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Celebrating Black History Month, a guide to cultural events and community events in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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  • M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince Georges County

    Cultural Events andCommunity Events Calendar

    Black HistoryMonth

    Celebrating-

  • Celebrate and honor African American heritage duringBlack History Month this February with the M-NCPPC Department ofParks and Recreation. From performances to history lessons to festivals, there areplenty of exciting events and activities planned throughout Prince Georges County.

    To register for any of the programs listed in this brochure, call the facility sitedirectly (for TTY service, call 301-699-2544).

    For the latest information on Black History Month happenings, visithttp://blackhistory.pgparks.com beginning Monday, January 3.

    Thursday, Jan. 13-Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 am-5 pm, Daily

    BLACK HISTORY MONTH EXHIBITIONThe First 100 Years:The City of Glenarden, 1910 - 2010This exhibit documents the history of the City of Glenarden over the past 100 years. Fromsoapbox derbies and sandlot baseball games to Mardi Gras celebrations, residents of thetown played together and in the process became like family as Glenarden grew from atown to a city.Montpelier Arts Center9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel 20708301-377-7800

    Sunday, Feb. 6, 2-4 pm

    Black History Month OpeningReception & ExhibitionView this years exhibit The First 100 Years: The City of Glenarden, 1910 2010 whichdocuments the history of the City of Glenarden over the past 100 years. See the unveilingof the 2011 Black History Month poster designed by art students from DuVal High Schoolwith assistance from art teacher Laurie Hunt and resident artist Charles Sessoms.All ages; FREEReservations are required for the reception (limited space available).Montpelier Arts Center9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel 20708301-352-4860

    Glenarden 500 winners circle, ca. 1970.Courtesy of Edward and Florid Brown

    Glenardens Girls Softball Team, 1976.Courtesy of Edward and Florid Brown

  • Monday, Jan. 17-Saturday, Mar. 12Mondays-Thursdays, 8:30 am-9:45 pm;Fridays, 8:30 am-4:45 pm; & Saturdays,10 am-3:45 pmArtists Reception: Saturday, Jan. 22, 5-7 pm

    Biannual Fine ArtExhibit: BlackAbstractionWhat comes to mind when you think ofabstract art? Too often, we think of abstract artas just expressively rendered colors and geo-metric shapes on flat canvas, but it encom-passes a range of styles from naturalistic tononobjective. In this exhibition curated byJarvis DuBois, Black Artists of DC takes on theconcept of abstract art in the 21st century. Thegoal is to explore the many dimensions, layers,mediums and possibilities of abstract art.All ages; FREEArts/Harmony Hall Regional Center10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington 20744301-203-6070

    Tuesday, Jan. 18Monday, Feb. 288:30 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday andduring events

    Printing the BlackExperienceView prints from three African Americanprintmakers who used disparate styles toaddress roots, culture and community.All ages; FREEPublick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd.,Cheverly 20784301-277-1710

    Saturday, Jan. 22-Saturday, Feb. 26

    Snapshots: A Pictureof HistoryDiscover the rich African American historyof Prince Georges County by competing inthis countywide photo scavenger hunt.Receive clues via e-mail and use your bestsleuthing skills to figure out which AfricanAmerican heritage site you need to visit.Then, go to the site to take photos and answera trivia questionget the question right, andyou will receive the next clue. The first personto finish the hunt wins a $100 prize pack!To register, or for more information, pleasecall 301-249-7200 Mondays through Fridays(9 am-5 pm). Be sure to visitwww.pgxtremeteens.com for updates.Ages 10-17; FREE

    Saturday, Jan. 22, 7-10 pm (Part I)Saturday, Jan. 29, 7-10 pm (Part II)Saturday, Feb. 5, 7-10 pm (Part III)Saturday, Feb. 12, 7-10 pm (Part IV)Saturday, Feb. 19, 3-5 pm (viewing)

    3D Art Sculpturein Four PartsCommemorate a part of black history byhelping construct a 3D sculpture to celebratethe city of Glenarden. Viewing of the finishedsculpture is scheduled from 3-5 pm on Feb. 19.Ages 10-17; FREE w/M-NCPPC IDUpper Marlboro Community Center5400 Marlboro Race Track Rd.,Upper Marlboro 20772301-627-2828

    Saturday, Jan. 29, 1-3 pm

    Winter on the PlantationThrough hands-on activities, experience thewinter chores and pastimes of Montpeliersenslaved residents. Activities include huntinggames, food preservation, weaving, sewing andcandle making (weather permitting).

    Fee: $5/person;FREE/ages 4 & underMontpelier Mansion9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel 20708301-377-7817

  • Tuesdays & Fridays in Feb., 9 am-3 pm

    One Womans LastingLegacy: Henrietta LacksThis exhibit honors the legacy of Ms. HenriettaLacks, a black tobacco farmer from southernVirginia who had cervical cancer when she was30. Read about her extraordinary life, herstruggles and how she left a legacy thatchanged modern medicine. Please call for driv-ing directions.All ages; FREEBillingsley House Museum6900 Green Landing Rd.,Upper Marlboro 20772301-627-0730, 301-839-7782

    Tuesday, Feb. 1Saturday, Apr. 9Mondays-Fridays, 10 am-8 pm, andSaturdays, 10 am-6 pmArtists Reception: Friday, Feb. 11, 5-8 pm

