Black History Month Events

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The year 2014 is the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation, and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The milestones lend particular import to this year's Black History Month programming. The current exhibition, The Kinsey Collection, takes us through 400 years of African-American history through art and artifacts. The show runs throughout the month of February and includes an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, a signed copy of Brown v. Board of Education, as well as works from the Harlem Renaissance. The exhibition is presented by Wells Fargo.

Programming celebrates more recent culture and art as well. Relive the 80s on February 15 as author Erika Blount shares juicy, behind-the-scenes anecdotes of the TV show Soul Train and as she speaks to the power of black music and dance on television. Black History Month culminates in Free Open House for the entire family and public on February 22. Museum admission is free that day. The event is sponsored by Verizon. See the full month's calendar of events below.

The museum is also open on Tuesdays during Black History Month. See the full museum hours.

Saturday February 1

12-5pm — The Griot's Eye Youth Film and Culture Festival
View the completed work of talented area youth through film, theater, African dance and poetry. The Griot's Eye equips urban youth with the technical skills to create compelling media productions that address relevant issues in their lives.

Saturday, February 8

1pm — A Fresh Look at the Underground Railroad with Professor Cheryl J. LaRoche
In her new book, Professor LaRoche uses archaeology and research of black churches, fraternal organizations and Quakers to explore how free blacks assisted runaways in the Midwest. LaRoche is a lecturer at the University of Maryland and the author Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad: The Geography of Resistance. Included with museum admission. Please register at (443) 263-1816. Snow date is February 15th.

Saturday, February 15

12pm — Black History Live! with Culture Queen
This event has been cancelled due to weather.
Teaching artist Culture Queen™ leads children in an interactive workshop with drama, movement, art and music as they use future hero™ powers to envision the future of America 20 years from now. This workshop is inspired by The Kinsey Collection.

2pm — Love, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show Soul Train
This event has been cancelled due to weather.
Learn about the longest running “first-run” syndicated show in television history with Maryland author Ericka Blount. This pop culture book is a celebratory, behind-the-scenes collection of anecdotes, stories and reflections about the show Soul Train, the host and the power of black music and dance on television. A book signing will follow the author's talk.

Sunday, February 16

1pm — WJZ's Black History Oratory Contest
Twenty high school semi-finalists present their original orations based on inspirational quotes from Jesse Owens, Oprah Winfrey and President Barack Obama before a panel of judges. Sponsored by Enoch Pratt Free Library, GEICO, McDonalds, Sojourner-Douglass College, Toyota Financial Services and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

2pm — American Masters/Paul Robeson: Here I Stand
(1 hour 57 minutes) Beloved athlete, singer, and scholar Paul Robeson gained international notoriety during his lifetime. He was also a charismatic champion of the rights of the working poor, the disenfranchised, and people of color. His rise and fall from favor is one of the great dramas of the 20th century, spanning an international canvas of social upheaval and ideological controversy.

Thursday, Feb 20

6pm — THIRD THURSDAYS: Gabrielle Goodman
Besides touring with Roberta Flack, Mary J. Blige, and Patti Labelle, the remarkable Gabrielle Goodman is a critically-acclaimed songstress in her own right. She shares her latest release “Spiritual Tapestry” tonight. Special museum admission of $5 from 5-8pm. Performances begin at 6pm.

Saturday, February 22

10am-5pm — Verizon Open House
Celebrate Black History Month with an open house at the museum. Join friends, neighbors, community innovators and business leaders for a day full of interactive tours, activities and entertainment. Free.

Date and Time
Saturday, February 1, 10:00 am
Contact Information
For more information call 443-263-1800