Celebrate Black History in February

Area events include soul food luncheon and sports exhibit

Here’s a list of all events I could find around the area acknowledging and celebrating the impact of African-American culture in this country for Black History Month.

Tuesday, Feb. 1, Book Discussion at Rock River Branch Library, 3128 11th St., Freedom in the Family by Tananarive and Patricia Stevens Due. A mother-daughter memoir of the fight for civil rights in the 1960s. The two reprise their family’s civil rights movement activities and sacrifices both before, during and after the ‘60s. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info: 398-7514.

Sunday, Feb. 5: Exhibit: African Art Fair at Booker Washington Center, 524 Kent St. African sculptures, figurines and paintings. Noon to 5 p.m. Info: 968-8861.

Saturday, Feb. 5: at Rockton Centre Branch Library. Soul Food Luncheon. Enjoy genuine soul food while listening to a lecture on African American music. 12:30 p.m. Registration/Info: 963-5617.

Sunday, Feb. 6-27, Exhibit: Ethnic Heritage Museum’s Let’s Play Ball

A display of memorabilia, photos, and uniforms of African-American sports players, such as Melvin Ballard, Tony Blevins, McKinley “Deacon” Davis, Mike Gandy, Ernie Kent and others. A special reception will be held Sunday, Feb. 20. Exhibit is free to members, $2 for adult nonmembers, and $1 for children. Hours are 2-4 p.m., every Sunday.

Monday, Feb. 7: Montague Branch Library. African-American Read-in. A celebration of literature and music by African-American authors, recited and performed by local teachers, celebrities, and community leaders. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Free. Info: 965-1912.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, Book Discussion at Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. The press release said “one of the greatest works written by an African-American woman,” but I’d simply say a truly great work of American literature. 6 p.m. Free. Info: 963-5617.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Rock River Branch Library, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker by A’Leila Bundles. The biography of the first African-American woman millionaire, who achieved fortune through her beauty school and hair care business. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info: 398-7514.

Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Rockton Centre Branch Library. A Lecture and Reading on African-American Poetry. Presented by my favorite local poet and author Debra Jo Howard. Howard will discuss different black poets, read some of their works as well as some her own. This program is for adults (high school or older). 6 p.m. Free. Info: 963-5617.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, Book Discussion at Rock River Branch Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The Black Rose by Tananarive Due. A fictional account of the life of Madam C.J. Walker.

Saturday, Feb. 19. Concert: “Lift Every Heart and Sing.” Carl and Dianna Cole with Sounds of Good News performers, Jazz Express, Julian Swain, and the Inner Circle Gospel Trio. A concert celebrating heritage, history and hope recognizing February as Black History Month and American Heart Month. 7-9 p.m. $7/$10. Info: 963-6765.

Saturday, Feb. 26: at Rockton Centre Branch Library. Soul Food Luncheon—Part 2. Enjoy genuine soul food while listening to a lecture on African American art. 12:30 p.m. Call for registration/Info: 963-5617.

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