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Black History Month events

Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to United States history. Created in 1926 as a week-long celebration by African American historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson, it expanded to a month-long series of events in 1976. The National Black History Month theme for 2019 is "Black Migrations


Race & Rights in Antebellum America
Discover the story of African American activists' long fight to gain US citizenship with Dr. Martha S. Jones, author of Birthright Citizens: Race and Rights in Antebellum America. Dr. Jones shows how when the 14th Amendment constitutionalized the birthright principle, the aspirations of black Americans were realized.
Minnesota History Center
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 10 AM  
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States of Incarceration Conversations: Reflective Circle
Join activists and people who have experienced incarceration for a conversation series about mass incarceration in Minnesota and the US. On Feb. 5, view the exhibit and then join a reflective circle led by People of Color Restorative Practices Collective. The circle will be a safe space to engage in dialogue with others regarding thoughts and emotions after viewing the exhibit.
Minnesota History Center
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 7 PM 
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"Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami" Film Screening
Watch a different thought-provoking film and engage in community discussion afterward around topics in history that resonate today. In February, view the 2017 film Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami about the iconic singer and actress.
Capri Theater 
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 7 PM 
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Black History Month celebration
Brooklyn Park Cities United Program presents its annual Black History Month event to improve the understanding of black history; to make a more inclusive community; and to gain young people’s views on current events. It will include a welcome from Brooklyn Park Mayor Lunde; opening remarks by Anthony Smith, National Executive Director for Cities United; and performances by young people and local artists. This year's theme is “United Leaders for Change.” 
Feb. 8, 2019, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  
North Hennepin Community College
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National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID)
National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) is a day for parents to come to their child's school, see what their day is like and to support their child's educational future. 
Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 
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“Touching Hearts While Healing Mine”
In the “Speaking Truth to Power: Reconciling and Healing Series,” Bettie Mae Fikes, a gospel and blues singer who was also jailed for protesting the voting rights struggle, presents “Touching Hearts while Healing Mine.” The program is an evening of storytelling and songs about the Civil Rights Movement. The event also features the Wayman, A.M.E. Church Men’s Profit of Praise group; Batume Gingery, a jazz drummer; and Pierre Lewis, the keyboardist for the Commodores and a former member of The Family and Flyte Tyme (which later became The Time). 
Feb. 20, 2019, 6 to 8 p.m.  
Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota
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“Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad”
The production of the Virginia Reparatory Theatre is an adaptation of the book and lyrics of Douglas Jones that features music by Ron Barnett. Plot: Musical tribute to the woman who freed herself and hundreds of others from slavery. 
Feb. 20, 2019, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  
Page Theatre at St. Mary’s University
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“African Heritage Day on the Hill” 
The Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage (CMAH) is joining forces with the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) to host their rally and visits with lawmakers. Come out and hear from elected officials of African heritage as we advance our vision in Minnesota together. 
Feb. 26, 2019 
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Author Talk: Shannon Gibney
Black history honored here! Gibney is a university professor whose novel, “See No Color,” drawn from her life as a transracial adoptee, won a Minnesota Book Award. Her second novel, “Dream Country,” is a tapestry of family, sacrifice and dreams.  
Feb. 28, 2019, 6 to 7:30 p.m.  
Hennepin County Library, Brooklyn Park
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“Minnesota Fine Black Fine Art Show”
The inaugural exhibit of the art of Minnesotans who identify as Black, African or African American. The exhibit, which is in collaboration with Obsidian Arts in Minneapolis, will be displayed for nine weeks. 
Through March 2019 
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