The month of February recognizes the history of African Americans in America. Black History Month began in 1926 when Dr. Carter Woodson let a crusade to not only recognize black history, but bring it into the mainstream's consciousness. Celebrating Black History Month is easy in our area, with many events offerend from Palm Beach to Miami-Dade Counties.
CELEBRATE BALCK HISTORY MONTH AT FORT MOSE DAY
Feb. 23, 7 p.m. South Broward High School Auditorium, 1901 N. Federal Highway, Hollywood. A musical by Tom Stolz, tracing gospel queen Mahalia Jackson's life from impoverished beginnings in New Orleans to a life or wealth. Free. 954-921-3404
ONE HEART, ONE VOICE
Feb. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, 10:30 a.m. Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches, 1200 S. Congress Ave. #36, West Palm Beach. A multicultural hand puppet musical featuring the African/American, Hispanic, and Haitian cultures. An alien from the planet Blah cannot understand how people that are so different can get along. 561-967-3231
THE DIASPORA EXPERIENCE: SALUTING BLACK HISTORY
Feb. 8, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Feb. 10, 9 a.m. - noon. ArtServe Gallery, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. All artists are encouraged to participate in this unique opportunity to celebrate Black history. Artwork in any media that depicts African American or Black history, culture and/or heroes is welcome. Prizes will be awarded. Details and entry forms are available. Works may be dropped off Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 954-462-8190
BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION
Feb. 7 - 9, 3-5 p.m. Lafayette Hart Park, 2851 N.W. Eighth Rd., Fort Lauderdale. Participants can watch a video on the history of famous Black Americans. Ages 6 to 17. Free. 954-791-1041.
GATHERING OF KUUMBA - THE 7TH ANNUAL EXHIBIT
Through March 18. Cornell Museum of Art & History at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Features two and three- dimensional artwork in a variety of media by 10 local African-American, Haitian and Caribbean artists. Adults, $6; seniors and students (14-21), $4; members and children 13 and under, free. Delray Beach residents receive free admission the first Sunday each month from through April with proof of residency. 561-243-7922 or www.oldschool.org
THE EVOLUTION OF THE BLACK FAMILY
Through February. Miramar Town Center lobby, 2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar. The photographer is Shedrick Dixon, a native Floridian. The art exhibit. Free.
AFRICAN AMERICAN PORTRAIT GALLERY: DISCOVERYING TIMELESS HEROES
Feb. 9, 11 a.m.; Feb. 10, 2 p.m. African American Research Library, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. An interactive one man show, starring Larry Robinson, which brings Black History to life for people of all ages and races. Free. 954-893-0123 or www.WorldArtsNow.com
TASTE OF THE DIASPORA
Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Joseph Caleb Auditorium, 5400 NW 22 Ave., Miami. Along with the weekly film series in honor of Black History Month, participants have the opportunity to sample cuisine from Africa, the West Indies, and the Caribbean. Adults, $20; children (ages 12 and under), $10. 305-636-2350