Black History Month events scheduled for later in February will be published in coming issues of The Maryland Weekly.
THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE will sponsor a number of special events to celebrate Black History Month.
The focal points are three exhibits at the National Visitor Center: "The Beauty of the Ghetto" (through Feb. 14); "The Story of Black Americans," (Feb. 16-29) and "D.C. City Museum Exhibit" (opens Friday and continues through February).
Officials from the Department of the Interior and the D.C. city government will participate in opening ceremonies Monday at 10 a.m. in the Visitor Center Gallery, Union Station, First Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. Also planned for Feb. 16, beginning at noon, is a day of performing arts.
At The Frederick Douglass Home, 1411 W St. NW, a month-long photographic exhibit depicting black American sites operated by the National Park Service (the home is open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Rock Creek Park is featuring an exhibit about prominent blacks from the 19th and 20th centuries at the park's Nature Center, Military and Glover roads NW. On Feb. 16 and 23 at 11 a.m. special films, crafts and other activities are planned at the center.
For additional information, call the Park Service's Office of Public Affairs, 426-6700.
ANACOSTIA NEIGHBORHOOD MUSEUM, 2405 Martin Luther King Ave. SE, is having a month-long celebration featuring lectures, poetry readings, puppet shows and films.
A Young People's Film Festival with animated films of African folk tales will be presented Friday at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (for pre-kindergarten through third grade).
Tommy Duren, 12, and his Super Puppets will perform Saturday and Feb. 16, at 1 and 3 p.m. His program, "You Can Do It If You Try -- REALLY TRY!" will introduce black heroes of the past, present and future.
Sunday at 3 p.m., Chancellor Williams, historian, educator and author, will lecture on ancient west African kingdoms. A reception will follow.
Lecture/film discussions: Monday at 7 p.m. Sylvia Hill, of the South African Support Project, will speak and Tuesday at 10 a.m., a program for all ages on the West African talking drum by Ghanaian master drummer Yacub Tetteh Addy. Other special film/tour programs are planned for groups of all ages. Call the museum's education department at 381-6731 to arrange for group tours.
The National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW, presents "Portraits in Motion: The Black Experience."
This Saturday at 1:30 and 3 p.m., "Black and Blue: Voices from the Harlem Renaissance," will be presented by Ayl Mack, with John McMahon (in the third-floor Model Hall). "Robeson in Song and Memory," featuring Beatrice Rippy and Carroll Hollister, will be staged Feb. 9, 1:30 and 3 p.m. (Model Hall), and "The Bojangles Legacy: Film Clips of Bill Robinson," prepared and presented by Ernie Smith, Feb. 23, 1:30 and 3 p.m. in the first-floor lecture hall. All are free, no reservations necessary.
THE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART, 316-322 A St. NE, salutes Black History Month with free lectures, music and theater performances and family films.
Saturday at 2 p.m. a concert of children's music will be presented by the "Young Strings in Action," a group of black musicians from the Learning Stage project of the Capital Children's Museum.
Other programs include a theater showcase presented by students from the Duke Ellington School for the Arts, Sunday-afternoon lectures featuring speakers from area universities, and films focusing on black heritage. Call 547-6222.
THE BLACK HISTORY OBSERVANCE COMMITTEE has compiled the following list of events planned throughout the month:
The annual "kick-off" luncheon will be Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Mayflower Hotel. Admission is $15; call 667-2822 for reservations.
The National Archives will feature the exhibit "An Afro-American Album" through Feb. 29 in the Pennsylvania Avenue lobby. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Department of Commerce will have a number of programs: The opening ceremonies Monday at 10 a.m. will feature as guest speaker the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. A musical program, "Black Reflections, Anthology of Black Music," will take place at noon, performed by the Ambassadors, and at 2 p.m. in conference room D, the film "The History of the Negro in America" will be shown.
Tuesday at 10 a.m., newscaster Jim Vance will speak in the auditorium at the Department of Commerce. Wednesday at 10 a.m. there will be a panel discussion with Calvin Rolark and the Rev. Edward Hailes. A musical program is planned for noon, and the film, "Body and Soul," for 2 p.m. The program for Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. is a discussion on "Blacks in Communications: Past, Present and Future."
The Prince George's County Library System plans the following special events:
Glenarden Branch Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy, will present films on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. through the month, including "Cabin in the Sky," "Body and Soul" and others. Call 772-5477.
Marlboro Branch Library, 14624 Main St., Upper Marlboro, will show films on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. through Feb. 20. Titles include "Harriet Tubman," "Black Shadows on a Silver Screen" and others. Call 627-3237.