    Resonant Forms:An Exhibition Featuringthe Artworks of AlonzoDavis, Martha Jackson-Jarvis and Frank SmithAmong the important centers of AfricanAmerican culture, Prince Georges County andthe surrounding region long have been hometo nationally prominent artists. In celebratinga wealth of culture, the Brentwood Arts Ex-

    change has partnered withthe Prince Georges AfricanAmerican Museum andCultural Center to host ajoint exhibition across twogalleries within the GatewayArts Center. Featuring art-work by Alonzo Davis,Martha Jackson-Jarvis andFrank Smith, Gallery 110will focus on

    two-dimensional artworks by these artists,while the Brentwood Arts Exchange will focuson their sculpture and mixed media artworks.Coinciding with the Gateway Arts Centersone-year anniversary, this powerhouseexhibition should not be missed.All ages; FREEBrentwood Arts Exchangeat Gateway Arts Center3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood 20722301-277-2863

    Tuesday, Feb. 1, 10:15 am & 12 noonWednesday, Feb. 2, 10:15 am & 12 noon

    The Life & Times of FannieLou HamerJoin thedaughter of aMississippisharecropperon her jour-ney to be-coming acivil rightsactivist. Thisproduction by the Touring Theatre of NorthCarolina is a true testament to the life andtimes of African Americans.Tickets: $6/person; $5/person/groups of 15Publick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly 20784301-277-1710

    Tuesday, Feb. 1, 7-8 pm

    Africas Gifts to AmericaJoin us as C. R. Gibbs, a renowned historianof the African Diaspora, speaks on some ofAfricas greatest contributions to America.C. R. Gibbs has co-authored six books and is afrequent national and international historicallecturer.Ages 10 & up; FREEOakcrest Community Center1300 Capitol Heights Blvd.Capitol Heights 20743301-736-5355

    Wednesdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2-4:30 pm

    Black History Month FilmFestivalEnjoy groundbreaking and socially consciousblack cinema from the 1950s through the newmillennium. Featured films include CarmenJones (1954), A Raisin in the Sun (1961),Malcolm X (1992), and Remember theTitans (2000).All ages; FREEHuntington Community Center13022 8th St., Bowie 20720301-464-3725

  • Friday, Feb. 4, 3:30 pm

    The Art of AfricanStorytellingSince ancient times, storytelling in theAfrican culture has been a way of passingon traditions and beliefs from onegeneration to the next. Bring your familyfor a night of century-old tribal talesexpressed through song and dance.Audience participation is stronglyencouraged.All ages; FREEBeltsville Community Center3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville 20705301-937-6613

    Fridays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25, 12 noon-2 pm

    Black Movie CinemaJoin us on Fridays throughout February towatch a movie celebrating black history.Please call for movie titles.All ages; FREEKentland Community Center2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover 20785301-386-2278

    Fridays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25, 1 & 3 pm

    Enslaved Women ofDarnalls ChanceJoin us for a tour that focuses on the AfricanAmerican women who lived and worked atDarnalls Chance with a special emphasis onthe Bentley family of Upper Marlborough.Reservations not required.All ages; FREEDarnalls Chance House Museum14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr.Upper Marlboro 20772301-952-8010

    Friday, Feb. 4, 7- 9 pm

    Black History JeopardyGet ready to test your knowledge of BlackHistory with an interactive version of the hitgame show. DJ O will be our game showhost. Prizes will be awarded to the champion!Ages 10 & up; FREEBladensburg Community Center4500 57th Ave., Bladensburg 20710301-277-2124

    Friday, Feb. 4, 7-9 pm

    Hitting Your WayThrough History:Exploring theNegro LeaguesRelive history with theentire family! Familieswill be given a baseballscorecard to use as theygather interesting factswhile exploring the richhistory of the NegroBaseball Leagues.All ages; FREEOakcrest Community Center1300 Capitol Heights Blvd.Capitol Heights 20743301-736-5355

    Saturday, Feb. 5, 8 am-2 pm

    National Great BlacksIn Wax Museum ExcursionOn this visit to Baltimore, well tour thehistoric Blacks InWaxMuseum. Explore thepast during the Colonial period and learnabout the magnificence of Africa. Enjoylunch at a nearby restaurant (on your own).A continental breakfast will be provided.Ages 10 & up (Ages 17 & under must beaccompanied by an adult.)Fee: $35/person (includes continentalbreakfast, transportation & admission)Prince Georges Sports & Learning Complex8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover 20785301-583-2582

  • Saturdays, Feb. 5 & 12, 10:30 am-12 noon

    Highlights from Africa Ceramic WorkshopsExplore the African continent as you createclay sculptures of various African animals,mold symbols and motifs reflecting the Ghanaheritage and build figurative sculptures thatrepresent Nigeria. Space is limited. Reserva-tions are required by Feb. 2.Ages 6 & up; FREELangley Park Community Center1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville 20783301-445-4508

    Saturday, Feb. 5, 11 am-2 pm

    African Mask WorkshopListen to African music and learn aboutvarious African cultures while making masks.Ages 6-12Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6Potomac Landing Community Center12500 Fort Washington Rd.Fort Washington 20744301-292-9191

    Saturday, Feb. 5, 1-2 pm

    ZomemaAfricanDanceEnsembleExperience the talentedenergies of this interna-tionally acclaimed en-semble. This high energyshow features excitingrhythms, colorful attire,and masterful choreog-

    raphy by Nigerian native Becky Umeh.All ages; FREENorth Brentwood Community Center4012 Webster St.North Brentwood 20722301-864-0756

