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Black History Month in Baltimore 2013


In honor of Black History Month, Baltimore will honor several of the visionary African American men and women who helped shape the nation. Pay tribute to jazz singer Billie Holiday, social reformer Frederick Douglass, female abolitionist Harriet Tubman, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and many more during these special Black History Month events and exhibitions.

The Mountaintop
Through February 24, 2013
Center Stage, 700 North Calvert St.
In this theater production by Katori Hall, Dr. Martin Luther King's final night at the Lorraine Motel is re-imagined with some help of a made-up character, a hotel maid who ends up being exceptional in her own right. The play makes it's premiere in Baltimore under the directorial leadership of Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Defining Moments: An Exhibition of Works by Bryan Collier
Through May 26, 2013
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St.
Award-winning children's book illustrator Bryan Collier, a Maryland native, infuses both watercolors and collage. His published works, some of which are on display at the museum, include books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Rosa Parks; and Barack Obama. MORE: Exhibitions happening now at Baltimore museums

Black History Month at the B&O
Friday, February 1 through Thursday, February 28, 2013
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt St.
A new exhibition at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum celebrates the contribution of African Americans to the railroad industry and explores how significant social issues, such as segregation, affected railroading.

Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond
Friday, February 1 through Saturday, March 1, 2014
Geppi's Entertainment Museum, 301 W. Camden St.
This exhibition looks at the innovations that came from or were influenced by African Americans. In typical Geppi's Entertainment Style, the exhibition will closely follow comic books, superheroes, and other facets of popular culture.

Black Sailors in Navy Blue
Saturday, February 2 through Sunday, February 24, 2013
U.S.S. Constellation, Pier 1, Inner Harbor
Sailors of African descent are the subject of a new walking tour on board the U.S.S. Constellation, a historic ship docked in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Thousands of African Americans enlisted in the navy during the Civil War, so many that by the last year of the war 20 percent of the Union enlistments were black. Tours are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays throughout February 2013 and by appointment throughout the rest of the year.

Preach! New Works by Jeffrey Kent
Thursday, February 7 through Sunday, March 31, 2013
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames St.
Baltimore-based artist Jeffrey Kent uses painting, collage, sculpture, and more to draw parallels between the Civil Rights Movement and the ongoing debate over marriage equality in the United States. Specifically, the artist critiques the black Christian community's stance on gay marriage.

African American Family Festival
Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum will celebrate the music and culture of Africa. Activities will include performances, art activities, a musical instrument workshop, and the creation of a community orchestra.

Musical Roots: From Africa to America (Music for Youth)
Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform two concerts that uncover the influence of African drumbeats, moving spirituals, and ragtime on orchestral music. Music will include work by Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, Steve Reich, and more.

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