Black History Month

February 01, 1993

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, the annual celebration honoring the African-American community's contributions to our nation's vitality and identity.

The celebration was begun in 1926 as a weeklong event and became a monthlong observance in 1976. Throughout February, programs in and around Baltimore will highlight black achievement in the arts, sciences, education, politics and other areas. Below is a partial listing.

Feb. 1

Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601 E. North Ave. (410) 563-3404. More than 100 figures of blacks in wax. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

Eubie Blake Memorabilia Display honoring the ragtime musician and composer. Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. (410) 685-4515.

"From a Woman's Perspective: The Art of African Women." Exhibit. Top of the World, World Trade Center, Inner Harbor. (410) 837-4515.

"No Need Apply." Exhibit of hiring discrimination practices. Baltimore Museum of Industry. Noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. (410) 727-4808.

"Mining the Museum." African-American and American Indian experience. Through Feb. 28. Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. (410) 685-3750.

African Mask Making. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Through February. Cloisters Children's Museum. (410) 823-2550.

"Africa's Legacy in Mexico." Smithsonian traveling exhibit. Through February. Eubie Blake National Museum and Cultural Center.(410) 396-1300.

"Baltimore Album." Family albums of local citizens. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through March 12. City Hall Courtyard Galleries. (410) 396-4721.

"Diversity in Higher Education": Lecture by Dr. Andrew Hacker, professor of political science, Queens College, N.Y. 4 p.m. Loyola College, North Charles Street and Cold Spring Lane. (410) 617 2988.

Feb. 2

Adinkra Printing. Using vegetable printing techniques, children learn to create this artistic African textile. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 2-14. Cloisters Children's Museum. (410) 823-2550.

Feb. 3

Len Cabral, African-American storyteller, at Edmondson Avenue branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library. 1 p.m. (410) 396-5494.

Johns Hopkins University, North Charles and 34th streets. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Live, interactive satellite broadcast brings together black authors to discuss the roles of literature in understanding African-American culture and life experiences. (410) 516-7160.

"Black Indians and Black Cowboys: A Hidden Heritage." Illustrated talk by William Loren Katz. Noon. Johns Hopkins University, Milton Eisenhower Library, North Charles and 34th streets. (410) 516-7157.

Calabash Bowls. Children learn and experiment with modern sculpting techniques to create these African-inspired bowls. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 3, 10 and 17 for children ages 4 and 5; Feb. 4, 11 and 18 for children 6 and older. Cloisters Children's Museum. (410) 823-2550.

"Eyes on the Prize -- Part II." The entire series will be shown at Goucher College, Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, in the A/V room, Julia Rogers Library, 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Through February. (410) 337-6361.

Len Cabral, African-American storyteller, at Severna Park branch of Anne Arundel County Public Library, 45 McKinsey Drive. 7 p.m. Canned food donations welcomed. (410) 222-7371.

Feb. 4

Len Cabral, African-American storyteller, at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Hamilton branch. 3:30 p.m. (410) 396-5494.

National Black Programming Consortium's 12th annual Prized Pieces Winners Showcase. Winning works include "Best Black Music Video," "Best Historical Documentary" and others. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Baltimore Film Forum, Baltimore Museum of Art. (410) 889-1993.

The Struggle to Read: African-American in Education. Exhibit at Eubie Blake Cultural Center. 396-1300.

Josephine Baker -- Her Life and Times. Exhibit. Eubie Blake Cultural Center. (410) 396-1300.

Len Cabral, African-American storyteller, at Eastport-Annapolis Neck branch of Anne Arundel County Public Library, 269 Hillsmere Drive. 7 p.m. Canned food donations welcomed. (410) 222-7371.

Benjamin L. Hooks, executive director and chief executive officer of the NAACP, will speak on the future of race relations and civil rights under the Clinton administration. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4. University of Maryland at Baltimore Medical School Teaching Facility auditorium, Pine and Redwood streets. (410) 706-3803.

Events at Reisterstown Road Plaza, 6500-6700 blocks Reisterstown Road.

* 10 a.m.: Mural paintings by Forest Park High School art students.

Noon: Storyteller Craig Bannister.

* 1 p.m.: Senior fashion show.

* 3 p.m.: Coppin State Dancers.

* 6 p.m.: Spur of the Moment Jazz Band.

Feb. 5

Eubie Blake Anniversary Awards Breakfast honoring those who have significantly contributed to the arts. 8 a.m. Feb. 5, Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave. (410) 396-1300.

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