Our history, our hearts

Social Scene

April 02, 2006|By KARLAYNE R. PARKER | KARLAYNE R. PARKER,UNISUN EDITOR

Getting about town isn't just a grown-up thing. It's something we all do to stay connected to our friends and our community.

Since the start of 2006, Baltimore's social scene has been filled with things to do for everyone, no matter the age.

We celebrated African-American heritage, from the Rev. Martin Luther King's birthday to black history in many ways.

For youth, there was the Black Saga contest -- a regional and a statewide black-history trivia competition. Last month's competition was held at Towson University.

For those who enjoy jazz, but not necessarily in a club atmosphere, there was a performance last month by Ruby Glover at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

In February, Baltimore hosted the premiere of The Boys of Baraka, a movie about local inner-city youths who left the city schools for a year of study in Africa. The Boys of Baraka and its directors made the rounds, talking to local audiences at the Charles Theatre, the only local venue hosting the movie.

Some in February had a heartfelt time, literally.

Red Dress Sunday saw women at Bethel AME Church wearing red dresses to raise awareness of heart disease. St. Agnes Hospital spearheaded the event there and at several other area churches.

CareFirst, Blue Cross / Blue Shield and Associated Black Charities also sponsored Red Dress Sunday.

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