Nebraska high school students representing 16 Nebraska and Iowa schools will showcase their culinary expertise at the 14th annual Institute for the Culinary Arts High School Culinary Invitational, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus. Teams will compete for culinary glory by preparing three-course meals and presenting them to expert judges. The event is free and open to the public.
Africa Djawa, Africa rejoicing the cultural beauty of African tradition, will be held both days at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 202 S. 20th St. On the 23rd, an authentic African banquet will be held at 5:00 p.m. followed by vibrant African dancing and drumming at 6:30. The next day, authentic African food will be for sale at 4:00 p.m., followed by dancing and drumming at 5:30. For more info, phone 402-556-5143.
The Descendants of DeWitty is presenting a Woman’s History Month Exhibit at the Great Plains Black History Museum from 10–11 a.m. Gabrielle Gaines-Iiwaru will be the special guest. See how the Women of DeWitty, NE transcend from the Past to the Present.
Sacred Heart School presents A Show of Faith and Hope, a talent, fashion and Black History showcase. The event will be held at Hope Center for Kids, 2200 N. 20th St., from 12-4 p.m. Raffle items include a TV. Tickets are on sale now. For more info, phone Lisa Jackson at 402.455.5858.
Policy Research & Innovation will host a book discussion on NY Times bestseller, “White Fragility,” at First United Methodist Church, 7020 Cass St., from 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.
The premiere screening of the documentary “Out of Omaha” will be held at Aksarben Cinema at 8 p.m., with an encore scheduled at the same venue on March 9 at 11 a.m. The documentary is an intimate portrait of twin brother Darcell and Darrell Trotter, two young black men coming of age in Omaha.
New Era Baptist Convention of Nebraska, Inc. will host Youth of Today; Future of Tomorrow Youth Talent Night at 7 p.m. to kick off Ushers & Nurses Day weekend. Talents to be considered: Christian comedy; singing-soloists, duets and groups; instrumental performances; storytellers; mimes; dance, and drill teams. For more info, phone the Chairperson, Marc D. Austin Jr., at 402-885-3125. The host church will be St. Mark Baptist, 3616 Spaulding. Rev. Dwayne Hawkins is the President of the New Era Baptist Convention.
The 100 Black Men of Omaha will host the 14th Annual Men of Honor Awards Dinner & Fundraiser, themed “Blueprint for the Future” at Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass Street. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. The program and dinner will follow at 6:30. This year’s keynote speaker is the 100 Black Men of America Inter-Faith Committee Chairman and Senior Pastor Friendship-West Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III.
Where Leaders Are Made 2401 Lake St.
The Omaha Star, in existence for more than 70 years, has been Nebraska’s largest African American newspaper and the city’s most effective device to improve the lives of African Americans. Since 1938, the policy of the Omaha Star has been to print only positive news and to be a vigilant champion for African-American progress. Located in the heart of Omaha’s African American community, two blocks south of 24th & Lake Street, the Omaha Star building is a surviving symbol of culture, strength, positive journalism, information and education to individuals in Omaha and the surrounding areas.
The Omaha Star, with its circulation of approximately 30,000, was found in a survey conducted in 2001 to be read six times before being discarded. In its history, The Omaha Star has never missed an edition. Its archives are a miniature history of Omaha’s black community, a population of well over 60,000 people.