Africian and American Remembrance: Black HIstory Month is celebrated in historical and art art exhibits, contests, dramatic and musical presentations, storytelling and more.

THE BALTIMORE SUN

An incorrect price was listed in Thursday's Live section for a benefit concert at Morgan State University on Feb. 16 featuring Florence Quivar. The price is $25.

The Sun regrets the error.

Black History Month begins Saturday with art exhibits, theatrical productions, historical discussions, storytelling and other celebrations of African-American culture. Here you'll find 28 days' worth of events to excite your imagination.

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

"African Art: Diversity of Forms and Ideas II" and "Beaded Wonders: Art of South Africa." African Art Museum of Maryland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. (410) 730-7105. Masks, musical instruments, textiles, household items, jewelry and sculpted figures from South, East, West and Central African countries. Through June. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. $2 adults, $1 students and seniors.

"Art of the Baga: A Drama of Cultural Reinvention." Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive near North Charles and 31st streets, (410) 396-7100. Baga masks, headdresses and ceremonial sculpture. Through April 13. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $5.50 for ages 19 and over; $3.50 for seniors and full-time students with ID; $1.50 for ages 7-18; free for museum members and ages 6 and under.

"Buffalo Soldiers." Top of the World Observation Level and Museum, World Trade Center, 27th floor, 401 E. Pratt St. Exhibit with live re-enactments 3 p.m.-5 p.m. every Sunday in February. $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and ages 5 to 15. Call (410) 837-4515.

Contest. Students in grades nine through 12 can submit original essays on one of five quotes by African-Americans provided from the contest. Applications available at WJZ-TV and the BMA or by calling (410) 578-7571. Deadline is Feb. 5 for entries.

Dental exhibit. The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, 31 S. Greene St. on the campus of the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Photographic display featuring the first African-American dental school graduate and highlighting contributions African-Americans have made in the dental field. Through February. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4.50 for adults, $2.50 for ages 7-18, full-time students and seniors, free for ages 6 and under. (410) 706-7820.

Dr. Benjamin Quarles exhibit at the Morris A. Soper Library, Morgan State University, Cold Spring Lane and Hillen Road. Photographs and historical materials will be on display Feb. 1 through Feb. 28. Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Call (410) 319-3488.

"Ethnicities." Linoleum relief-block prints and illustrations by Sean Ramon Montague through Feb. 21 at the Sheldon H. Knorr Gallery for Contemporary and Edible Art, Baltimore International Culinary College, 17 Commerce St., 5th floor. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. Fridays. Free. Call (410) 752-0490, Ext. 501.

Exhibit on ice skater. Bruno Jerry is remembered as a role model for black youths in an exhibit of memorabilia at Top of the World Observation Level and Museum, World Trade Center, 27th floor, 401 E. Pratt St., through February. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5: 30 p.m. $2.50 adults; $1.50 seniors over 60 and children ages 5-15. (410) 837-4515.

"Fear Itself." The Arena Players, 801 McCullogh St. (410) 728-6500. America's oldest African-American theater company presents the story of a father and son's encounter with fear. Through Feb. 23. Shows are Friday at 8: 30 p.m., Saturday at 7: 30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. $12 per person, $6 for seniors and students with ID.

"Follow the Drinking Gourd: Stars of Freedom." Through March 7 at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. Follow the journey of slaves seeking liberty -- the struggles, the pain and the triumphs on the road to freedom -- on the dome of the Davis Planetarium. $9 adults, $7 children, seniors and military personnel. For times, call (410) 685-5225.

Heritage Playhouse Cinema offers African-American history month movies at 9 p.m. on Feb. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 28 at the African-American Classic Movie House, 9 W. 25th St. Call (410) 462-5646.

"In Praise of Our Fathers and Our Mothers: A Black Family Treasury by Outstanding Authors and Artists." Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., (410) 396-5494. Hours are Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition, through March 15, presents illustrations, photographs and memorabilia inspired by the new book compiled by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson. Free.

"In Stitches: Piecework by Five African-American Artists." School Art Center, 1427 Light St. (410) 396-4641, TDD (410) 396-4642. Until Feb. 28. Curated by Dr. Schroeder Cherry. Opening reception Feb. 1, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Free.

"Music in the Metro -- A Celebration of African-American Music." Baltimore-area Metro riders will be entertained by high school choirs from 8: 30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesdays at various subway stations. Call (410) 767-3936.

"Picture Memories: African-American Sites in Prince George's County." Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, (301) 292-8331, TTY (301) 292-8203. Through March 1. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free.

"A Taste of Baltimore." James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, Cold Spring Lane and Hillen Road. (410) 319-3548. Works about Baltimore by African-American artists Feb. 1 through Feb. 28. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends noon to 4 p.m. Free.

Feb. 1

African Heritage Dinner. 7 p.m., Glass Pavilion, Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Caribbean sounds and cuisines, cultural programs. $12; $8 students. Call (410) 516-5435.

