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HERITAGE ON PARADE

Celebrate the rich African-American heritage at various events around Maryland throughout February -- Black History Month. Choose from live music, dance performances, lectures, soul-food dinners, films, poetry slams, plays, art exhibits, even take a walk through an African rain forest. If that's not enough, there are also family programs, storytelling, puppet shows and craft activities. So take your pick and get busy.

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Art exhibit. Mixed-media works, collages, quilts, fiber dolls and more by Maryland artists at the exhibit Celebration of the Spirit: A Showcase of African-American Artists, through Feb. 27 at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Call 410-848-7272.

"Maryland's First Black Lawyers: 1877-1977." Exhibit is on display through Feb. 29 in the Annex of the Enoch Pratt Central Library / State Library Resource Center, 400 Cathedral St. Exhibit was curated by professor Larry S. Gibson of the University of Maryland School of Law. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-396-5430.

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Jan. 31

"The Underground Railroad, Not a Subway." Puppet show with Schroeder Cherry, 2 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Central Library, Meyerhoff Children's Garden, 400 Cathedral St. Free. 410-396-5430.

Dance performance. Step Afrika! a percussive dance ensemble, performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. $6-$10. Call 410-777-2218.

Feb. 1

"Black History Month Family Day." Tours, music, stories and hands-on art activities, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free with museum admission, which is $5-$7; free for ages 18 and under and members. Call 410-396-7100.

Author talk. W. Ralph Eubanks discusses his new book Ever Is a Long Time; A Journey Into Mississippi's Dark Past, 2 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Central Library, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St. Free. 410-396-5430.

"African-American Read-In." Readings by local authors Mona Lisa DeGross, Rhonda Owens-Smith and William Johnson, audience discussions, young readers' area, refreshments, more, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at Heritage United Church of Christ, 3106 Liberty Heights Ave. Nommo Akili Book Club presents the event. Free. Call 410-935-7638.

Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. The musicians perform big-band classics and original works at 3 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $34-$58. Call 410-783-8000.

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Feb. 2

"Focus on Freedom" exhibit. Works by African-American photographers, Feb. 2-27 at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free. Call 410-777-2218.

Naval Academy. Garland H. Stillwell, attorney and a guest lecturer at the academy, kicks off Black History Month at the Naval Academy with a talk (and refreshments) at 12:50 p.m. at the Chesapeake Room, Bancroft Hall, King George Street, Annapolis. Call 410-293-2933.

"African-American Read-In." Readings and dramatic interpretations by the Kuumba players, Towson University faculty, staff and students, 4 p.m. at Towson University, University Union, Susquehanna Room, York Road. Event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Call 410-704-5211.

Feb. 3

"National African-American Read-In With Dr. Carla Hayden." Hayden, director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and president of the American Library Association, will conduct the event, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. at the College of Notre Dame, Doyle Formal Lounge, 4701 N. Charles St. Participants should bring African-American reading material and lunch to the event. Free. Call 410-532-5307.

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Soul food and music. A soul-food dinner will be served and a gospel choir will perform, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the College of Notre Dame, Doyle Dining Hall, 4701 N. Charles St. $6. Call 410-532-5307.

Take 6. The a cappella group performs gospel, doo-wop and jazz-influenced music at 7:30 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $36-$58. Call 410-783-8000.

Feb. 5

"Free First Thursday." Tours to see works by African-American artists and to explore the Beaded Prayers Project, also dancing and music with the Return to Goree African Dance Company, hands-on workshops, more, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. Call 410-396-6314.

"Journey Through an African Rain Forest." Learn about the rain forest of central Africa through hands-on artifacts and a video, 3 p.m. at Pedestal Gardens, multipurpose room, 325 McMechen St. Presented by the African Rainforest Nature Center. Call 410-462-6251.

Walters exhibit preview. Preview the exhibit "Rhythm on Paper: The Illustrations of Brian Pinkney," (which runs Feb. 21-May 30) at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., and experiment with the scratchboard from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Family Art Center. Free. Call 410-547-9000.

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Dancing and drumming. The All Natural African Dancers and Drummers perform, 7 p.m. at the Severn Provinces Branch Library, 2624 Annapolis Road, Severn. Call 410-222-6280.

Feb. 6

Lecture. Debra Newman Ham, history professor at Morgan State University, presents the lecture "Is Africa My Home? The Debate About the Colonization of Maryland Blacks in the Nineteenth Century," at 1 p.m. at Senior Network of North Baltimore, 5828 York Road. Call 410-323-7131.

"Black Pearls of Wisdom." Lecture at 7 p.m. at Morgan State University, Hillen Road and East Cold Spring Lane. Call 443-885-3120.

Film series at the Walters. Watch the 2002 film Strange Fruit by Joel Katz, about the lynching of a black man in the South, 7:30 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. $10; $8 seniors, students and members. Call 410-547-9000.

"No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs." Play delves into the prejudices against black people and Jewish people in 1949. Feb. 6 through Feb. 29 at Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays. $10-$15. Call 410-728-6500.

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Dance concert. The Return to Goree African Dance Company performs, 7:30 p.m. at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. $5. Call 410-576-3800.

African-American film. A program on "Celebrating African-American Barbershops and a Salute to the Legendary Barbers of Baltimore," and a screening of the new movie Barbershop 2 at 8 p.m. at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

Feb. 7

"Searching African-American Roots." Family history seminar, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Visitors' Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington. Free. Call 301-587-0144 to register.

"African-American Awareness Program." The Literary and Social Guild Ministry sponsors the event at noon at Leadenhall Baptist Church, 1021-23 Leadenhall St. Call 410-539-9334.

"A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King." Dramatization presented by James Lucas at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Visitors' Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington. Free. Call 301-587-0144.

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Fashion show. The annual Black Student Union Fashion Show takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Villa Julie College, Inscape Theatre, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson. Free. Call 410-602-7163.

Feb. 8

Program. See exhibits on African-American communities in Baltimore County, learn about 19th- and 20th-century education in Baltimore with historians Louis Diggs and Linwood Johnson, educator Norman E. Ross and history teacher Brian C. Morrison, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Carver Community Center, 300 Lennox Ave. Presented by the Julian Branch of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. Call 410-922-1142.

Ethiopian ambassador. The ambassador of Ethiopia to the United States, Kassahun Ayele, delivers remarks on the exhibit on loan from the Embassy of Ethiopia, and Brig. Gen. Hazel Johnson-Brown, the first African-American female general in the U.S. military, speaks about "Triumphs and Challenges: You Can Do It!" beginning at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Visitors' Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington. Free. Call 301-587-0144.

Feb. 11

Talk. Learn about "Pride and Protest: Protest of the American Civil Rights Movement" at 10 a.m. at Liberty Senior Center, 3525 Resource Drive, Randallstown. Free. Call 410-887-0780.

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Book talk. Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden will discuss and sign copies of their new book Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America, 7 p.m. at the Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St., Annapolis. Free. Call 410-216-6180.

Dancing and drumming. The All Natural African Dancers and Drummers perform, 7 p.m. at the Severna Park Branch Library, 615 McKinsey Road. Call 410-222-6290.

Feb. 12

Steel Drum band and dinner. The Steel Drum Band from St. Veronica Church performs during dinner, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the College of Notre Dame, Doyle Dining Hall, 4701 N. Charles St. $6. Call 410-532-5307.

African-American film. A screening of Superfly at 7 p.m. at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

Feb. 13

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Coyaba African Dance Group. The group performs traditional and spiritual African dances, 7:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Visitors' Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington. Free. Call 301-587-0144.

Film series at the Walters. Watch the 2003 film Only the Strong Survive by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, about several soul singers from the 1960s and 1970s, 7:30 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. $10; $8 seniors, students and members. Call 410-547-9000.

African-American film. Screening of Superfly at 9 p.m. at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

Feb. 14

Scholarship and awards breakfast. Presentation of community service awards to Rev. Ann Lightner-Fuller, pastor at Mount Calvary AME Church in Towson, and to Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, 9 a.m.-noon at the Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave. in Baltimore. Sponsored by the Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association. $35. 410-944-5475.

Frederick Douglass birthday celebration. Talk and a tour of Douglass sites in Fells Point, 11 a.m. Meet at Broadway and Thames Street. $15; $10 for those under 15. Lecture at noon at the Baltimore Civil War Museum, 601 President St. Call 410-783-5469.

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"Baltimore's Negro Leagues." Meet former Baltimore Elite Giant Ernest Burke and learn about playing in the Negro Leagues, 11 a.m. at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, 216 Emory St. Free with admission: $3-$6; free for ages 4 and under and members. Call 410-727-1539.

