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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

    CELEBRATION!

  • CELEBRATION, BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2012

    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,visit http://blackhistory.pgparks.com.

    Monday, Jan. 23-Saturday, Mar. 17, 10 am-5 pm,DailyBLACK HISTORY MONTH EXHIBITION

    Reading,Writing and Race:Rosenwald Schools in PrinceGeorges County, MarylandThis years exhibit profiles African American schoolsbuilt with assistance from the Rosenwald Foundation.Through historic photos and artifacts, the exhibithighlights Rosenwald schools that were featured in theNational Trust for Historic Preservations 2002list of Americas 11 Most Endangered HistoricPlaces. The exhibits centerpiece includes the newlyrenovated Ridgeley Rosenwald School, which isconsidered to be one of the countys best examplesof this type of educational facility.Harmony Hall Regional Center10701 Livingston RoadFort Washington, 20744301-203-6070; TTY 301-203-3803

    Monday, January 23-Saturday, March 17Public Reception: Sunday, February 5, 2-4 pm

    Black History MonthOpening Exhibit & ReceptionView this years exhibit Reading, Writingand Race: Rosenwald Schools in Prince GeorgesCounty, Maryland, which profiles AfricanAmerican schools built with assistance from theRosenwald Foundation. See the unveiling of the2012 Black History Month Poster designed by artstudents from Potomac High School, with assis-tance from art teacher Elizabeth Clarke and resi-dent artist BernardW. Brooks.All ages; FREEHarmony Hall Regional Center10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington 20744301-203-6070; TTY 301-203-3803

    Students of the Muirkirk School, ca 1925Courtesy of Philip Gibson

    Ridgeley Rosenwald School

    Interior of the restored Ridgeley Rosenwald SchoolPhoto: M-NCPPC

  • 3Saturday, January 28, 1-3 pm

    Winter on the PlantationExperience the winter chores and pastimes ofMontpeliers enslaved residents throughhands-on activities.All agesFee: $5/person; FREE/ages 4 & underMontpelier Mansion9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel 20708301-377-7817; TTY 301-699-2544

    Monday, January 30-Saturday, March 24Public Reception: Saturday, February 4

    Rivers and MemoriesThe Brentwood Arts Exchange is honored topresent the artworks of Lillian Burwell andE.J. Montgomery. Both are accomplishedartists, and have beenprominent and influentialfigures throughout the artcommunity for severaldecades. Their artworksare lyrical, rich, andhighly developed explo-rations into the expressiveelements of color and space.Brentwood Arts Exchange3901 Rhone Island Avenue, Brentwood 20722301-277-2863; TTY 301-446-6802

    Tuesday, January 31, 10:15 am & 12 noon

    Kankouran West AfricanDancers

    This award-winningdance company, whoseartistic director andmusic director areboth from Senegal,exposes students totraditional Africanculture byintroducing thehistory, terminology,

    and techniques of the music and dancebeing performed in this audienceparticipation event.Recommendedfor all agesTickets: $6/person, $5/person in groupsof 15 or morePublick Playhouse5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312

    Tuesdays & Fridays in February, 9 am-3 pm

    Exhibition: Our Mother,Our Sisters, Our StarsThis exhibit honors the legacy of 10 notableAfrican American women, focusing on theirlives, struggles and accomplishments.All ages; FREEBillingsley House Museum6900 Green Landing RoadUpper Marlboro 20772301-627-0730, 301-839-7782; TTY 301-446-6802

    Wednesdays, beginning February 1, 4-6 pm

    African AmericanHeritage Film SeriesCome join us everyWednesday in Februaryas we highlight the lives of African Americansthroughout history. Families will receive aword search, crossword puzzle and even geta coloring sheet to help them remember whothey learned about. It will be a fun learningexperience for all. No one under the age of 9will be permitted without a parent or adultguardian.All ages; FREEColumbia Park Community Center1901 Kent Village Drive, Landover 20785301-341-3749; TTY 301-445-4512

    Fridays in February, 1 & 3 pm

    Enslaved Women ofDarnalls ChanceJoin us for a tour thatfocuses on the AfricanAmerican women wholived and worked atDarnalls Chance with aspecial emphasis on theBentley family of UpperMarlborough. Reserva-tions are not required.All ages; FREEDarnalls Chance House Museum14800 Governor Oden Bowie DriveUpper Marlboro 20772301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544

    Lillian Burwell

  • CELEBRATION, BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2012

    Wednesdays, February 1 & 15, 10 am-12 noon

    Black History Comedy FilmsCome join us for fun and laughter during BlackHistory Month! Featured films includeA Piece of the Action (Feb. 1) andUptownSaturday Night (Feb. 15). Both films star BillCosby and Sidney Poitier.Ages 60 & up; FREEHuntington Community Center13022 8th Street, Bowie 20715301-464-3725; TTY 301-218-6768

    Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29,6-9 pm

    Wednesday Night at theMovies: Roots

    Join us as we watch a mini-series based on Alex Haleysnovel, Roots: The Saga of anAmerican Family. Discusshow Alex Haley was able totell the story of the discoveryof his family descendants bytracing the name Kunta

    Kinte. Light refreshments will be served.Ages 18 & up; FREEPrince Georges Sports & Learning Complex8001 Sheriff Road, Landover 20785301-583-2582; TTY 301-583-2483

    Friday, February 3, 10:15 am & 12 noon,and Saturday, February 4, 8 pm

    Nimbaya! Women MasterDrummers of GuineaFormerly calledAmazones, theworld famouswomens drum anddance companyreturns for its firstUS tour in severalyears. These talentedand brave women break ancient traditions bybeing the first to play the instruments, sing thesongs, and do the dances that for centurieswere only performed by men.Recommended for all agesFeb. 3 tickets: $6/person,$5/person in groups of 15 or moreFeb. 4 tickets: $20/person, $15/seniors,students & DancePass holdersPublick Playhouse5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312

    Friday, February 3, 2:30-4:30 pm

    Mission: PreservationPresented by the National Museum ofAfrican American History and Culture(NMAAHC), this program will touch onthe topics of segregation and saving yourfamily history. Space is limited;pre-registration required by February 1.Ages 6-12; FREEKentland Community Center2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512

    Friday, February 3, 7-9 pm

    The QUIZZZGet ready to test your knowledge of blackhistory on Vansvilles NEW game show,The QUIZZZ! This quiz game challenges youmentally and pushes participants tocomplete physical feats. Prizes will be awardedto the QUIZZZ champion!Ages 10 & up; FREEVansville Community Center6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville 20705301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512

    Saturday, February 4, 10 am & 12 noon

    Nimbaya! Drum & DanceWorkshopsHeres a wonderfulopportunity for Africandrummers and dancersages 13 and up to trainwith the amazingWomenMaster Drummers of Guinea. Space islimited; early registration is suggested.AFRICAN DRUMMING WORKSHOP: 10-11:30 am(Participants must supply their own drum.)AFRICAN DANCE WORKSHOP:

    12 noon-1:30 pm (Dress to move.)Fee: $15/classPublick Playhouse5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312

  • 5Saturday, February 4, 10 am-1 pm

    Thought Provoking Quotes& Poets

    Man, if you gotta ask youll never know.Louis Armstrong

    There have been many inspirational AfricanAmerican women and men throughout history.Some were inventors, scientists, and activists;others were rappers, athletes, and teachers.Enjoy a day of reflection and remembrancethrough words from the past, and take a walkdownMemory Lane with staff.All ages; FREETemple Hills Community Center5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills 20748301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030

    Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18 & 25,10 am-12 noon

    19th Century PrinceGeorges CountyStep out of the ordinary and learn about a dayin the life of an average Prince Georgian 200years ago. This program includes a multimediapresentation and an interactive display ofgames, toys, and artifact reproductions. Lightrefreshments will be served. Reservations arerequired; space is limited.All ages; FREEBladensburg Waterfront Park4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg 20710301-779-0371; TTY 301-699-2544

    Saturdays, February 4 & 11, 10:30 am-12 noon

    Expressions of Slaveryand Freedom Ceramic WorkshopsLearn how to createhandmade pottery ina FREE, 2-day ceramicworkshop. The workshopfocuses on face jugs andcolonoware from the SouthCarolina region. Space islimited.Ages 6 & up; FREELangley Park Community Center1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville 20783301-445-4508; TTY 301-445-4512SMARTlink #682171

    Saturday, February 4, 11 am-3 pm

    Martin Luther King, Jr.Memorial TripCelebrate Black History Month withyour neighbors. First, explore artisticexhibits at Prince George's AfricanAmericanMuseum&Cultural Cen-ter. Next, visit the newMartinLuther King, Jr. Memorial inWash-ington, DC. Finally, enjoy a great lunch at BensChili Bowl, one of the most well-known spotsin DC! Lunch fee is not included. Space is lim-ited; pre-registration is required by January 28.All ages (Children 12 & under must beaccompanied by an adult.)Fee: Resident $3; Non-Resident $4Trip leaves from and returns to:

    North Brentwood Community Center4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood 20722301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512

    Prince Georges Plaza Community Center6600 Adelphi RoadHyattsville 20782301-864-1611; TTY 301-445-4512

    Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center6120 Sargent Road, Chillum 20782301-853-2005; TTY 301-445-4512

