The many marvels of Black History Month

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Because of inaccurate information supplied to The Sun, the admission price to the "Lift Every Voice and Sing" concert was incorrectly listed in yesterday's Live section. Tickets to Saturday's 8 p.m. concert at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., are $10 for the public, $8 for society members. For information, call (410) 685-3750, Ext. 372.

The Sun regrets the error.

Black History Month begins today with a promise of worlds to explore -- in music, words, vision and knowledge.

Whether you're drawn to spectacular art exhibits, such as "Ancient Nubia" at the Baltimore Museum of Art, or to celebrities from George Clinton to Nikki Giovanni, there's a wealth of things to do and people to see in the next 29 days. Good thing it's a leap year, or you might not have time.

Generally, if no price is noted, the event is free, but call ahead to verify times and prices. Exhibits and continuing performances are noted on their opening date.

Throughout February

"Visual Griots: Works by Four African-American Photographers," University of Maryland at Baltimore County's Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, 5401 Wilkens Ave., (410) 455-2270. The exhibition, which runs through March 31, explores the role of the photographer as visual storyteller and features 57 works by four artists. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Monday to Friday except Thursday, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

"Free To Be: African-American Artists in a Post-Modern Era," a cooperative exhibition showcasing the work of nine artists at three sites, will run through Feb. 23.

Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, (410) 313-2787. Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Department Education Gallery, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City, (410) 313-6600. Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Howard Community College Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 964-4941. Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., (410) 685-3750. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $4 for society members; $5 for general public.

Sankofa and the Maryland Tradition, A Celebration of African-American Arts and Crafts, which runs through March 3, showcases work from the hands of African-Americans, both free and enslaved, from 1790 to 1930.

Mining the Museum, a regular museum exhibit, is a work of installation art created by a single artist, Fred Wilson, who used the society's collections to explore the African-American and Native American experiences in Maryland.

Eubie Blake, 1883-1983, a regular exhibit, displays memorabilia of the musician and Baltimore native.

"Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rivals in Africa," Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-7100. Ancient treasures in ceramics, stone, ivory and bronze. Through April 14. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Museum members and children under 6 free. Ages 7-18, $1.50; seniors and full-time students with ID, $3.50; 19 and over, $5.50. Thursdays are free.

Feb. 1

The Eubie Blake Jazz Museum and Cultural Center's Eubie Blake Anniversary Awards Dinner at the Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave., (410) 625-3113. Honoring Norman E. Ross, founder and retiring director of the Eubie Blake Center, and Ruth F. Ross, educator and community activist. 5:30 p.m. $40.

"Are You Ready, My Sister?" Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, (301) 277-1710. Presented by the Publick Playhouse and Underground Railway Theater, this historical drama follows Harriet Tubman along the Underground Railroad. 10 a.m. and noon Feb. 1-Feb. 2; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 3 (sign-interpreted noon Feb. 1 and 11 a.m. Feb. 3). Admission $3.50 Feb. 1 and Feb. 2; reservations required. Admission $4 Feb. 3.

"A House of Many Colors," The Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-7100. The BMA's festive, free-for-all evening on the first Thursday of each month will feature spotlight talks on the "Ancient Nubia" exhibition and color field painting, live African and international music and independent films by local African-American filmmakers. 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Lecture on Women and Higher Education, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St., (410) 532-5547. The lecture, in celebration of the college's centennial, will be given by Ruth Simmons, Ph.D., president of Smith College. 8 p.m.

Feb. 2

"Emblems to Our Souls: A Sacrifice of African-American Women Artists," Dundalk Community College Art Gallery, 7200 Sollers Point Road, (410) 285-9884. The exhibit, for which there will be a reception Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., features works of sculpted enamel, acrylic and ink, collage, illustration, portraits, bead work and 3-D images. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Feb. 29.

"Echoes of Africa," University of Maryland University College Inn and Conference Center, 4321 Hartwick Road, College Park, (301) 403-4240. Event examines African-American popular culture and features blues musicians, a tap dancer and Senegalese griot virtuoso Djimo Kouyate. 8 p.m. with a pre-concert seminar at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $20; $9.50 for full-time students with ID; various discounts for children, seniors and University of Maryland faculty, staff and Alumni Association members.

