A series of special programs in observance of Black History Month and Women's History Week March 1-8 have been scheduled by the National Council of Negro Women's Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Museum.

An exhibit of paintings demonstrating the experience of black women in the United States is on display through March 15 at the museum. The exhibit, from the Barnett-arden Collection of black artists from the United States, is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Paintings by William Henry Johnson, Aaron Douglass, John Biggers, Alma Thomas and Laura W. Waring are among those shown.

Dancer Kariamu Welsh, director of Kariamu and Co., will give a solo performance of dance and poetry commemorating black women on Friday, Feb. 20, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

A symposium, "Black Women in Politics: The View for the '80s," will be held Sunday, Feb. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. A panel of black women leaders holding elected and appointed positions in governmental and national organizations will discuss the entry of black women into the political arena and the results of their activities. Scheduled participants are Dorothy I. Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women; D.C. City Council members Hilda Mason, Charles Drew Jarvis and Wilhelmina Rolark, and Alexis Herman, director of the Women's Bureau.

A film on the life of Harlem renaissance poet Anne Spencer will be shown Sunday, March 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. It will be followed by a discussion of Spencer's work by Lee J. Greene, author of "Time's Unfading Garden: Anne Spencer's Life and Poetry."

All events are free and will be held at the Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Museum, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW.