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2013 Black Heritage Festival Events Calendar

24th Annual Black Heritage Festival

Living the Legacy: Celebrating the Life of Westley W. Law

Jan 1 to Mar 31

Exhibition by Jack Whitten: "Erasures." Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies, Presented by Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. For information or to arrange group tours, call 912-525-7191, or visit www.scadmoa.org.

Jan 7 to Mar 1

Exhibition: "A Legacy of Leadership" - Display of personal artifacts of the life of Westley W. Law (1923-2002). Law was a Civil Rights leader, historic preservationist, and advocate for African-American history and culture in Savannah. Savannah State University Social Science Building Gallery. Opening Reception Sun, Jan 13. 3- 5 p.m.

Feb 1-28

Live Oak Public Libraries. Go to www.liveoakpl.org for full schedule of events, activities, and Branch locations.

Jan 31, 11 a.m.

12th Annual School Day Extravaganza includes a special performance by the Cleo Parker-Robinson Dance Ensemble* for students grades 4–9. Presented in part by Gulfstream Aerospace, Target and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Reservations required. Public schools call: 912-395-5530; private schools call: 912-354-2657. Savannah Civic Center, Johnny Mercer Theater, 301 Oglethorpe Ave.

February 1, 11 am

PULSE Artists Panel for High School and College Students Featuring BeatJazz musician/inventor Onyx Ashanti. BeatJazz is a wireless sensor network that converts finger, hand, and breath movements, into musical control data. A Telfair Museums program. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St.

Feb 1, 7:30 p.m.

The Savannah Black Heritage Festival presents the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble* of Denver, Colo. The 2013 SBHF Honorees -- Dr. Robert L. Stevenson (theater), Ms. Huxsie Scott (music) and Mr. Allen Fireall (art) -- will be presented prior to the performance, which is funded in part by Gulfstream Aerospace, Target and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Free general admission ticket required for limited seating. Unclaimed seats will be given to waiting patrons 10 minutes prior to curtain call. Visit www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com, or call 912-358-4309 for ticket info. Savannah Civic Center, Johnny Mercer Theater, 301 Oglethorpe Ave.

* "The presentation of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble was made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation."

Feb 2, 10 -11:30 a.m.

Continuing the Legacy. The Earl Shinholster Youth Leadership Institute will facilitate a session for youth groups on continuing the legacy of community leadership established by the late W. W. Law. Call 912-232-2626 for reservations and information. Sponsored in part by the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum and the Earl Shinholster Youth Leadership Institute. Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. 460 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.

Feb 2, 1:30 p.m.

Monument –Memorial Walk – ceremonies and wreath-laying at war memorials and the African-American Monument. Sponsored in part by Savannah Riverfront Association and Lester's Florist. Meet at Rousakis Plaza on River Street.

Feb 2, 3 p.m.

PULSE Family Day Demonstration by BeatJazz musician/inventor Onyx Ashanti. A Telfair Museums program. Free and open to the public. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St.

Feb. 3, 3-5 p.m.

"Common Connections"- Art exhibition opening featuring works by Bernice and Andy Tate that celebrate the authentic African-American Gullah-Geechee heritage.

Beach Institute African- American Cultural Center, 502 E. Harris St.

Feb. 4 -5, Various times

W.W. Law lecturer, John H. Franklin, director of Partnerships and International Programs for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, visits selected colleges and schools.

Feb. 5, 7 p.m. *Accessible to the Hearing Impaired

Annual W. W. Law Lecture by John H. Franklin. Following the lecture, guests can view exhibitions presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design in the Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies. Presented in part by SCAD Museum of Art. For information or to arrange group tours, call (912) 525-7191 or visit www.scadmoa.org. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Feb 6, 6:30 p.m.

12th Annual New Beginnings Art Exhibit Opening & Reception Sponsored by the Savannah Chapter of The Links, Inc. Gallery S.P.A.C.E., 9 West Henry St. March 6-31, exhibit moves to the Savannah - Hilton Head International Airport's Art Gallery.

Feb. 6, 8 p.m.

Flight – presented by the SSU Players by the Sea. The play by Charlayne Woodard, based on actual slave narratives as well as African and African-American folktales, celebrates the African-American oral tradition. Reservations required for this one-night free performance. Call 912-358-3190 SSU, Kennedy Fine Arts Auditorium

Feb 6,7,8

The History and Legacy of the Black Cowboys. Cowboy Historian Mark Myers will visit selected elementary and middle schools sharing the history and legacy of Black Cowboys, most of whom were escaped or Emancipated slaves, skilled in handling horses and cows, and traveled westward to freedom and a new life that influenced the development of the West.

