Celebrate Black History Month in the Carolinas

February 22, 2013
English: Sankofa Bird street painting in Kumas...

English: Sankofa Bird street painting in Kumasi, Ghana Русский: Изображение Санкофа на улице в Кумаси, Гана (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is not too late to celebrate Black History Month in the Carolinas.  I have listed several events still going until the end of the month.  Check them out and we just might see you there.

The Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte, NC

Sankofa Circle: Remembering our history-Unity Wreath


This event is intended for children and brings to life the America I AM exhibit through storytelling every Saturday during Black History Month.  This Saturday’s story is Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges, about the heroism of six year old Ruby Bridges the first African American to integrate an all white school in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Participants will read the story, tour the exhibit and watch special footage of Ruby Bridges heroic adventure and help create a unity wreath.  Free with admission. Feb 23, 2013


Madam C.J. Walker in an early automobile

Madam C.J. Walker in an early automobile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Call Me Madam: The Making of a Millionaire-A One Woman Show by Kami Shalom

Audiences will explore the rags to riches story of Madam C.J. Walker performed by Kami Shalom.  The story will be told with multi-media, period music, dance, and a theatrical performance.  Free with admission. Feb 23, 2013

Documentaries at The Gantt:  The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Mixtape is a cinematic and musical journey into the black communities of America. At the end of the ’60s and into the early ’70s, Swedish interest in the U.S. civil rights movement and the U.S. anti-war movement peaked. With a combination of commitment and naiveté, Swedish filmmakers traveled across the Atlantic to explore the Black Power movement, which was being alternately ignored or portrayed in the U.S. media as a violent, nascent terrorist movement. Despite the obstacles they encountered, both from the conservative white American power establishment and from radicalized movement members themselves, the Swedish filmmakers stayed committed to their investigation, and ultimately formed bonds with key figures in the movement.  Free with admission. Feb 26, 2013


Davidson College Black History Month Event Schedule

Monday, Feb. 4 – Friday, March 1: The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs and Germany. This award-winning multimedia exhibit was created by the German Historical Institute, Washington D.C.; Heidelberg Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg, and Vassar College. Brown Atrium, Alvarez College Union.


Bennett Place State Historic Site

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth Presid...

Feb. 23. The Emancipation Proclamation; An Exploration. Bennett Place State Historic Site. 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War commemorative event series.

On January 1, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation to a divided nation. There were many mixed reviews among North and South. Join historian Earl Ijames who will explore the Emancipation Proclamation and explain what it really meant for persons of free color, enslaved African Americans, and the rest of the American population from January 1863 until the end of the American Civil War. The “Trail to Freedom”, a living history guided tour will take place throughout the day. In addition, museums and historic sites will present displays and exhibits of African American heritage, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the American Civil War.


N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort

Feb. 22. The Story of Pea Island Lifesavers. The producers of the documentary Rescue Men, the Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers,will be present for a screening of the film and Q&A. It is the true story of the only African American team in the U.S. Lifesaving Service, which was predecessor to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Charlotte African-American Festival

The celebration will begin on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 10 a.m. and continue on Sunday, February 24 at 1 p.m. Event location is Independence High School, 1967 Patriot Drive, Charlotte, NC 28227.  This event is organized by the NC Film Factory. charlotteafricanamericanfestival.com.

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