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    Black History Month Events

    National Geographic Museum

    Feb. 2 - May 1, 2011. The museum presents "America I Am: The African American Imprint," a touring exhibition

    celebrating more than 500 years of African American contributions to the United States. The exhibit presents pivotal

    moments in courage, conviction and creativity through 200 rare historic objects, documents, photographs, and


    National Archives

    Celebrate Black History Month in February with special films, public programs, and lectures. These programs are open

    to the public and will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC and at the National Archives at

    College Park, Maryland.

    Anacostia Community Museum

    Throughout the year, the Smithsonian Institutions museum of African American history and culture offers exhibitions,

    educational programs, workshops, lectures, film screenings and other special events that interpret black history from

    the 1800s to the present.

    George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

    Throughout the month of February Mount Vernon will honor the slaves who lived and worked at George Washington's

    estate with a daily 12 p.m. wreathlaying at the Slave Memorial. On Saturdays and Sundays in February, visitors learn

    about life as a slave with Silla and Slammin' Joe, two of Washington's slaves, at the recently-opened slave cabin. Tom

    Davis, an enslaved brickmaker, presents his perspective on Saturdays and Sundays in the greenhouse at 2:30 p.m.,

    3:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. The Marquis de Lafayette talks about his efforts to end slavery in the Greenhouse on

    Sundays at 3:00 p.m. All Black History Month events are included in the regular admission price to the estate.

    Abraham Lincoln Birthday Observance

    February 12, 2011 at noon.Lincoln Memorial,23rd & Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC. Honor Abraham

    Lincoln at a Presidential wreath laying ceremony and a dramatic reading of the "Gettysburg Address." For more

    information, call (202) 619-7222.

    African American Civil War Memorial and Museum

    This Washington, DC site honors and examines the African American's heroic struggle for freedom and civil rights. The

    memorial is the only one in the United States to honor Colored Troops (USCT) who served in the Civil War. The

    museum uses photographs, documents and state of the art audio visual equipment to educate visitors about this

    important part of American history.

    Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

    February 12, 2011, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 1411 W St. SE, Washington, DC. Frederick Douglass birthday will be

    celebrated with music, presentations, programs on the history of Anacostia, childrens activities, and lots of talk about

    the books he wrote, the books he read, and how reading and writing can change the world.

    Black History Month at the Navy MemorialThroughout February, the Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center honors African-American sailors throughout

    history with special film screenings, artwork, and lectures.

    Black History Month Cruise Aboard the Spirit of Washington

    February 19, 2011. Take an educational and entertaining lunch cruise to remember those who have influenced

    African-American culture. Crossing all genres from Jazz to R&B to pop, the cruise will showcase the variety of music

    which has paved the way for todays popular musicians. A DJ will provide live entertainment in tribute to notable

    African-American artists such as Duke Ellington, Marvine Gaye, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis and Diana Ross. The

    cruise boards at 11:00 a.m. and cruises from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $40.90 per person.

    Old Town Alexandria

    The National Register of Historic Places lists several historic sites in Alexandria, Virginia as locations where AfricanAmericans lived, worked and worshiped during the period 1790 through 1951. Take a tour of these sites and learn

    about this important part of our regional history.
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    Film Screening and Discussion: Freedom Riders, a film by Stanley Nelson for The

    American Experience February 9, Carmichael Auditorium, First Floor, Center.

    Join civil rights and original Freedom Riders Diane Nash, Jim Zwerg (who was brutally

    beaten in Montgomery, AL after arriving on the Greyhound bus), and the Reverend James

    Lawson, along with filmmaker Stanley Nelson and scholar Ray Arsenault for a discussion

    and screening of Nelsons film Freedom Riders.

    The film is the first feature-length documentary to tell the story of civil rights activists

    who risked death by defying the Jim Crow laws in 1961. The film features testimony from

    the Riders, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the


    Freedom Riders is scheduled to air on PBS as part of the channels American

    Experience series in May to commemorate the 50th anniversary. (Click here for PBS'

    "Freedom Riders" site, a finalist for the SXSW Interactive Award.)

    Join the Student Sit-Ins

    Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in February (except Sunday February 6), Second Floor,East Wing

    Audiences can take part in a training session at the historic lunch counter from the FW

    Woolworth store in Greensboro, NC. Visitors will meet Samuel P. Leonard, a civil rights

    activist in 1960, just after the Greensboro sit-in began. This 20-minute program is based

    on an actual 1960s training manual.

    Sing Out! Songs of Freedom

    Thursday, February 17 and 24; Friday, February 18 and 25, Carmichael Auditorium, First

    Floor, Center. Tickets are required, and can be obtained at

    Explore the pivotal year of 1960 alongside civil rights activists, through first-person

    characterization, original dialogue, archival music and song. Audiences have the

    opportunity to learn the songs and sing along with the Freedom Fighters.

    Greensboro Talks

    Saturdays (except Saturday, February 5) and Sunday, February 6, Second Floor, East


    See a section of the Woolworths lunch counter where the Student Sit-In Movementbegan on February 1, 1960, and hear the (15-20-minute) story of the four young men who

    sparked the movement to desegregate the lunch counter.
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    Book Talk: An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in

    Washington, DC, February 8, National Archives,Jefferson Room, Special Events

    entrance, Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW, 1-86-NARA-NARA.

    Kate Masur, author of An Example for All the Land (University of North Carolina Press),

    discusses Washington during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period. DC became a

    laboratory for experimentation about racial equality as black Washingtonians demanded

    respect, equal access to employment, public services, and the right to vote. A book

    signing follows the program; the book is available at a discount from the Archives Shop.

    Who : Barnes and Noble

    What: Black History Month Story TimeWhen: Starting February 1st

    , every Tuesday

    Where: 555 12th St NW Washington, DC 20004

    Cost: Free


    Washington, DC 20004

    Who: Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC)

    What: The Return of Blak Muzik: What We've Been Missing

    When: Saturday February 19th

    8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Where: 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020

    Cost: $25-$30


    Who: The Virginia Black History Month AssociationWhat: The 11t