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Celebrate! Black History Month

M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County • Cultural Events & Community Calendar

2014


Celebrate and honor African American heritage during Black History Month. From performances to history lessons to festivals, there are plenty of exciting M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation events and activities planned throughout Prince George’s County. To register for programs listed in this brochure, call the facility site directly. (For TTY service, call 301-699-2544.) For the latest information on Black History Month happenings, visit blackhistory.pgparks.com.

The integrated classroom at Anacostia High School, Washington, D.C., 1957 Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Photographer shows hundreds of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Photograph showing Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy speaking to a crowd of African Americans and whites through a megaphone outside the Justice Department; sign for Congress of Racial Equality is prominently displayed. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

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Black History Month 2014

Friday, January 3-Monday, February 24 Reception: Sunday, February 9, 2-4 pm

Direct Current: A Multimedia Exploration of Black Life within Prince George’s County

The exhibition depicts the rich, complex story of life in Prince George’s County through works by artists 18 & older. Featured artists combine mixed and/or multimedia techniques to stretch the limits of their media and present thoughtful, innovative works of art. Montpelier Arts Center; 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel 20708 301-377-7800; TTY 301-490-2329 Thursday, January 9, 7-9 pm

Artistic Visions: Christian Nesbitt

During the months of January and February, Artistic Visions welcomes design artist and illustrator Christian Nesbitt of Bowie. Join us for a meet and greet with the artist and enjoy viewing his artwork, which depicts African American history. All ages; FREE Huntington Community Center; 13022 8th Street, Bowie 20720 301-464-3725; TTY 301-218-6768

Exhibit: Sunday, February 2-Friday, March 7 Opening Reception: Sunday, February 2, 2-4 pm

Black History Month Opening Exhibit and Reception

View this year’s exhibition, Celebrating Civil Rights Milestones: From Emancipation to Administration in Prince George’s County, 1864-1994, which examines selected national events, and profiles state and local outcomes including the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the election of Prince George’s County’s first African American county executive. Discover how these events and others permanently changed social, educational and political life for African Americans in Prince George’s County. At the opening reception, see the unveiling of the 2014 Black History Month Poster designed by art students from Suitland High School. All ages; FREE Harmony Hall Regional Center; 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington 20744 301-203-6070; TTY 301-203-3803

African American soldier reading the Emancipation Proclamation by candlelight, 1863. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

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Exhibit: Monday, January 13-Saturday, March 8 Opening Reception: Saturday, January 18, 5:30-8 pm Artist Talk: Saturday, February 22, 2 pm

The Commentary: Bill Harris

Perhaps best known as a printmaker, Bill Harris is also an accomplished wood turner that brings the two processes together in masterful wall-mounted sculptures that contrast exacting technical precision with vibrant color in complex, dynamic form. With references to flight as freedom, as well as bullets, arrows, African masks and military-style medals, they speak about our community, history and the ups and downs of social struggle. All ages; FREE Brentwood Arts Exchange 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood 20722 301-277-2863; TTY 301-446-6802 Saturday, February 1, 6-10 pm

High School Step Show

Experience the true essence of stepping at this year’s Black History Month high school step show competition. This year’s theme, Zawadi (pronounced as Zaa-WAA-Diy), is derived from African-Swahili and translates to “gift.”

All ages Fee: $10/ages 14 & up; $5/ages 13 & under The Bowie Center for the Performing Arts 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie 20715 301-446-3232; TTY 301-446-6802

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Sunday, February 2, 1:30-3:30 pm

Family Movie Matinee

Bring the family for an afternoon viewing of The Wiz. Whether you are reminiscing or seeing it for the first time, you definitely don’t want to miss it. Reservations are required by January 31. Children 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult. All ages; FREE Kentland Community Center 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785 301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512

Mondays, February 3, 10, 17 & 24, 12 noon-2 pm

Midday Matinee

Enjoy watching a collection of documentaries and speeches on civil rights milestones including works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights advocates. Ages 17 & up; FREE Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover 20785 301-583-2582; TTY 301-583-2483 Tuesday, February 4, 2:45 pm & 3:45 pm

