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Black History Month events to check out this week

A woman sits at a table with a laptop, a stack of genealogy books, and a potted plant.
Genealogist Mica Anders offers a free introductory genealogy workshop on Feb 22 at the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery. (Photo courtesy of MAAHMG)

Black History Month is a time set aside to acknowledge the significant influence of Black people on US history and culture. And there are a LOT of events to choose from this month. We’re breaking it down week by week, sharing some of the most promising offerings in the Twin Cities. 

“The Sound of Gospel” returns to the stage 2024 for Black History Month at The Cowles Center. This musical anthology depicts the richness of Gospel music – featuring work and freedom songs, ring shouts, Negro spirituals, choirs and quartets, as well as today’s contemporary and urban gospel.  The shows are presented by 2nd Chance Outreach, a nonprofit dedicated to “Using Art to Transform” individuals and communities. Performances take place February 16 - 18, at the Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts.

Explore African and African American folktales and the tradition of storytelling in the African American community with Master Storyteller Kristie Lazenberry. This event takes place February 17 at 10am at the Washburn Library. 

Author Sideena Grace will read her book, Adventures with Sideena, ABC’s in Space, illustrated by Roo Taylor. The book takes participants on a cosmic journey to space with captivating rhymes and mesmerizing illustrations. Author Sideena Grace is both an engineer and a scientist, and her goal is to inspire interest in STEAM education. This event takes place February 17 at 11:30 - 12:30pm, at the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery.

Come and discover the stories of your African American ancestors in this genealogy workshop with professional genealogist Mica L. Anders. Anders will introduce you to tools you can use to begin your family history journey, highlight unique African American sources, and empower you to uncover your family’s stories and honor their legacy. This event takes place on February 22, 6-8pm, at the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery.

Join the “Humanize My Hoodie” gallery reception at North Regional Library on Feb 22 at 6pm, followed by a documentary screening and Q&A. Both the photo exhibit and the documentary center around the stigma associated with race and certain types of clothing. The exhibit runs through March 6.

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