Feb 8

WHCJ-FM 90.3, the voice of SSU, kicks off the 24th National African-American Read-In along with the SSU Department of Liberal Arts, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Savannah Chapter, and the Chatham Association of Retired Educators. Radio Broadcast and streaming from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; readings in schools and community centers arranged by sponsors throughout February.

Feb 8

Chef Andrea Dumas at Woodville -Thompkins Culinary Arts Program. The Savannah native who has appeared as a judge on TV One's My Momma Throws Down will work with students at the Woodville-Tompkins Culinary Arts Program.


Feb 9, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Grand Festival Day, Savannah Civic Center The highlight of the annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival, Grand Festival Day includes an array of family-oriented activities ending with a star-studded concert.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Annual Health Fair. Screenings, healthy food presentations, exercise demonstrations, and more. Sponsored by WellCare of Georgia and St. Joseph's/Candler African American Health Information and Resource Center. Savannah Civic Center first-floor lobby

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 2nd Annual "Help Your Body Get Its Move On" exercise program FOR YOUTH. Presented in part by The Junior League of Savannah and COPE (Childhood Obesity and Prevention Education). Ballroom, 3rd Floor

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels, a detailed display of artifacts commencing with the Middle Passage (slavery) highlights African Americans' inventions. Mason Room

11 a.m. – 6 p.m., - A Documentary Mini-Theater. African American historical documentaries will be continuously shown, i.e., "Crossing at St. Augustine," "At the River I Stand." "Uneven Fairways," "Gospel Music Is….." & "Journey to Freedom." DeVeaux Room

1-2:30 p.m. Local Authors Corner. Self-published local authors discuss challenges/successes with writing, publishing and marketing book sales. Book signings and sales begin at 3:30 p.m. in the vending area. Bryan Room.

1-3:30 p.m. Access to GOLF for Youth. A demonstration and youth participation workshop introducing the sport of Golf. Learn basic techniques and rules of the game. Presented by The First Tee of Savannah. Musgrove Room

1-3:30 p.m. African American Living and Learning Crafts Village: 2 sessions each. 1-2:20 p.m., and 2:20 – 3:30 p.m. Crafts such as drum making, doll making, mask making, jewelry making, painting, culinary arts. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call 912-358-3370. 2nd Floor Lobby

2 p.m. Carver State Bank Observes its 86th Anniversary. Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor

3:30 p.m.

Grand Festival Day Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony launches local performances with host Magic Marc featuring RJ & the Upbeats and the Whale Branch Middle School Steele Drum Band. MLK Jr. Arena.

4 p.m. Annual Youth Talent Extravaganza sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Savannah Alumnae Chapter

5:30 p.m. Live concerts begin with local talent, followed by Q Parker, Grammy-award winner and co-founding member of 112; The Manhattans and Dru Hill. Entr'acte performances/fashions by SSU's "L. A. Nations"

Feb 10, 5 p.m.

Annual Gospel Concert featuring Dottie Peoples and opening performances and chorus back-up by the SSU Wesleyan and the AASU Gospel Choirs. Presented in part by LifeLink of Georgia. St. John Baptist Church, 522-528 Hartridge St.

Feb. 11, 6 p.m.

Ogechee Theater "Celebrating the Connection of Cultures: Latinos, Hispanics, and African-Americans." The event will look at the Latino/African diaspora, and celebrate the commonalities and the distinct uniqueness between the cultures. Armstrong Atlantic State University. For information, email: OMA@Armstrong.edu or call 912-344-2618

Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Future of Jazz featuring local and regional legacies: Huxsie Scott and Granddaughters Markeya Relaford & Eyana Thomas; Skyye Williams; young jazz saxophonist Morgan Guerin and others. Presented in part by the Jewish Educational Alliance. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

Feb 14, 6:30 p.m.

Personal Reflections of W. W. Law: A Renaissance Man - Dr. Charles J. Elmore, SSU Professor, author, and noted local historian,, will make a presentation with personal reflections about the life of the late W. W. Law and his contributions/influences in the arts, African American culture, historic preservation and Civil Rights in Savannah. Presented in part by The Telfair Museums. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St.