    Saturdays,February4, 11,18&25, 12 noon-3pm

    Black Historic Site TourTake a journey to more than 17 local blackhistoric sites. Visit the former home of BookerT. Washingtons daughter, the former home ofDoswell Brooks (the first black superintendentof Prince Georges County black schools),Chapel Oaks Fire Station (one of the firstall-black fire companies in the US), and twoRosenwald schools - The Ridgely School andHighland Park Elementary School. The tourbegins with a light brunch and features a shortdescriptive narrative of each site.Ages 5 & upFee: Resident $20; Non-Resident $24Palmer Park Community Center7720 Barlowe Road, Landover 20785301-773-5665; TTY 301-218-6768

    Saturday, February 4, 1-3 pm

    Arts & Crafts for ChildrenCreate a variety of arts & crafts in celebration ofBlack History Month.Ages 12 & under; FREENorth Brentwood Community Center4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood 20722301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512

  • CELEBRATION, BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2012

    Sundays, February 5 & 19, 1-4 pm

    19th Century HearthCookingObserve trained docents cooking period foodon an open hearth at the Charles DuckettFreedmans Cabin. People in the new world,whites and slaves alike, lived in similarbuildings from the early 17th until the mid19th century. Few of these buildings survived,as they were abandoned for newer, largeraccommodations and simply fell into decay.

    Take a tour of this oncecommon, now rare style ofdwelling and get a glimpseinto the everyday history ofthe regular people ofsouthern Maryland.All ages; FREEPatuxent River Park16000 Croom Airport Road

    Upper Marlboro 20772301-627-6074; TTY 301-699-2544

    Monday, February 6-Friday, February 17,8 am-9 pmOpening Reception: Monday, February 6,10 am-12 noon

    Black History MonthExhibit Display: EducatingAmerica: Black Hospitals,Strengths and CrisisThis exhibit highlightssome of the blackhospitals in themetropolitan areaand abroad that had asignificant impact onthe lives of AfricanAmericans. Forpatients, thesehospitals werewelcome alternatives to being treated inneglected corners of segregated hospitals;for black health care professionals, they werecenters for education, careers and scientificdiscovery. Memorabilia, artifacts, and photosare included in the exhibition. Please join us forthe opening reception on February 6 as Mr.Nathaniel Wesley, author of Black Hospitals inAmerica, speaks about the research and studyof this topic.All ages; FREELaurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center7120 Contee Road, Laurel 20707301-206-3350; TTY 301-446-3402

    Monday, February 6, 7-8:30 pm

    African Masks CeramicWorkshop for ChildrenThe creation of an African mask often tellsa story about the ancestry and honor ofAfrican heritage. Join us for a wonderful 1-dayceramic workshop and explore the religiousand ceremonial values that African artists ex-press in their artwork. Spaces are limited; pre-registration required by February 1.Ages 6-12Fee: Resident $3; Non-Resident $5Beltsville Community Center3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville 20705301-937-6613; TTY 301-445-4512

    Tuesday, February 7, 10:15 am & 12 noon

    History of Hip-HopIllstyle & Peace Productions, Philadelphiasyoung multicultural hip-hop dance company,travels worldwide bringing a positive messageof individual expression. They present thehistory of hip-hop with jaw-dropping dance,audience participation and a compellingQ&A session.Recommended for all agesTickets: $6/person, $5/person in groupsof 15 or morePublick Playhouse5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312

    Wednesday, February 8, 12:30-1:30 pm

    Smithsonian AssociatesDiscovery Theatre:The Greatest Stories NeverTold: How Old is a Hero?Young People of the CivilRights MovementThis inspiring play featuresAfrican American heroes of thetwentieth century. Explore thepower of youth andmeet threecourageous heroes who helped shape historyduring the civil rights movement. Hear thecompelling experiences of Ernest Green (thefirst black student to graduate from an inte-grated high school), Claudette Colvin (whomonths before Rosa Parks, refused to give upher seat on the bus), and six-year old RubyBridges (who won equal rights before she couldread.)All ages; FREEGlassmanor Community Center1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill 20745301-567-6033; TTY 301-203-6030

  • 7Thursday, February 9, 10:15 am & 12 noon

    The Satchel Paige StoryThe Childrens Theatre ofCincinnatis ArtReachTouring Productionspresents an engrossingperformance about the manwho legends claim couldthrow a ball so fast that it

    would disappear into thin air before it everreached the catchers mitt. Along the way, heeffected major changes in sports andgovernment.Recommended for grades 3-12Tickets: $6/person, $5/person in groupsof 15 or morePublick Playhouse5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312

    Thursday, February 9, 7-9 pm

    Black HistoryTheatrical PlayEnjoy a theatrical play depicting the experi-ences of black leaders during the civil rightsmovement.All agesFee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3Indian Queen Recreation Center9551 Fort Foote Road, Fort Washington 20744301-839-9596; TTY 301-203-6030

