Your Guide to Inspiring Local Events, Activities and Programs Celebrating Black History Month
By Annamarya Scaccia
From the arts and sports to education, science and civic service, African Americans have played a significant and instrumental role in shaping American history.
These contributions can be felt in the legacies of such important figures like Percy Lavon Julian, George Washington Carver, Martin Luther King, Jr., Baynard Rustin, Daisy Bates, Lorraine Hansberry, Josephine Baker, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. These and other African-American trailblazers have broken boundaries, made history, progressed change, and dismantled labels. They are heroes, both in their respective fields and across divides.
Every February, known as Black History Month, these pioneers, as well as important events in the history of the African-American diaspora, are recognized and honored with dedicated celebrations. This year, Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation will kick-off the month-long event with an opening reception on Sunday, February 3. It will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road in Laurel.
The public reception will feature the unveiling of the 2013 Black History Month poster, which was designed by Forestville High School art students with help from resident artist Curtis Woody and teachers Carlton and Joshua Smith. The students who participated in the project are: Perla Chamagua Gomez, Kasia Hill, Shatiya Johnson, Davon Jones, Jesseki Kelley, Ronise McCall, Mahdi Muhammad, Elika Neal, Isaiah Smith, Johnmae Spriggs, Corey Stewart, Jonathan Washington, Kamiah Watkins and Amber Williams.
For more information, visit http://www.pgparks.com/Black_History.htm.
Check out some of the other exciting Black History Month events taking place in the county:
Black History Month Exhibit: Fighting on Two Fronts: Jan. 16 – Feb. 26, Free, Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708
Enslaved Women of Darnall’s Chance: Feb. 1, 3 p.m., Free, Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, 301-952-8010
The Campbell Brothers: Feb. 2, 8 p.m., $25-$30, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd, Ft. Washington, MD 20744, 301-203-6070
Celebrated Black Americans: Feb. 6, 7 p.m., Free, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System – Various Locations, 301-333-3111
Poet Talk: Yao “Hoke” Glover: Feb. 6, 7 p.m., Free, Gallery 110, 3901 Rhode Island Ave, North Brentwood, MD 20722, 301-209-0592
African American History Tour: Feb. 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., $5, Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD, 20785, pgsportsandlearn.com
African Americans in the War of 1812: Feb. 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Free, Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg, MD 20710, 301-779-0371
Expression of a People: Feb. 10, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Free, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Ft. Washington, MD 20744, 301-203-6070
Black Artists of DC: Feb. 11 – Apr. 6, Free, Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., North Brentwood, MD 20772, 301-277-2863
Diaspora Dialogue: Art of Kawbena, Ampofo-Anti, Alexander “Skunder” Boghossian, and Victor Ekpuk: Feb. 12 – May 12, Arts Program Gallery, 3501 University Blvd, Adelphi, MD 20783, 301-985-7937
John Amos in Halley’s Comet: Feb. 16, 8 p.m., $20-$25, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Landover, MD 20784, 301-277-1710
Warriors Don’t Cry: Feb. 21, 10:15 a.m., $5-$6, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Landover, MD 20784, 301-277-1710
Night of the Doo Wop: Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Free, Oxon Hill Manor, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill, MD 20745, 301-839-7782
African American Family Day Festival: Feb. 23, 9 a.m., Free, Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover, MD 20785, 301-583-2582
Black History Musical Celebration: Feb. 23, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Free, Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover, MD 20785, 301-583-2582
The Plummers’ Kitchen: Feb. 24, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., $1-$3, Riverside House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park, MD 20737, 301-864-0420
Black Like Me: Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Free, Newton White Mansion, 3006 Enterprise Rd., Mitchellville, MD 20716, 301-249-2004
Published on Prince George’s Suite – Monday, January 28, 2013