"Grateful Praise," Loyola College, Alumni Memorial Chapel, 4501 N. Charles St., (410) 617-5025. The gospel concert features the Extensions of Faith Interdenominational Praise Choir. 7 p.m.

Musical performance by the Pentecostal Holiness Church. National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 East Pratt St., (410) 576-3800. 6 p.m. Discounted admission of $5 after 5 p.m. every Friday.

"Blue Friday: It's All Right to Have the Blues," Coppin State College, 2500 West North Ave., (410) 383-5585. Noon.

African-American Appreciation Day at Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill, Westminster. (410) 857-2755. 11 a.m.-1 .. p.m.

Feb. 3

Sony Music College Tour, Morgan State University's Hill Field House, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 319-3022. Scheduled to appear: Fugee, Groove Theory, UBA, Maxwell and George Clinton with his group Parliament. 8 p.m. $10.

"Saturday Stories at the Top," World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., 27th floor, (410) 837-4515. The storytelling series, which runs through Feb. 24, features nationally known tale-tellers and will include give-away items for youngsters in attendance. Featuring Mary Carter Smith. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children, $2.50 for senior citizens.

"Our Presence Makes the Difference . . . The Presence of Blacks in Science & Technology," Arena Players Inc., 801 McCulloh St., (410) 448-2132. With guest speaker Ivan Van Sertima, author of "They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America," as well as gospel choir, African dance troupe and children's activities. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Reservations required.

African-Americans in Antebellum Baltimore at the Baltimore City Life Museums, 800 E. Lombard St., (410) 396-3523. A day of drama and tours focusing on the live of African-Americans in Baltimore during the Civil War. Noon to 4 p.m. The museums' regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. $5 for adults; $3.50 for seniors and children 4-18.

Learning about ancient Nubia. Children ages 7 to 11 are invited to explore the treasures of the "Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa" exhibition and create art inspired by "Something Old, Something Nubian!" Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-6320. 10 a.m. to noon. Registration is $25 ($20 for BMA members). Also, Feb. 10 and Feb. 17 and 2 p.m. Feb. 18.

"Lift Every Voice and Sing: An African-American Sacred Music Concert Series," Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument St., (410) 685-3750, Ext. 372. The second of this three-concert series focuses on African-American churches and their role in preparing their congregations for the freedom that would come with the Civil War while sustaining them through the harsh realities of Reconstruction. $5; $4 for MHS members. Registration encouraged.

Feb. 4

"Lasting Impressions: Illustrating African-American Children's Books," works by illustrators who represent positive images of African-Americans. Exhibit open through March 31. Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free for students with ID and children 18 and under; otherwise $4; $3 for seniors. Also at the Walters at 2 p.m. Feb. 4, storytelling with the Griots Circle of Maryland.

Dr. David O'Connor will present a slide lecture complementing the "Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa" exhibition, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-6314. 2 p.m. Free with museum admission.

"Global Black Solidarity," Slayton House, Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, (410) 730-7105. Africa in Focus IV is presented by the Columbia chapter of Africare and the Constituency for Africa. Light refreshments will be served. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. $15 donation. Proceeds to benefit projects in Africa.

11th Annual Celebration: Martin Luther King Jr., Howard County community celebration at Smith Theater, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 313-6430. 3 p.m.

Feb. 5

"Buffalo Soldiers," Enoch Pratt Free Library, Pennsylvania Avenue Branch, 1531 W. North Ave., (410) 396-5494. The presentation, led by Houston Wedlock and his re-enactment troop, will be accompanied by a film and an exhibit on African-Americans in combat. 6 p.m.

Dr. Bettye Gardner is the speaker at the kickoff ceremony for Black History Month events at Coppin State College, 2500 West North Ave., (410) 383-5585. Noon.

Nikki Giovanni, poet and author, will be speaking at the National Archives Theater, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets N.W., Washington, (202) 501-5000. Noon.

Feb. 7

Bobby Seale lecture, Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus, Shriver Hall Auditorium, (410) 516-5435. The co-founder and former chair of the Black Panther Party will speak on the civil rights movement and the multiple roles other groups played during this period. 7 p.m.

