Celebrate Black History Month in February

February is Black History Month, which is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and is a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.  Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

In celebration of this month, there are numerous events organized by city for all people of all ages to enjoy and pay tribute to the African American heritage and culture.

“Black History Month is an important celebration to raise public awareness and reecho the contributions of African Americans in the development of the United States and the world in general,” said Carolyn Walls, the Circulation Manager for the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.  “It is, also, so valuable for today’s youth to understand not only recent history, but also the past, to be able to value the plight of the fore-fathers to advance to what it is today.”

Hickory Parks and Recreation Department:

Brown-Penn Recreation Center is hosting a Black History Month Contest.  Youth ages 5-15 come dressed as someone that inspires them on Tuesday, February 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Contact Curt Jones, Recreation Programmer, at (828)328-4890 for details.

Join the Ridgeview Recreation Center for dancing, singing, poetry, theater and storytelling on Saturday, February 18 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Additionally, Friday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. is the Black History Quiz Bowl, “Family Feud” style.  Teams will be divided into “families” on the day of the event.  Churches, groups and any other civic organizations are encouraged to sign up by Friday, February 17.  Youth ages 13-18 are welcome to participate.  Trophies will be awarded.  Contact Andrea Nixon, Recreation Programmer, at (828)324-8007, for additional details.

Hickory Public Library:

Hickory Public Library invites children to a special event to commemorate Black History Month. Bright Star Children’s Theatre from Hendersonville will present “Harriet Tubman,” a brand new theater production for 2012. The free performance is Monday, February 20 at 4:30 p.m. at Ridgeview Branch Library.  The program is recommended for school age children and adults.

The most famous conductor on America’s Underground Railroad is celebrated in this historically accurate and inspiring production. Join Ms. Tubman as she makes her own daring escape from slavery and works to help some 300 people make their way to freedom. Her empowering story provides young audiences with an American hero deserving of their admiration. In the face of great challenges she found the courage within herself to heroically stand up for her beliefs and make America a better place in the process.

Bright Star Children’s Theatre was co-founded by David Ostergaard and Karri Brantley to provide high caliber, professional theatre to young people, while offering educational works in an entertaining atmosphere. Today the company serves almost 100,000 young people annually with professional, interactive productions that are entirely written and created by the company itself.  Shows are seen in professional theatres, libraries, museums and schools from Detroit to Atlanta, Indianapolis to Washington DC and every state in between.  The company has also expanded to offer a variety of residency programs, acting classes and theatre workshops.

Ridgeview Branch Library is located at 706 1st Street SW.  For information call (828)345-6037.

Also, stop by the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library at 375 3rd Street NE to view their Black History Month display in the rotunda.

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