"Images in Ebony 2004 -- A Celebration of African-American Dolls." Dolls on display noon-4 p.m. at the Randallstown Branch Library, 8604 Liberty Road. Free. Call 410-552-3367.

Music lecture. Dr. Jay Marciano of Montgomery College presents a talk on "Spiritual Roots of Jazz and American Popular Music," 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Visitors' Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington.. Free. Call 301-587-0144.

African-American film. Screening of Comic Relief 2 with Larry Lancaster, 8 p.m.-midnight at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

Feb. 15

African-American film. Pipedreams at 3 p.m. at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

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Concert. William L. Dawson's Sonata for Violin and Piano by violinist David O. Yarbrough and pianist Raymond Parker, 5 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave. Free. Call 410-523-6880.

Feb. 16

African-American film. Pipedreams at 1 p.m. at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

Feb. 17

Program on Memphis strike. The documentary film At the River I Stand, about the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike, will be shown, and William Lucy, secretary-treasurer of AFSCME, who was involved in the strike, will offer commentary, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Dundalk campus, Community College of Baltimore County, 7200 Sollers Point Road. Free. Call 410-285-9563.

Kurt Schmoke lecture. Kurt Schmoke, the former Baltimore mayor and current dean of the Howard University School of Law, discusses the Brown v. Board of Education case, now at its 50th anniversary, 6:30 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Free. 410-396-5430.

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"The Matrix of a Nigger." Forum on the history of black men and women, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Coppin State College, Quiet Lounge, 2500 W. North Ave. Presented by the college's Psychology Club. Call 410-951-3922.

Kayaga! of East Africa performance. Dancing, drumming and storytelling, 7 p.m. at the Rosedale Branch Library, 6105 Kenwood Ave. Call 410-887-0512.

Open-mike night. Participants can read poetry, sing or play an instrument, 7 p.m. at the College of Notre Dame, Gator Alley, 4701 N. Charles St. Free. Call 410-532-5307.

Feb. 18

"Having Our Say." African-American siblings Sadie, 103, and Bessie Delany, 101, reminisce about good times and bad times in their long lives. Show runs Feb. 18-March 21 at Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Times vary. $10-$36. Call 301-924-3400.

African-American tourism. Talk on "Cultural Tourism: The Role and Impact of African Americans in the State of Maryland's $8 Billion Tourism Industry" with tourism leaders and Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 S. Light St. Presented by African-American Tourism Council of Maryland Inc. $35. Call 410-783-5469.

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"African-American Heritage Story Time." For ages 2-6 with an adult, 11 a.m. at the Woodlawn Branch Library, 1811 Woodlawn Drive. Call 410-887-1336.

Program. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Baltimore Urban Peace Movement and the AFSC-MAR Third World Coalition present a program with a soul food buffet, as well as music and dancing by the IAMWE Theater Arts Collective and members of Unity United Methodist's youth program, 6 p.m. at the AFSC office, 4806 York Road. Free. Call 410-323-7200.

African-American film. Murder in Harlem at 7 p.m. at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

"The Talking Drums." African-drum demonstration with percussionist Moziah Saleem, 7 p.m. at the Catonsville Branch Library, 1100 Frederick Road. Call 410-887-0951.

Dancing and drumming. The All Natural African Dancers and Drummers perform, 7 p.m. at the Annapolis Branch Library, 1410 West St. Call 410-222-1750.

Feb. 19

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Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference. Seminars, luncheons, a career fair, more, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 19, 8 a.m.-midnight Feb. 20 and 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Call 410-649-7000 or 410-244-7101.

Poetry luncheon. Midshipmen present poetry, and Legacy Promotions presents a talk on African-American history in Annapolis, noon-1:20 p.m. at the Naval Academy, Chesapeake Room, Bancroft Hall, King George Street, Annapolis. $8.25. Call 410-293-2933.

Dancing and drumming. The All Natural African Dancers and Drummers perform, 7 p.m. at the Maryland City at Russett Branch Library, 3501 Russett Common, Laurel. Call 301-725-2390.

Open-mike poetry or short-story event. Share an original piece that celebrates a black historical figure or event, 7 p.m. at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601 E. North Ave. $3. Call 410-539-7163.

