Tuesday, February 1, 2011

African American History Month Events in Durham

February is African American History month and Durham has a lot of history to share. Home to many African-American historic sites, Durham citizens have made tremendous contributions to the state and nation. Download the African-American Heritage Guide, produced by the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, to learn more.

There are lots of events going on around Durham so make your plans and visit www.facebook.com/mydurham to see what others are doing. In honor of African-American History Month, The Hayti Heritage Center will host these events.

Feb. 4- March 31, African American Quilt Circle bi-annual exhibition “Reflections”. Opening reception with light refreshments and entertainment by The Baron Tymas Trio, February 4 at 6pm. Public Invited (FREE)

February 6, Dolan Perkins Valdez, Meet the Author of WENCH, Co-Sponsored by Durham Public Library, 3:00pm (FREE)

February 10, “Jazz Then and Now” a public conversation between Branford Marsalis and Jazz Loft Project Director, Sam Stephenson. 7:00pm. Co-Sponsored by the Nasher Museum (FREE)

February 13, 8th Annual Valentine’s Jazz Festival features pre-concert talk by Jimmy Heath at 3:00pm; concert featuring Duke, NCCU and UNC, join John Brown, Ira Wiggins and Kim Ketch with Jimmy Heath at 4:00pm. (Ticketed event)

February 17 – 20, 17th Annual Hayti Heritage Film Festival; Community Day Film Screening February 17 of “Waiting for Superman” at 6:30pm and panel discussion (FREE). Festival continues February18-20, check website for film schedule, workshops and special guest. (Ticketed event) http://www.haytifilmfest.org/

February 18, Jambalaya Soul Slam's 7th annual Erotic Poetry Slam featuring Dani - doors open at 11pm and the show starts 12:00 midnight (For mature audience only) (Ticketed event)

February 19, Jambalaya Slam Academy's writing and performance workshop facilitated by national spoken word artists. 11am-1pm Registration required (ticketed event) limited space available.

February 28, African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Justice: a Community Forum features Professor Phil Rubio and others. Co-Sponsored by Durham Public Library, 3:00pm (FREE)

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