    Saturday, Feb. 5, 1:30-3 pm

    Lions of Industry,Mothers of InventionUnknown history is revealed as we learn aboutthe giants of African American business andinnovation. Do you know about the amazingghost story of hair care entrepreneur MadameC.J. Walker? What about the paintings of agri-cultural chemist GeorgeWashington Carver,who made over 300 products from the peanut?Or the hilarious antics of George Crum, the in-ventor of the potato chip? Host Booker T.Washington mixes media and audience partici-pation as he brings these champions to life.This event is hosted by Stephen Decatur andTemple Hills community centers.All ages; FREEStephen Decatur Community Center8200 Pinewood Dr., Clinton 20735301-297-4648

    Saturday, Feb. 5, 7 pm

    Concert: Night AtThe Cotton Club Harlem RenaissanceOrchestra

    Break out thetuxedos andput yourdancin shoeson! Join us fora gala eveningof music anddancing withthe renownedHarlem

    Renaissance Orchestra. With its mission torevive the music of the Big Band Era and topreserve the music in its living form, theHarlem Renaissance Orchestra givesrecognition to great musical creators,including Count Basie, Duke Ellington,Pops Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman,Lucky Millinder, Earl Fatha Hines, BillyEckstine, Lionel Hampton and many others.All agesTickets: $35/personArts/Harmony Hall Regional Center10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington 20744301-203-6070

  • Saturday, Feb. 5 & Saturday, Feb. 19, 7-10 pm

    Basketball Film FestivalWere honoring G. Van Standifer, anAfrican American man wholeft a remarkable legacy inthe town of Glenardenwith the creation of theMidnight BasketballLeague (MBL). These filmsfocus on the MBL and howit has helped keep young men off the streetsand decrease drug-linked crime in thesmall town.All ages; FREENorth Brentwood Community Center4012 Webster St., North Brentwood 20722301-864-0756

    Tuesday, Feb. 8, 3 pm

    Anansegrommaof Ghana

    Celebrate with theroyal elders andmusicians of a typicalWest African village.Native Ghanaians offeran exciting and memo-rable performance oftraditional music,storytelling and dance.

    All ages; FREEVansville Community Center6813 Ammendale Rd., Beltsville 20708301-937-6621

    Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 pm (snow date: Feb. 22)

    Had On and TookWith Her: Dress ofAfrican Americans inthe Federal EraCostume historian AnnWass presents anillustrated lecture describing dress of both en-slaved and free African Americans in the early19th century.Fee: $5/person; $2.50/studentRiversdale House Museum4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park 20737301-864-0420

    Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 9-11, 3 pm

    A Peek into thePastSoap Box DerbyRacingLearn aboutthe history ofthe GravityGrand Prixand why morethan a millionkids haveparticipated in racing homemade, enginelesscars down an inclined street. Each day will bededicated to learning about soap box derbyracing. On the first day, well cover the historyand watch a short movie. On the second day,well build mini-soap box cars, and on the finalday, well race them and crown a champion.Ages 6 & up; FREEPatuxent Community Center4410 Bishopmill Dr., Upper Marlboro 20772301-780-7577

    Wednesday, Feb. 9, 3:30-4:30 pm

    SmithsonianDiscovery Theaters:Black DiamondBarnstorm across America with legend andhost Satchel Paige, one of our nation's fore-most athletes and philosophers, in this tunefulhit about baseball's Negro Leagues. Feel thespirit and passion of baseball, and the struggleof civil rights through the portrayal of baseballgreats Fleet Walker, Andrew "Rube" Foster,Jackie Robinson and Spitfire Josh Gibson;don't miss this essential chapter in sportshistory. Kids Care participants are invited toattend.Ages 5-12; FREEWilliam Beanes Community Center5108 Dianna Dr., Suitland 20746301-568-7719

  • Thursday, Feb. 10, 10:15 am

    Tiny Tots Thursday:African Heritage Dancersand DrummersA special performance is planned to introduceyoung children to African culture.Tickets: $3/personPublick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly 20784301-277-1710

    Thursday, Feb. 10, 12 noon

    Platinum Live:African Heritage Dancersand DrummersWashingtons renowned company has somefun planned for a special Black History Monthcelebration for seniors.Ages 60 & upTickets: $3/personPublick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly 20784301-277-1710

    Thursday, Feb. 10, 3-4:30 pm

    Negro League Legendswith Dwayne Renal SimsJoin us for a short film and a discussion ofNegro Leagues history with Dwayne RenalSims and other notable legends from theNegro League Legends Hall of Fame.Participants will be able to take picturesand get players autographs.Ages 8 & up; FREELake Arbor Community Center10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville 20721301-333-6561

    Thursday, Feb. 10, 4 pm

    Moments in Black History:An Activity DayLearn about Americas most important eventsin black history by participating in different ac-tivities and games. Try our quiz about famousAfrican Americans or, for those interested inart, have fun coloring our black history color-ing book, or complete an art project.Ages 4-12; FREEBerwyn Heights Community Center6200 Pontiac St., Berwyn Heights 20740301-345-2808

    Friday, Feb. 11, 10:15 am & 12 noon

    Wings of CourageMad RiverTheatre Worksof Ohio pres-ents an originalmusical playbased on thelife of EugeneBullard, thefirst AfricanAmericancombat pilot. This WWI flying ace was alsoa jazz musician, a big band leader, memberof the French Foreign Legion and a spy!A true adventurer who overcame prejudiceand discrimination to accomplish amazingfeats, Bullards life is an inspiring story.Recommended for grades 3 & upTickets: $6/person, $5/person in groupsof 15 or more.Publick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly 20784301-277-1710

    Friday, Feb. 11-Monday, Feb. 28, 10 am-4 pmReception: Feb. 11, 11 am-2 pm

    Exhibition: Our Mothers,Our Sisters, Our StarsThis exhibit honors the legacy of 10 notableAfrican American women their lives,struggles and accomplishments. Music,memorabilia and photographs will befeatured.All ages; FREEPrince Georges Ballroom2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover 20785301-341-7439

  • Friday, Feb. 11, 12:45-1:45 pm

    Celebrating the SoulfulSounds of Sharon Thomas

    Experience thesounds of saxo-phonist SharonThomas as she playsrhythm and bluesand jazz, celebratingthe rich musicalhistory of AfricanAmerican musi-cians. Pre-registra-tion required byFebruary 8.

