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Written by:  Carol McGarrahan
Date: February 1, 2011

Triangle communities are celebrating Black History Month in style with family-friendly events that include live entertainment, food, and arts and crafts. Listed below are some area events honoring African-American history.

CARY


13th Annual African-American Celebration
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011; at 11 a.m.

Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave.

Free admission. Enjoy live entertainment and a cultural program for the entire family. Includes a vendor market, ethnic foods, and kid-friendly crafts and games. Call 919-460-4963 for more information.

African-American Tea

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011; at 7 p.m.

At Page –Walker Arts and History Center,

119 Ambassador Loop

Free admission; registration required. Local and regional African-American authors come together and talk about their works. Register by calling 919-460-3350.

DURHAM

Harlem Gospel Choir

Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011; at 8 p.m.

Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.

Tickets: $28 to $48. The Harlem Gospel Choir offers a powerful performance with a message of love and inspiration aimed at creating a better understanding of African-American culture. Call the box office at 919-560-3030 or 888-241-8162 or visit carolinatheatre.org.

Black History Month Storytime

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011; at 10:30 a.m.

Barnes & Noble, 8030 Renaissance Pkwy.

Free admission. Barnes and Nobles across the country are celebrating Black History Month with readings. This location features Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama. Call 919-806-1930 for more information.

RALEIGH

Five Faces and Places of Raleigh's African-American Community

Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011; at 2 p.m.

Raleigh City Museum, Historic Briggs Building,

220 Fayetteville St.

Free admission. Discover the rich history of the African- American community by visiting five places that have shaped Raleigh's history. Visitors will create a cornhusk doll and receive a coloring book with local landmarks such as Shaw University and the Pope House. Call 919-832-3775 or visit www.raleighcitymuseum.org for more information.

Magic of African Rhythm

With students from Community Music School in Raleigh

Presented by PineCone and the N.C. Museum of History

Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011; 3-4 p.m.

N.C. Museum of History, Daniels Auditorium,

5 East Edenton St.

Free admission. An ensemble featuring traditional African melody, movement and rhythm. Includes authentic song, chanting and original dance choreography. The performance explores the similarities between North Carolina blues and West Africa Songhay blues. Visit www.pinecone.org for more information.

Black History Month Celebration

Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wake County Commons Building,

Historic Oak View County Park, 4011 Carya Dr.

Free admission. Activities include a story time, live music, authors, a hay wagon, quilts, crafts, kids activities and presentations on African-American history. Call 919-250-1013 or visit www.wakegov.com/parks/oakview.



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