"Bright Eyes, Brown Skin: Changes in the Image of Black Children in Literature from 'Little Black Sambo' to 'Amazing Grace,' " opening. Second-floor gallery, Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., (410) 396-5494. Exhibit of books from the Children's Collections of the Pratt Library.

Film series celebrating African-Americans in literature and the arts, Enoch Pratt Library, Canton Branch, 1030 S. Ellwood St., (410) 396-5494. 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 8

Art Symposium, University of Maryland at Baltimore County's Kuhn Library Gallery, 5401 Wilkens Ave., (410) 455-2270. Four artists, joined by scholars, discuss their work in the context of African-American culture and the griot tradition. 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

"Storytelling in the African Tradition," Loyola College, McGuire Hall, 4501 N. Charles St., (410) 617-5025. The event features Umoja Sasai Storytellers Incorporated. 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

"Glimpses of African-American History: Dance and Drama" with the Movements Unlimited Performing Arts Company Inc., Enoch Pratt Library, Patterson Park Branch, 158 N. Linwood Ave., (410) 396-5494. 6:30 p.m.

Music by the Bethel School Choir, Enoch Pratt Library, Walbrook Branch, 3203 W. North Ave., (410) 396-5494. Choir with poems and interpretive dances on themes from African-American history. 6 p.m.

"The Patchwork Quilt," a film for children, Enoch Pratt Library, Canton Branch, 1030 S. Ellwood St., (410) 396-5494. 3:30 p.m.

Book signing and reading by V.W. Wesley at Coppin State College, 2500 West North Ave., (410) 383-5585. Noon.

"Glimpses of African Antiquity," Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-6320. Three-part mini-course takes a close look at the richness and advanced state of the Nubian culture. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Registration is $25 ($20 for BMA members). Continues Feb. 15 and Feb. 22.

Brenda Moore, author of "To Serve My Country, To Serve My Race: The Story of the Only African-American WACS Stationed Overseas During World War II," will be speaking at the National Archives Theater, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets N.W., Washington, (202) 501-5000. Noon.

Feb. 9

Frederick Douglass Senior High School Choir Performance, Liberty Medical Center auditorium, 2600 Liberty Heights Ave., 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. (410) 383-4319.

"Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Black Collectibles," National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., (410) 576-3800. Black Collectors' Hall of Famer Jaqueline Lanier is the historian and development coordinator of the Heritage Museum of Art. She will give a presentation showcasing rare artifacts, manuscripts and antiques. 6 p.m. Discounted admission of $5 after 5 p.m. every Friday.

African-American Unity Day at Coppin State College, 2500 West North Ave., (410) 383-5585. 10 a.m.

"A Great Day in Harlem," 1994 documentary, about jazz masters who gathered in Harlem to be photographed in 1958 for Esquire article. National Archives Theater, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets N.W., Washington, (202) 501-5000. Noon. Also, noon Feb. 14 at the National Archives College Park Auditorium, 8601 Adelphi Road.

Feb. 10

"Saturday Stories at the Top," World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., 27th floor, (410) 837-4515. The storytelling series, which runs through Feb. 24, features nationally known tale-tellers and will include giveaway items for youngsters in attendance. Featuring Bunjo Butler. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children, $2.50 for senior citizens.

Discussion on Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 235-0100. Dr. Leslie King-Hammond of the Maryland Institute, joined by Baltimore-based artist Duane Thigpen, will discuss the work included in the exhibit "Free To Be: African-American Artists in a Post-Modern Era," a showcase of local artists. 3 p.m. Free with regular admission.

"Touch Africa!" Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., (410) 396-5494. Interactive program that allows children to experience and learn about African culture. 11 a.m.

"In the Style Of...," Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., (410) 396-5494. The hands-on art program will teach children ages 6-12 to create their own illustrations from artists featured in the Walters Art Gallery's exhibit "Lasting Impressions, Illustrating African American Children's Books." 12:30 p.m.

"Who Are Your Black Role Models?" Enoch Pratt Library, Pimlico Branch, 5001 Park Heights Ave., (410) 396-5494. The program of music, poetry, and dance will be presented by Sister Inora McQueen and Dem-a-Roots Productions. 1:30 p.m.