    Ages 60 & up; FREEEvelyn Cole Senior Activity Center5720 Addison Rd., Seat Pleasant 20743301-386-5525

    Friday, Feb. 11, 4 pm

    Black History AfternoonMovieChildren are invited to join us to watchHey, Martin. Geared for school-aged children,this film is both informative and entertainingand will highlight the impact of Dr. MartinLuther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks on Americansociety.Ages 6-12; FREEVansville Community Center6813 Ammendale Rd., Beltsville 20708301-937-6621

    Friday, Feb. 11, 6-9 pm

    Broadway on the BigScreenJoin us to watch a family favorite, TheWiz!See Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and othersin this fun tale about the Land of Oz.All ages (Ages 13 & under must beaccompanied by an adult.)FREEPrince Georges Sports & Learning Complex8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover 20785301-583-2582

    Friday, Feb. 11, 7-10 pm

    Soul of the GameLearn about Negro Leagues baseball greatsJackie Robinson, Satchel Paige and Josh Gib-son.Ages 13-17; FREEHillcrest Heights Community Center2300 Oxon Run Dr., Temple Hills 20748301-505-0896

    Friday, Feb 11, 7-10 pm

    Open Mic Night:Original Stories fromthe HeartTeens and pre-teens, share your visions of thepast, present and future. Prizes will be awardedfor best original readings.Ages 10-17; FREE w/M-NCPPC Youth IDBaden Community Center13601 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine 20613301-888-1500

    Saturday, Feb. 12, 10:30 am

    Kids Day Out:SmithsonianDiscovery TheatersBlack DiamondThe Negro Leagues were comprised of AfricanAmerican baseball teams that competed from1880-1955. During the Jim Crow era, AfricanAmericans were barred from playing on whiteteams, so they created their own teams andleagues. Smithsonian Discovery TheatersBlack Diamond will introduce the audience toMoses Fleet Walker, Andrew Rube Foster,Josh Gibson, and Jackie Robinson, who wasthe first African American to be recruited byand play for a modern, major league team.All agesTickets: $5/personArts/Harmony Hall Regional Center10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington 20744301-203-6070

  • Saturday, Feb. 12, 1 pm

    Meet Mr. FrederickDouglass

    From slave to author,noted speaker and states-man Frederick Douglass,a Maryland native, over-came many obstacles tobecome one of the mostinfluential figures of 19thcentury America. Join usas presenter Bill Grim-mette portrays this re-markable man.FREE

    Surratt House Museum9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton 20735301-868-1121

    Saturday, Feb. 12, 5-6:30 pm

    The Evolution of AfricanAmerican Hair

    Did you knowthat in the 1800s,African slavewomen inAmerica had todo their hair withbutter, bacon

    grease and the carding combs of sheep?So much history is woven into the traditionsof African American hair, and much is to belearned about how it has shaped the cultureof people in the black community. Join us aswe explore this legacy.All ages; FREEPrince George's Plaza Community Center6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville 20782301-864-1611

    Saturday, Feb. 12, 7-9 pm

    Gospel ExplosionEnjoy contemporary and traditionalgospel music sung by members of thecommunity.All agesFee: Resident $5/person;Non-Resident $6/personPotomac Landing Community Center12500 Fort Washington Rd.,Fort Washington 20744301-292-9191

    Saturday, Feb. 12 & Saturday,Feb. 26, 7-10 pm

    Basketball Film FestivalWere honoring G. Van Standifer,an African American manwho left a remarkable legacyin the town of Glenardenwith the creation of theMidnight Basketball League(MBL). These films focus onthe MBL and how it has helped keep youngmen off the streets and decrease drug-linkedcrime in the small town.All ages; FREEPrince George's Plaza Community Center6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville 20782301-864-1611

    Sunday, Feb. 13, 1-6 pm

    Expressions of a PeopleYoure invitedto attend thisFREE, popular,annual festivalfor the entirefamily! Kidswill enjoy arts& crafts, carica-ture drawings, clowns and a puppet show.In addition, kids can participate in threeinteractive workshops specially designed forages 2-10. Culture Kingdom Kids Play Datewith Pride workshops celebrate and promoteAfrican American culture through hands-oncreative arts activities. Three structured,30-minute programs will be offered at differenttimes throughout the day. Culture KingdomKids is a mobile, cultural arts program thatproduces childrens events with a cultural twist.Adults can participate in belly dancing, Africandance, drama and several hands-on workshopsin liturgical dance. The concert hall will host avariety of performances, from gospel choirs tosoloists throughout the day.All ages; FREEArts/Harmony Hall Regional Center10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington 20744301-203-6070

  • Tuesday, Feb. 15, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

    The Evolution of AfricanAmerican Hair

    Did you knowthat in the 1800s,Africanslave women inAmerica had todo their hair withbutter, bacon

    grease and the carding combs of sheep?So much history is woven into the traditionsof African American hair, and much is to belearned about how it has shaped the cultureof people in the black community. Join us aswe explore this legacy.Ages 60 & up; FREERollingcrest-Chillum Community Center6120 Sargent Rd., Chillum 20782301-853-2005

    Tuesday, Feb. 15, 11 am-3 pm

    A Familys Journey toLakelandDont miss this fascinating exhibit created bygenealogist and researcher Violetta Sharps-Jones. Through genealogy records, photos andstories, she shares her familys generationaljourney through the African American com-munity of Lakeland, a 120-year-old commu-nity in College Park. Genealogy tools andreferences will be available to help you begindocumenting your familys history.Ages 18 & up; FREECollege Park Community Center5051 Pierce Ave., College Park 20740301-441-2647

    Wednesday, Feb. 16, 10:15 am & 12 noonThursday, Feb. 17, 10:15 am & 12 noon

    Lula Washington DanceTheatre Lecture/Demo

    You have seenthem on screenin Avatar.Now see thisfabulous mod-

    ern dance company from Los Angeles on stage.Tickets: $6; $5/groups of 15Publick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly 20784301-277-1710

    Wednesday, Feb. 16, 3:30-6 pm

    Braiding and BeadsShow your creative side using beads andother craft items in braiding bracelets,necklaces and hair!Ages 6-12Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6Baden Community Center13601 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine 20613301-888-1500

    Wednesday, Feb. 16, 6-8 pm

    African HeritageFamily AffairJoin us for a fun family event celebratingthe ethnicities of Africa. Enjoy music,dancing and mask making, and learn tohead wrap. Take home a selected ethnicartifact from our silent auction and sampletasty foods from African culture.All agesTickets: $5/person, FREEAges 3 & underPrince Georges Sports & Learning Complex8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover 20785301-583-2582

  • Thursday, Feb. 17, 1 pm-2 pm

    What Are You MostProud Of?Come listen to and/or share one of yourproudest personal memories in celebration ofBlack History Month. Stories can be aboutyour career, family, an accomplishment orsimply a memory you would like to share.Feel free to bring memorabilia, school year-books, newspaper clippings or any specialitems that help tell your story. Space is lim-ited, so please call to pre-register.Ages 60 & up; FREECamp Springs Senior Activity Center6420 Allentown Rd., Camp Springs 20748301-449-0490

    Thursday, Feb. 17, 4-5 pm

    Know Your HistoryMagic and Game ShowMyklar the Ordinary hosts an exciting gameshow for children featuring magic that revealsamazing facts about Black History Month.Ages 6-12; FREECollege Park Community Center5051 Pierce Ave., College Park 20740301-441-2647

    Thursday, Feb. 17, 6 pm

    Double Treat Night:Live Dance Performanceand a MovieCelebrate the contemporary richness of theAfrican American culture through the uniquetalents of African dancers highlighting mod-ern and Afro-fusion styles of dance. Then,watch an unforgettable and inspiring docu-mentary about the King of Pop.All ages; FREELangley Park Community Center1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville 20783301-445-4508

    Thursday, Feb. 17, 7-8:30 pm

    Lula Washington DanceTheatre Master Class

    Advanced area dancers are invited to train foran evening with this amazing modern dancetroupe.Fee: $20Publick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly 20784301-277-1710

    Friday, Feb. 18, 11 am-9 pm

    Educating America:Black HospitalsStrengths& CrisisThis exhibit highlights some of thelittle-known black hospitals in themetropolitan area and abroad. These hospitalshad a significant impact on the lives of AfricanAmericans. For patients, these were welcomealternatives to being treated in neglectedcorners of segregated hospitals and for blackhealthcareprofessionals,education,careers andscientificdiscovery.Memorabiliaand photos willbe on display.All ages; FREEOxon Hill Manor6901 Oxon Hill Rd.Oxon Hill 20745301-839-7782

    Pharmaceutical laboratoryat Howard University,

    Washington, D.C., ca. 1900

    Chemistry laboratoryat Howard University,Washington, D.C.

  • Friday, Feb. 18, 2-4 pm

    Sandlot StoriesEnjoy of a day of sandlot baseball, includingcrafts, stories, and games.Ages 6-12; FREESuitland Community Center5600 Regency La., Forestville 20747301-736-3518

    Friday, Feb. 18, 6 pm

    Black History ShowcaseEnjoy watching children from the centersafter-school program perform skits, poetry,and dance routines. This program will take youon an artistic journey through black history past, present, and future.All ages; FREEDeerfield Run Community Center13000 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel 20708301-953-7882

    Friday, Feb. 18, 6-7:30 pm

    Negro Leagues Baseball:A Look Back

    Luther Atkinson of the Satchel Paige All-Starshelps us see the world back in the day ofNegro Leagues baseball. Listen to the storiesand wisdom of this former player about theimpact of African American athletes.All ages; FREESuitland Community Center5600 Regency La., Forestville 20747301-736-3518

    Friday, Feb. 18, 6-9 pm

    Step ShowStep teams from local schools, churches andcommunity organizations will perform in thespirit of the African American experience.All agesFee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3Marlow Heights Community Center2800 Saint Clair Dr., Marlow Heights 20748301-423-0505

    Friday, Feb. 18, 11 am

    Platinum Live: LulaWashington Dance Theatre

    Fresh from Russia, Avatar and theHollywood Bowl, one of the nations mostexciting dance troupes does a special one-hourshow for seniors.Tickets: $7; $6/groups of 15Publick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly 20784301-277-1710