"Are You Ready, My Sister?" Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly. (301) 277-1710, TTY (301) 277-0312. Presented by the Publick Playhouse and Underground Railway Theater, this historical drama follows Harriet Tubman along the Underground Railroad. 10 a.m. (sign-interpreted). Admission $4.50.

"The Buffalo Soldiers." Luncheon and presentation by the laymen of Waters A.M.E. Church at 12: 30 p.m., 411 N. Aisquith St. $10 adults, $5 children. Call (410) 542-9038 or (410) 532-6302.

Harlem Spiritual Ensemble. Concert of American Negro spirituals 8 p.m. at the Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, College Park. Preconcert seminar at 6: 30 p.m. Concert tickets are $23 for adults, $9.50 for full-time students and children over 7; seminar tickets are $5 each or $10 per family. Call (301) 403-4240.

Pianist Terrence Wilson. 21-year-old African-American musical prodigy joins the BSO in an "All-Tchaikovsky" program Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $16-$52. Call (410) 783-8000.

"The Sons of Abraham." Concert presented by the First Tabernacle Gospel Choir of Baltimore at 6 p.m. at Mondawmin Mall, 1200 Mondawmin Concourse. Call (410) 523-1534.

Storytelling on African and African-American life, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with Mary Carter Smith and the Growing Griots. Top of the World Observation Level and Museum, World Trade Center, 27th floor, 401 E. Pratt St. $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and ages 5 to 15. Call (410) 837-4515.

Storytelling. Tunki Baku, a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers, tells a story from noon to 1 p.m. at Lexington Market, Eutaw Street. (410) 685-6169.

"Underground Railroad, Not a Subway." Puppet show from Dr. Schroeder Cherry at Anne Arundel County libraries. Feb. 1 at 11: 30 a.m. at the North County Area Library, 1010 Eastway. (410) 222-6270. For ages 7 through adult. Free.

Walter P. Carter Library Film Series. Free films, discussion and light refreshments every Saturday at 1 p.m. at Sojourner-Douglass College, 500 N. Caroline St. Call (410) 276-0306.

Feb. 2

"The Ancestors are Listening as Griots Gather Round." Walters Art Gallery, 606 N. Charles St. (410) 547-9000. Storytelling by Hilda Peacock, William Starke, Lynn Distance, Tunki Baku and ++ Bunjo Storytellers at 2 p.m. Adults $3, children free.

"Black Churches in America." History program, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Rognel Heights Cultural Center, 1200 Wicklow Road. Call (410) 566-9835.

"Courtship & Marriage: Contemporary and Historical Readings in Black History." Vivian Gist Spencer, Anne Arundel Community College English professor, will present dramatic readings from short stories, plays and poetry by African-American authors at London Town House & Gardens, 839 Londontown Road in Edgewater. $7. Call (410) 222-1919.

"An Evening with Marvin and Mal." Classics, spirituals and music African-American composers. Featuring Marvin Mills, organist, and Marilyn Moore-Brown, soprano. Presented by Music of Grace at 7 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 1607 Grace Church Road, Silver Spring. Free. Call (301) 585-3517.

"In Process." Free concert presented by African-American Women's A Cappella Ensemble. 3 p.m. in Johnson Auditorium, Coppin State College, 2500 W. North Ave. Call (410) 383-5985.

"Memory of African Culture." Dance Place, 3225 8th St. N.E., Washington. (202) 269-1600. Dancing, drumming, Kora and Balafon music from the company under the direction of griot Djimo Kouyate and his wife, Akua. 4 p.m. $12; $10 students, seniors, artists; $5 ages 17 and under.

"100 Lovely Ladies in Blue: A Salute to Black Hairstylists and Salons." Presented by Strong Blacks Inc. at 3: 30 p.m. at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul St. Hairstylists and model hairdos. Call (410) 462-6251.

"Under the Bridge." Adler Gallery, 1327 W. Fayette St. (410) 528-9607. Viewpoints Art Gallery presents seven regional artists' images and ideas of homelessness, Feb. 2 through Feb. 23. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Opening reception Feb. 2 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Closing reception Feb. 23 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Receptions free.

Feb. 3

"African-American Appreciation Day." Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill in Westminster. Celebration takes place in the Ensor Lounge at 11 a.m. Free. Call (410) 848-7000.

African-American Read-In Chain. Sponsored by the Baltimore City Reading Council of the International Reading Association from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dr. Rayner Browne Elementary School, 1000 N. Montford Ave. Community members, educators, parents and students will read literature written by African-Americans. Free. Call 396-9239.

"Can a Coal Scuttle Fly?" Original illustrations by Tom Miller for the children's book, written by Camay Calloway Murphy, as well as paintings and drawings by local African-American artists Jokulo Cooper, Hugh Harrell, Reva Lewie, Eljay McBride and Tommy Roberts, in the City Hall Courtyard Gallery, 100 N. Holliday St. Feb. 3 through March 14. Open weekdays 8: 30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Free. Call (410) 396-4721.

