Black History Month Brings Family Fun and Grown-Up Funk

  • When: Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Reginald F. Lewis Museum
  • Cost: Not available
  • Age limit2: Not available
  • Categories: Art performance, Museum exhibit

This year's Black History Month programming celebrates past heroes, as well as recent culture.

Get in the groove as writer Ericka Blount revisits Soul Train, America's favorite dance show. Her author talk shares juicy, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and discusses the power of broadcasting black music and dance. Songstress Gabrielle Goodman brings this legacy alive with a sizzling performance from her latest album. The in-demand artist has toured with Patti LaBelle, Mary J. Blige, and Roberta Flack. She appears as part of our Third Thursday series.

Youth are featured throughout the month. Artwork by Maryland students is on display as part of our Sixth Annual High School Juried Art Show, presented in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland State Education Association. On February 1, young people present film, dance, and other work in the Griot's Eye Youth Film and Culture Festival. The completed projects illustrate issues that they face in their lives. Teenagers compete on speaking skills in the WJZ Oratory Contest on February 16.

Families are invited to an interactive workshop of movement, art, and music with teaching artist Culture Queen on February 15. She leads children to use future hero powers to envision America in 20 years. The month culminates in the Verizon Open House on February 22. Museum admission is free that day. Enjoy live entertainment and activities all day.

We pay tribute to the people who helped make this country what it is today. Professor Cheryl LaRoche gives an author talk on free black communities who aided in the Underground Railroad.

On view throughout Black History Month is an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. The artifact is part of The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey - Where Art and History Intersect, which includes a signed copy of Brown v. Board of Education as well as works from the Harlem Renaissance. The exhibition is presented by Wells Fargo.

The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard & Shirley Kinsey - Where Art & History Intersect


On View through March 2, 2014
View an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and other art & artifacts. The exhibition is organized by The Bernard & Shirley Kinsey Foundation for Arts & Education and KBK Enterprises, Incorporated. Presented by Wells Fargo, Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Sixth Annual High School Juried Art Show
Jan 12 - Mar 2, 2014
Works by students from across the state respond to this year's theme "Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy: Have We Progressed?" In partnership with the Maryland State Education Association and the Maryland State Department of Education.

All programs are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted.