Topeka celebrates Black History Month with variety of activities


With February and Black History Month just around the corner, local establishments, such as the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, are planning events to celebrate during that time.

There will be several book discussions during the middle of the month, all centering around books written by African American authors. Books being read and discussed include “Someone Knows My Name” by Lawrence Hill and “How to Escape a Leper Colony” by Tiphanie Yanique. Library-goers are also invited to pick up a book and be a part of the 22nd annual African American Read-In, which encourages readers to learn more about African American literature as a celebration of Black History Month. There is a read-in aimed specifically at younger readers, as well.

A more large scale event titled Black Butterflies will be taking place over a four week period during the month at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library as well. Black Butterflies is a wellness seminar with the goal of promoting health and well being.

Payless Shoe Source will also be celebrating next month by selling a $3 bracelet that will act as a fundraiser for the Payless Inspiring Possibilities Scholarship program, which is now in its third year.

The program, which was established in partnership with the National Urban League (NUL), aims to distribute several scholarships to African American and minority youth through Project Ready. This years limited edition item, the “I Believe” bracelet, will be available in select stores and on at the beginning of February and will be available as long as supplies last.