Weathering Racism: The Benjamin Banneker Almanacs

Learn about scientist and abolitionist Benjamin Banneker. Study his almanacs and make your own weather instruments. Program conducted by Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site staff. All ages; FREE Deerfield Run Community Center 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel 20708 301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512

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Thursday, February 6, 9 am-3 pm

African American History Tour

Explore some of the greatest landmarks in Washington, D.C. including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Fee includes transportation only. All ages Fee: $5/person Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover 20785 301-583-2582; TTY 301-583-2483 Thursday, February 6, 12:30-1:30 pm

Smithsonian Discovery Theater: Bessie and Bill - Black Wings Flying Free

Have you ever wanted to fly? In the newest show from the series “The Greatest Stories Never Told,” the hopes and dreams of two African American pioneers of aviation show us that the sky’s the limit. Bessie Coleman, a sharecropper’s daughter of African American and Cherokee descent, became the first female African American pilot and captured the hearts and imaginations of Americans in the 1920s. Pilot and engineer William Powell set his sights on the sky, wanting to lift others up on wings of success. The determination and pride of these early fliers inspires audiences to aim high and work hard so they can “fly free” like Bessie and Bill. All ages; FREE Glassmanor Community Center 1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill 20745 301-567-6033; TTY 301-203-6030

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Thursday, February 6, 7-8:30 pm

Concert & Art Exhibit: “History in Black & White”

Celebrate Black History Month with an R&B and jazz concert, and an exploration of black and white photography by local artists. No reservations required. All ages; FREE Oxon Hill Manor 6901 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill 20745 301-839-7782; TTY 301-446-3802

Fridays, February 7, 14 & 28, 1 pm & 3 pm

Enslaved Women of Darnall’s Chance Tours

Join us for a tour that focuses on the 18th century African American women who lived and worked at Darnall’s Chance with a special emphasis on the Bentley Family of Upper Marlborough. Reservations required for groups of 7 or more. All ages; FREE Darnall’s Chance House Museum 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive Upper Marlboro 20772 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544

Friday, February 7, 10:15 am & 12 noon and Saturday, February 8, 8 pm

Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey starring Jasmine Guy and The Avery Sharpe Trio Celebrate Black History Month and the renaissance of artistic expression in post-World War I Harlem in this production that weaves poetry, fiction, art and music, and creates a multi-media window into a critical point in cultural history.

All ages Tickets for Feb. 7 performance: $6/person; $5/person in groups of 15 or more Tickets for Feb. 8 performance: $40/person; $55/person (Limited VIP seating, which includes early entrance with wine & cheese reception) Publick Playhouse 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784 301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312

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Friday, February 7, 3:30-4:30 pm

Hope Boxes

Nikki Grimes authored Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope prior to President Obama’s 2008 election. Join us as we read and discuss the concept of hope – the central theme in Grimes’ book - and then create boxes filled with hopeful messages from the book. Boxes will be displayed in the center’s lobby. Reservations are required by February 6.

Ages 6-12; FREE Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum 20782 301-853-2005; TTY 301-445-4512

Friday, February 7, 7-9 pm

Step, Dance and Cheer Fest

Step teams, dancers and cheerleaders from local schools, churches and community organizations will perform in celebration of Black History Month. All ages Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6 Potomac Landing Community Center 12500 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington 20744 301-292-9191; TTY 301-203-6030

Friday, February 7, 7-10 pm

Café Groove: Black History Edition

Experience the art of go-go through an interactive music session. Participate in a workshop by “City Sounds” where you’ll be able to create a positive go-go song with the help of skilled musicians, and have the opportunity to take the mic for some spoken word. Ages 10-17 Fee: Resident $3; Non-Resident $5 Columbia Park Community Center 1901 Kent Village Drive, Landover 20785 301-341-3749; TTY 301-445-4512

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Saturday, February 8, 10 am-2 pm

African American Jazz History & Lunch

Take a trip with us to Bohemian Caverns, D.C.’s legendary jazz club, for lunch and a special 2-hour presentation on the history of African American jazz artists, poets and musicians. Choose from a selection of the club’s finest foods on a pre-selected menu set to complement the presentation. You won’t want to miss this! Maximum registration is 30 participants; registration is required by January 31. Participants 16 & under must be accompanied by an adult. All ages Fee: Resident $15; Non-Resident $18 Prince George’s Plaza Community Center 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville 20782 301-864-1611; TTY 301-445-4512 Saturday, February 8, 11 am

Master Class: Scene Clinic with Jasmine Guy

Advanced theatre students will have the opportunity to work with actress, director and writer Jasmine Guy.