    Friday, Feb. 18 & Saturday, Feb. 19, 8 pm

    Lula Washington DanceTheatreThe famed, powerful and exciting moderndance company from Los Angeles makes thePlayhouse their onlyWashington-area stop onthe international 30th anniversary tour. Oneof the most admired African American danceinstitutions in California, Lula Washington hassteadfastly focused on using dance to exploresocial and humanitarian issues, including as-pects of African American history and culture.Tickets: $20; $15/seniors,DancePass and groups of 15Publick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly 20784301-277-1710

  • Saturday, Feb. 19, 11 am-3 pm

    Miniature Soap Box Derbyand Indoor Softball GameMake your ownminiature soap box derby carand race against opponents. Then join us foran indoor softball game.Ages 5-17Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $7Glenn Dale Community Center11901 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale 20769301-352-8983

    Saturday, Feb. 19, 12 noon-2 pm

    The Roots of Our HistoryCraft ExhibitionJoin us as we honor history through crafts.Learn the basic techniques of sewing, Africanmask painting and sculpture.All agesFee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3Kentland Community Center2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover 20785301-386-2278

    Saturday, Feb. 19, 12 noon-3 pm

    The City of Glenarden:A Lesson in HistorySee how the citizens of Glenarden enjoyedsandlot baseball and soap box derbies duringthe citys first 100 years. Enjoy performances byGlenarden residents.All ages; FREETucker Road Community Center1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington 20744301-248-4404

    Saturday, Feb. 19, 2 pm & 8 pm

    Concert: The DelfonicsThe Delfonicscame to theattention ofpromoterStanWatson,who intro-duced them toproducerThom Bell andMoon Shot Records. Theyscored two regional hits on Moon Shot beforeWatson created his own Philly Groove imprint.The trio achieved 16 pop and 20 R & B hitrecords, including La La Means I Love You,I'm Sorry, Ready Or Not Here I Come andDidn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time).All agesTickets: $35/person, $30/seniors & studentsArts/Harmony Hall Regional Center10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington 20744301-203-6070

    Saturday, Feb. 19, 3-5 pm

    3D Art Sculpture DisplayYouth have been working since mid-Januaryon creating a 3D sculpture to commemoratethe first 100 years of the city of Glenarden.Stop by to see the grand reveal. Enjoy music,special readings and other activities.All ages; FREEUpper Marlboro Community Center5400 Marlboro Race Track Rd.Upper Marlboro 20772301-627-2828

    Saturday, Feb. 19, 7-10 pm

    Sankofa High SchoolStep ShowExperience the true essence of stepping asBowie Community Center presentsthe Sankofa High School Step Show! Thecompetitions theme, Reaching Back to PullForward, is derived from the Akan wordsankofa from Ghana, meaning, to go back andtake. Teams will showcase their level of skilland reverence for the history of step in theAfrican American community.All agesTickets: $8/personBowie Center for the Performing Arts15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie 20715301-464-1737

  • Sunday, February 20, 1-2:30 pm

    Hollywood Flyers:The Tuskegee AirmenThis HBOspecialpresentationis the storyof four pilotsrecruited tobe the firstAfrican-Americanpilots for the United States Army Air Force.Fee: $4/Adult, $3/senior, $2/ages 2-18,FREE/ages 2& under(includes museum admission)College Park Aviation Museum1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr.College Park 20740301-864-6029

    Monday, Feb. 21, 10 am-2 pm

    Celebration of LeadershipJoin us to celebrate our countrys greatleaders, discuss leadership skills, set goalsand have fun!Ages 10-17; FREEHuntington Community Center13022 8th St., Bowie 20720301-464-3725

    Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7-8:30 pm

    Little Big LeagueWatch a classic film about a 12-year-old whoinherits the Minnesota Twins and decides tomanage the team.Ages 6 & up; FREEGlassmanor Community Center1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill 20745301-567-6033

    Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7-8:30 pm

    African Dance WorkshopFor centuries, dance has played an importantrole in African and tribal history. This work-shop provides a fun way to learn African andtrans-African steps from the motherland to theCaribbean. Meet new people, exercise yourheart, and learn about this wonderful culture!Space is limited to the first 15 people whocome to the center for the workshop.Ages 16 & up; FREEBladensburg Community Center4500 57th Ave., Bladensburg 20710301-277-2124

    Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5 am-10 pm

    New York: Broadwayand HarlemOur first stop will be aprivate tour of the StudioMuseum in Harlem.The museum is widelyrecognized for its role inpromoting art that hasbeen inspired and influ-enced by black culture.Next, we'll have lunch atAmy Ruth's, famous for itshome-style, Southernfood. Then, we'll head to the Shubert Theatreto see the hit musical,Memphis. Bursting withenergy and explosive dancing, this hit showwas inspired by the true story of a black clubsinger looking for that big break and a whiteradio DJ ready to change the world in the1950s. Fee includes transportation by charterbus, lunch at Amy Ruth's, and tickets to theshow. Fee does not include dinner, but a dinnerstop will be made on the trip home.Ages 18 & upFee: Resident $128; Non-Resident $154Bladensburg Community Center4500 57th Ave., Bladensburg 20710301-277-2124SMARTlink #381514

  • Wednesday, Feb. 23, 12 noon-2 pm

    Spotlight: Our MusicalRoots in Black HistorySpotlight tells the story of the evolution ofblack music in America, and the souls of thelives who shaped it. History tells us that theinspirational roots sprouted in slavery broughtforth field songs, early spirituals and basicblues songs and music. From these formswere born ragtime, Dixieland, and moresophisticated genres of blues, gospel and jazz.Celebrate this precious journey thespotlight is on you!Ages 60 & up; FREELangley Park Senior Activity Center1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville 20783301-408-4343

