Well, here we go! As usual, there’s a plethora of events scheduled during February — Black History Month. Unfortunately, with so many events planned in one short month, this means audiences are sometimes small, but we still manage to have a good time.
People simply can’t get to everything and often complain that they would attend more events if things were spread out during the whole 12-month year and not smack dab in the middle of winter. Anyway, here ‘s the short list of some I plan to attend:
The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey is kicking off this month with a new exhibit centered around Rosa Parks because of the new postage stamp in her honor. Her niece is scheduled to speak on Saturday, Feb. 9, between 2-5pm. Also included in this program is a collection of African-American newspapers from the Sankofa Archives, entitled “From Enslavement to Emancipation and Beyond.” The featured visual artist is Glynnis Reed, whose works are titled, “Visions from the New California.”
The Atlantic City Free Public Library’s Black History Month exhibit called “The Atlantic City Experience: Magic of Kentucky Avenue” is showcasing 40 images from its collection, which will be on display at least until Sunday, Feb. 10.
Stockton’s Noyes Museum is having a basket-weaving workshop on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10:30am to 12:30pm (registration fee required) after its Friday night opening reception that features, among others, African-American artist/illustrator E.B. Lewis. I can’t wait to see his works at the Noyes after admiring his work in many children’s books over the years.
Ray Tyler will host After Dark at the Showboat on Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 6pm. Along with featured artists, there will be an open-mike segment for anyone who recites, raps, sings, plays an instrument or wants to tell a joke or two. A $10 donation is requested to support Ray’s Little Wellness Arts Center (as a side note, this is also Ray’s birthday celebration).
Stay tuned for more!
Everyone in attendance agreed that the talent was spectacular and often informative, and we’re all looking forward to next year’s event.
Despite being known for his sometimes racist attitudes, his 'American Bandstand' show was one of the first to have racially integrated dancers and studio audiences.
Great things can happen when the City, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and others work together, and the 2012 Winter Wonderland last Saturday (Dec. 15) at the Atlantic City Convention Center was evidence of this.
FEMA even hired local residents to help out with the pick-up. One day, I saw at least 15 young people following Department of Public Works trucks because regular employees could not keep up with the amount of flood-damaged goods.
Jacob Lawrence Day in Atlantic City
Helping Atlantic City's Homeless