Tickets: $20/person; $15/person if purchased with ticket to Saturday performance Publick Playhouse 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784 301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312 Saturday, February 8, 11 am-5 pm

Dinner and Alvin Ailey

A joint effort of the Bladensburg, Berwyn Heights and College Park Community and Youth Centers, adults are invited to join us for an afternoon of good food and legendary talent in Washington, D.C. Enjoy a visit to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to see the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Following the performance, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Transportation departs from Bladensburg Community Center at 11 am. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.pgparks.com and click on the SMARTlink logo. Ages 21 & up Fee: Resident $45; Non-Resident $54 Bladensburg Community Center 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg 20710 301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512 SMARTlink #1397432

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Saturday, February 8, 1-4 pm

Black History Month Exhibit Trip

Join us on a short trip to Harmony Hall Regional Center to view M-NCPPC’s Black History Month exhibit, which examines selected national events and profiles state and local outcomes. The exhibit, Celebrating Civil Rights Milestones: From Emancipation to Administration in Prince George’s County, 1864-1994, includes the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the election of the first African American county executive. These events and others permanently changed social, educational and political life for African Americans in Prince George’s County. Registration is required by January 31. All ages; FREE Berwyn Heights Community Center 6200 Pontiac Street, Berwyn Heights 20740 301-345-2808; TTY 301-445-4512

Saturday, February 8, 4 pm

Fighting Old Nep: The Food Culture of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders

Trace three centuries of African American culinary history from West and Central African civilizations to colonial Maryland. Join Michael Twitty as he discusses the vast influence of both enslaved and free black people on the cuisine and culture of the New World. Limited seating. All ages; FREE Surratt House Museum 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton 20613 301-868-1121; TTY 301-699-2544

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Saturday, February 8, 6-8 pm

Black History Gospel Celebration

Join us as we celebrate gospel music’s contribution to black history. Enjoy a lovely evening of singing and dancing from local community church choirs and dancers. All ages; FREE Hillcrest Heights Community Center; 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills 20748 301-505-0896; TTY 301-203-6030 Saturday, February 8, 6-8 pm

Farafina Kan Youth African Dance Showcase Enjoy an encore performance by the Farafina Kan Junior African Dance Company. This group of youth, ranging from age 12 to 18, will wow the audience with its traditional West African drumming and dancing performance. All ages; FREE Bladensburg Community Center 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg 20710 301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512 Saturday, February 8, 6-9:30 pm

History Dinner Theater

Bessie Coleman and Sojourner Truth come back to life in a historical reenactment of their timeline and achievements through history. Enjoy dinner, as well as laughter and engagement in this one-woman show. All ages Fee: Resident $8; Non-Resident $10; FREE/ages 5 & under Temple Hills Community Center; 5300 Temple Hills Road, 20748 301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030 Sunday, February 9, 1-6 pm

African Marketplace

Browse and purchase unique vintage and contemporary items from local vendors. Please call the facility if you are interested in vendor opportunities

All ages; FREE admission Vendor fee: $20/table Harmony Hall Regional Center; 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington 20744 301-203-6040; TTY 301-203-6030 Sunday, February 9, 1-6 pm

Expressions of a People

This FREE Black History celebration features musical performances, children’s activities, workshops and entertainment for the entire family. Children will enjoy mask-making, face painting and a caricaturist. All ages; FREE Harmony Hall Regional Center 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington 20744 301-203-6070; TTY 301-203-3803

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Monday, February 10, 6-8 pm

Reception, Discussion and Book Signing with Larry S. Gibson, Esq., author of Young Thurgood: The Making of A Supreme Court Justice

A noted civil rights lawyer, the first African American Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and a native of Maryland, Thurgood Marshall led the charge to end legal segregation in the United States and forever change the landscape of American Society. Larry S. Gibson, Professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, has written a groundbreaking examination of Justice Marshall’s formative years and career beginnings, and the early influence on his personality, attitudes, priorities and work habits. In what promises to be a fascinating discussion of Justice Marshall’s life and accomplishments, Professor Gibson will highlight cases from Prince George’s County that demonstrate Marshall’s unparalleled legacy and commitment to the eradication of racial discrimination in the United States. You won’t want to miss this informative program, with a book signing to follow. All ages; FREE Harmony Hall Regional Center 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington 20744 301-203-6040; TTY 301-203-6030

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Tuesday, February 11, 10:15 am & 12 noon

Songs of Freedom

Experience black history through the music of our past. Spirituals that carried secret messages, the blues of Beale Street and the anthems of the civil rights movement spanned both centuries and continents, and made a lasting impact on our culture today. Hear the songs and the stories behind them in this energetic and entertaining performance. Recommended for grades 3 & up Tickets: $6/person; $5/person in groups of 15 or more Publick Playhouse; 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784 301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312 Tuesday, February 11, 2:45 pm & 3:45 pm

Metal Heads

Learn about enslaved and free ironworks laborers, read primary documents, and perform experiments in metallurgy. Program conducted by Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site staff. All ages; FREE Deerfield Run Community Center 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel 20708 301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512 Tuesday, February 11, 7-8:30 pm

African Mask Ceramic Workshop

The creation of African masks often tells a story about the ancestry and honor of African heritage. Join us for a one-day ceramic workshop to explore the religious and ceremonial values that artists express in their artwork.

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Ages 8 & up; FREE Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg 20710 301-779-0371; TTY 301-699-2544 Wednesday, February 12, 1-4 pm

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Thursday, February 13, 6:30-8:30 pm

Black History Month Folk Opening Art Exhibit: History in Living Color

Celebrate Black History Month with an exploration of African American folk art. Meet the artists and learn what inspired them. This event is free, however, pre-registration is required by February 6. Ages 21 & up; FREE Billingsley House; 6900 Green Landing Road, Upper Marlboro 20772 301-627-0730; TTY 301-446-6802 Thursday, February 13, 6:30-9 pm

Xtreme Teens: Most Wanted Hip-Hop Summit

Teens will discuss up-and-coming teen artists and domestic violence among youth, as well as learn about the history of hip-hop and its five elements: rapping, graffiti art, street fashion, street knowledge and deejaying. Ages 13-18; FREE Newton White Mansion; 2708 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville 20721 301-249-7200; TTY 301-218-6768 Saturday, February 15, 12 noon-4 pm

5th Annual Black History Amazing Race

Compete in a race against other teams that will educate you and get your adrenaline going! Be the first to visit select African American heritage sites in the county using clues provided, and collect specific items to bring back to the judges. To participate, you’ll need transportation, a team of two or more persons and a digital camera. Participants will start the race at Good Luck Community Center and end at Langley Park Community Center (1500 Merrimac Drive Hyattsville 20783) no later than 4 pm. Registration begins January 2. All ages; FREE Good Luck Community Center; 8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham 20706 301-552-1093; TTY 301-445-4512

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Saturday, February 15, 1-3 pm

Musicology

Bring history to life as you explore the evolution of African American music from work songs to hip-hop and more. Live entertainment will be provided.