    Friday, February 10, 2-6 pm

    Black Heritage Art ShowYoure invited to watch our Kids Care childrenstage a black heritage art show.All ages; FREEMarlow Heights Community Center2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights 20748301-423-0505; TTY 301-203-6030

    Friday, February 10, 6:30-9 pm

    Art & Poetry Explosion!Come listen and share your vision of the past,present and future at an open mic poetry andreading event. Interested in learning aboutpoetry? Then participate in a mini-workshopto learn about this form of literary art.All ages; FREEPrince Georges Sports & Learning Complex8001 Sheriff Road, Landover 20785301-583-2582; TTY 301-583-2483

    Friday, February 10, 7-9 pm

    Beacons of AfricanAmerican EducationCelebrate this years Black History Monththeme with us as we highlight the RosenwaldSchools and recognize the history of HighlandPark Elementary School. This promises to bea fun, educational evening for all.Ages 6 & up; FREEOakcrest Community Center1300 Capitol Heights BoulevardCapitol Heights 20743301-736-5355; TTY 301-218-6768

    Friday, February 10, 7-9 pm

    Motown at the BallroomMo feelingMo soundMo everything!The Motown Sound has left an undeniablestamp on the heart, soul and mind of severalgenerations of fans! Enjoy an enchantingevening of live music and dancing. Space islimited; registration is required.All ages; FREEPrince Georges Ballroom2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785301-341-7439; TTY 301-446-6802

    Saturday, February 11, 10 am

    The Evolution of AfricanAmerican HairDid you know that in the 1800s, African slavewomen in America had to fix their hair withbutter, bacon grease, and the carding combsof sheep? So much history is woven into thetraditions of African American hair, and muchis to be learned about how it shaped the cultureof the black community. Registration isrequired by February 8.All ages; FREERollingcrest-Chillum Community Center6120 Sargent Road, Chillum 20782301-853-2005; TTY 301-445-4512

  • CELEBRATION, BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2012

    Saturday, February 11, 11 am-2 pm

    African Mask WorkshopListen to African music and learn about variousAfrican cultures while creating masks.Ages 6-12Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6Indian Queen Recreation Center9551 Fort Foote Road, Fort Washington 20744301-839-9596; TTY 301-203-6030

    Saturday, February 11, 2-3:30 pm

    Capoeira AngolaLearn about the African roots of the Capoeiraart form that combines dance movements, ac-robatics, fighting moves, music, history andphilosophy.All ages; FREEBladensburg Community Center4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg 20710301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512

    Sunday, February 12, 1-6 pm

    Expressionsof a PeopleYoure invited to a Black History Month cele-bration featuring musical performances, chil-drens activities, workshops and entertainmentfor the entire family. Children will enjoy arts &crafts workshops, mask-making, face paintingand a caricaturist. Adults can enjoy dance,drumming and theatre workshops. Musicalperformances include liturgical dance groupSound Stage, blues harmonica virtuoso PhilWiggins, and Caribbean jazz, reggae and skaband Eastern Standard Time.All ages; FREEHarmony Hall Regional Center10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington 20744301-203-6070; TTY 301-203-3803

    Monday, February 13, 1:30-3:30 pm

    Ridgeley RosenwaldSchool: Presentation &Open ForumGuest speaker Mildred R. Gray, former studentat the Ridgeley Rosenwald School, presents herperspective on what the school means to herand to future generations.Ages 4 & up; FREESouth Bowie Community Center1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie 20716301-249-1622; TTY 301-218-6768

    Monday, February 13, 6-8 pm

    African Heritage FamilyAffairJoin us for a fun,family night celebratingthe ethnicities of Africa.Enjoy music, dancing,mask making, beadingand storytelling.All agesFee: $3/ages 4 & up, FREE/ages 3 & underPrince Georges Sports & Learning Complex8001 Sheriff Road, Landover 20785301-583-2582; TTY 301-583-2483

    Wednesday, February 15, 10:15 am & 12 noon

    GEICO Gecko SeriesRosas RideUsing jazz, blues, gospel music and drama,Flying Ship Productions from New York createsa powerful theatrical experience that followsthe struggles of a young girl through theindignities of prejudice, as she gains thestrength of conviction to work for basic humanrights. Rosas simple act of civil disobedience ona bus gave birth to the civil rights movement.Recommended for grades 2-8Tickets: $6/person, $5/person in groupsof 15 or morePublick Playhouse5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312

  • 9Wednesday, February 15, 10:30 am

    Smithsonian AssociatesDiscovery Theatre: TheGreatest Stories NeverTold: How Old is a Hero?Young People of the CivilRights Movement