Civil rights movement video series. 7 p.m. Tawes Center/Quiet Lounge, Coppin State College, 2500 W. North Ave. Call (410) 383-5985.

History of Africa. 7: 30 p.m., Bloomberg Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. (410) 516-5435. Free lecture by Asa Hilliard, professor at Georgia State University.

Julian Bond. Appearance by civil rights activist, who will be honored at reception at 1: 30 p.m. at Mondawmin Mall, 1200 Mondawmin Concourse. Free. Call (410) 523-1534.

"Making a Coal Scuttle Fly." Exhibit through March 14 at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., traces the creation of the children's book, "Can a Coal Scuttle Fly?" written by Camay Calloway Murphy, illustrated by Tom Miller and published by the MHS. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $4; $3 seniors, students with ID and ages 12 to 17; free for ages under 12.

Rasheed Karter. Musician, writer and historian speaks about Africa's contributions to the world at 6 p.m. at Fells Point branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library. Also 3 p.m. Feb. 4 at Roland Park branch, 5108 Roland Ave.; 10 a.m. Feb. 5, Clifton branch, 2001 N. Wolfe St.; 9: 30 a.m. Feb. 6, Highlandtown branch, 3323 Eastern Ave; 3: 30 p.m. Feb. 6, Cherry Hill branch, Arnett J. Brown Middle School, 2700 Seamon Ave.; and 1: 30 p.m. Feb. 8, Gardenville branch, 5427 Belair Road. Call (410) 396-5494.

"What's Love Got to Do With It?" Dundalk Community College Art Gallery, 7200 Sollers Point Road. (410) 285-9876. Exhibit by Maryland artist Phyllis Wilson runs Feb. 3 through Feb. 28. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment. Opening reception Feb. 14 from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Free.

"What You See Is Up to You." Essex Community College, Lower Gallery, 7201 Rossville Blvd. (410) 780-6570. Exhibit of ink and pencil composition on various media. Feb. 3 through Feb. 28. Opening reception Feb. 6, 2: 30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hours are 7: 30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Free.

Feb. 4

Miss Collegiate African-American 1996-1997. Jaye P. Watkins visits the McKeldin Center Ballroom at Morgan State University, Cold Spring Lane and Hillen Road, with Miss Morgan State University 1996-1997, Shontaye Jeffery, as Watkins makes her Black History Month Tour of America's historically black colleges and universities. 9 a.m. Free. Call (410) 319-3454.

Feb. 5

Cinnamon Brown. Local African-American author of the children's book "Shades of Beauty" and her father, the illustrator, will discuss and read the book at 7 p.m. at the Arbutus Public Library, 1581 Sulphur Spring Road. Book sales and signings will follow. Reserve your free tickets. (410) 887-1451.

"From Activist to Judge." Lecture by Robert Bell, chief judge, Maryland Court of Appeals. Noon. Grace Hill Jacobs Building, Room 120. Coppin State College, 2500 W. North Ave. Free. Call (410) 383-5985.

Library dedication. The Carolyn T. Wade Memorial Library will be dedicated at 1: 30 p.m. at Harbor City High School of Baltimore Academic and Training Skills Center/Northern by Northwest Campus, 790 W. North Ave., in honor of teacher Carolyn T. Wade, who died earlier this year. Carla Hayden, director of Enoch Pratt Free Library, will be the guest speaker. Call (410) 396-0668, Ext. 215.

"Locks & Links: A Play that Links Rhyme, Rhythm & Reason." Performed by the Men of Nommo through Feb. 23 at the Theater Project, 45 W. Preston St. 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Call (410) 752-8558. $14 for adults, $10 seniors, $8 students.

"The 100 Best Colleges for African-American Students." Discussed by the book's author, Erlene Wilson, at Bibelot in Woodholme Center, 1819 Reisterstown Road, at 7: 30 p.m. Also discussed will be "A Guide to Financial Aid for African-American Students," Wilson's latest book. Free. (410) 653-6933.

Feb. 6

"...And the Beat Goes On." Baltimore Museum of Art, N. Charles and 31st streets. (410) 396-6314. This "Freestyle: First Thursday" event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. celebrates the life of the Baga people of West Africa with tours of the "Art of the Baga" exhibit, African dance lessons, performances of African music, showings of short films by African-American filmmakers and a workshop for children to design and decorate their own drums. Free.

Bar Association dinner. The Bar Association of Baltimore City and the Monumental City Bar Association honor Robert I. H. Hammerman, chief judge of Baltimore Circuit Court, and former Del. Lena K. Lee with a presentation by Robert M. Bell, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, at the Hyatt Regency on Light Street at the Inner Harbor. 5: 30 p.m. $40. (410) 539-5936.

Celebration ceremony. Murphy Auditorium, Morgan State University, Cold Spring Lane and Hillen Road. (410) 319-3090. The Mitchell-Quarles African-American History Month Convocation will honor the memory of Dr. Benjamin Quarles at 11 a.m. Free.

