BLACK HISTORY MONTH brings a flurry of activities to raise consciousness, explore the arts, and create fun. From films to lectures, storytelling to spirituals, there is an activity for every age and taste. Here are some events taking place at locally.
* The lecture and exhibit circuit has plenty of food for thought.
The Maryland State Conference NAACP holds its annual black history month luncheon noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at BWI Marriott Hotel. The speaker is Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, senior pastor of the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in New York. Tickets are $25.
At Washington College in Chestertown, William S. McFeely, the author of a new biography, "Frederick Douglass," speaks at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the college's Birthday Convocation.
The Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St., holds a lecture by Mark Leone, an anthropologist from University of Maryland, at 8 p.m. Feb. 21. Leone will speak on archaeological excavations that reveal African-American history in Annapolis. Admission is $4 for members, seniors and students; $5 for general public.
The Towson State African American Cultural Center offers a lecture by the state Sen. Clarence W. Blount on his personal political history at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Media Center on the TSU campus. The lecture is free.
Goucher College hosts State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms speech on overcoming barriers. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 the Latzer Room on the Goucher Campus on Dulaney Valley Road in Towson. Author Ntozake Shange reads from her works at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in Kraushaar Auditorium. Both events are free.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County hosts Arthur Murphy, descendant of the Baltimore family who founded the Afro-American newspapers, at 3 p.m. Feb. 20 in the University Center Ballroom Lounge. Murphy will speak about the unearthing of century-old archives at the Afro.
The Enoch Pratt Free Library has many events. At the main library, 400 Cathedral St., an exhibit of black memorabilia and collectibles belonging to Jeanette Carson is on display in the second-floor gallery through Feb. 28. Admission to the exhibit and all lectures is free.
The Pratt's premiere event will be National Book Award winner Charles Johnson speaking at the 1991 Black History Luncheon at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Hollyday Room in Cross Keys Inn. Tickets are $23 per person, or $200 per table of 10. Reservation deadline is Feb. 11. Make reservations by calling the library.
Branch libraries will have lots of free lectures. Tonight, writer Haki Madhubuti speaks on literacy and the black struggle at 6:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch, 1531 W. North Ave., with a book-signing after his talk. Jackie Lanier discusses black collectibles at 2 p.m. Sun. at Reisterstown Road Branch, 6310 Reisterstown Road. The Northwood Branch, 4420 Loch Raven Boulevard, will screen "Roots," parts 1 and 2, at 5:45 p.m. on Monday. Walter Hill of the National Archives speaks on finding your ancestors on Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. at Northwood. The remaining episodes of "Roots" will be screened afterward. Also at Northwood at 2 p.m. Feb. 9, Lucy Thornton-Berry uses crafts and poetry to examine the African-American experience. At Herring Run Branch, 3801 Erdman Ave., historian Agnes Kane Callum speaks on Maryland blacks in the Civil War at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7. A black history celebration and storytelling is at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Pimlico Library, 5001 Park Heights Ave.
A lecture on African-American nursing takes place 2-4 p.m. Monday at University of Maryland at Baltimore's Shock Trauma Auditorium.
* Museums and galleries offer a look into African-American art.
The Eubie Blake Cultural Center kicks of its African American Festival with an exhibition preview at 5:30 tonight at 409 N. Charles St. Exhibits of beadwork of South Africa, the history of Haiti and African-Americans in business and industry open Wednesday, with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A South Carolina basket-weaving demonstration is at 10 a.m. Feb. 8. There's also a fund-raiser for Urban Service's Eubie Blake Cultural Center, which offers young people development in the arts. The party is on the late ragtime musician's birthday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Baltimore Grand, 401 W. Fayette St. Tickets are $50.
Eubie Blake is honored in an exhibit of photographs and musical memorabilia at Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., during regular museum hours.