    This inspiring play featuresAfrican American heroesof the twentieth century.Explore the power of youthand meet three courageousheroes who helped shapehistory during the civil

    rights movement. Hear the compelling experi-ences of Ernest Green (the first black student tograduate from an integrated high school),Claudette Colvin (who months before RosaParks, refused to give up her seat on the bus),and six-year old Ruby Bridges (who won equalrights before she could read.)All agesTickets: $5/personHarmony Hall Regional Center10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington 20744301-203-6070; TTY 301-203-3803

    Thursday, February 16, 4-7 pm

    Innovations from the PastDo you know who invented the firstOldFarmers Almanac, the automatic traffic signalor the ironing board? View an exhibit and learnabout the African American inventors who de-veloped products and technology that are stillused today.All ages; FREEOxon Hill Manor6901 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill 20745301-839-7782; TTY 301-446-6802

    Thursday, February 16, 6-9 pm

    Family NightCelebrate Black History Month with us!Bring the whole family and learn aboutAfrican cultures through games, mask makingand a movie.All ages; FREEDeerfield Run Community Center13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel 20708301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512

    January-February, DailyPublic Reception: Thursday, February 16,7-9 pm

    Black History Month ArtExhibit and ReceptionArtistic Visions Artist Showcase presents QueGaskins and his work in textiles, mixed media,and painting throughout January and February.All ages; FREEHuntington Community Center13022 8th Street, Bowie 20720301-464-3725; TTY 301-218-6768

    Friday, February 17, 10 am-12 noon

    Black History ShowandTellTake a journey with us through black history.This exciting game enables you to view imagesand test your knowledge of the past throughvideos and iconic storytellers.All ages; FREEGood Luck Community Center8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham 20706301-552-1093; TTY 301-445-4512

    Friday, February 17, 5 pm

    African Dance and DrumPerformanceSince the beginning ofhuman history, danceshave been used to tell stories,express and communicateemotions, and bringindividuals and communitiestogether. In Africa, lifesvitality, simplicities, andcomplexities are expressedthrough this art form. Joinus for century old tribal tales,inspiring songs and traditional dance.Audience participation is stronglyencouraged!All ages; FREEBeltsville Community Center3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville 20705301-937-6613; TTY 301-445-4512

  • CELEBRATION, BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2012

    Friday, February 17, 7-9 pm

    Black History Step ShowStep teams from localschools, churches andcommunityorganizationsperform in the spiritof the Americanexperience.All agesFee: Resident $5;Non-Resident $6Indian QueenRecreation Center9551 Fort Foote Road, Fort Washington 20744301-839-9596; TTY 301-203-6030

    Saturday, February 18, 12 noon-2 pm

    History Comes to LifeStop by our living history event to see howmany historical African American icons youcan identify and howmany pieces of trivia youcan solve. Vendors will be on site during theevent.All ages; FREETemple Hills Community Center5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills 20748301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030

    Saturday, February 18, 12 noon-4 pm

    African AmericanAmazing RaceCome one, come all and compete in a scav-enger hunt that will educate and get youradrenaline going! Be the first to visit selectAfrican American heritage sites in the countyusing clues provided, and collect specific itemsto bring back to the judges. To participate, youwill need transportation, a team of two or morepersons, and a digital camera. Prizes and re-freshments will be available at the finish line.Registration is required by February 11.Check-In and Registration: 12 noon-1 pm;Race/Scavenger Hunt: 1-3 pmAwards/Refreshments: 3-4 pmAll ages (Children 9 & under must beaccompanied by an adult.)Fee: Resident $10/teamNon-Resident $12/teamGood Luck Community Center8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham 20706301-552-1093; TTY 301-445-4512

    Saturday, February 18, 3-5 pm

    The Music of Gospel IconsRemember old-time gospel music?Celebrate the icons of gospel music withperformances from local artists andentertainers. Walk downMemory Laneand salute those who paved the way.All ages; FREETucker Road Community Center1771 Tucker Road, Fort Washington 20744301- 248-4404; TTY 301-203-6030

    Saturday, February 18, 3-6:30 pm

    Black History GospelTribute and BazaarJoin us as we pay tribute to black historythrough music, poetry, sports and dance. Thisevent features Negro League baseball playerLuther Luke Atkinson, and a wide assortmentof Negro League memorabilia. Vendors will beon site selling an assortment of jewelry, cloth-ing, African art, fragrances and more. Doorsopen for the bazaar at 3 pm. Gospel tribute isfrom 4-6:30 pm.All ages; FREEWilliam Beanes Community Center5108 Dianna Drive, Suitland 20746301-568-7719; TTY 301-203-6030

    Saturday, February 18, 5 pm

    ThurgoodMarshallIn honor of thisgreat African American,a screening ofThurgood Marshallstarring LaurenceFishburne will befeatured on the centers

    big screen. Popcorn and drinks will beprovided. Following the movie, stay for adiscussion about Judge Marshalls influenceon African American history.All ages; FREENorth Brentwood Community Center4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood 20722301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512