All ages; FREE Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center; 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier 20712 301-927-2163; TTY 301-699-2544 Saturday, February 15, 2-3 pm

Negro Leagues

Luther Atkinson, a former Negro League baseball player, will share his stories of how he overcame the obstacles of racism and experienced success in professional baseball. Enjoy watching a film, viewing famous photographs, and receiving a signed baseball. All ages; FREE Fort Washington Forest Community Center 1200 Fillmore Road, Fort Washington 20744 301-292-4300; TTY 301-203-6030 Saturday, February 15, 2-4 pm

Next Step Freedom

Explore the various passages of freedom in Prince George’s County during the 1800s. Participants will gain knowledge from walking through an underground railroad and receiving information from historians. All ages; FREE Seat Pleasant Activity Center 5720 Addision Road, Seat Pleasant 20743 301-773-6685; TTY 301-218-6768 Saturday, February 15, 3:30-4 pm

African American Cowboy

Hear the untold stories and learn about the important history of the African American cowboy. Cowboys dressed in their real attire will share their rich legacy. All ages; FREE Fort Washington Forest Community Center 1200 Fillmore Road, Fort Washington 20744 301-292-4300; TTY 301-203-6030 Saturday, February 15, 6 pm

Dinner and a Movie: Bird

Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood, well-known jazz aficionado, delivers a compassionate portrait of jazz visionary Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. As Parker, Forest Whitaker provides a multifaceted performance that helps provide an understanding of the man’s genius and tragedy. (Rated R) Tickets: $15/person (film only); $30/person (dinner & film) (Note: Tickets for both dinner & film must be purchased by 12 noon on Friday, February 14.) Montpelier Arts Center 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel 20708 301-377-7800; TTY 301-490-2329

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Sunday, February 16, 2 pm

“Let’s Sing Gospel 101!”

“Let’s Sing Gospel 101!” with Rosita Mathews is an interactive, musical performance in which the audience becomes an impromptu gospel choir and learns to sing gospel music. Rosita weaves traditional and original music with inspirational stories. This performance is for people of all ages, races, singing levels and faiths. The only necessity is enthusiasm! All ages; FREE Montpelier Arts Center 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel 20708 301-377-7800; TTY 301-490-2329 Monday, February 17, 5-6 pm

Authentic African Game Night

It’s game night at Deerfield Run! Celebrate Black History Month with us by playing traditional African games. Ages 5-12; FREE Deerfield Run Community Center 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel 20708 301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512

Tuesday, February 18, 3:30 pm & 4:30 pm

Controlling the Weather

Learn about scientist and abolitionist Benjamin Banneker. Study his almanacs and make your own weather instruments. Program conducted by Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site staff. All ages; FREE Vansville Community Center 6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville 20705 301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512 Wednesday, February 19, 9:30 am-3 pm

Trip to National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

Travel with us to Baltimore and see the history of African Americans in a unique way. Then, enjoy lunch on your own at the Inner Harbor. Ages 60 & better Fee: Resident $10; Non-Resident $12 College Park Community Center 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park 20740 301-441-2647; TTY 301-445-4512

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Wednesday, February 19, 10:15 am & 12 noon

William’s Adventure in Black History

Enjoy this brisk panorama of 400 years of black history in America, and meet some of the remarkable people who shaped our country. Audience members join historical figures onstage and experience important events and decisions as they travel into space with Mae Jemison and encourage Rosa Parks to stay in her seat. Recommended for grades pre-K-5 Tickets: $6/person; $5/person in groups of 15 or more Publick Playhouse 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784 301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312 Wednesday, February 19, 10 am-12 noon

Black History in Motion

Celebrate Black History Month with seniors from around the county with a historical journey highlighting the contributions of Africans and African Americans through musical and dance performances, poetry readings, spoken word and re-enactments. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.pgparks.com and click on the SMARTlink logo. Ages 60 & better; FREE Prince George’s Ballroom 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785 301-446-3400; TTY 301-446-3402 SMARTlink #1364367

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Thursday, February 20, 5-6 pm

African Mask Making

The creation of an African mask often tells a story about the ancestry and honor of the African heritage. Enjoy listening to authentic African music and learning about various African cultures while creating masks. Ages 5-12; FREE Deerfield Run Community Center 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel 20708 301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512

Friday, February 21, 9 am-6 pm; Saturday, February 22, 9 am-3 pm; & Sunday, February 23, 1-4 pm

Black History Museum at the Heights

Come out and enjoy artifacts, photos and other information about black history. Take a step back in time to see how black history impacts the present day. All ages; FREE Marlow Heights Community Center 2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights 20748 301-423-0505; TTY 301-203-6030 Friday, February 21, 9:30 am-12 noon