Feb. 15, 6:35 p.m.

Y.E.S. Youth Entertainment Showcase. A'cappella, mime, rap and song with extraordinary sound and movement. Presented in part by the Savannah State University Foundation & Delta Solutions Health and Educational Services, Inc.. To participate, visit the website or call Patricia Harris, 912-713-3554, or Ricky Temple, Jr., 912-596-8343. Elmore Theater, King-Frazier Complex, Savannah State University.

Feb. 16, 2-4 p.m.

Let's Go Back to the Festival! Commemorating the first Black Heritage Festival, founded in 1988 by W.W. Law. Enjoy the return of blues artist Drink Small along with Sheila Ray Charles, daughter of Ray Charles; the Clinton Powell Open Mike; and others.

King-Tisdell Cottage Museum, 500 block Huntington St; Rain location: East Broad Elementary School.

Feb. 17, 5 p.m.

How I Got Over - Stories of Faith, Resistance and Freedom presented by storyteller Lillian Grant-Baptiste and the Second African Baptist Church "Inspirational Voices" Choir

Second African Baptist Church, 123 Houston St.

Feb 19, 10 a.m. – 12 noon

Documentary; "At the River I Stand." A film documentary that recounts the two months leading to Martin Luther King Jr's death in 1968, coinciding with the 65-day strike of 1,300 Memphis sanitation workers. Presented by Savannah Technical College. Facilitated by the Savannah Regional Central Labor Council. Savannah Technical College, Eckburg Auditorium

Feb 19, 2 p.m.

Personal Reflections of W. W. Law: A Renaissance Man by Dr. Charles J. Elmore, SSU Department Chairman, Professor, author, and noted local historian. Savannah State University, Location TBA

Feb. 19, 5 p.m.

Lecture by Jack Whitten, Abstract Painter – SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Open and free to the public. Lecture presented by SCAD with generous support from the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation. www.jacobandgwendolynlawrence.org .

Feb 19, 6:30 p.m.

Documentary - "Uneven Fairways" The story of the Negro Golf League, a Golf Chanel premiere documentary narrated by Samuel Jackson. Information and demonstrations about the game of golf will also be included. Presented by The First Tee of Savannah. Savannah Technical College, Eckburg Auditorium

Feb 20, 12 Noon

"Blacker the Berry, Sweeter the Juice- Views and Perceptions on Skin Color." The NAACP will lead a discussion evaluating perceptions among African-Americans and society in general about skin color. Armstrong Atlantic State University. University Hall 156. For information: email OMA@Armstrong.edu or call 912-344-2618

Feb. 20, 7 p.m.

Freddy Cole Concert – jazz singer, pianist and leader of the Freddy Cole Quartet

Presented in part by the Lutheran Church of the Ascension and Seacrest Partners. Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 120 Bull St. on Wright Square

Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.

A Colloquy for music and drama students led by actress/playwright Jewell Robinson is a prelude to the Unforgettable Nat King Cole theatrical production by the National Portrait Gallery. Presented in part by the SSU Department of Fine Arts. Savannah State University Kennedy Fine Arts Bldg.

Feb. 23, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

"Tales of Landings and Legacies: African Americans in Georgia's Fisheries." Presented by the SSU-NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) African American Oral History Project. Sponsored by and held at

The Pinpoint Heritage Museum. 9924 Pin Point Ave.

Call 912-358-4289 for information.

Feb. 23, 7 p.m. *Accessible to the Hearing Impaired

"Unforgettable Nat King Cole – The Man and His Music," a theatrical tribute to the incomparable jazz pianist and vocalist produced by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute. Presented in part by The J. C. Lewis Foundation and the Mary Lane Morrison Foundation. St. John Baptist Church. 522-28 Hartridge St.

Feb. 24, 4 p.m.

W.W. Law, Civil Rights and the NAACP. Presented by the NAACP-Savannah Branch. Experience the influence of W.W. Law on the monthly Mass Meetings during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Location TBA

Feb 26, 6:30 p.m.

Documentary- "Crossing at St. Augustine," produced by Andrew Young Presents. The untold story of the pivotal 1964 Civil Rights movement in St. Augustine, FL Special appearance by a participant in the movement. Presented in part by Savannah Technical College. Savannah Technical College, Eckburg Auditorium

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