8 "Meet the Author": Toby Thompkins, author of The Real Lives of Strong Black Women: Transcending Myths, Reclaiming Joy, 6:30 p.m.; free; Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.; 410-396-5430.
9 "Black Diamond! Satchel Paige and the Negro Leagues": Musical play about African-Americans in baseball, 10:30 a.m.; $5; Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington; 301-203-3803.
"Afro-American Self-Determination": Amiri Baraka, poet / political activist / teacher, speaks, 12:20 p.m.-1:15 p.m.; free; Community College of Baltimore County, Essex, B Building Theatre, 7201 Rossville Blvd.; 410-780-6572.
10 Talk on black inventors: Former U.S. Patent Office examiner Pat Sluby talks about her book, The Inventive Spirit of African Americans: Patented Ingenuity, 7 p.m.; free; The Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St., Annapolis; 410-216-6180.
12 "African-American Heritage in View": Family storytelling and journal-writing workshop with author Craig Johnson, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; $3-$5; Top of the World Observation Level, 27th floor, World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St.; 410-837-VIEW.
13 "African-Americans in Maryland Family Festival": Experience the story and culture of Maryland's African-American community past and present; 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; $8 nonmembers, $7 members, admission to American Fancy exhibit $4, advance registration recommended; Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St.; 410-685-3750.
Hampton National Historic Site program: Louis Diggs presents history of Baltimore County's lesser-known black communities, 2 p.m.; free; Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane, Towson; 410-823-1309.
14 "The Writing on the Wall": A visual arts exhibit by Aniekan Udofia that explores the recent renaissance of graffiti arts as a form of social critique, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; free; Community College of Baltimore County, Essex, B Building, second-floor lobby, 7201 Rossville Blvd.; 410-780-6572.
15 Jali-D the Drum Talker: Family program at Catonsville Library features a performance of rhythm and rhymes, 7 p.m.; free; 110 Frederick Road; 410-887-0951.
17 "How Old Is a Hero": Musical production is a tribute to children of the civil-rights era, 4 p.m.; $10; Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State University, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane; 410-433-5383.
18 Maryland Film Festival / Walters Art Museum Movie Night: Chisholm '72-Unbought and Unbossed is a documentary on Brooklyn Rep. Shirley Chisholm's campaign to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee in 1972, 7:30 p.m.; $8-$14 for members, $10-$18 for nonmembers; Graham Auditorium, 600 N. Charles St.; 410-547-9000.
19 "The Life and Art of Ernie Barnes": Enjoy Barnes' paintings and try your hand at imitating them, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; $6; Chesapeake Children's Museum, 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis; 410-990-1993; www.theccm.org.
20 "The Niagara Movement and a Century of Black Protests, 1905-2005": The Baltimore City Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs Inc. presents its annual Black History Month celebration, featuring dramatic readings, portrayals, music and dance, 4 p.m.; free; Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3200 Walbrook Ave.; 410-466-5761 or 410-922-2966.
Meet the filmmakers: Discussion, Q&A with director and actors of Red Bone Guerillas, shot by the experimental arts collective EXITTHEAPPLE. The film is part documentary, part soap opera and part tragicomedy, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $5; Now Child Sound Stage, 409 E. Preston St.; 410-963-7907.
21 DJ workshop: Featuring Washington hip-hop legend Ron Brown, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; free; Community College of Baltimore County, Essex, B Building, second-floor lobby, 7201 Rossville Blvd.; 410-780-6572.
23 Post card exhibit / lecture: Monroe Frederick, photographer with 25 Jet covers to his credit; 2 p.m.; free; Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.; 410-243-8882.
26 Fashion Show and Black History Extravaganza: Fund-raising event for the Cornerstone Church of Christ, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.; donation $20 (includes lunch); Cornerstone Church of Christ, 4239 Park Heights Ave.; 410-542-0100.
"Life Opera": Original composition shows how changes in music have complemented and mirrored the lives of African-Americans, noon-2 p.m.; free; Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St.; 410-685-6169.
27 "Meet the Author": Marc Taylor, author of The Original Marvelettes, Motown's Mystery Girl Group, 2 p.m.; free; Enoch Pratt Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St.; 410-396-5430; www.epfl.net.
28 "Baldwin Over Cocktails": The National James Baldwin Literary Society presents an evening of music and food, featuring readings of Baldwin's work and other performances, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., $10 in advance, more at the door; Mansion House at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park; 443-939-0368; www.james baldwin.org.