The January outreach collection will support the Black History Month Banner Project in its second year, being spearheaded by Tina Klein and Lynn Wentzel. This year eight additional African Americans were selected to be honored, making 16 in total; all have local, regional or state ties. The artwork for the banners is beautiful, and all will be on display around the Common for the month of February. Companion programming, where you can learn more about a few of the people being honored, includes a kick-off celebration, lectures from two winning historian and authors, and a movie showing. Your contribution will go toward the design and printing costs for the banners, and honorariums for musicians and lecturers.
All four events are free, open to the public, and will be held in the Worden Theater at the Historical Society’s Stevens Center on the Common. Reservations are recommended because space in the theater is limited. Details will be shared in future editions of the eNews but for now you can save these dates:
Thursday, Feb 2 at 6:30 PM – Kickoff including musical performance by Choral Majority
Sunday, Feb 5 at 3:00 PM – Lecture by Dr. Cheryl Townsend-Gilkes focused on Josephine Ruffin and Phillis Wheatley
Wednesday, Feb 15 at 7 PM – Lecture by Dr. Kerri Greenidge focused on the Grimkes and Charlotte Forten
Thursday, Feb 23 at 6:30 PM – Movie showing. Details to follow.