Free talk Thursday in Austin on former Ebony editor

Archivist Beverly Cook will deliver a presentation on Era Bell Thompson, who worked for Ebony magazine for more than 30 years. Thompson published an autobiography as well as a second book, “Africa, Land of My Fathers,” based on a tour she took of 18 African countries.

Panel discussion Saturday in Austin

The Black Votes Matter discussion will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St., and feature Dr. Phalese Binion of the Westside Ministers Coalition, DeJuan Jackson of Voter Block and mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, who leads the Austin Chamber of Commerce.