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Friday, February 20, 2015

Nine chances to catch up on Black History Month in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 5:31 PM

Now that the Mardi Gras hangover has finally worn off, New Orleans takes the opportunity to remember Black History Month (which the rest of the country began celebrating Feb. 1). This collection of performances and programs during the final week of February – including a new exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art and an acrobatics troupe from Kenya – represent New Orleans’ long record as meeting place for people of many ethnic backgrounds.

For year-round exhibits, programs and resources on local African-American history, the Backstreet Cultural Museum, the McKenna Museum of African American Art, the New Orleans African American Museum and the Ashe Cultural Arts Center are all excellent starting points.

click to enlarge Louis Armstrong Park incorporates historic Congo Square, a gathering place for New Orleans' African-American community in the 18th and 19th centuries. - CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Louis Armstrong Park incorporates historic Congo Square, a gathering place for New Orleans' African-American community in the 18th and 19th centuries.




New Orleans Black Chorale
The choral group sings Civil Rights Movement-era freedom songs and traditional spirituals at a free commemorative concert titled “Questions of Freedom: Reclaiming Our Values and Vision, Reclaiming the Dream.” A reception follows the performance.
5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Xavier University (Administration Building Auditorium), 1 Drexel Drive, (504) 520-7525; www.xula.edu

Author Night: What Love Can Do: Recollected Stories of Slavery and Freedom in New Orleans and the Surrounding Area
Arthur Mitchell, a descendant of slaves, compiled this oral history of the slave experience in southern Louisiana. Mitchell passed away in 2002, so editor Gayle Nolan hosts the discussion. There be snacks and refreshments as well as books available for purchase. (You can look at NOPL’s full schedule of Black History Month events for adults, teens and children here.)
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., (504) 322-7479; www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org

Slavery by Another Name
The Old U.S. Mint hosts a free screening of Sam Pollard's PBS documentary, based on a book by Douglas A. Blackman. The 90-minute film exposes how Jim Crow practices like sharecropping and convict leasing forced black Americans to perform unpaid labor long after the end of slavery. A performance by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park’s Freedom Singers follows the screening.
1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 568-6993; www.louisianastatemuseum.org/museums/the-old-us-mint

Keith Weldon Medley: Black Life in Old New Orleans
Historian and New Orleans native Keith Weldon Medley is the author of We as Freeman: Plessy v. Ferguson and, most recently, Black Life in Old New Orleans. He’ll discuss his new book, which explains the historical significance of institutions like Congo Square and the Zulu parade and famous black New Orleanians like musician Louis Armstrong, educator Fannie C. Williams and civil rights attorney A.P. Tureaud.
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 at New Orleans Public Library Main Branch, 219 Loyola Ave., (504) 596-2602; www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 at East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-1190; www.jefferson.lib.la.us

click to enlarge The ZuZu African Acrobats from Kenya perform at Tulane University on Thursday.
  • The ZuZu African Acrobats from Kenya perform at Tulane University on Thursday.

ZuZu African Acrobats
The touring acrobatics troupe from Mombassa, Kenya performs tumbling, human pyramids and multi-person feats of contortion and balance to an upbeat African soundtrack. The free performance is presented by Tulane’s Black Student Union. You can check out their moves on this YouTube clip from an America's Got Talent audition in 2011.
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at Tulane University (McAlister Auditorium), 31 McAlister Drive; www.tulane.edu

NORDC’s Health in the Black Community
The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission hosts a health-centric Black History Month event with free activities. There’s African Kemetic Yoga at 6 p.m., guided meditation at 7 p.m. and African-inspired group exercise at 8 p.m. You can also receive a free blood pressure screening and sign up for national running group Black Girls Run.
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at Cut-Off Recreation Center, 6600 Belgrade St., (504) 364-4059; www.nola.gov/nordc

click to enlarge New Orleans-based world music group Bamboula 2000 perform at NOMA on Friday night.
  • New Orleans-based world music group Bamboula 2000 perform at NOMA on Friday night.

Friday Nights at NOMA: Opening of Kongo Across the Waters

The New Orleans Museum of Art premieres its newest exhibition this Friday. Kongo Across the Waters explores the transatlantic transmission of art and culture from the Kongo peoples of west central Africa to the Americas. Hein Vanhee, curator of Belgium’s Royal Museum for Central Africa, lectures on Congo’s history under Belgian colonial control at 6 p.m. Local world music and dance troupe Bamboula 2000 perform, and as always, there’s a cash bar and an art activity for kids. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $6 for children age 7 to 17.
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100; www.noma.org

African-American Heritage Tour
The Preservation Resource Center conducts a narrated bus tour of significant sites in local African-American history, from the colonial era through the Jazz Age. The three-hour tour travels through the French Quarter, Marigny, Bywater, Seventh Ward, Treme and Central City, with stops at the McKenna Museum of African American Art and Ashe Cultural Arts Center. (“Nonviolence: The Only Road to Freedom,” an art exhibition honoring Martin Luther King Jr., will be on display at Ashe through March 7.) Participants also enjoy afternoon refreshments at the historic Dooky Chase Restaurant. Tickets $35 for PRC members, $40 for non-members.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Preservation Resource Center, 923 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-7032; www.prcno.org

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