Black History Month events


“More than a Month”-  Feb.  21, 7pm
Filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman sets off on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.  His tongue-in-cheek journey explores the complexity and contradictions of relegating an entire group’s history to one month in a so-called post-racial America.  A discussion will follow the film.  Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Ave.

Highland Park Book Club –  Feb.  22, 6:45pm
Join the Highland Park Book Club for a discussion of Walter Mosley’s book, “Known to Evil.” Highland Park Library, 1974 Ford Parkway
“Walking in the Footsteps of Gordon Parks: Preserving His Legacy”   February 24, 11:30am-1pm (Program 12 to 1pm, Lunch from 11:30am to 12pm)

  • Robin Hickman “Walking in the Footsteps of Gordon Parks: Preserving His Legacy”  
  • Niece of Gordon Parks, Robin Hickman is the CEO and Executive Producer of SoulTouch Productions, a television and film production, youth mentorship and media consulting company, with a mission to make meaningful media and produce powerful social impact experiences.
  • Opening Remarks by Mayor Chris Coleman.
  • Proclamations by Mayor Chris Coleman, Council President Kathy Lantry, and Ramsey County Commission Chair Rafael Ortega.
  • Master of Ceremonies: Deputy Mayor Paul Williams.
  • Lunch will be catered by Abundant Catering.  The cost of lunch is $10 and is served on a first-come, first-serve from 11:30 to 12:00 (February 24th only).

@ City Hall/Courthouse – 15 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN (Lower Level – Room 40 A & B

Book Discussion  – Feb. 25, 2pm
Continue the discussion of Walter Mosley’s work with a conversation about his recent nonfiction title: “Twelve Steps toward Political Revelation.” Arlington Hills Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street

Bareedina/Beauty – Feb 25&26
Celebrating the strength of Oromo women of Ethiopia through art.
This photography exhibition and cultural presentation showcases Oromo women from the Horn of Africa. It is a testament to the ways these women cultivate beauty despite great challenges in their lives. Open house: 1-4pm/Program 2-3pm Feb. 25&26 @ Augsburg College Foss Center – 625 22nd Ave S Mpls. Donation is encouraged to help develop a film documentary on the outstanding resiliency of these women.

Lou and Sarah Bellamy – Feb.  26, 2pm
Join Lou Bellamy, artistic director of Penumbra Theater, and Sarah Bellamy, Education Director, for a page-to-stage discussion of the upcoming production “The Amen Corner,” by James Baldwin.  Also, actors from the company will present brief excerpts. Central Library. 90 W. Fourth St.

“The Help” Screening, With Critical Dialogue – Feb 28
The African American & African Studies department at the University of Minnesota is sponsoring a screening of the film “The Help”. The screening will be followed by a critical discussion of the film with Professor Duchess Harris (Macalester College) and storyteller Rose McGee, with moderator Rose Brewer, professor of African American studies at the U of M. Tue., Feb. 28, 6pm @ Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S, University of Minnesota west bank. FFI: 612-624-9847.

‘Who am I…Who is We? A Portrait of TAWU’ – Thru. Feb. 28
This exhibit by the Obsidian Arts group The Artist Within Us (TAWU) reflects the inner visions and perspectives via self-portraits of artists of color. The display includes paintings, illustrations, photography, textiles, sculpture and jewelry. Obsidian Arts invites the public to join in an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 10, 6–8pm at the Hennepin Gallery. Free and open to the public Mon.-Fri., 7:30am–6pm, at the Hennepin County Government Center, A Level, 300 S. 6th St., Mpls.