Free movies. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Madison Square Recreation Center, 1401 E. Biddle St. Also Feb. 13, 20, 27. Call (410) 396-9284.

History program. Sponsored by Anne Arundel Genealogical Society at 7: 30 p.m. at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 651 Benfield Road. Jerry Hynson will discuss slavery, manumission records and the associated documents of freedom Anne Arundel County. Free. Call (410) 636-4705.

"LeRoy Battle Remembers." Lecture on his experiences as a Tuskegee Airman, jazz musician and educator at the Anne Arundel County Library's South County Branch, 5940 Deale-Churchton Road at 7: 30 p.m. Program for adults. Free. (410) 222-1925 or (410) 867-4164.

Feb. 7

Black history talent show. John E. Howard Recreation Center, 2100 Brookfield Ave. (410) 396-7849. An array of talent and performances at 7 p.m. $3.

The Ink Spots. Concert at 8 p.m. at Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $16 for adults, $14 for students and senior citizens. Call (301) 279-5301.

"I've Been Working on the Railroad." 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow at B&O; Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Early days of railroading brought back to life with demonstrations of track alignment, spike-driving and track-calling and discussions of loneliness and labor discrimination. Also photo displays and tours spotlighting the important work of African-Americans building the railroad. Free with museum admission. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children 3-12. Call (410) 752-2393.

"Preston Sampson: Explorations and Celebrations." Art exhibit of African-American figures and their role in American history. Feb. 7 through March 16 at the University of Maryland University College Inn and Conference Center, College Park. Opening reception 5: 30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 7. Daily exhibit hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call (301) 985-7822.

"Touch Africa." National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. (410) 576-3800. Children can participate in an interactive, hands-on presentation that captures a glimpse of Africa through song, crafts, games and more. 7: 30 p.m. Cost is $5 and includes admission to the aquarium.

Feb. 8

"African-American Stories of the Past." Family day from noon to 4 p.m. at City Life Museums, Museum Row campus, 33 S. Front St. Celebrate Black History Month through drama and costumed characters. $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children. Call (410) 396-3524.

Black cultural fair. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by the NAACP Youth Council of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, 430 E. Belvedere Ave. Theme is "Ujaama: Taking Care of Business -- Together." Youth choir, workshops, food, games. Free. Call (410) 435-0851 or (410) 764-7036.

Comedian Shang. 9 p.m. in the Pub, Decker Center of Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill in Westminster. Free. Call (410) 848-7000.

Historical drama. Performance by Rosalyn Gaines of "I Want To Be in Heaven Sittin' Down: African-American Servants in Charles Carroll's Baltimore," about Nelly, a slave who was the housekeeper for Charles Carroll, considered one of the wealthiest men in America in the 1800s. For children at 2 p.m., at Bibelot in Woodholme Center, 1819 Reisterstown Road. Free. Call (410) 653-6933.

"Images in Ebony: African-American Dolls." Catonsville Library, 1100 Frederick Road, (410) 887-0951. An exhibit of dolls by the Charm City Dolling Club, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Free with registration.

Jazz. Vocalist Babbette Wright from noon to 3 p.m. at Lexington Market's Arcade Stage, Eutaw Street. Free. Call (410) 685-6169.

"A Maryland Family Reunion." Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. (410) 685-3750, Ext. 372. Families will laugh, play, dance, sing and tell stories together in this inter-generational event with host and storyteller/comedian Andre Brown from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Interactive performances, reunion reception on Feb. 15 and the chance to create your own Valentine for your family. $4 for adults, $2 for children under 12, and $10 for a family up to five members.

Storytelling on African and African-American life, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with the Men of Nommo. Top of the World Observation Level and Museum, World Trade Center, 27th floor, 401 E. Pratt St. $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and ages 5 to 15. Call (410) 837-4515.

UJIMA '97 -- A Celebration For Life. Marrow donor registration drive presented by the Leukemia Society and Uniting for Life Inc. from noon to 6 p.m. at Reisterstown Road Plaza, 6564 Reisterstown Road. Entertainment and appearances by celebrities, information booths. Marrow typing by American Red Cross from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (410) 825-2500.

Wo'se African Dance Theater. Baltimore Museum of Art, North Charles and 31st streets, at 8 p.m. The Washington-based theater company will feature drumming and dances of Guinea, West Africa, including those of the Baga people, whose art is displayed in the BMA's exhibit "Art of the Baga." Dance tickets are $15; $12 BMA members, seniors, students; $8 children ages 12 and under. Call (410) 396-6314 for information or (410) 235-0100 for tickets.

Youth Cotillion breakfast. 9 a.m. at Northwood Recreation Center, 1517 Winford Road. $10. Call (410) 396-7001.