    Wednesday, Feb. 23, 1:30-2 pm

    Baba Jamal Koramthe StoryManMaster storyteller Baba Jamalbrings storytelling alive withhistory, humor, music, andteachings of African Americancultures. Blending contempo-rary and traditional storytellingtechniques with drumming andcall-and-response wit and

    wisdom, his stories encourage children tomake intelligent choices and improve theircharacter.Ages 3-5; FREEGood Luck Community Center8601 Good Luck Rd., Lanham 20706301-552-1093

    Wednesday, Feb. 23, 6-7:30 pm

    African Masks CeramicWorkshop for ChildrenThe creation of an African mask oftentells a story about the ancestry andhonor of African heritage. Join usfor a one-day ceramic workshop toexplore the religious and ceremonialvalues that artists express in their artwork.Spaces are limited. Please call to reserve a spaceby Feb. 16.Ages 6-12; FREEBeltsville Community Center Pottery Studio3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville 20705301-937-6613

    Thursday, Feb. 24, 10 am-3 pm

    Banneker-DouglassMuseum &Lunch TripJoin us to tour this beau-tiful museum dedicatedto preserving MarylandsAfrican American her-itage. Later, enjoy lunchat a nearby restaurant,the Sly Fox Pub. Lunch isnot included in the fee.Ages 18 & upFee: Resident $10;Non-Resident $12Berwyn Heights Community Center6200 Pontiac St., Berwyn Heights 20740301-345-2808SMARTlink #424367

    Thursday, Feb. 24, 4-6 pm

    Freedom Train,Get on BoardThe centers after-school program stages aunique play and program about the eventsconfronting African Americans from the 1940sthrough the 1960s.All ages; FREEHillcrest Heights Community Center2300 Oxon Run Dr., Temple Hills 20748301-505-0897

    Thursday, Feb. 24, 7-9 pm

    The RevolutionWill NotBe Televised!Learn about blacknationalism and theBlack LiberationMovement from theearly 1900s throughthe 1970s. Music, foodand photographs will befeatured. Reservations required.Ages 18 & up; FREENewton White Mansion2708 Enterprise Rd.,Mitchellville 20721301-249-2004

    Angela Davis

    Benjamin Banneker

  • Friday, Feb. 25, 10 am-12 noon

    Black History in MotionTake a journey through music, dance andartifacts to learn about the influence thatAfricans and African Americans have had onAmerican culture and throughout the world.Ages 60 & upFee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3Gwendolyn Britt Senior Activity Center4009 Wallace Rd., North Brentwood 20722301-699-1238

    Friday, Feb. 25, 10 am-12 noon

    Black History Show & TellView exhibits, documents and memorabiliarecognizing the central role of AfricanAmericans in American history.All ages; FREEGood Luck Community Center8601 Good Luck Rd., Lanham 20706301-552-1093

    Friday, Feb. 25, 10:15 am & 12 noon

    Black JourneyAmerican Family Theaterbrings a production celebrating200 years of African Americanheritage, told with a musicalbackground of African chants,jazz, blues, ragtime, swing,rock, rap and gospel.

    Recommended for grades 3 & up.Tickets: $6/person; $5/person groups of 15Prince Georges Publick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly 20784301-277-1710

    Friday, Feb. 25, 12:30-1:30 pm

    Smithsonian DiscoveryTheaters:BlackDiamondBarnstorm across America with legend andhost Satchel Paige, one of our nation's foremostathletes and philosophers, in this tuneful hitabout baseball's Negro Leagues. Feel the spiritand passion of baseball and the struggle of civilrights through the portrayal of baseball greatsFleet Walker, Andrew "Rube" Foster, JackieRobinson, and Spitfire Josh Gibson. Don't missthis essential chapter in sportshistory.Ages 12 & under; FREEGlassmanor Community Center1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill 20745301-567-6033

    Friday, Feb. 25, 1-3 pm

    The African AmericanLegacyView an exhibit featuring artifacts andmemorabilia related to the impact AfricanAmericans have had in culture, sports, mediaand the arts.Ages 5-12; FREERollingcrest-Chillum Community Center6120 Sargent Rd., Chillum 20782301-853-2005

    Friday, Feb. 25, 7-9 pm

    First Baptist Church ofGlenarden: 1917 to NowYoure invited on a journey back in time to oneof the most prominent African Americanchurches in the nation. Voices will be liftedand sights will be seen. This will be a night youwont forget!All ages; FREEColumbia Park Community Center1901 Kent Village Dr., Landover 20785301-341-3749

    Friday, Feb. 25, 7-9pm

    Glenarden Mardi GrasFor over ten years, the City of Glenardenhosted an annual Mardi Gras celebrationwhere residents participated in costumecontests, listened to live music, and enjoyedtime with friends. Come celebrate with uson the closing evening of the BlackHistory Month 2011 exhibition as we bringback this festive tradition! Dress in costumesor wear the traditional Mardi Gras colors:purple, gold and green. Space is limited;call for tickets.Ages 18 & upTickets: $20/personMontpelier Arts Center9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel 20708301-377-7800

    Glenarden residents Roland Kenner, Decatur Trotter,Mary Armstrong, Ethel Choice and David Key (dressedas the American eagle) at the annual Mardi Grascelebration, 1976. Photo Courtesy Jeannie Keys

  • Friday, Feb. 25, 7-10 pm

    Step ShowWatch community step teamsperform.All agesFee: Resident $5/person;Non-Resident $6/person

