February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

The 2014 Black History Month Theme: Civil Rights in America

Black History Month was founded by The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, ASALH has selected “Civil Rights in America” as this year’s Black History Month Theme. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Commissioner Kevin Lindsey to speak at three Black History Month events

Commissioner Kevin Lindsey will be speaking at three events this month to celebrate Black History Month.

Black History Month for Washington County

On February 14, 2014 Commissioner Lindsey will be addressing the disparities in employment, corrections, education and health for African Americans and other groups of color at a private event hosted by Washington County Community Service and Corrections Departments.

African-American Veterans Contribution to Civil Rights in America

Commissioner Lindsey will be honoring and recognizing African American’s and black veteran’s contributions and significant events during the Civil Rights Era. This is a public event hosted by the Minnesota National Guard and Metro State University. It will take place on February 14, 2014, from 1 to 3 p.m. It is located at Metro State University, Great Hall, 700 East 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55106.

Black Baseball in Minneapolis and the Beginning of the MN Twins

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission, along with Commissioner Lindsey and other notable guests, will be celebrating Black History Month through the love of baseball and the Minnesota Twins at a public event. The event will take place on February 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. It is located at the Bloomington Civic Plaza at 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 5543.

Black History Month Events

History HiJinx: Black History Month

When: February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23, 2014, from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center
What: Explore the Minnesota's Greatest Generation exhibit and learn about Harold Brown, a WWII Tuskegee airman. Try on a parachute pack and make a model aircraft. For more information visit Minnesota History Center.

The Ballad of Emmett Till, by Ifa Bayeza and directed by Talvin Wilks

When: February 8 – March 2, 2014
Where: Penumbra Theatre Company
What: The Ballad of Emmett Till introduces you to Emmett Till and celebrates his life through the eyes of those who loved him and knew him best. As his mother said, her son was "the sacrificial lamb of the Civil Rights Movement." Visit Penumbra for tickets and more information.

Restoring Our Hidden Legacy - Panel Discussion

When: February 8, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Shiloh Temple, 1201 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN
What: Confirmed panelists include Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati, professor emeritus, Macalester College; Professor Shannon Gibney, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, V.J. Smith, national president of Mad Dads and Al McFarlane, Editor-In-Chief, Insight News. The panel will be moderated by pastor and journalist Les Lester.

African Americans in Ports and Waterways

When: February 13, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center
What: The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Historical Society team up to present a focusing on African Americans in transportation. For more information, visit Minnesota History Center.

Rondo: An Enduring Legacy - Celebrating the Past; Embracing the Future

Three February Events presented by the Saint Paul / Ramsey County 2014 African American History Month Committee:

When: February 14, 2014, noon - 1 p.m.
Where: St. Paul City Hall/Courthouse, Lower Level – Room 40 A&B
Master of Ceremonies: Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter. Speakers: Marvin Anderson, Co-Founder of Rondo Days Celebration, “I Remember Rondo” and Ben Mchie, African American Registry, “Preserving Memories of Saint Paul”

When: February 21, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Where: St. Paul City Hall/Courthouse, Lower Level – Room 40 A&B
What: Master of Ceremonies: Ramsey County Workforce Solutions Director Patricia Brady.
Speaker: Debbie Montgomery, “March from Selma to Montgomery”

When: February 28, 2014, Lunch 11:30 a.m. - Noon,
Program noon - 1 p.m.

Where: Ramsey County Government Center
What: Master of Ceremonies: Deputy Mayor Paul Williams.
Proclamations: Mayor Chris Coleman, City Council President Kathy Lantry, Ramsey County Board of Commissioners Chair Jim McDonough.
Performance By: Saint Paul Public Schools African American Male Initiative, “We’re Honoring a Legacy.”
Speaker: Daniel Bergin, Documentary Filmmaker, Twin Cities Public Television, “The Power of Storytelling: A Pathway to the Future.”
For more information on these other other events: http://www.spotlightsaintpaul.com/2014/02/african-american-history-month-events.html

"The Racial Divide during the Harlem Renaissance"

When: February 18, 2014, at 7 p.m.
Where: Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN
What: Noted author and cultural historian Carla Kaplan will speak about the African-American cultural impact on the 1920s. For more information, visit Open Book.

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