Feb. 9

African-American festival. The Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. (410) 547-9000, Ext. 300. A free all-day celebration featuring Djimo Kouyate and the Manding Griot Ensemble, Sankofa Dance Theater, crafts by Ledell Flynn and Euphemia Collins, "People of Color in 19th-Century Art" exhibit, Morgan State University Choir and an African music workshop with Peter Pipim. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

"Challenges Facing the Black Family Entering the 21st Century." Discussion from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Rognel Heights Cultural Center, 1200 Wicklow Road. Call (410) 566-9835.

Civil rights movement exhibit. Opening ceremony at 3 p.m., Parlett Moore Library, second floor, Coppin State College, 2500 W. North Ave. Free. Call (410) 383-5985.

Jackie Robinson's life story. Played out at the Baltimore Museum of Art, North Charles and 31st streets, in the Children's Theater Association's "Play to Win," which chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the famed baseball player who joined the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first African-American to break into the major leagues. Call (410) 366-6403 for information or (410) 235-0100 for tickets. $10, $8 BMA members and advance purchases.

"The Meeting." Murphy Auditorium, Morgan State University, Cold Spring Lane and Hillen Road, (410) 319-3470. A dramatization of a fictitious encounter between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, as performed by Morgan students. 5 p.m. Free.

Feb. 10

Yolanda King's "Achieving the Dream." The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s eldest daughter performs in a one-woman play with poetry, music and storytelling at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. 7 p.m. $20 including aquarium admission; with addition of private reception at 8 p.m., cost is $75 with proceeds to benefit the Henry Hall educational program for Baltimore youth. Call (410) 576-3800.

Feb. 11

"Ebonics: Perspectives on Black English." Panel discussion from p.m. to 9 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge of Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill in Westminster. Free. Call (410) 848-7000.

Feb. 12

"Bunjo Storytellers." Perry Hall Library, 9440 Belair Road, (410) 887-5195. Folk tales for the family at 7 p.m. Free, but call to reserve ticket.

"Higher Learning." Movie shown at 9 p.m. in the Pub, Decker Center of Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill in Westminster. Free. Call (410) 848-7000.

"Historic Black Communities in Baltimore County." Lecture by Louis S. Diggs, an author and college instructor. 10 a.m. at the Liberty Senior Center, 3525 Resource Drive. Call (410) 887-0780.

"History of African-Americans and Health." Free lecture by Edward Morman, a historian. 7: 30 p.m. AMR I multipurpose room, Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. (410) 516-5435.

Jazz workshop by Saisa. Community Center, Essex Community College, 7201 Rossville Blvd. (410) 780-6570. 12: 20 p.m. to 1: 30 p.m. Free.

Feb. 13

"Beyond the Demonization of Black People." A lecture by radio personality Lisa Mitchell on the successes and strengths of African-Americans despite years of oppression. Loyola College, Knott Hall, Room 05, 4501 North Charles St., (410) 617-2988. 7 p.m. Free.

Career fair for minority technical talent at the Baltimore Convention Center in the Inner Harbor Feb. 13-15. "Black Engineer of the Year Conference" is visited by more than 7,000 engineering professionals and students. Call (410) 244-7101.

Discussion of "Higher Learning." 11: 40 a.m. to 1 p.m. along with a brown-bag luncheon in Gold Room B of Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill in Westminster. Free. Call (410) 848-7000.

"On Screen: West African Cinema and Independence." Baltimore Museum of Art, 1 Art Museum Drive. (410) 396-6314. The film series offers "Udju Azul Di Yonta (The Blue Eyes of Yonta)" at 7: 30 p.m. Feb. 13, "Allah Tantou (God's Will)" on Feb. 20 and "These Girls are Missing" on Feb. 27. $5; $4 BMA members, seniors and students.

Taste of Soul. Kernan's Hospital, 2200 Kernan Drive. (410) 686-2500. The hospital is celebrating Black History Month with food-tastings of traditional soul food, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.

Feb. 14

Stories from Shindana Cooper. Ancient and true tales of African history, including dramatizations of Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., at 7: 30 p.m. $5 includes admission to aquarium. Call (410) 576-3800.

The Intergenerational Jazz and Blues Lovefest. Coppin State College, James Weldon Johnson Auditorium, 2500 W. North Ave. (410) 383-5985. Exhibits, live music, vendors and food. 7 p.m. $8; $4 students, children and seniors.

Feb. 15

African-American dancing. Performance by Bren Carr Dancers and a concert by the Dunbar Jazz Ensemble from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. $4 adults; $2 children, students and seniors; $10 for families up to five people. Call (410) 685-3750, Ext. 372.

Big Jesse Yawn with the Music Man. Performance by the blues vocalist and recording artist at 2 p.m. at Mondawmin Mall, 1200 Mondawmin Concourse. Free. Call (523-1534.

Dramatic readings. The Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority's Iota Chapter features readings of Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and others along with Negro spirituals and an African entrepreneur art show at 2 p.m. at the Grace Presbyterian Church, 2604 Banister Road. Free. (410) 254-3087.

