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Black History Month Resources and Opportunities

02.09.18 | Love, Life on Mission, Being The Church | by Stephanie O'Brien

     

    Black History Month Resources

    As you know, this month is Black History Month. Any month is a great month to celebrate the lives of our African American leaders and history makers but let’s not miss this intentional opportunity!

    The Action & Awareness Missional Community here at Mill City has a focus to: join God in racial and economic justice in our city.


    They have offered an awesome list of ways they would encourage you to consider celebrating and engaging in black history month!

    February 9-March 3

    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  Steppingstone Theater

    A full-length drama by Ed Shockley, adapted from the novel by Mildred D. Taylor. Ten year old Cassie Logan knows a few things about life. She knows that her family is filled with love and strength and that the land they own will help them stand tall. Based on the Newberry-Award winning novel by Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry tells the story of a young girl growing up in 1933 Mississippi, and discovering that the world was not what she expected.

    February 10

    African Music Ensemble - Macalester College

    The Macalester African Music Ensemble, founded in 1987 and directed by Sowah Mensah, performs traditional African music primarily from Ghana, but also from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Guinea, The Gambia, Kenya, and Tanzania. In addition to singing, the Ensemble performs with a variety of African instruments including xylophones, marimbas, flutes, horns, an assortment of drums and gourds.

    February 10

    Sights, Sounds, Soul   Minnesota Historical Society 

    Contemporary writer, artist and Minneapolis native Davu Seru will discuss his latest book, Sights, Sounds, Soul: The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis. During the 1970s and '80s, photographer Chamblis captured the vibrant social and artistic life of the Twin Cities African American community. Seru will discuss these photos in the context of the day, as well as that of the Twin Cities community in the 21st century. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

    February 11

    Rise Up Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota

    The Black Student Union invites you to "RISE UP- a story about black resistance and strength" On February 11th at 5:30pm. Come celebrate the richness and diversity of black culture and history through various creative performances. The purpose of this event is to showcase and reflect on the experiences and history of black people all around the world. 

    February 13

    Erica Armstrong Dunbar author of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave Ona Judge - City of Bloomington

    Nearly three decades before Harriet Tubman was even born, there was an escape story about another heroine, Ona Judge. At age 22, Judge fled and left everything she knew to pursue a lifetime of freedom. As the property of President George Washington and his wife, Martha, Judge was the preferred house slave. The attempt to recapture Judge went on for years, even long after Washington’s presidency. Come hear the only detailed account of Ona Judge, an 18th century fugitive, as author, Erica Armstrong Dunbar tells it in her book.

    February 13

    "A Good Time for the Truth"  - Panel & Discussion at the Minnesota History Center

    Explore race relations in the Twin Cities today with three of the contributors to the MNHS Press book, A Good Time for the Truth. David Lawrence Grant, Shannon Gibney, and Taiyon Coleman will talk about their experiences in a panel presentation followed by a discussion about everyday activism and what Minnesotans can do to address it in their lives and communities. Before the panel discussion, guests can meet with community organizations who address issues of race in the Twin Cities. This program is appropriate for middle school students and up.

    February 14

    Black Love - Capri Theater, Minneapolis

    We are recognizing black history month and Valentine's Day with "Black Love". Our way of recognizing these two things is with Food, Fashion, and fun!

    February 15

    Evening of the Arts Soiree 

    Enjoy the elegant décor of the Reception Hall at the Minneapolis Institute of Art as you mingle with 250+ professionals from across Minneapolis and St. Paul. The evening will feature a keynote talk from the nationally acclaimed actor, T Mychael Rambo, as well as free tours of the museum's Black art collections, and much more.

    February 16

    Better Together Gospel Concert  Hamline United Methodist Church

    Part of the Hamline Church Music and Arts Series, this lively and inspirational concert celebrates the African-American gospel tradition. The Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir will be joined by guest artists, the Hamline University Gospel Choir and the Concorcia College Gospel Choir.

    February 16

    Black Panther Movie Opens View Trailer  

    I think the questions that I’m trying to ask and answer in Black Panther is, “What does it truly mean to be African? What does is mean for T’Challa to move around as this black man in a movie that tries to be real world? “  All of which means that, after decades of trying to nail the modern black superhero, we may finally be get what we’ve asked for - and getting it right.  -Rolling Stone Magazine

    February 17

    Celebrating Minnesota's Black Photographers - Minneapolis Central Library

    Celebrate Black History Month by honoring the achievements of Minnesota black photographer Olivia Crutchfield. Sponsor: Minnesota's Black Community Project.

    February 17

    Black History Month Book Fair Barnes and Nobles, Roseville

    Planting People, Growing Justice will be hosting a book fair that will celebrate Black authors and their work! We will also be doing a special reading of our upcoming book, "Making a difference: the story of Miss Freedom Fighter Esquire."

