published Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Black History Month schedule of events

FEB. 1-26

* Black History Month exhibit, Cleveland State Community College library, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, free, slavery artifacts on loan from Bessie Smith Cultural Center. 472-7141.

FEB. 1

* Stogie Kenyatta's one-man stage show, UTC Multicultural Center, 8 p.m., free, "The World Is My Home -- The Life of Paul Robeson."

FEB. 2

* "Eyes on the Prize" series, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 M.L. King Blvd., noon every Tuesday and Thursday in February, free, bring sack lunch and view 14-hour television series narrated by Julian Bond highlighting major events of the civil rights movement.

* "Independent Lens: Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness," WTCI (Comcast channel 5), 11:30 p.m., program examines the legacy of Melville Herskovits, a Jewish anthropologist whose writings challenged assumptions about race and culture.

FEB. 2-3

* Brown Bag Movie Series, Living Heritage Museum, Athens, Tenn., 12:15 p.m., free, bring sack lunch and view two-part "Black Diamonds, Blues City," the story of the Negro League and Memphis Red Sox. 423-745-0329.

FEB. 3

* Panel discussion on the Civil Rights Movement, Chattanooga State Community College, Humanities Auditorium, 10 a.m., free, local citizens involved in 1960s protests lead "Chattanooga Sit-Ins: Understanding the Experience From Those Who Were There." 697-2482.

FEB. 4

* Artist Talk with Kevin Okeith, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd., 6 p.m., free, Okeith's love of art and John Coltrane's jazz inspired his first solo exhibition, "Love Supreme," which is on display until Feb. 20. Register by calling 266-8658.

* Author Delatorro McNeal II, Southern Adventist University's Black History Convocation, Iles P.E. Center, 11 a.m., free. 236-2814.

* Jazz and poetry night, UTC Multicultural Center, 8 p.m., free, sponsored by UTC Theater and Performance Society.

FEB. 5

* African American Heritage Vespers, Collegedale Adventist Church, 8 p.m., sponsored by Southern Adventist University, speaker is Seth Yelorda of Orchard Park Adventist Church. 236-2814.

* Soul Cinema Series, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 M.L. King Blvd., 7:30 p.m. to midnight, $10, "Cadillac Records" starring Beyoncé and Adrien Brody, for ages 18 and older; dance party after movie. 266-8658.

FEB. 8

* "Blackout: State of Emergency," UTC University Center auditorium, 7 p.m., free, sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and UTC Chapter of NAACP.

FEB. 9

* Tennessee State NAACP Legislative Day on the Hill in Nashville, sponsored by Chattanooga-Hamilton County Branch of NAACP. Anyone interested in attending should call 432-9776.

FEB. 10

* Brown Bag Movie Series, Living Heritage Museum, Athens, Tenn., 12:15 p.m., free, bring sack lunch and watch "Gandy Dancers: Last of Southern Black Railroad Crews," program explores relationship between work chants, synchronized actions and physical labor. 423-745-0329.

FEB. 10-MARCH 3

* "Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.," WTCI (Comcast channel 5), 8 p.m., each Wednesday the Harvard scholar follows his guests' lives back to their earliest origins.

FEB. 11

* Contemporary Black Artist Video Night, Cleveland State Community College, Johnson Cultural Heritage Center, 6-7:30 p.m., free, artists Kara Walker, Fred Wilson, Carrie May Weems and Mark Bradford featured in PBS series Art:21. 472-7141, ext. 431.

* "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement," WTCI (Comcast Channel 5), 11 p.m., President and Mrs. Barack Obama host a concert in honor of Black History Month.

* Sex for Chocolates, UTC Multicultural Center, 8:20 p.m., free, program focuses on campus statistics regarding sexually transmitted diseases, sponsored by Zeta Iota chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

FEB. 12

* Agape Café, UTC Multicultural Center, 6 p.m., free, sponsored by L.H. Mason Singers.

* Black History Tour, Tyner-East Brainerd Recreation Center, 6900 Ty-Hi Drive, 1 p.m., Al Cantrell takes high school students on field trip to locations that relate to area's black heritage. 855-2664.

n Love Groove, Loose Cannon Studio, 1800 Rossville Ave., 8 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 at the door, poetry and jazz event sponsored by Rhyme N Chatt, featuring Puresound jazz band. Reserve tickets at 544-1597.

* Smooth Grooves, Loose Cannon Studio, 1800 Rossville Ave., 4 p.m., $5, poetry, song and dance for teens presented by Rhyme N Chatt, featuring 4Js, Sincere, Alicia Love, Marcus & Blake and a live jazz band. Reserve tickets at 544-1597.

* Soul Cinema Series, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 M.L. King Blvd., 7:30 p.m. to midnight, $10, for ages 18 and older, view "Dream Girls," dance party after movie. 266-8658.

FEB. 12-28

* "Miss Evers' Boys," Loose Cannon Studio, 1800 Rossville Blvd., 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. Sundays, $18 adults, $16 students and senior adults, $20 at the door. Destiny Theatre Company presents story of the Tuskegee Experiment.

FEB. 13

* Black History Banquet, Second Missionary Baptist Church, 2305 E. Third St., 6 p.m., $15, Darrell Freeman is speaker. Call 624-9097 for reservations.

FEB. 14

* "Bill Cosby: The Mark Twain Prize." WTCI (Comcast channel 5), 10:30 p.m., an A-list cast of comedians salutes Bill Cosby, 12th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

* Simmons-O'Neal Memorial Concert, Greater Friendship Primitive Baptist Church, 1208 Glenwood Drive, 3:30 p.m., concert in memory of two music educators and directors presented by Chattanooga Boys Choir and Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song, free.

FEB. 14-28

* "The Civil War," WTCI (Comcast channel 5), each Sunday at 2 p.m., Ken Burns' documentary with digitally enhanced images and new stereo sound.

FEB. 15-16

* Brown Bag Movie Series, Living Heritage Museum, Athens, Tenn., 12:15 p.m., free, bring sack lunch to watch two-part "Freedom on My Mind," which examines the dramatic events in Mississippi surrounding the Freedom Summer. 423-745-0329.

FEB. 15-19

* Black History Enrichment Activities, Glenwood Recreation Center, 2610 E. Third St., after-school program for ages 7-12 offers art projects, history trivia contests, role-playing and stories by community volunteers. 697-1284.

FEB. 16

* "Blackout: State of Emergency," UTC University Center auditorium, 7 p.m., free, movie presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and UTC Chapter of NAACP.

* "Independent Lens: Mine/Home," WTCI (Comcast channel 5), 11 p.m., the story of animals left behind during Katrina and the struggles of hurricane victims to reunite with their pets.

* NAACP general membership meeting, Glenwood Recreation Center, 2610 East Third St., 6 p.m., visitors welcome.

FEB. 17

* "African American Women In American History," Jennings Westside Community Center, 1201 Poplar St., 6:30 p.m., free, for female youth and teens, movie covers contributions black women have made to American history. 756-3541.

FEB. 17-18

* Brown Bag Movie Series, Living Heritage Museum, Athens, Tenn., 12:15 p.m., free, bring sack lunch to watch "God's Will." Narrated by Ossie Davis, the story of Will Campbell, who sheltered nine black children from the Little Rock mob, and also was the only caucasian at the founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. 423-745-0329.

FEB. 18

* "Madea's Big Happy Family," Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., 7:30 p.m.. $56.50 all seats, $5 discount for groups of 20 or more; Tyler Perry stage show. 642-8497.

FEB. 19

* Gospel Fest 90, Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St., 7 p.m., $20, concert to celebrate Bethlehem Center's 90th anniversary, 11 groups perform including the Voices of Lee; proceeds support educational programs at the center. Call 266-1384, ext. 26 for group discounts; or 757-5050.

* Sing for Hope, St. Paul Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St., musical featuring pianist Michael Baitzer, tenor Richard Cox and soprano Holli Harrison in benefit for Metropolitan Ministries. $25 admission. Call 838-2013 for tickets.

* Soul Cinema Series, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 M.L. King Blvd., 7:30 p.m. to midnight, $10, for ages 18 and older, view "Five Heartbeats," dance follows movie. 266-8658.

FEB. 19-21, 26-28

* "Miss Evers' Boys," Ripple Theatre, 3264 Brainerd Road, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, $16 adults, $13 groups of 10 or more, $10 students with ID, the story of the Tuskegee Experiment based on the book, "Bad Blood" by James H. Jones. For tickets call 242-5156; group sales call 544-1597.

FEB. 20

* African American Prayer Breakfast, First Baptist Church fellowship hall, 506 E. Eighth St., 10 a.m., $10 at the door, annual fellowship sponsored by Alert Men's Club, speaker is the Rev. William Terry Ladd III. 510-0656.

* NAACP Black Ink Poetry Contest, Rock Point Books, 401 Broad St., noon. Interested contestants should call 432-9776; deadline to enter is Feb. 18.

* Storyteller Akbar Imhotep, Marsh House, 308 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga., 1 p.m., free, black history tribute includes Mt. Zion Baptist Church praise and dance teams, marshhouse oflafayette.com.

* To Haiti With Love, Lindsay Street Hall, 901 Lindsay St., 7 p.m. to midnight, $10, proceeds donated to American Red Cross to benefit Haitian earthquake relief, presented by local musicians and artists, sponsored by Urban League Young Professionals, The Creative Underground, CreateHere and Lindsay Street Hall.

FEB. 21

* Soul Cinema Series, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 M.L. King Blvd., 7:30 p.m. to midnight, $10, for ages 18 and older, view "Michael Jackson: This Is It," dance follows movie. 266-8658.

* "Soundstage: Seal," WTCI (Comcast channel 5), midnight, Seal performs with legendary music producer David Foster.

FEB. 23

* ACE Movie Night, UTC University Center auditorium, 7 p.m., free, "School Daze" shown.

* "Independent Lens: Behind the Rainbow," WTCI (Comcast channel 5), 11 p.m., untold account of South Africa's political problems, struggles and realities.

FEB. 24

* Black History Month "Jeopardy," UTC Multicultural Center, 8 p.m., free, presented by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

* Gospel Explosion, Chattanooga State Community College, Humanities Auditorium, 10 a.m., free, the influence of gospel music explored. 697-2482.

* Soul Food Dinner youth fellowship, Orchard Knob Baptist Church, 1734 E. Third St., 5 p.m., free. 629-6115.

FEB. 25

* Block party, Chattanooga State Community College amphitheater, 11 a.m., free, step teams, African dancers, area bands and community speakers. 697-2482.

FEB. 27

* Dance Theatre of Harlem, Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St., 8 p.m., $10 to $30, interactive performance by renowned ensemble, hosted by Ballet Tennessee.

FEB. 28

* "Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance." WTCI (Comcast channel 5), 5:30 p.m.; interviews, archived footage tell story of the 1958 fight to integrate schools in Virginia.

* "Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968," WTCI (Comcast channel 5), 4:30 p.m., the story of the shooting on the campus of South Carolina State College at Orangeburg.

-- Compiled by Susan Pierce

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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