"Glimpses of the Life and Struggle of Frederick Douglass." 2 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m., Edmondson Village Community Library, 4330 Edmondson Ave. Call (410) 396-0946.

Ifetayo Celebration, Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Ave. (410) 276-0306, Ext. 237. Sojourner-Douglass College's SGA sponsors 9 p.m. crowning of the 1997 Pharaoh King and Queen of the college. Dinner and entertainment. $25 per person. Call for tickets.

Jackie Robinson's life story. Played out at the BMA, N. Charles and 31st streets, in the Children's Theater Association's "Play to Win," which chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the famed baseball player on his quest to cross the color barrier and join the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first African-American to break into the major leagues. Call (410) 366-6403 for information or (410) 235-0100 for tickets. $10; $8 BMA members and advance purchases.

Lexington Market celebration. Performance by African drummer Joseph Ngwa and a portrayal by Verna Day of women in American history in "The Legacy." Lexington Market at 12: 30 p.m. Free. Call (410) 685-6169.

Louis Diggs. Local author discusses his book, "Holding on to Their Heritage," chronicling the history of two black settlements in Baltimore County -- Piney Grove and Bond Avenue in Reisterstown -- at 3 p.m. at Bibelot in Woodholme Center, 1819 Reisterstown Road. He will be joined by two women featured in the book. Free. Call (410) 653-6933.

Rep. Elijah Cummings. Speaker from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Kernan's Hospital, 2200 Kernan Drive, as part of Black History Month celebration. Free. Call (410) 686-2500.

"Stepshow." Area chapters of fraternities and sororities compete the traditional art form from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Alumni Hall at Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill in Westminster. $10, $5 with student ID. Call (410) 848-7000.

Storytelling on African and African-American life, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with Carolyn Carol. Top of the World Observation Level and Museum, World Trade Center, 27th floor, 401 E. Pratt St. $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and ages 5 to 15. Call (410) 837-4515.

Tour of McComas Institute. 1915 Singer Road in Joppa, the third Saturday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. Historic one-room schoolhouse for African-American children, built in 1867. Free. Call (410) 879-1217.

"Underground Railroad, Not a Subway." Puppet show from Dr. Schroeder Cherry at Anne Arundel County libraries. Feb. 15 at 11: 30 a.m. at the Broadneck Branch, 1275 Green Holly Drive. (410) 222-1905. For ages 7 through adult. Free.

Feb. 16

"Black Business -- Entrepreneurship." 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Rognel Heights Cultural Center, 1200 Wicklow Road. Call (410) 566-9835.

Florence Quivar. The Metropolitan Opera singer will perform in concert at 4 p.m. at the Murphy Auditorium at Morgan State University, Cold Spring Lane and Hillen Road. Free. Call (410) 319-3286.

Lecture by Dr. Benjamin Carson. St. John A.M.E. Church, 810 N. Carrollton Ave., at 10: 30 a.m. Music by the Baltimore Police Youth Choir and the choirs of St. John, Saturday Academy, Youth and Young Adults and the community. Free. Call (410) 728-0809.

Oratory celebration. Baltimore Museum of Art, One Art Museum Drive, (410) 578-7570. 10 high school students present original orations at 2 p.m. Free.

Poetry. L. Nefertiti Allen and Monique St. Lawrence will read from their works at 4 p.m. at the Minas Gallery, 733-35 S. Ann St. An open reading follows. $3 admission. Call (410) 732-4258.

Feb. 17

Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam. She'll address the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Nursing community with a presentation of "Making Your Way Toward Leadership," 10 a.m. at the university's Medical School Teaching Facility auditorium, 10 S. Pine St. Free. Call (410) 706-4008.

Soul food dinner. In the Forum, Decker Center of Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill in Westminster. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $7; $4 with student ID. Call (410) 848-7000.

Feb. 18

"African Stories to Remember." Catonsville Library, 1100 Frederick Road. (410) 887-0951. Stories for ages 2 to 6 with an adult at 10: 30 a.m. Free, but call for ticket.

"Black Saga." Bibelot in Timonium Crossing, 2080 York Road. (410) 308-1888. Dr. Charles Christian discusses and signs his book, a series of stories from African history. 7: 30 p.m. Free.

Yolanda King. Eldest daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. talks about her father and the achievements of black Americans. 7 p.m., Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. (410) 516-5435.

Feb. 19

"African Stories to Remember." Catonsville Library, 1100 Frederick Road. (410) 887-0951. Stories for ages 2 to 6 with an adult at 7 p.m. Free, but call for ticket.

"Black Facts -- Did You Know." 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rognel Heights Cultural Center, 1200 Wicklow Road. Call (410) 566-9835.

Jazz and gospel. Glen Caldwell and Eric Byrd in an original performance from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Levine Hall, Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill in Westminster. Free. Call (410) 848-7000.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Acclaimed group that gained fame as the South African ensemble on Paul Simon's "Graceland" album performs at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. at 7: 30 p.m. $16-$34. Call (410) 783-8000.