    February 20

    The Scott Collection and African American Life   Minnesota History Center

    In the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Minneapolis resident Walter R. Scott produced a series of books about African American life in the Twin Cities. The people and stories presented in the three original volumes reflect a vibrant community of businesspeople, artists, educators, athletes, and other public figures while providing an intimate look at everyday life in black homes, schools, neighborhoods, and businesses. Join Scott's children, Walter R. Scott Jr., Dr. Chaunda Scott, Anthony R. Scott, George Scott, and his widow, Mary McCormack-Scott, as they discuss the impact and legacy of this “pictorial resume of the black community, its achievements, and its goals. 

    February 18

    Positive Image Father Daughter Dance   Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center

    The Father Daughter Dance is a community-sponsored, formal, elegant and fun-filled evening for girls ages 5 years and over, and the special men in their lives. The Father Daughter Dance focuses on the importance of fathers and their daughters having strong, healthy relationships. The first strong male bond girls have is with their father and this event teaches young girls what it means to be treated with love and respect.

    February 22-March 16

    A Raisin in the Sun - Park Square Theater

    The proud but poor Younger family captivates audiences with their passion, hope and zest for living in the face of adversity.  A life insurance legacy ignites dreams for a home, education and ultimately a destiny they can call their own in the first Broadway play by an African-American women.

    February 23

    NABA 3rd Annual Black History Month Celebration   Hennepin Theater Trust

    Part 1: Spoken Word and Musical performances (6:00 – 7:15pm) - exhilarating poetry and live music celebrating black history, achievements and promise. Enjoy the performances with a light fare of tasty African-American/Black heritage food and cocktails!

    Part 2: Engaging Discussion with Danni Starr local author of "Empathy & Eyebrows" (7:15 – 9:00pm) - Danni is an author, national media personality, mental health advocate, and activist. The former Miss Minnesota International 2007 can be heard every morning on 93.9 WKYS and seen weekly on the TLC network as host of TLCme Now. She graduated magna cum laude in May 2008 with a communications degree from St. Catherine's University in Minneapolis.

    February 24

    Forums for Racial Reconciliation   Hamline United Methodist Church

    Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the Twin Cities' only majority African American Episcopalian church, has joined with and led several community partners, including the state-wide Episcopal Church in MinnesotaSt. Matthew's Episcopal ChurchLuther Seminary, Hamline University, and members of the Hamline-Midway Neighborhood to create a series of community engagement forums dealing with racial, ethnic, and cultural understanding and reconciliation.

    This project stemmed from the realization that communities throughout our country are looking for ways to achieve harmony — to build compassionate and respectful connections among diverse neighbors.

    Using excerpts from movies, short videos, and documentaries to spur dialogue, the series will retrace relevant aspects of our nation's history and look at how they impact our present-day relationships within and between diverse groups of people.

    We believe that the ability to dialogue with others in a respectful, compassionate forum is a critical component to achieving such harmony and community cohesiveness. We believe that people need opportunities to tell their personal stories, to freely ask questions of others both like and unlike themselves, and to learn about each others' experiences, in order to achieve the understanding and reconcilitation that so many of us desire.

    February 25

    Sunday Supper: Selected Children's Stories from Langston Hughes   - Penumbra Theater

     

    Many people know of Langston Hughes’ poetry and short stories, but the celebrated writer composed stories for children too. Hughes wrote about brave African American explorers, saints, musicians, freedom fighters, athletes and even imaginary legends. Join us for a communal meal and animated readings of classic black plays and stories performed by Penumbra Company members. A great way for the whole family to celebrate the creativity, tenacity, and sustenance of African American culture. Ages 5 and up.

     

    February 27

    African Heritage Day on the Hill Minnesota State Capital

    The Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage (CMAH), formerly the Council for Black Minnesotans is hosting it's annual Day on the Hill! Join us as we rally in the Capitol Rotunda and visit with lawmakers to discuss the future of the African Heritage community and our State!

    Hennipin County Library   On Screen Movie Series 

     

    Brooklyn Park Library

    Watch the film, and also celebrate the moments, memories and people in Black history that inspire you.

    Feb. 7: Selma

    Feb. 14: The Help

    Feb. 21: Hidden Figures

    Rockford Road Library

    Join us for a six-part Black History Month film series featuring a few of the most riveting figures and times of the 20th century, from the desegregation of major league baseball to the women who helped put America on the moon, from Ray Charles to Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Showing on Saturday and Sunday afternoons; come for one or all six films.

    Feb. 10: Malcolm X

    Feb. 11: Queen of Katwe

    Feb. 17: 42

    Feb. 18: Hidden Figures

    Feb. 24: Ray

    Feb. 25: Selma