohio; and Khris Goins, President of Black Transmen of Ohio. Register on the Rainbow UA website. Register on the Rainbow UA website.

Parents and Families of Color Black History Month Story Time

1:30 pm, Sunday, February 27 (Library opens at 1 pm)
Tremont Library, Youth Activity Area
Free Event
Parents and Families of Color
Join us for a celebration of Black achievement and history. We will have a variety of books to share, suitable for ages 3 and up. There will also be trivia and a craft, so bring the whole family!

Screening of Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of African-American Women in the Ring

6:30 pm, Wednesday, March 2
Tremont Library
Sit back and enjoy a full screening of Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of African-American Women in the Ring – a documentary that chronicles the stories of Babs Wingo, Ethel Johnson, Marva Scott, Ramona Isbell and dozens of other women who braved racism and sexism to succeed in the male-dominated world of professional wrestling during the sport’s golden age in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
*Masks required for in-person attendees.


The following is not a complete list of community and civic groups actively supporting Upper Arlington as a welcoming community for all. Their inclusion on this resource list does not represent an endorsement by the City of Upper Arlington or the Community Relations Committee. To request to have your group included here, complete the email form below, using the subject line “UA DEI Community Resource List.”


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