The Fort Meade Museum will distribute free posters titled "A Salute to the Black Soldiers of the United States Army."
The poster depicts black soldiers from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam, and is suitable for framing, painting or coloring. It must be picked up in person at the museum, Building 4674, Griffin Avenue, Fort Meade, through March 1.
The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. There is no admission charge, and the public is welcome.
Information: 677-6966 or 677-7054.
"Blacks In Aviation, Then and Now," a monthlong exhibit of the achievements of blacks in aviation, opens next month at Baltimore/Washington International Airport.
In commemoration of Black History Month, the exhibit is sponsored by the Maryland Aviation Administration.
Among the people and events it honors are individuals from the Maryland area who have been influential in black aviation.
They include John W. Greene Jr., who in 1941 opened the first black-operated airport in the United States, in Prince George's County. Greene was also the first licensed black aviation mechanic in the U.S.
The U.S. Naval Academy will markBlack History Month with several events, including lectures and concerts.
Among the events planned is a talk by Vice Adm. Joseph P. Reason, commander of Naval Surface Forces Atlantic.
* Feb. 14 -- Retired Cmdr. Wesley A. Brown, the first black graduate of the academy, speaks at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in Rickover Hall, Room 102. The lecture is free and open to the public.
* Feb. 16 -- A chamber music recital, "A Salute to Black America, featuring members of the Naval AcademyBand at 3 p.m. in Mahan Hall.
* Feb. 21 -- "A Black History Salute," performed by the Naval Academy Band at 8 p.m. in Mahan Hall.
Both concerts are free and open to the public.
* March 2 -- Cmdr. Melvin Williams, executive officer of the submarine USS Louisville speaks at 6:30 p.m. in Room 102 of Rickover Hall.
CABRAL TELLS STORIES
Story-teller Len Cabral will present stories of Africa, the West Indies and traditional American folk tales at area libraries.
Ages 6to adult are invited. Advance registration is not required. Canned food donations to the county Food Bank are welcome.
The free programs will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Branch, 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis; and at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Provinces branch in the Severn Square Shopping Center, Route 175 and Ridge Road, Severn.
NEGRO BASEBALL SERIES
During Black History Month, 21st Century Radio, which can be heard 7to 10 p.m. Sundays on WNAV Radio, will run a series on Negro League baseball.
The league was originally formed by black baseball players, who were banned from regular professional baseball until after World War II, when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers
The shows are:
* Feb. 16 -- 8:30 p.m. interview with Dick Clark, chairman of the Negro League Baseball Committee of the Society for AmericanBaseball Research.
* Feb. 23 -- 8 p.m. interview with Negro League legend John "Buck" O'Neill (Kansas City Monarchs 1938-1959), the current president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. Historian Phil Dixon will discuss the history of the leagues and prospective Hall of Famers.
* March 29 -- 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., with guests Monte Irwin, Leon Day, Buck O'Neil, Richard Powell and Gene Benson.