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Study Hour Club Celebrates Christmas and The Club’s 85th Anniversary

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

Members of the Study Hour Club celebrated the holidays and their 85th anniversary on Saturday, December 1 with a gala luncheon event at The Pinnacle as the ladies and their invited guests enjoyed a feast, listened to tales and reenactments of the club’s history and reveled in the live entertainment.

The Study Hour Club was founded on October 3, 1933 when 16 women met in the home of Elizabeth English under the leadership of Bessie Marsh with the intent of forming a group to focus on reading, studying, reviewing and discussing books, current events and topics f interest which might enhance the cultural and mental development of the participants. The group adopted the name “The Study Hour Club” and selected as its motto “Strive to Excel.”

Over the years, the Club’s programs grew to include debates, forums with political candidates in election years, informative talks by directors of social service agencies concerning their work in the community. Creative and intellectual pursuits and interests also continued.

The Club observes Black History Month each year and, in recent years, the Club has held concerts featuring outstanding young women from the Toledo who are pursuing advanced musical degrees – young women who were presented honoraria.

Also in recent years, programs have included book reviews of notable African-American authors, tours of area exhibits, a variety of program topics. The Club has collaborated with local sororities and fraternities in its community involvement activities.

When the Club began, 85 years ago, members “were doing studies about what black people were about,” says Kim Penn, club president. “They were trying to put a positive spin and making people understand our importance.”  As the years and decades passed, the Club has evolved into a more community-oriented organization by not only conducting such activities as book discussions but also supporting the arts and creative activities within the community.

The Club’s activities include Quiz Bowls featuring students from Scott and Rogers high schools, senior citizens’ issues, physical and mental health concerns, black doll exhibits, Kwanzaa presentations and Homeland Security issues.

Study Hour Club has a membership of 35 and continues to seek and share goals of self-awareness, self-expression and cultural fulfillment.




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