A month of black history

February 01, 2007|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Reporter

Throughout February, celebrate Black History Month and the rich heritage of African-American culture at an array of events. From African art exhibits and historical theater shows to jazz concerts and hip-hop film showings, a month of educational, thought-provoking and entertaining activities are taking place. Below are some of the area's many Black History Month happenings.

Continuing

"Super Stars: The Navy's Black Admirals" -- Items and photos on the Navy's black admirals, Feb. 1 through March 31 at the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, U.S. Naval Academy, 52 King George St., Annapolis. Free; $6-$8 for guided walking tours. 410-263-6933 or www.navyonline.com for hours.

"Meditations on African Art: Light" -- More than 40 objects from the Baltimore Museum of Art's African art collection will be illuminated through April 1 at the museum, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. 443-573-1700 or art bma.org for hours.

FOR THE RECORD - A listing in Thursday's LIVE section contained incorrect details about Jimmy Cobb's Feb. 18 performance at the Baltimore Museum of Art. There is a docent-led tour of the museum at 4 p.m., and Cobb will perform with his band at 5 p.m. Registration is required.
The Sun regrets the error.

Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park events -- The museum celebrates African-American achievements in Baltimore, Feb. 3, 10, 21, 24, 25 and 28. The museum is at 1417 Thames St. Most programs are free with museum admission. 410-685-0295 or douglassmyers.org.

Wax figures on display -- Wax figures from the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum will be on display at venues around the area, including Lexington Market, Mercy Medical Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Eastpoint Mall and Security Square Mall. 410-563-7809 for all locations and dates.

Saturday Stories at the Top -- The Black History Month weekly series features griots, re-enactors and traditional storytellers, 11 a.m. Saturdays throughout February at Top of the World Observation Level, World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. $3-$5. 410-837-VIEW or viewbaltimore.org.

Feb. 1

"Miss Evers' Boys" -- The Morgan State University's Theatre Morgan presents the show, based on the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment in Alabama in the 1930s, at 11:30 a.m. at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Kossiakoff Conference and Education Center, Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel. 443-778-5000 or jhuapl.edu.

Kweisi Mfume lecture -- The former congressman and past president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will speak on "Race: Exploring America's Agenda," 7 p.m. at Loyola College, McGuire Hall, 4501 N. Charles St. Free; tickets required. 410-617-2310 or loyola.edu.

Isaac Hayes in concert -- The legendary soul singer performs in concert, 8:30 p.m. at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Doors open at 7 p.m. $44.50. 410-244-1131 or ramshead live.com.

Feb. 2

Tribute to James Brown -- The Boogie Hustlers, Soul'd Out and Written Prisms perform a concert in tribute to the Godfather of Soul, 8:30 p.m. at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $8. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.

Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23

Black History Month at the aquarium -- Variety of activities beginning at 5 p.m. Fridays through February at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. Feb. 2 features Abu the Flutemaker and a theatrical performance by Aquarium on Wheels; Feb. 9 features a book-signing and presentation by Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation founder Vincent Leggett; Feb. 16 features a performance by the Return to Goree African Dance Company and songs, music and stories from Bunjo Butler; and Feb. 23 features a forum led by Seventh District Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and a gospel-dance demonstration. $8. 410-576-3800 or aqua.org.

Feb. 2-3

Foreign film festival -- The South African film Tsotsi will be the first film shown at the Carroll County Arts Council's annual Foreign Film Festival at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 3. $4-$5. 410-848-7272 or www.carr.org/arts.

Feb. 2-4

Black Heritage Art Show -- Displays by artists, jazz and gospel music, poetry readings, more, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 2-4 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. $5; free for ages younger than 5. 410-521-0660 or black heritageartshow.com.

Feb. 3

Book Lovers' Breakfast with Lawrence Otis Graham -- Talk by the author, attorney and commentator, 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St. Presented by Enoch Pratt Free Library. Registration required. $35, or $300 for a table of 10. 410-396-5494.

Book-signing and lecture -- Author Sherrilyn A. Ifill speaks about her book On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty First Century, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, second floor theater, 830 E. Pratt St. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1875 or african americanculture.org.

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