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The Baltimore Sun

With the second month of the year comes a time for remembrance, education, honor and celebration. Ranging from art exhibits and films to concerts and storytelling events, the local scene offers a place for everyone to appreciate Black History Month.

Continuing

Afro-American Newspapers exhibit -- The exhibit The Afro-American Newspapers: Celebrating 115 Years of Breaking News, Capturing History, Preserving Legacy runs through Feb. 29 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Free. 410-396-5430 or epfl.net.

Today

African cinema -- See the traveling series of films by African directors at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. Discussion at 11 a.m.; movies start at 1 p.m. 443-573-1832 or artbma.org.

Tomorrow-Feb. 29

Exhibition -- Learn about African-Americans' roles in the railroad industry at the B&O; Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Admission is $8-$14. 410-752-2490 or borail.org.

Feb. 2

African-American Portraits -- Artist Sharon Attaway brings her assortment of historical Maryland portraits to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. 2 p.m.-3 p.m. $5 or $6. 443-263-1800 or african americanculture.org.

Unsung Hero of Civil Rights -- Remember unsung hero Freddie Weisgal, a Jewish lawyer who fought against segregation in Baltimore, as his daughter honors his legacy at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1800 or africanamerican culture.org.

Feb. 2-29

Art Exhibit -- Top of the World Observation Level hosts a Black History Month Art Exhibition featuring cultural paintings, sculptures, digital photography and mixed media. The opening reception, featuring live jazz and refreshments, is Saturday at the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. Art exhibit is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. $3-$5. 410-837-8439 or view baltimore.org.

Feb. 4

Malcolm X -- View the movie and discuss the noted civil rights leader at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Hamilton branch, 5910 Harford Road. 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. 410-396-6088 or epfl.net.

National Read-In -- Show your appreciation for black writers and poets and be a part of the 18th annual National African-American Read-In at Towson University's University Union Susquehanna Terrace, 8000 York Road, Towson. 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Free. 410-704-2807 or centerfor thearts.towson.edu.

Feb. 7

American Defense -- Learn about black soldiers in America's military history the day before the anniversary of the end of armed forces segregation at Towson University's University Union Room 317, 8000 York Road, Towson. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Free. 410-704-2807 or centerfor thearts.towson.edu.

Feb. 8

Music at CCBC -- Listen to tenor Issachah Savage sing spirituals and songs by black composers in the Recital Hall of Building E, Community College of Baltimore County's Essex campus, 7201 Rossville Blvd. 12:20 p.m. Free. 410-780-6369 or ccbcmd .edu.

Black President Discussion -- Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, author of Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America, discusses America's readiness for a black president in Heubeck Multipurpose Room of Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road. 12 p.m. Free. 410-337-6316 or goucher.edu/x23406.xml.

Feb. 9

Dressmakers -- Rosemary E. Reed Miller discusses her book The Threads of Time: The Fabric of History at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Southeast Anchor branch, 3601 Eastern Ave. 11 a.m. Free. 410-396-1580 or epfl.net.

We are one -- Explore multiculturalism and find out how blacks, Latinos and Afro-Mexicans relate to each other in a discussion with Benjamin Vinson, director of the Center for Africana Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 Pratt St. 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1800 or african americanculture.org.

Feb. 10

Family day -- Storytelling, music and dance performances by Coyaba Dance Theatre and Dance Place Step Team, and gallery tours will be featured at Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. 443-573-1832 or artbma.org.

African-American Leaders -- Storyteller Shindana Cooper celebrates Harriet Tubman and Mary McLeod Bethune at Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane, Towson. 2 p.m. Free. 410-823- 1309, ext. 237, or nps.gov/hamp.

Feb. 12

MLK Celebration -- With music, singing and dancing, honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at Towson University's University Union Potomac Lounge, 8000 York Road, Towson. 6 p.m. Free. 410-704-2807 or centerfor thearts.towson.edu.

Feb. 13

The "N" World -- Towson University's speech and debate program brings a debate about the role of the "N" word in society and its roots at University Union Susquehanna Terrace, 8000 York Road, Towson. 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. 410-704-2807 or center forthearts.towson.edu.

Feb. 15, 22 and 29

Three Artists -- Take an up-close look at the works of African-American artists who defied their times: Edward Mitchell Bannister, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and Mary Edmonia Lewis. The series is at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. $5-$10 per session and $10-$25 for series. 410-547-9000 or thewalters.org.

Feb. 15-17

Black Heritage Art Show -- The 13th annual show will feature nationwide artists, jazz performances, Jermaine Crawford of HBO's The Wire, and complimentary wine at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. 11 a.m. $5 general admission; younger than 13 admitted free with adult. 410-521-0660 or blackheritageartshow.com.

Feb. 16

Roots -- Genealogy workshop for kids ages 8 to 12 with genealogist Julia Porter at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 Pratt St. 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. $6-$7. 443-263-1800 or africanamericanculture.org.

Book club -- Journalist Betty De Ramus discusses couples in Forbidden Fruit, Love Stories From the Underground Railroad at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 Pratt St. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Free with admission. 443-263-1800 or african americanculture.org.

Freestate Happy Wanderers -- Participate in a 5K or 11K walk in recognition of black heritage, passing through Bowie State University's campus. The walk will start at 8131 River Park Road, Bowie, between 9 a.m. and noon. $3. 301-572-5574 or ava.org/clubs/freestate.

Feb. 19

MLK Tribute -- Attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute dinner and listen to speaker Gwendolyn E. Boyd of the Johns Hopkins University in the Heubeck Multipurpose Room of Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road. 6 p.m. Free, RSVP at lamar.hylton@goucher.edu. 410-337-6316 or goucher.edu/x23406.xml.

Feb. 21

The Spirit of a Woman -- American history's most influential black women will be celebrated in a multimedia performance at the Towson University's Center for the Arts Ruth Marder Theatre, 8000 York Road, Towson. 7 p.m. Free. 410-704-2807 or centerforthearts.towson.edu.

Feb. 23

The fight for freedom -- Two documentary films, A Time for Burning and The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, will be shown at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Southeast Anchor branch, 3601 Eastern Ave. 1 p.m. Free. 410-396-1580 or epfl.net.

Black America -- Maryland Greater Baltimore Urban League President J. Howard Henderson will discuss the black male in crisis in "The State of Black America 2007, Portrait of the Black Male" at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Pennsylvania Avenue branch, 1531 W. North Ave. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Free. 410-396-0399 or epfl.net.

Underground Railroad -- Learn about the Underground Railroad on the Eastern Shore at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1800 or africanamerican culture.org.

Stomp Out AIDS -- Facilitate HIV/AIDS awareness and check out an exhibition of stepping/hip-hop performances in Kraushaar Auditorium of Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road. 8 p.m. $5; a portion of proceeds go to the Don Miller House, providing housing locally for those with HIV/AIDS. 410-337-6550 or goucher.edu/x23406.xml.

Feb. 24

Zora lives -- Their Eyes Were Watching God, based on Zora Neale Hurston's book, will be shown at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 Pratt St. 2 p.m. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1800 or africanamericanculture.org.

Feb. 25

Black Student Union Summit -- UMOJA: The African Alliance and Goucher College's Office of Multicultural Affairs host a summit to connect local black student unions and strengthen leadership skills for black students in the Huebeck Multipurpose Room of Goucher, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road. 7 p.m. Free. 410-337-6316 or goucher.edu/x23406.xml.

Feb. 28

40 years later -- Reps. Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore and John R. Lewis of Atlanta reflect on the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who died April 4, 1968. Event is at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 Pratt St. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. 443-263-1800 or african americanculture.org.

Food Culture -- Rockville historian Michael Twitty explains the history of enslaved Afro-Marylanders in describing the food that they ate at Montgomery College, 7600 Takoma Ave, Takoma Park. 11 a.m. in the Resource Center, room 204. Free. 240-567-1385 or e-mail francine .jamin@montgomerycollege.edu.

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble -- Conclude Black History Month with the 35th anniversary concerts of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble at An Die Musik Live!, 409 N. Charles St., second floor. 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $18-$20. 410-358-2638 or andiemusik live.com.

A listing in yesterday's LIVE section misstated the location of a Black History Month event. Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, author of Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America, discusses America's readiness for a black president at noon Feb. 8 in Buchner Hall of Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road.THE SUN REGRETS THE ERROR
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