Lecture by Dr. Benjamin Carson. Morgan State University, Murphy Auditorium, Cold Spring Lane and Hillen Road. (410) 319-3470. Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, will lecture at 7 p.m. Free.

Patrice Gaines at Black History Month Assembly. Administration Building Lecture Hall, Essex Community College, 7201 Rossville Blvd. (410) 780-6570. Author of "Laughing in the Dark" discusses an inspirational story about one woman's challenges. 12: 20 p.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

Feb. 20

Black history recital. Children ages 5-13 will participate. 5: 30 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m. at Furley Recreation Center, 4633 Furley Ave. Free. Call (410) 396-3929.

Children's Book Fair. Noon in the Tawes Center/Quiet Lounge of Coppin State College, 2500 W. North Ave., with performances by a griot. Free. Call (410) 383-5985.

Tribute banquet. Honors Judge Harry A. Cole, Morgan State University class of '43, founder and first editor-in-chief of The Spokesman, Morgan's student newspaper. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Alice Parham Ballroom, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane. Semi-formal. $50. Call (410) 319-3464.

"Triumph of Black Music: Second Annual Evening with the Stars." Randallstown Library, 8604 Liberty Road. (410) 887-0770. African-American music through the ages for the family from 6: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free, but call for ticket.

Feb. 21

"The Evolution of the Black Man Through Jazz." Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School Auditorium, 1400 Orleans St. (410) 276-0306, Ext. 267. Sojourner-Douglass College will sponsor a jazz music overview of African-American history conducted by Raschied Yahya and narrated by Natalie Cater at 7 p.m. Free.

History program. 5: 30 p.m. at Waverly School-age Child Care Center, 700 E. 34th St. Free. Call (410) 396-6211.

"Let's Talk Hair." National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. (410) 576-3800. A book reading and signing with author Pamela Ferrell celebrating the beauty of African-American women and their hair. 7: 30 p.m. $5 includes admission to aquarium.

Music forum. Recital Hall, Essex Community College, 7201 Rossville Blvd. (410) 780-6570. Soprano Elizabeth Lyra Ross will offer a musical history lesson. 12: 20 p.m. Free.

Feb. 22

African-American Patriots Day. War Memorial building, Fayette and Gay streets. (410) 841-3257. Ceremonies honoring African-American women who have defended the nation, beginning at 11 a.m., with a wreath laid at the Monument to African-American Soldiers in front of the Clarence Mitchell Jr. Courthouse at 12: 30 p.m. Free.

"African Dance." Woodlawn Library, 1811 Woodlawn Drive. (410) Demonstrations of authentic African dance for all ages at 2 p.m. Free with ticket.

"The Armor Train." Kuumba Ensemble puppet show at 5 p.m. presenting issues challenging the African-American community. Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1714-16 Madison Ave., (410) 669-8739. Free.

Art Reflections in Black History Contest. Announcement of winners of sixth annual contest. 4 p.m. at Mondawmin Mall, 1200 Mondawmin Concourse. Free. Call (410) 523-1534.

Baltimore Urban League event. City Councilwoman Sheila Dixon appears at celebration of African-American art and culture at the Baltimore Urban League, 412 Orchard St. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Art exhibits, dance, poetry, music and refreshments. Free. Call (410) 396-4831.

Black arts festival. African dance by Namu Lwanga of Uganda, storytelling, poetry, art and music by Regency and the Morgan State University Jazz Ensemble from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Morgan State Unversity's Murphy Auditorium, Cold Spring Lane and Hillen Road. Free. Call (410) 319-3470.

Breakfast with J. California Cooper. Meet the award-winning short story writer, playwright and novelist at 9 a.m., Omni Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St., as part of the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Ninth Annual Black History Breakfast. Registration required by Feb. 19. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. $27.50 per person; $250 for a table of 10. Call (410) 396-5494.

"Can a Coal Scuttle Fly?" Book reading and autograph session by local author Camay Murphy and illustrator Tom Miller from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mondawmin Mall, 1200 Mondawmin Concourse. Free. Call (410) 523-1534.

Carl Lewis. Olympic gold medalist will sign his new book, "One More Victory Lap," at Borders Books & Music, 415 York Road in Towson, at 2 p.m. Free. Call (410) 296-0791.

"An Evening with Movements Unlimited Performing Arts Company." Dinner and performance, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Rognel Heights Cultural Center, 1200 Wicklow Road. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (410) 566-9835.

Gospel Jubilee. Big Baker Chapel at Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill, Westminster. (410) 848-7000. A celebration of African-American culture through gospel music, featuring Baltimore-area choirs. 7 p.m. Free.

James Brodie. Afro-American editor will read and sign his latest children's book, "Sweet Words So Brave: The Story of African American Literature," which chronicles the history of black writing in America, at 2 p.m. at Bibelot in Woodholme Center, 1819 Reisterstown Road. Free. Call (410) 653-6933.

