Museums, schools, libraries, churches and community organizations throughout the District have scheduled programs to celebrate Black History Month. This year marks the 62nd observance of the achievements and heritage of blacks in America, Africa and elsewhere.
There will be concerts, seminars, lectures and exhibits, many of them free, covering a wide range of topics and artistic disciplines. The following are among the many events planned.
ARENA STAGE, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW, will hold a symposium, "The Legacy of Lorraine Hansberry -- Transcultural Humanist," at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 in its Kreeger Theater.
As with all Arena Stage symposiums, the program is free, although tickets must be reserved by calling the Arena Stage box office at 488-3300.
The symposium will include a short film, "Lorraine Hansberry: The Black Experience in the Creation of Drama," followed by a panel discussion.
The symposium will be sign-interpeted for the hearing impaired, who may call the TDD line at 484-0247.
Arena Stage's production of Hansberry's play "Les Blancs" will run from Feb. 5 through March 13.
HOWARD UNIVERSITY has a number of events planned. The history department will sponsor a panel discussion, "Women and the Family in the Black Diaspora," at 9 a.m. Feb. 5 in the Blackburn Center Auditorium, 2400 Sixth St. NW. The program is free.
From noon to 5 p.m. the same day, also in the Blackburn Center Auditorium, there will be a free "Diaspora Fest" featuring the Memory of Africa Performing Company.
The College of Fine Arts will sponsor dance concerts at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, 12 and 13 at the Ira Aldridge Theatre, Sixth and Fairmont streets NW. Ticket prices are $7 general admission and $3 for students.
On Feb. 24, Professor Deborah Gray White of Rutgers University and author of "Ar'n't I A Woman" will deliver a lecture at 2 p.m. in the Blackburn Center Auditorium, followed by a reception in the center's Gallery Lounge.
Also on Feb. 24, the University-Wide Cultural Committee will sponsor a performance of Sandra Reaves-Phillips in "The Great, Late Ladies of Blues and Jazz" in Crampton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. General admission is $15 and $5 for students and senior citizens.
A 75-piece metalworks exhibit by Samuel Yellin will run through Feb. 29 at the Blackburn Center Gallery Lounge. The lounge is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFRO AMERICAN LIFE AND HISTORY will hold its Black History Month dinner Feb. 3 at Howard's Blackburn Center. C. DeLores Tucker, chairwoman of the Democratic Committee Black Caucus, will be the speaker, and WRC-TV's Jim Vance will be the host.
Tickets are $30 and should be ordered in advance by calling 667-2822.
THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LIBRARY, 901 G St. NW, will feature a poetry reading and discussion at noon Feb. 12 by Evelyn Patterson Burrell.
At noon Feb. 18, the Male Chorus of Ballou High School will present a concert, "Lift Every Voice and Sing."
Sociologist Gerald Sidney Norde will speak on black slaves from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22. Norde, author of "From Genesis to Phoenix: The Breeding of Female Slaves During the Domestic Slave Era 1807-1863 and Its Consequences," will lecture and answer questions.
Kweli Smith will give a dramatic recitation of her poetry and prose at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25.
At 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27, the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet Junior Dancers will perform. The program will feature dances performed to the music of Negro spirituals.
All the above library events will be held in the main lobby and are free.
Beginning today, the library will feature a free exhibit of the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Moneta Sleet Jr. in its downstairs Gallery A-2. The exhibition will run through Feb. 29.
THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION will sponsor numerous programs for Black History Month, beginning with a "kickoff" event 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Carmichael Auditorium of the National History Museum, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
The program will feature an address by historian Sterling Stuckey and music by the Aaron Graves Ensemble and gospel singer Margaret Santiago.