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Friday, February 03, 2006

Black History Month

February is black history month and there are many events going on around the area.

Booker T. Washington National Monument is a great source of information about black history year around and I highly encourage you to visit. This month they have two items listed on their calendar. I have visted BTWNM many times and have always been delighted, learned something new and the staff is very enthusiastic and learned.

February 4th: W. E. B. Du Bois: Exploring the Souls of Black Folk.Park Book Club Meeting, 2:00 p.m. This is the first meeting of the Booker T. Washington Book Club. We will be discussing "The Souls of Black Folk" written by Dr. William E. B. Du Bois, Washington´s most vocal critic. Join us as we discuss the text that begins with the statement, "The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line." Will this problem continue to plague the world during the 21st Century? The book can be purchased at the Eastern National Bookstore in the park visitor center; from any local bookstore; or by ordering from any on-line bookstore. Contact Timothy Sinclair at (540) 721-2094 for sign up and meeting location.

Saturday, February 11th: Children´s Story Time.Children´s Program, 11:00 a.m. Children four years old and up and their parents are invited to listen and learn about fascinating African American folk tales, stories about the Underground Railroad, and real life heroes like Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, and Booker T. Washington.

Sunday, February 12th: The Senior Usher Board of Washington Street Baptist Church pastored by the Reverend Henry A. Henderson will be celebratings its 17th Annual Black History program, at 3 p.m. The program will consist of poems, profiles and music. The program is to 'let us know where we've come from in order that we might know where we are going." a news release states.

If you know of other events regarding Black History month, please email me at melissamarkham@takethemat.com or post under comments so that others will know about them as well.

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