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Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort.

By the time of Woodson’s death in 1950, Negro History Week had become a central part of African American life and substantial progress had been made in bringing more Americans to appreciate the celebration. At mid–century, mayors of cities nationwide issued proclamations noting Negro History Week. The Black Awakening of the 1960s dramatically expanded the consciousness of African Americans about the importance of black history, and the Civil Rights movement focused Americans of all color on the subject of the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.     

Upcoming Events / 2017 Spring

Black History Month

Screening of Moonlight

Friday  |  02 / 24  |  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  |  TBA

 

This drama charts the life of a black gay youth named Chiron as he grows up in a rough neighborhood in Miami. In the first segment, Chiron is a ten-year-old nicknamed "Little" (Alex Hibbert) who is taken in by a kindhearted Cuban drug dealer (Mahershala Ali) and his girlfriend (Janelle Monáe). In the middle installment, a teenage Chiron (Ashton Sanders) explores his sexuality as he falls in love with a close friend. The final chapter follows Chiron in his twenties (Trevante Rhodes) as he reconnects with faces from his past. Directed by Barry Jenkins, Moonlight was adapted from a short play called In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Author: Jack Rodgers 

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Screening of Moonlight

Friday  |  02 / 24  |  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  |  TBA

 

This drama charts the life of a black gay youth named Chiron as he grows up in a rough neighborhood in Miami. In the first segment, Chiron is a ten-year-old nicknamed "Little" (Alex Hibbert) who is taken in by a kindhearted Cuban drug dealer (Mahershala Ali) and his girlfriend (Janelle Monáe). In the middle installment, a teenage Chiron (Ashton Sanders) explores his sexuality as he falls in love with a close friend. The final chapter follows Chiron in his twenties (Trevante Rhodes) as he reconnects with faces from his past. Directed by Barry Jenkins, Moonlight was adapted from a short play called In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Author: Jack Rodgers 

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Ovation & Conversation with Christina Bevilacqua

Sunday  |  02 / 12  |  4:00 pm  |  Trinity Repertory Company

 

Trinity Repertory Company has been hosting The Mountaintop and we're excited to promote Ovation & Conversation with Christina Bevilacqua.

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22nd Annual Langston Hughes Poetry Reading and live Jazz Accompaniment

Sunday  |  02 / 05  |  1:00 pm - 4:30 pm  |  RISD Museum

 

Langston Hughes’s poems, dating from the Harlem Renaissance through the 1960’s, continue to resonate today. As we commemorate 50 years since Hughes’s passing, members of the community will read these powerful, poignant, and sometimes amusing works aloud, accompanied by the Daniel Ian Smith jazz trio. The reading is coordinated by Anne Edmonds Clanton.

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