"African-American Heritage Puppet Show." For ages 2-6 with an adult, 7 p.m. at the Rosedale Branch Library, 6105 Kenwood Ave. Call 410-887-0512.

African-American film. Murder in Harlem at 7 p.m. at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

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Book talk. Author M. Dion Thompson discusses his first book, Walk Like a Natural Man, and signs copies, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1819 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Free. Call 410-415-5758.

Bobby McFerrin. Legendary improvisational musician Bobby McFerrin performs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir at 7:30 p.m. at Harford Community College, Amoss Center, Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. $17-$27. Call 410-836-4211.

"Griot: He Who Brings the Sweet Word." Theatrical production performed by Al Letson, Larry Knight and David Pugh on the story of the griot, Feb. 19-29 at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. (Feb. 26 performance is at 11 a.m.) Tickets $16; $11 seniors and students. Call 410-752-8558.

Feb. 20

Film series at the Walters. The 1988 film Bird by Clint Eastwood, about the life of bebop artist Charlie "Bird" Parker, 7:30 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. $10; $8 seniors, students and members. Call 410-547-9000.

African-American film. Five on the Black Hand Side at 8 p.m. at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

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Bobby McFerrin. Improvisational musician Bobby McFerrin performs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir at 8 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $27-$75. Call 410-783-8000.

Feb. 21

"African-American Family Festival." Stories by members of the Baltimore Metropolitan Area Chapter of the 9th and 10th Buffalo Soldiers Association, a 1930s movie starring black cowboys, art activities, more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Free with admission. Call 410-547-9000.

"Grafton Tyler Brown: Visualizing California and the Pacific Northwest." Exhibit of 24 paintings and 25 lithographs by the artist, who was the first African-American to paint the Pacific Northwest, on display Feb. 21-May 30 at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. $5-$8; free for ages 17 and under and members. Call 410-547-9000.

"Rhythm on Paper: The Illustrations of Brian Pinkney." Exhibit of 41 original works by the African-American children's book illustrator, Feb. 21-May 30 at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. $5-$8; free for ages 17 and under and members. Call 410-547-9000.

"Family Arts Festival." Arts, crafts and a dramatic presentation of "Harriet Tubman's Journey to Freedom" by Deborah Wright, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Loch Raven United Methodist Church, 6622 Loch Raven Blvd. Call 410-825-0900.

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"Bunjo -- Storytelling in the African Tradition." Stories with Bunjo at 1 p.m. at the Randallstown Branch Library, 8604 Liberty Road. Call 410-887-0770.

"The African-American Literary Heritage." A panel of literary scholars and educators, including Dr. Trudier Harris, Dr. Dolan Hubbard, Dr. Joyce Ann Joyce and Dr. Cheryl A. Wall, discuss the life and work of African-American writers, including W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, 1:30 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. After the program, members of the panel will sign copies of their books at a reception. Free. Call 410-396-5430.

Abu the Flutemaker. Demonstration by Abu on his hand-crafted instruments, 2 p.m. at the Loch Raven Branch Library, 1046 Taylor Ave. Call 410-887-4444.

Zaipo Dance Troupe! performs. Dancing, drumming and singing, 2 p.m. at the Rosedale Branch Library, 6105 Kenwood Ave. Call 410-887-0512.

African-American films. The Black Lesbian Film Series kicks off at 4 p.m. with a screening of Watermelon Woman and other films at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

Art exhibit. Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., presents Diversity in Unity: Contemporary African-American Ceramics, an invitational exhibit of functional and sculptural works by 31 African-American artists, Feb. 21-March 28. Reception 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 21. Call 410-578-1919.

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Overnight adventure. Bring a sleeping bag and take part in the program "This Way to Freedom: Chesapeake Underground Sleepover," from 6 p.m. Feb. 21 to 9 a.m. Feb. 22 at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. Learn about Harriet Tubman and how she helped lead slaves to freedom via the Chesapeake Bay. $59 children; $69 adults. Call 410-576-3833 for reservations.

Music talk. Musician Hal Trapkin presents a talk on 100 years of music, from ragtime to blues to boogie-woogie to jazz to rock 'n' roll, 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Visitors' Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington.. Free. Call 301-587-0144.

Bobby McFerrin. Improvisational musician Bobby McFerrin performs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir at 8 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $27-$75. Call 410-783-8000.

