1. Harlem Globetrotters – Noon Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, Independence, also 7 p.m. Sunday at Sprint Center, Kansas City. Watch the Globetrotters, now in their 93rd season of entertaining fans around the world, take on the hapless Washington Generals. Tickets can be purchased at either location’s box office or online at www.harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets
2. “Born a Slave” – 2 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Springs South branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S.W. Missouri 7. His family has been identified as Caucasian for five generations, but after more than 30 years of research, local historian David W. Jackson discovered his great-great-grandfather was born a slave. Jackson traces the path that led him to this revelation and how his experience could offer insights to other genealogy researchers. Registration is required; call 816-229-3571. Jackson also is giving this presentation at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road in Independence (register at midwestgenealogycenter.org) and at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the North Independence branch, 317 West U.S. 24 (call 816-252-0950 to register).
3. “Unexampled Courage: Sgt. Isaac Woodard, Judge J. Waties Waring and President Harry S. Truman” – Thursday evening at the Truman Library, 500 West U.S. 24, Independence. President Truman was disturbed and moved by racially motivated attacks on Sgt. Isaac Woodard – who was blinded – and other black World War II veterans in the years immediately after the war. This helped set in motion his decision to order the desegregation of the military in 1948. A federal judge, Richard Gergel, has written a book on the subject and will talk at the library. Reception at 6, program at 6:30, book-signing afterward. RSVPs requested; go to www.trumanlibrary.org and click on events.
4. Mexican American Baseball in Kansas City – 7 p.m. Thursday, South Independence branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 13700 E. 35th St.. Mexican-American baseball flourished in Kansas City at the start of the 20th century as Mexican immigrants moved to the Midwest to find work and opportunity. Learn about Kansas City’s “Brown Leagues,” their standout teams and players, and their unique ways of confronting discrimination and promoting the spirit for social equality and ethnic solidarity through baseball. Registration is required. Call 816-461-2050.
5. Special exhibits at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City – “Color of Memory: Fabric Art of WWI” just opened in the Wylie Gallery and runs through Sept. 2. “Crucible Life and Death 1918” focuses on individuals and their lives and deaths in the war’s final and decisive year. It’s in Exhibit Hall and closes March 3. “War Around Us: Soldier Artist Impressions” features the art of Jean Lefort, Curtiney George Foote, Charles Thatcher Shellabarger, Myron Chapin and Jean Berne-Bellecour. It’s in Ellis Gallery and closes March 3. “Devastated Lands” includes jarring photographs and illustrations from the museum’s collection. It’s in Memory Hall and runs through Dec. 22.