"for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf," Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, (301) 277-1710. Presented by the Publick Playhouse and Scepti Productions. A look at the complexity of women's emotions delivered in monologues by six actresses. 8 p.m. (sign interpreted). $15 adults, $13 senior citizens, $10 students with ID, $8 ages 18 and younger.

Feb. 11

"The Middle Passage," Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., (410) 396-5494. Slide presentation and book signing by Tom Feelings, the African-American illustrator of award-winning books. 2 p.m.

"In Bed With the Blues: The Adventures of Fishy Waters," Dorothy Elderdice Theater-Alumni Hall at Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, (410) 857-2755. Guy Davis will be performing. 8 p.m. $3 for non-WMC students.

Black History Month Family Day at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-7100. This annual event celebrates the contributions of African influences and African-American innovations in the arts with something for the entire family. Free for city residents with proof of address. 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Feb. 12

Talk by Ben Carson, noted pediatric neurosurgeon and author, Enoch Pratt Library, Edmondson Avenue Branch, 4330 Edmondson Ave. (410) 396-5494. 7 p.m.

Feb. 13

"The Black Artist in the 21st Century: Transformation of Consciousness," Loyola College, Knott Hall, (410) 617-5025. The event will feature a combination of elements of social theory, music and film in an interactive journey through past, present and future. 6 p.m.

Music by the Bethel Christian Choir, Enoch Pratt Library, Light Street Branch, 1251 Light St., (410) 396-5494. Choir with poems and interpretive dances on themes from African-American history. 2 p.m.

"Buffalo Soldiers," Enoch Pratt Library, Reisterstown Road Branch, 6310 Reisterstown Road, (410) 396-5494. The presentation, led by Houston Wedlock and his re-enactment troop, will be accompanied by a film and an exhibit on

African-Americans in combat. 6 p.m.

Feb. 14

Storytelling performance, Liberty Medical Center auditorium, 2600 Liberty Heights Ave., (410) 383-4319. Umoja Sasai Storytellers. 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

"Story Hour," Enoch Pratt Library, Canton Branch, 1030 S. Ellwood St., (410) 396-5494. Features tales by notable black authors. 12:30 p.m.

"Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters," Enoch Pratt Library, Canton Branch, 1030 S. Ellwood St., (410) 396-5494. The children's film is based on the book by John Steptoe. 3:30 p.m.

"100 Women Will Stand," Coppin State College, 2500 West North Ave., (410) 383-5585. Noon.

Feb. 16

The Tuskegee Airmen will give a presentation at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., (410) 576-3800. 6 p.m. Discounted admission of $5 after 5 p.m. every Friday.

"Many Are Chosen," Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, (301) 277-1710. Inspirational gospel drama presented by Sisters' Circle Theater. Feb. 16-Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. $5.

Scenes from the Arena Players production of "Oak and Ivy," Coppin State College, 2500 West North Ave., (410) 383-5585. Noon.

Issues concerning African-American women, Coppin State College, 2500 West North Ave. (410) 383-5585. 1 p.m.

Feb. 17

"Saturday Stories at the Top," World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., 27th floor, (410) 837-4515. The storytelling series, which runs through Feb. 24, features nationally known tale-tellers and will include giveaway items for youngsters in attendance. Featuring Craig Anthony Bannister. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children, $2.50 for senior citizens.

Breakfast with Bebe Moore Campbell, Stouffer Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St., (410) 396-5494. Join the author of "Your Blues Ain't Like Mine" and "Brothers and Sisters," commentator for National Public Radio, contributing editor for Essence and winner of the 1994 NAACP Image Award. 9 a.m. Tickets $28 each or $250 for table of 10. Advanced ticket purchase required.

"Imagination Theatre," Enoch Pratt Library, Brooklyn Branch, 300 Patapsco Ave., (410) 396-5494. Features stories, songs and dances performed by Konata and Talibah Kambui. 2 p.m.