    Potomac Landing Community Center12500 Fort Washington Rd.Fort Washington 20744301-292-9191

    Friday, Feb. 25, 7-10 pm

    Rough Diamonds:The Negro Leagues andSandlot Heroes in theMid-Atlantic RegionView photos and artifactsin Rough Diamonds,an exhibit highlightingthe historic connectionsbetween Prince GeorgesCountys premier sandlotteam theWashingtonBlack Sox (formerly theMitchellville Tigers) and the Negro teams that played at Black SoxPark in Bowie. Meet Al Burrows of the NewYork Black Yankees (1954) and IndianapolisClowns (1955-1962), and view a screening ofThe Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars &MotorKings. A great night for all!All agesFee: Resident $2/person;Non-Resident $5.personSouth Bowie Community Center1717 Pittsfield La., Bowie 20716301-249-1622

    Saturday, Feb. 26, 9 am-4 pm

    African AmericanFestivalCelebrate Black History Month by taking anAfrican dance class. Also, stop by for work-shops, performances and storytellers. Vendorswill be on site selling a variety of reasonablypriced items.All ages; FREE admission; Call for vendor fees.Prince Georges Sports & Learning Complex8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover 20785301-583-2582

    Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 am-12 noon

    I Have a DreamCreative CraftsLet your vivid dreams soar by creating crafts.Space is limited. Reserve a space by Feb. 23.Ages 6-12; FREEDeerfield Run Community Center13000 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel 20708301-953-7882

    Saturday, Feb. 26, 11 am-4 pm

    African MarketplaceGet a taste of Africa as you visit vendor tablesselling African clothing, jewelry, fabric, art andmore.All ages; FREE admissionHarmony Hall Regional Center10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington 20744301-203-6040

    Saturday, Feb. 26, 9:30 am-5:30 pm

    African AmericanHeritage: Historic SitesBus TripWell visit the Charles Duckett FreedmansCabin, Columbia Air Field (the first AfricanAmerican airfield), Northampton SlaveQuarters and Dorsey Chapel, along withother African American historical sites.Fee includes transportation, admission andlunch. This trip departs from the parkinglot at the Prince Georges Equestrian Center(14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro20772).All agesFee: $25/personNatural and Historical Resources Division301-464-5291; 301-352-4860

    Saturday, February 26, 10-11:30 am

    18th Century BladensburgLearn about the importance of the AfricanAmerican contribution to the economicdevelopment of Bladensburg andWashington,D.C. This program will include a skit andpresentation. Reservations required; space islimited.All ages; FREEBladensburg Waterfront Park4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg 20710301-779-0371

  • Saturday, Feb. 26, 1-3 pm

    Glenarden: A Sports MeccaFrom the Negro Baseball Leagues to theHarlem Globetrotters to the NFL, the Cityof Glenarden has produced some prominentAfrican American athletes throughout itshistory. Join us as we share precious memora-bilia and have a live meet-and-greet withsome of these local athletes. Participantsunder the age of 9 must be accompanied byan adult.All ages; FREEColumbia Park Community Center1901 Kent Village Dr., Landover 20785301-341-3749

    Saturday, February 26, 2-4 pm

    Genealogy WorkshopLearn the techniques necessary to trace yourfamily tree. Using federal census records,William Shelton and EdwinWashington of theNational Archives will teach the skills neededto research family histories. This program willfocus on the Glenarden community. Space islimited. Call to register by February 24.All ages; FREEStephen Decatur Community Center8200 Pinewood Dr., Clinton 20735301-297-4648

    Saturday, Feb. 26, 6-8:30 pm

    Racing Through theAges and Sandlot BaseballExhibitRacing Through the Ages is an interactiveprogram in which youth can participate in alive Pinewood Derby Miniature Car RaceandMicro Reality Racing, where a remotecontrol car is driven around a banked ovaltrack. Youth can also compete in the PS3Need for Speed challenge, see a live SoapBox Derby car on display, and view ourSandlot Baseball Exhibit.Ages 10-17Fee: $10/teamPeppermill Community Center610 Hill Rd., Landover 20785301-350-8410

    Saturday, Feb. 26, 7-10 pm

    Art and Poetry NightListen to words of inspiration from the com-munity centers teen group, and view an artdisplay.All ages; FREEMarlow Heights Community Center2800 Saint Clair Dr., Temple Hills 20748301-423-0505

    Sunday, Feb. 27, 12 noon-3:30 pm

    The Plummers KitchenThe RiversdaleKitchen Guilddemonstratesopen hearthcooking using18th and 19thcenturyrecipes fromAfricanAmerican sources.Fee: $3/adults, $2/seniors & groups of 10 ormore, $1/ages 5-18, FREE/ages 4 & under,includes guided tour of the museumRiversdale House Museum4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park 20737301-864-0420

    Sunday, Feb. 27, 4 pm

    PRAISE!Gospel singer CoraHarvey Armstrongopens this annualliturgical dance festi-val featuring topdance troupes fromarea churches.

    Tickets: $12/person; $10/seniors, students& groups of 15Publick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly 20784301-277-1710

  • M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and RecreationPrince Georges County, Public Affairs and Marketing Division7833 Walker Drive, Suite 110Greenbelt, Maryland 20770

    www.pgparks.comhttp://blackhistory.pgparks.com

    Presented by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission,Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince Georges County.

    Arts programs of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission,Department of Parks and Recreation are supported by a grant from the MarylandState Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant community where the arts thrive.

    The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participationof individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advanceof the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.

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