Exhibit: Going Home to A Place We Have Never Been

This Black History Month exhibit provides a deep context for significant milestones, examines the African American experience and celebrates the achievements of many African American individuals. Donald Conway will be the guest speaker. All ages; FREE Good Luck Community Center 8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham 20706 301-552-1093; TTY 301-445-4512

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Friday, February 21, 2:30-4:30 pm

African American Heritage Film Series

Join us for an afternoon screening of the1975Amercan drama film Cornbread, Earl and Me. All ages; FREE (Refreshments will be sold for a nominal fee.) Columbia Park Community Center 1901 Kent Village Drive, Landover 20785 301-341-3749; TTY 301-445-4512 Friday, February 21, 5 pm

African Dance, Storytelling and Drum Performance

Join us as we journey to Africa to celebrate the rich heritage of African dance and drum. The performance will culminate in our journey back to America where participants will experience the power of love, forgiveness and freedom through creative rhythm and song. All ages; FREE Beltsville Community Center 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville 20705 301-937-6613; TTY 301-445-4512 Friday, February 21, 6 pm

Discussion on the Impact of Sororities and Fraternities

Join us for a discussion on ways sororities and fraternities have impacted society over the years. At the end of the discussion, enjoy watching an entertaining step show demonstration. Prince George’s Ballroom; 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785 301-341-7439; TTY 301-446-6802 Friday, February 21, 7-9 pm

Black History Theatrical Play

Enjoy an evening at the theater and experience depictions of famous black leaders during the civil rights era.

All ages Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6 Indian Queen Recreation Center; 9551 Fort Foote Road, Fort Washington 20744 301-839-9597; TTY 301-203-6030 Friday, February 21, 7-9:30 pm Check-In: 7-7:45 pm • Activity Rotations: 7:45-9:30 pm

Xtreme Teens/Pre-Teens: African American History Scavenger Hunt and Trivial Pursuit

Put your thinking caps on and test your knowledge of African American history as you compete against teams from other community centers for bragging rights. Prizes will be awarded to the top history buffs. Pre-registration required by February 7 at any of the northern area Xtreme Teen sites. Ages 10-17; FREE Kentland Community Center; 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785 301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512

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Saturday, February 22, 9 am-4 pm

African American Family Day Festival

Enjoy African dance classes, workshops, performances, storytellers, crafts and more! Vendors will be on site selling a variety of reasonably-priced items. All ages; FREE admission (Call for vendor fees.) Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex; 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover 20785 301-583-2582; TTY 301-583-2483 Saturday, February 22, 9:30 am- 2:30 pm

Black History Tour

Spend the day exploring the milestones in black history that led to civil rights for African Americans. First stop will be African American Civil War Memorial and Museum for a tour on African American soldiers and their contribution to the Civil War. Next, enjoy lunch (to-go) at the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl. Seating is limited, so register in advance. Please register at your preferred pick-up location: North Brentwood Community Center, Prince George’s Plaza Community Center or Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center. All ages (Participants 16 & under must be accompanied by an adult.)

Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6 (Please bring extra money for lunch and souvenirs.)

North Brentwood Community Center 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood 20722 301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512 Saturday, February 22, 10 -11:30 am

African Adinkra Symbol Lecture & Demo

Did you know that some African cultures use symbolic images to communicate with each other? Learn about the Adinkra symbols and create artwork that incorporates the symbols that mean the most to you. Reservations are required by February 20. Ages 6-14; FREE Bladensburg Community Center; 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg 20710 301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512

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Saturday, February 22, 12:30-4 pm

3rd Annual Black History Gospel Tribute and Bazaar

Join us as we pay tribute to black history through music, poetry and dance. Vendors will be on site selling an assortment of jewelry, clothing, African art, fragrances and more. This event is being hosted by Stephen Decatur, Suitland, Upper Marlboro, and Patuxent Community Centers. All ages; FREE Stephen Decatur Community Center; 8200 Pinewood Drive, Clinton 20735 301-297-4648; TTY 301-203-6030 Saturday, February 22, 1-3 pm