Gospel Jubilee, Big Baker Chapel at Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, (410) 857-2755. It's a celebration of African-American culture through gospel music, featuring local and Baltimore-area choirs. A reception will follow. 7 p.m. (snow date: Feb. 24)

Nell Carter and Cyrus Chestnut perform at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets $18-$40, available from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra box office at the Meyerhoff, Cathedral and Preston streets, or call (410) 783-8000.

Jazz vocalist Sunny Sumter, the John Addison Concert Hall, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, (301) 292-2839. Embracing the African-American jazz tradition, the performance features classics from Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus. 8 p.m. $10 general admission, $8 seniors/students.

Feb. 18

African-American Family Festival, with Sankofa Dance Theater, Morgan State University Choir, Umoja Musical Workshop, crafts and storytelling. 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000. Free with museum admission.

13th Distinguished Black Marylanders Awards, Towson State University, University Union, Towsontowne Boulevard and Osler Drive, (410) 830-2641. The ceremony will honor outstanding individuals in business, education, government services, politics, religion and social sciences. 3 p.m.

"The Life and Art of Joshua Johnson," Baltimore County Historical Society, 9811 Van Buren Lane, (410) 666-1878. Robert W. Torchia, author and curatorial consultant of the Maryland Historical Society, will give the slide talk. 2:30 p.m.

"Legends Never Die," Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 235-5270. The awards ceremony will honor black living legends. 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

"Ethnicities," Gallery 918, 918 N. Calvert St., (410) 625-3980. Opening of an exhibit that will include Sean Ramon Montague's 12 new works depicting images of outstanding African-American leaders. 2 p.m.

Oratory Competition, Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 578-7570. Fifth annual Black History Month Oratory Celebration for high school students. 2 p.m.

Feb. 19

Mardi Gras Indians Multimedia Presentation, Coppin State College, 2500 West North Ave., (410) 383-5585. 2 p.m.

Storyteller: Shindana Cooper, Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, (410) 857-2755. An African-American griot will share stories and tales passed down through her family for generations. 8 p.m.

Feb. 20

Baltimore author Janet Clash Woodridge will discuss her latest book, "Echoes in the Wind," and will sign copies purchased at the program, Enoch Pratt Library, Herring Run Branch, 3801

Erdman Ave., (410) 396-5494. 6 p.m.

Feb. 21

"Jelly Roll! The Music And The Man," Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, (301) 277-1710. Portrait of a founding father of jazz starring Vernal Bagneris as Jelly Roll Morton, with Butch Thompson. Presented by the Publick Playhouse and Go Management. Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. and noon; Feb. 22-Feb. 23 at noon; Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. $3.50 for matinees; otherwise $15 adults, $13 senior citizens, $10 students with ID, $8 ages 18 and younger. Both Feb. 23 shows are sign interpreted. Reservations required.

Feb. 22

Jazz Performance, Liberty Medical Center auditorium, 2600 Liberty Heights Ave., (410) 383-4319. Frederick Douglass Jazz Ensemble. 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

"Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry," Enoch Pratt Library, Canton Branch, 1030 S. Ellwood St., (410) 396-5494. Children's film based on the book by Mildred Taylor. 3:30 p.m.

"The Avenue: A Renaissance of Its Own," Enoch Pratt Library, 1531 W. North Ave., (410) 396-5494. Multimedia theatrical presentation about life on Baltimore's Pennsylvania Avenue in the 1940s and '50s. 6:30 p.m.

Senior art walk. Seniors are invited to attend an art walk of the "Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa" exhibition. The Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-6320. 2 p.m. Reservations required.

Feb. 23

Poetry reading by Amiri Baraka, Towson State University, Towsontowne Boulevard and Osler Drive, (410) 830-2871. 7 p.m.

"Oak and Ivy," a Paul Laurence Dunbar love story, Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St., (410) 728-6500. Opens and runs through March 10. 8:30 p.m. Fridays; 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $12 general admission; student and senior discounts on Sundays.

Maryland State Boyschoir. National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 East Pratt St., (410) 576-3800. 6 p.m. Discounted admission of $5 after 5 p.m. every Friday.

"A Blast from the Past," John Addison Concert Hall, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, (301) 292-2839. Music and memories of Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Ma Rainey, Errol Gardner and Count Basie. 8 p.m. $10 general admission, $8 seniors/students.