"On the Streets: A Look at My Neighborhood." Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. (410) 685-3750. Through April 6, exhibit of Diggs-Johnson Middle School students' work, as they have recorded oral histories, photographs and documents of public and private places and uncovered their neighborhood's histories. $4 for adults; $3 for seniors, students and children 12-17.

Stories and music at Lexington Market. Verna Day performs "The Legacy," Maria Broom performs "The Gypsy Dance Bringer," and The Kelly Bell Band performs bluesy numbers. 12: 30 p.m. Free. Call (410) 685-6169.

Storytelling on African and African-American life, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with Bunjo Butler. Top of the World Observation Level and Museum, World Trade Center, 27th floor, 401 E. Pratt St. $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and ages 5 to 15. Call (410) 837-4515.

Feb. 23

"Assassination of Malcolm X." 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Rognel Heights Cultural Center, 1200 Wicklow Road. Call (410) 566-9835.

Family day. Baltimore Museum of Art, North Charles and 31st streets. Storytelling, performances, mask-making and more from 1 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Free for Baltimore City residents. Call (410) 396-6314.

Harold Courlander Collection of Asante Goldweights. Opening introduction from Dr. Kwaku Ofori-Ansa at 2 p.m.; on exhibit through June at the African Art Museum of Maryland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. Free; reservations requested. Call (410) 730-7105.

"Shadowed Legends." Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1714-16 Madison Ave. (410) 669-8739. The Kuumba Ensemble presents a theatrical production at 3: 30 p.m. of the Tuskegee Airmen, 54th Regiment Army in Massachusetts, the Negro Baseball League players and the black cowboys; performance by the Woodlawn High School Jazz Ensemble. $5. Discounts available.

Tommy Flanagan Trio. Baltimore Museum of Art, North Charles and 31st streets, at 5 p.m. Presented by the Chamber Jazz Society. $20; $18 BMA members, seniors and students. Call (410) 396-6314 for information or (410) 235-0100 for tickets.

Feb. 25

"Stories of Color from Around the World." Performance of poetry, mime and song at Anne Arundel County libraries from storyteller Len Cabral at 7 p.m. at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck branch, 269 Hillsmere Drive. (410) 222-1770. On Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Severna Park Branch, 45 McKinsey Road. (410) 222-6290. On Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Provinces Branch, 2624 Annapolis Road. (410) 222-6280. For ages 5 through adult. Free.

Feb. 26

"Black Facts -- Did You Know." 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rognel Heights Cultural Center, 1200 Wicklow Road. Call (410) 566-9835.

Jazz and poetry. Unit One Jazz Band; students will read selected poetry. Free. E-Level, Levering Hall, Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. (410) 516-5435.

"Masane Cisse." Historical depiction reviewing values, respect of family and tradition of marriage by Memory of African Culture Inc., Administration Building Lecture Hall, Essex Community College, 7201 Rossville Blvd. (410) 780-6570. 12: 20 p.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

"Reflections." A one-woman dramatic performance by Michelle Banks that addresses the issues of being black, deaf and a woman at 8 p.m. in the Forum, Decker Center in Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill in Westminster. Free. Call (410) 848-7000.

Feb. 27

History program. 5 p.m. at Towanda School-age Child Care Center, 4100 Towanda Ave. Free. Call (410) 396-0421.

History program. 6 p.m. at Liberty School Age Child Care, 3901 Maine Ave. Free. Call (410) 396-0427.

Jazz lecture. 12: 15 p.m. at Knott Hall, Room 02, Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St. Featuring jazz musician Galean Abdur-Razzaq. Free. Call (410) 617-2988.

Feb. 28

"Ancestor's Roots." Awareness program at 6 p.m. at Tench Tilghman Recreation Center, 600 N. Patterson Park Ave. Free for all ages. Call (410) 396-9229.

Fun and games. 4 p.m. at Herring Run Recreation Center, 5001 Sinclair Lane. Free. Call (410) 488-6634.

Lecture by Dr. Benjamin Carson. Fine and Performing Arts Center Theater, Catonsville Community College, 800 S. Rolling Road. (410) 455-4951. Carson offers a motivational speech on achieving success in life. Book signing and reception. 7: 30 p.m. Free.

"Neither Slave Nor Free -- Pre-Civil War Blacks in Baltimore." Lecture focusing on the rapid growth in number of free blacks between 1800 and 1850, their movement to the cities and how their social structure evolved. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Van Lennep Auditorium, Mill Street, St. Michaels. (410) 745-2916. Free.

"Night of Atonement." An evening of unity and empowerment celebrating black heritage from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. BSU Clubroom, Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill in Westminster. (410) 848-7000. Free.

"Would You Be a Witness?" Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, 1400 Orleans St. (410) 276-0306, Ext. 268 or 269. Sojourner-Douglass College presents Jo Fairley's play, which addresses possible remedies for community problems such as crime, drugs and prostitution, at 7 p.m. $15; call for tickets.

Pub Date: 1/30/97

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