Black Indians: A History

Join us for a viewing of “Black Indians: An American Story,” narrated by James Earl Jones. This 60-minute video examines the cultural and racial fusion of Native and African Americans. After the viewing, Aio Sifu, in full regalia, will discuss the history of black Indians, her personal life experiences, and answer questions. We will explore what brought these two groups together, what drove them apart, and what challenges they face today. Limited space; reservations are required. All ages; FREE Watkins Nature Center; 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774 301-218-6702; TTY 301-699-2544 Saturday, February 22, 1-8 pm

Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

Spend the day with us as we travel to Metro Stage in Alexandria for a stage play about Ella Fitzgerald. See how she went from a homeless street dancer to a winning vocalist at the Apollo Theater in Harlem at the age of 15. Dinner after the show is included. Transportation departs from Kentland Community Center at 1 pm. Reservations are required by February 8. Ages 18 & up Fee: Resident $80; Non-Resident $96 (Fee includes dinner after the show.) Kentland Community Center 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785 301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512 SMARTlink #1370517 Saturday, February 22, 3-5 pm

Prominent African Americans in Technology & Recreation

Take a walk through the ages as we explore prominent African Americans in technology and recreation. Witness the merging of historical and present achievements as we showcase our own youth’s accomplishments in science, technology, engineering, math, sports and the arts. All ages; FREE Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington 20744 301-749-4160; TTY 301-203-6030

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Saturday, February 22, 6-9 pm

Be’La Dona Celebration!

Join us for a freedom celebration! Enjoy dancing, stepping and the smooth sounds of the all-female band Be’La Dona. Come watch as we demonstrate the strength, pride and resiliency of black heritage. All ages Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6 Glenarden Community Center 615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden 20706 301-722-3151; TTY 301-218-6768 Saturday, February 22, 7-9 pm

Black Musical Explosion

Enjoy contemporary and traditional black music performed by various members of the community. All ages Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6 Potomac Landing Community Center 12500 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington 20744 301-292-9191; TTY 301-203-6030 Saturday, February 22, 7-9 pm

Harlem Nights III

The spirit of the Harlem Renaissance comes alive with a showcase of performances including acting, dancing, whirlwind poetry and live music! At the conclusion of the showcase, we’ll open the stage for a talent show. Auditions for the showcase will be held every Friday and Saturday in January and February from 7-10 pm. All ages; FREE Vansville Community Center 6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville 20708 301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512

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Sunday, February 23, 12 noon-3:30 pm

The Plummers’ Kitchen

Using the open hearth in the re-created dependency kitchen, the Riversdale Kitchen Guild demonstrates foods typical of the early 19th century African American residents of Riversdale. All ages Fee: $3/adult, $2/senior, $1/student, FREE/ages 4 & under (includes a guided tour of the historic house museum) Riversdale House Museum; 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park 20737 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544 Sunday, February 23, 1-3 pm

Remember the Titans

Come enjoy this classic Disney movie starring Denzel Washington.

All ages; FREE Langley Park Community Center; 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville 20783 301-445-4508; TTY 301-445-4512 Sunday, February 23, 2-4 pm

Changing the Face of a County: The Wayne K. Curry Story

Learn about the history of the first elected African American County Executive in Prince George’s County. Enjoy an exhibit that will be displayed from February 23-28, 7 am-9 pm daily. All ages; FREE Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington 20744 301-749-4160; TTY 301-203-6030

Sunday, February 23, 3 pm

Ridgeley Rosenwald

Come to the historic Ridgeley Rosenwald School for an awards ceremony honoring some of its former teachers and students. Senator Ulysees Currie will be the guest speaker. Built in 1927, Ridgeley School was one of 27 schools in Prince George’s County to receive assistance from the Rosenwald Fund. The segregated school served African American children living near Central Avenue until the 1950s. All ages; FREE Ridgeley Rosenwald School 8507 Central Avenue, Capitol Heights 20743 240-264-3415; TTY 301-699-2544

