The Pan African Solidarity Hague Committee is hosting a commemoration forum, “The Lessons of Sharpeville, Orangeburg and Jackson State,” on Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Medgar Evers College, 1637 Bedford Ave. Speakers will include attorneys King Downing, Alfred Toussaint and Roger Wareham.

Human Rights Day (March 21) marks the 54th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa in 1960, during which police opened fire on unarmed protesters opposing pass laws, killing 69 people.

Several Harlem community leaders are hosting a fundraiser event for the victims of the East Harlem gas explosion that killed eight people. The producers of “You Ain’t Got the Answers Trivia,” in collaboration with TrivWorks and Landon Dais, are hosting #HelpHarlem Trivia Night at MIST Harlem, located at 46 W. 116th St. The event will feature DJ Carver the Great, and the Harlem Brewing Company will hold a beer tasting. Advance tickets are $15 and $20. Net proceeds will go toward the East Harlem Building Collapse Relief Effort, a division of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

The National Minority Business Council (NMBC), the Network Journal (TNJ) and Vision on Africa have agreed to collaborate to advance the mission of Vision on Africa while expanding the entrepreneurship development efforts of the NMBC and TNJ.

The official announcement of the joint venture will be made on Thursday, March 27 at TNJ’s 16th annual 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards and Luncheon at the Marriott New York Marquis. CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller will serve as mistress of ceremonies. The event celebrates women who redefine excellence and recognizes some of the most successful women in business.

– Compiled by Cyril Josh Barker