Feb. 22

"Black History Heroes." Kids ages 7 to 12 can learn about many of Maryland's most important African Americans, 1 p.m. at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. $12-$15. Call 410-685-3750, Ext. 321 to register.

African-American film. Five on the Black Hand Side at 3 p.m. at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

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Black educators. Dr. Thomas C. Battle of Howard University discusses "Honoring Excellence: Contributions of African-American Educators and Scientists," 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Visitors' Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington. Free. Call 301-587-0144.

Feb. 23

Book group. A discussion on Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1819 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Free. Call 410-415-5758.

Feb. 24

Kayaga! of East Africa performance. Dancing, drumming and storytelling, 7 p.m. at the Arbutus Branch Library, 1581 Sulphur Spring Road. Call 410-887-1451.

"The Whole and Healthy Woman" lecture. Discussion by Arlinda Harris, owner of the Baltimore day spa called Arlinda's Spa, on being a black businesswoman and on women's spa care, 7 p.m. at the College of Notre Dame, Doyle Formal Lounge, 4701 N. Charles St. Free. Call 410-532-5307.

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Feb. 25

Dancing and drumming. The All Natural African Dancers and Drummers perform, 7 p.m. at the North County Branch Library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie. Call 410-222-6270.

Kayaga! of East Africa performance. Dancing, drumming and storytelling, 7 p.m. at the Woodlawn Branch Library, 1811 Woodlawn Drive. Call 410-887-1336.

Book talk. Rosa Pryor-Trusty and Tonya Taliaferro discuss their book African-American Entertainment in Baltimore, and sign copies, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1819 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Free. Call 410-415-5758.

Feb. 26

Dancing and drumming. The All Natural African Dancers and Drummers perform, 7 p.m. at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Branch Library, 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis. Call 410-222-1770.

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African-American film. The Man, at 7 p.m. at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

Book talk. Laura Wexler discusses and signs copies of her book Fire in a Canebake: The Last Mass Lynching in America, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1819 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Free. Call 410-415-5758.

Feb. 27

Abu the Flutemaker. Learn to turn recyclable materials into traditional African drums and flutes, and then make music with Abu, 7:30 p.m. at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. $5. Call 410-576-3800.

"The Music in My Soul!" A history of African-American music, from slavery to hip-hop, 7:30 p.m. at Woodlawn High School, 1801 Woodlawn Drive. $8.50-$12.50. Call 410-788-7098.

Concert. The St. James Community Choir presents an evening of gospel, soul and contemporary music, 7:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints, Visitors' Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington. Free. Call 301-587-0144.

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African-American film. The Man at 8 p.m. at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

Feb. 28

The Jazz Age. Learn about "The Art, Music and Culture of the Jazz Age" at several lectures, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. $90; $45 seniors and members; $5 students. Call 410-547-9000.

"African-American Awareness Program." The Literary and Social Guild Ministry sponsors the event, at noon at Leadenhall Baptist Church, 1021-23 Leadenhall St. Call 410-539-9334.

African-American art and culture celebration. Art exhibits, music, dance, poetry, refreshments, more, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Ivy Family Support Center, 3515 Dolfield Ave. With City Council President Sheila Dixon as host. Free. Call 410-542-9166.

Book talk. Adele Holden discusses her book, Down on the Shore, and signs copies, 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1819 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Free. Call 410-415-5758.

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African-American film. Sounder at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

"The Music in My Soul!" A history of African-American music, from slavery to hip-hop, 7:30 p.m. at Woodlawn High School, 1801 Woodlawn Drive. $8.50-$12.50. Call 410-788-7098.

Feb. 29

Black history worship service. Takes place at 11 a.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2604 Banister Road. Free. Call 410-466-4000.

African-American film. Sounder at 3 p.m. at the Heritage CinemaPlex, 1045 Taylor Ave., Towson. Call 410-832-7685.

"The Music in My Soul!" A history of African-American music, from slavery to hip-hop, 4 p.m. Feb. 29 and 7:30 p.m. March 5-6 at Woodlawn High School, 1801 Woodlawn Drive. $8.50-$12.50. Call 410-788-7098.

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"Concert of Afro-American Music." The Chancel Choir of the Douglas Memorial Community Church performs at 5 p.m. at the church, Lafayette and Madison avenues. Free. Call 410-523-1700.

For more family events, see Page 41.


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