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Sunday, February 23, 3 pm

PRAISE Dance Festival Trip

Join us for a trip to the Publick Playhouse where noteworthy dance troupes from area churches present inspiring liturgical dance selections in this crowd-pleasing program. Transportation is provided and will depart from Berwyn Heights Community Center at 1 pm, returning by 5 pm. Registration and payment are required by February 14. All ages Fee: $15/person Berwyn Heights Community Center; 6200 Pontiac Street, Berwyn Heights 20740 301-345-2808; TTY 301-445-4512 Sunday, February 23, 4 pm

PRAISE Dance Festival

Enjoy watching noteworthy dance troupes from area churches present inspiring liturgical dance selections in this crowd-pleasing program. Tickets: $20/person; $15/seniors, students, or individuals in groups of 15 or more Publick Playhouse; 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784 301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312 Thursday, February 27, 10 am & 1 pm

Anansegromma of Ghana

Join us for a performance not to be forgotten! Using “call and response” songs, games and drum rhythms on authentic instruments, “royal elders” and native Ghanaians Kofi Dennis and Kwame Ansah-Brew present an exciting performance of traditional music, storytelling and dance. All ages; FREE 10 am performance: Brandywine Elementary School 14101 Brandywine Road, Brandywine 20613 1 pm performance: Baden Community Center 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine 20613 301-888-1500; TTY 301-203-6030

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Thursday, February 27, 5-6 pm

A Dramatic Performance

Join us for our annual dramatic performance featuring Kids’ Care participants. This event will celebrate civil rights milestones from emancipation to administration in Prince George’s County. All ages; FREE Deerfield Run Community Center 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel 20708 301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512 Thursday, February 27, 7-9 pm

No Longer Forgotten

What happens to African American children when they go missing? Are there differences in how missing cases are handled according to race? Is the legal system treating black youth any differently today than they did with the Scottsboro Nine, Emmett Till, Jena Six, or Trayvon Martin cases? Join us in an exhibition and open discussion about the disparities in color and demographics in keeping black youth safe and guided. Ages 18 & up; FREE Newton White Mansion; 2708 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville 20721 301-249-2004; 301-446-6802 Thursday, February 27, 7-9 pm

Xtreme Teens: On the Road to College

Join us for an informative presentation highlighting opportunities to ensure success at college. A panel from Prince George’s Community College will discuss support systems and programs for minority students to secure admission, accomplishment and graduation. Ages 11-17; FREE South Bowie Community Center; 1771 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie 301-243-1622; TTY 301-218-6768

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Friday, February 28, 12 noon & Saturday, March 1, 11 am

Sunjata Kamalenya

Thirteenth century Mali comes to life as both actors and audience tell the story of Sunjata Keita, a young boy who is destined to save his people. Traditional music, costumes, and scenery create a fascinating world where this timeless tale of personal struggle, family love and community is depicted. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Tickets: $10/person; $8/person in groups of 15 or more Publick Playhouse 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784 301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312 Friday, February 28, 6-9 pm

African American Heroes & Advocates Costume Contest

Come dressed as one of your favorite historic heroes and give a speech or share a story as it relates to the civil rights movement. Awards will be given to best dressed and most enthusiastic speech! A night of fun for the whole family! All ages; FREE Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover 20785 301-583-2582; TTY 301-583-2483 Friday, February 28, 7-8:30 pm

Black History Video Journal

Participants will create a video journal about civil rights milestones – from emancipation to the presidency. Ages 10 & up; FREE Cedar Heights Community Center 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant 301-773-8881; TTY 301-218-6768 Sunday, March 2, 5-7 pm

Black History Concert

Join us as we conclude our Black History Month festivities with an inaugural Community Choir concert. The performance will celebrate the triumphant heritage of African Americans by bringing together singers from all backgrounds, through the rich tradition of Negro spirituals and the energy of Gospel music. The Community Choir will have the distinction of singing with gospel recording artist VaShawn Mitchell as his background choir. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Dekelboum Concert Hall University of Maryland, College Park 20742 301-405-1244; TTY 301-446-6802

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The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation. PPC PR-PAMD-12/13

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

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