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    Saturday, February 18, 6 pm

    Lakeland Gala EventCelebrate the rich history of the AfricanAmerican community of Lakeland. A screeningof the documentary film Folks Made the School,produced in collaboration with the LakelandCommunity Heritage Project and University ofMarylands Dr. Mary Sies and her students, willbe shown, followed by a panel discussion.The grand opening and dedication of thepermanent exhibit, A View from the Lakes:A History of the African American Communityof Lakeland completes the evening. Thisexhibit focuses on some of the things thatinfluenced the communitys development, andthe strong, religious, educational and culturalties that evolved and sustained the communityfor more than 100 years. Tickets are free, butare sold on a first-come, first-served basis.Proper attire is dress to impress.All ages; FREE (ticket is required)College Park Community Center5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park 20740301-441-2647; TTY 301-445-4512

    Saturday, February 18, 7-9 pm

    Black Musical ExplosionEnjoy contemporaryand traditional blackmusicsung by members of the community.All agesFee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6Potomac Lading Community Center12500 Fort Washington RoadFort Washington 20744301-292-9191; TTY 301-203-6030

    Saturday, February 18, 7-10 pm

    High SchoolStep ShowChallengeExperience the trueessence of stepping atthe 3rd Annual BlackHistory Month HighSchool Step Show

    Competition! This years theme is Kujichagulia,which means self-determination and is thesecond principle of Kwanzaa.All agesFee: $10/ages 14 & up; $5/ages 13 & underBowie Community Center3209 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie 20715301-464-1737; TTY 301-218-6768

    Saturday, February 18, 7-10 pm

    Xtreme Teens:Black History JeopardyTest your knowledge of black history with anexciting game of trivia. Prizes will be awardedto winners!Ages 13-17; FREEHillcrest Heights Community Center2300 Oxon Run Drive, Hillcrest Heights 20748301- 505-0896; TTY 301-203-6030

    Saturday, February 18, 8 pm

    Concert:The SwallowsFormed in Baltimore in1946 as the "Oakateers,"this group practiced onstreet corners until 1948.The Swallows' recordingof "Will You Be Mine" was released in 1951, andis now widely regarded as one of the first majordoo-wop hits. "Will You Be Mine" reached apeak position of Number 9 on the BillboardR&B charts. In 1952, the Swallows released"Beside You," which became their secondnational hit, peaking at Number 10 onBillboard's R&B chart.All agesTickets: $30/general admission, $25/seniors &studentsHarmony Hall Regional Center10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington 20744301-203-6070; TTY 301-203-3803

    Wednesday, February 22, 10:15 am& 12 noon

    Frederick DouglassBright Star Theatre of NorthCarolina presents the leader ofthe abolition movement andone of our nations most vibrantfigures. From his escape from aMaryland plantation to his daysas a newspaper publisher andhis role as a presidential advisor,Mr. Douglass promoted education as the key tosuccess, always bravely fighting to makeAmerica a better place for all.Recommended for grades 3 & upTickets: $6/person, $5/person in groupsof 15 or morePublick Playhouse5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312

  • CELEBRATION, BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2012

    Wednesday, February 22, 10:30 am-12 noon

    Black History in Motionfor SeniorsThis historical journey through time highlightsthe many contributions of Africans andAfrican Americans throughout the diaspora.The program features music, re-enactments,dance, art, memorabilia and special guestspeakers. Reservations are required.Ages 60 & up; FREEPrince Georges Ballroom2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785301-446-3400; TTY 301-446-3402

    Wednesday, February 22, 12 noon-1 pm

    The New Negro:Rosenwald Fund Fellowsand the Impact on AfricanAmerican Life and CultureThe Rosenwald Fund supported a variety ofprograms that were dedicated to African Amer-ican life and culture. More than 400 RosenwaldFund fellows including famous African Ameri-can physicians, educators, and artists receivedgrants to support their academic and profes-sional development. Bring your lunch and joinus for a brown bag discussion of the RosenwaldFellowship and scholarship recipients.All ages; FREERidgeley School8507 Central Avenue, Capitol Heights 20743240-264-3415; TTY 301-699-2544

    Wednesday, February 22, 2 pm

    Afternoon Tea:Jerry Allen,PianistIn honor of Black HistoryMonth, enjoy pianist JerryAllen performing DukeEllington music.All agesTickets: $15/personHarmony Hall Regional Center10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington 20744301-203-6070; TTY 301-203-3803

    Wednesday, February 22, 6-9 pm

    Black Art ShowcaseView works of art by local artists; later, enjoylight refreshments and speak with the artistsabout their beautiful pieces.All ages; FREEDeerfield Run Community Center13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel 20708301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512

    Thursday, February 23, 4 pm

    Baba Jamal Koram,the Story ManMaster storyteller Baba Jamalbrings storytelling alive withhistory, humor, music,and teachings of AfricanAmerican cultures. Blendingcontemporary and traditionalstorytelling techniqueswith drumming andcall-and-response wit andwisdom, his stories encouragechildren to make intelligent choices andimprove their character.Ages 6-12; FREEBerwyn Heights Community Center6200 Pontiac Street, Berwyn Heights 20740301-345-2808; TTY 301-445-4512

    Thursday, February 23, 7-9 pm

    Jump Jim CrowLearn about the end of slavery and thebeginning of the Jim Crow Era as laws werepassed requiring the unequal separation ofwhites from African Americans in the 19th and20th centuries. Images and photographs will beon display. Pre-registration is required.Ages 18 & up; FREENewton White Mansion2708 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville 20721301-249-2004; TTY 301-446-6802

    Friday, February 24, 2 pm

    Mujje; Come TogetherIn this interactive program, performer Ssuunaopens a window on African culture throughdance, music, and storytelling. Using authenticAfrican instruments, he weaves together storiesand dance with music from his native Uganda.All ages; FREEBaden Community Center13601 Baden-Westwood RoadBrandywine 20613301-888-1500; TTY 301-203-0630

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    Friday, February 24, 7-9 pm

    Black History Step ShowStep teams from local schools, churches andcommunity organizations perform in the spiritof the American experience.All agesFee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6Potomac Landing Community Center12500 Fort Washington RoadFort Washington 20744301-292-9191; TTY 301-203-6030

    Friday, February 24, 7-9 pm

    Harlem NightsThe spirit of the Harlem Renaissance comesalive with a showcase of performances includ-ing acting, dancing, poetry and live music! Atthe conclusion of the showcase, well open thestage for a talent show. Auditions for the show-case will be held on Friday, February 17 andSaturday, February 18. Call for audition times.All ages; FREEVansville Community Center6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville 20705301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512

    Friday, February 24, 7-9 pm

    Hip-Hop ManiaLearn about the rich culture of hip-hop and theinfluence it has in todays society.Ages 10 & up; FREEOakcrest Community Center1300 Capitol Heights BoulevardCapitol Heights 20743301-736-5355; TTY 301-218-6768

    Friday, February 24, 7:30 pm

    You Need a Schoolhouse:A look at the RosenwaldSchool Program fromStephanie DeutschMeet Stephanie Deutsch and hear about herbook, You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Wash-ington, Julius Rosenwald, and the Building ofSchools for the Segregated South. The book tellsabout the history of the program and the menand women who attended Rosenwald Schools.This is a special presentation tailored to youthages 12-17, but all are welcome to attend.All ages (Participants under 11 years of age mustbe accompanied by an adult.); FREEColumbia Park Community Center1901 Kent Village Drive, Landover 20785301-341-3749; TTY 301-445-4512

    Saturday, February 25, 9 am-4 pm

    African American FamilyDay FestivalEnjoy African dance classes, workshops,performances, storytellers and more!Vendors will be on site selling a variety ofreasonably-priced items.All agesFee: FREE admission; Call for vendor fees.Prince Georges Sports & Learning Complex8001 Sheriff Road, Landover 20785301-583-2582; TTY 301-583-2483

    Saturday, February 25, 10 am-1 pm

    Take a Flight intoBlack HistoryWatch presentations about the TuskegeeAirmen and learn about the many contribu-tions of black pilots inAmerican history. Arts& crafts projects will beavailable for children.All ages (Children must beaccompanied by an adult.);FREEKentland Community Center2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512

    Saturday, February 25, 12 noon-2 pm

    African EducationalDrumming by Jali-DYouth in grades 4-8 areinvited to join us to learnabout Rappercussions.This creative art formcombines intelligent andeducational hip-hop andrap with African-styledrumming.Ages 9-14Fee: FREEPrince George's Plaza Community Center6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville 20782301-864-1611; TTY 301-445-4512

    Saturday, February 25, 12 noon

    Soul Food LuncheonEnjoy an old-fashioned soul food meal!Bring your favorite dish to share at thispotluck-style luncheon.Ages 16 & up; FREENorth Brentwood Community Center4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood 20722301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512

  • CELEBRATION, BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2012

    Saturday, February 25, 12 noon-4 pm

    XtremeTeens: Trip to theNational Great Blacks inWax MuseumTeens, travel with us to The National GreatBlacks InWaxMuseum in Baltimore and learnabout African American history and culture.Bring extra spending money for food.Ages 13-17Fee: Resident $12; Non-resident $14Hillcrest Heights Community Center2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills 20748301-505-0896; TTY 301-203-6030