Soul Food Dinner at Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, (410) 857-2755. Ethnic dishes prepared by the members of the Black Student Union, with performances by the WMC Gospel Choir. 7 p.m. $7 for WMC students; all others $10.

Second Annual Evening of Gospel Music at Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore/Annapolis Blvd., (410) 761-8950, Ext. 214. Among others, the featured choir of the evening will be the Naval Academy Gospel Choir. Proceeds go to Glen Burnie High School Choirs. 7:30 p.m. $6.50.

Feb. 24

African-American Patriots Day Ceremony, 11 a.m., War Memorial Building, Fayette and Gay streets. Also wreath-laying at Monument to Black Soldiers in front of Clarence Mitchell Jr. Courthouse at 12:30 p.m. (410) 841-3257.

"Saturday Stories at the Top," World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., 27th floor, (410) 837-4515. The storytelling series, which runs through Feb. 24, features nationally known tale-tellers and will include giveaway items for youngsters in attendance. Featuring Marvel Abayomi-Cole. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children, $2.50 for senior citizens.

National Black History Festival, Morgan State University, Hill Field House, Cold Spring Lane and Hillen Road, (410) 992-9129. The event features black history exhibitions, African dancers, storytellers and arts and crafts. Advance tickets $5 for adults, $2 for children 7-12; children under 6 free. Admission higher at the door. Noon-9 p.m.

"Honoring Our Ancestors," Enoch Pratt Library, Pimlico Branch, 5001 Park Heights Ave., (410) 396-5494. Music, poetry, drama and dance presented by Sister Inora McQueen and Dem-a-Roots Productions. 1:30 p.m.

"Thinking Black: "Some of the Nation's Best Black Columnists Speak Their Minds," Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., (410) 396-5494. Panel discussion with leading African-American journalists led by DeWayne Wickham, columnist for Gannett News Service and USA Today. 2 p.m.

"Without a Doubt," a play by Donald Dankwa Brooks, winner of WMAR's 14th annual drama competition in celebration of Black History Month, will be broadcast on Channel 2. 7 p.m.

Singles at the BMA. Singles can enjoy a discussion and tour of the "Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa" exhibit. Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-6320. Light refreshments at reception afterward. 10 a.m. Registration $20 ($10 for BMA members); reservations encouraged.

University of Maryland Gospel Choir Concert, Stamp Student Union at University of Maryland College Park, (301) 314-7758. 4 p.m.

Feb. 25

"The African-American Experience Through Negro Spirituals," Encore Theatre, 4801 Liberty Heights Ave., (410) 466-2433. Singers will chronicle the religious folk songs of African-Americans from the slaves' early spirituals, which stemmed from African chants, to post-1850 spirituals that incorporated a gospel sound. 3 p.m. $8 for adults; $5 for children under 12.

Dramafest at Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, (410) 857-2755. WMC students show their talents through poetry, dance and music. 7 p.m.

Feb. 26

"Buffalo Soldiers," Enoch Pratt Library, Northwood Branch, 4420 Loch Raven, (410) 396-5494. The presentation, led by Houston Wedlock and his re-enactment troop, will be accompanied by a film and an exhibit on African-Americans in combat. 6 p.m.

Feb. 27

New World Dance Ensemble Performance, Liberty Medical Center auditorium, 2600 Liberty Heights Ave., (410) 383-4319. 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Music by the Bethel Christian School Choir, Enoch Pratt Library, Gardenville Branch, 5427 Belair Road, (410) 396-5494. With poems and interpretive dances on themes from African-American history. 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 28

"Value in the Valley," Loyola College, McGuire Hall, (410) 617-5025. Discussion of the importance of a spiritual base to African-Americans. 7 p.m.

African-American Divas Lecture and Performance at Coppin State College, 2500 West North Ave., (410) 383-5585. Noon.

Feb. 29

"Technology Showcase," Enoch Pratt Central Library, (410) 396-5494. Features demonstrations, talks, workshops, exhibits and literature focusing on African-Americans on the information superhighway. Tony Brown will speak. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"Women in the Arts" presentation featuring singer Ruby Glover and actress Verna Day. Coppin State College, 2500 West North Ave., (410) 383-5585. Noon.

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