Black History Month celebrations continue this week, including an event at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.
Raising Awareness: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the McMaster Center at the Main Library downtown. The program will feature a civil rights discussion panel composed of the Rev. Robert A Culp, a community activist and senior pastor at First Church of God; Cecilia Adams, president of the Toledo Board of Education, and Paula Hicks-Hudson, Toledo City Council president. This free event will also feature light refreshments and live entertainment including singing, dancing, poetry, and stepping.
■The Ford Seahorses Scuba Diving Club, in conjunction with the Detroit Historical Society's Dossin Maritime Group and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, presents the 33rd Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College's Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. in Ann Arbor. This year's program features presentations about the formerly unsolved mysteries of shipwrecks, including the story of the Keystone State, which went down in Lake Huron in November of 1861 and went undiscovered until last year.
Historians and researchers also will tell the stories of the Howard Hanna and the Great Lakes Storm of 1913, as well as share video from the wreck of the three-masted schooner William Young lost near the Straits of Mackinac in 1891. In addition to the topic of shipwrecks, programs will feature international dives, with video and still images of colorful and unusual marine life, including Komodo dragons. Other programs include stories of Northwest Orient Flight 2501 — a DC-4 that crashed in Lake Michigan near South Haven on June 23, 1950, and various shipwrecks found near Grand Haven. The event also includes a variety of book signings and exhibits from local maritime artists, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, local dive shops, travel companies, and other dive-related companies. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. For ticket information or program details, visit shipwreckfestival.us, call 734-459-8476, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.