    Saturday, February 25, 1-3 pm

    Musicology, Experience Itfor YourselfExperience musicology and explore differentgenres of music including call and response,ring shouts, beat boxing, scatting, blues, hip-hop, jazz, rap, R&B, and more. Connect thestory, music, and history of African Americans;explore a timeline display; hear live entertain-ment and learn basic hand dancing steps. Ad-vance reservations suggested.All agesFee: Resident $3; Non-Resident $4Mount Rainier Nature & Recreation Center4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier 20712301- 927-2163; TTY 301-699-2544

    Saturday, February 25, 3-5 pm

    Celebrating the AfricanAmerican DancerJoin us as we pay special tribute to the AfricanAmerican dancers of the past and present. Theafternoon includes an African dance perform-ance, craft project, music and dancing.All agesFee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6Patuxent Community Center4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro 20772301-780-7577; TTY 301-203-6030

    Saturday, February 25, 3-5 pm

    Celebrating the AfricanAmerican DancerJoin us as we pay special tribute to the AfricanAmerican dancers of the past and present. Theafternoon includes an African dance perform-ance, craft project, music and dancing.All agesFee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6Upper Marlboro Community Center5400 Marlboro Race Track RoadUpper Marlboro 20772301-627-2828; TTY 301-203-6030

    Saturday, February 25, 4 pm

    Harriet Tubman:Meet theAmazingWomanKnown as the Mosesof her people, HarrietTubman led slaves tofreedom, served as both aspy and a scout for theUnion during the CivilWar, and was a nurse forfugitive slaves. Join GwendolynBriley-Strand as she portrays thisremarkable woman.All ages; FREESurratt House Museum9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton 20735301-868-1121; TTY 301-699-2544

    Saturday, February, 25, 4-8 pm

    The Boom Boom RoomJoin us for a re-creation of the Juke Joints of the1920s and 30s, featuring a live jazz band play-ing music from each era. Watch as dancersdemonstrate the hottest dances from swing tohand dance. Learn about the history of jazz andits influence on todays music. Put on your flap-per or fly boy outfit, jump in your jalopy, andcome to the Boom Boom Room!All ages; FREEGlenarden Community Center8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden 20706301-772-3151; TTY 301-218-6768

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    Sunday, February 26, 12 noon-3:30 pm

    The Plummers Kitchenand ClosetWatch the KitchenGuild prepare foodsand view an exhibithighlighting clothingworn by Marylands19th century AfricanAmericans, including

    Riversdales Plummer family.Fee: $3/adults, $2/seniors, $1/students,FREE/ages 4 & under (Fee includes tour of thehouse museum.)Riversdale House Museum4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park 20737301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544

    Sunday, February 26, 1-4 pm

    Xtreme Teens: RidgeleyRosenwald School TourThrough historic photos and artifacts, thistimely exhibit highlights Rosenwald schoolsthat were featured in Americas 11 MostEndangered Historic Places by the NationalHistoric Trust for Historic Preservation in2002. The exhibits centerpiece includes thenewly renovated Ridgeley RosenwaldSchool, which is considered to be one ofthe countys best examples of this type ofeducational facility.Ages 13-17; FREEMarlow Heights Community Center2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights 20748301-423-0505; TTY 301-203-6030

    Sunday, February 26, 4 pm

    PRAISE!The popular annualliturgical dance festivalfeatures performancesby several exceptionaldance troupes from areachurches includingexceptional gospelsinger Cora HarveyArmstrong.Tickets: $12/person, $10/person in groups of 15or more, seniors & studentsPublick Playhouse5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312

    Sunday, February 26, 5-10 pm

    Kennedy Center Trip:Wynton MarsalisJoin us for an evening thatwill stimulate your senses.Our first stop will be atEatonville Restaurant inDC. Located on historic14th Street, it featuressouthern style cuisinewith a touch of upscaleflair. The next stop will be at the KennedyCenter to hear the melodic sounds ofWyntonMarsalis. Fee includes dinner,transportation and concert ticket.Transportation will depart promptly at 5 pm.Ages 14 & upFee: $80/person; $96/person (Fee includesdinner)College Park Community Center5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park 20740301-441-2647; TTY 301-445-4512SMARTlink #779414

    Monday, February 27, 4 pm

    Ruby BridgesIn honor of Black History Month, youreinvited to watch Disneys Ruby Bridges. Thisaward-winning movie tells the true story of thefirst black student to attend an integratedschool in New Orleans in 1960.All ages; FREEBeltsville Community Center3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville 20705301-937-6613; TTY 301-445-4512

    Tuesday, February 28, 11 am

    My Grandmother Told Me:A Tribute to Black WomenActress Debra Mims searches through anold trunk in her attic, and tells stories of coura-geous black women and their struggles to befree, to vote, and to get an education. Usingmonologues, poetry, and songs, Debra leadsthe audience in an interactive walk through im-portant history.Ages 60 & upTickets: $5/personPublick Playhouse5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312