Cumberland County galleries, museums , musical groups and the library have planned an array of special events and activities to mark Black History Month in Cumberland County.
The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland county kicked off the month-long celebration with the exhibit Romare Bearden: Beat of a Different Drum. Twenty-six original watercolors from Bearden’s book “Li’L Dan, The Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story” are on display along with historical artifacts from the period. The free exhibition, which includes other dynamic programming, is open through March 5. www.TheArtsCouncil.com
Sampling of other Black History Month Events:
January 11- February 27/ Vandorn Hinnant: Explorer of Form and the Beauty of Number - A solo exhibition that features 55 original works of art created between 1989 and 2014. Rosenthal Art Gallery, Fayetteville State University. Free Admission. (910) 672-1571
January 22/ The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County hosts a meet-and-greet with Diedra Harris-Kelly, relative of Romare Bearden and Co-Director of the Romare Bearden Foundation in New York.7 p.m.-9 p.m. www.TheArtsCouncil.com
Jan. 23 / Discussion on collecting African-American art, facilitated by special guest Diedra Harris-Kelly. Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. 11 a.m. Free Admission. www.TheArtsCouncil.com
January 29/ The original play, The Color of Courage will be performed by Mitch Capel and Sonny Kelly. Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. 7 p.m. Free Admission. www.TheArtsCouncil.com
February 1/ Black History in Fayetteville - Fred Whitted, author of the books Fayetteville: Profiled in Black and Fayetteville: Profiled in Black – Volume Two, takes a look at Fayetteville’s key communities and discover little-known black history facts. Bordeaux Branch, Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center. 7 p.m.. Free Admission. (910) 424-4008 www.cumberland.lib.nc.us
February 4/ Fayetteville’s African American Heroes – Two Fayetteville State University professors present a look at the lives of six African-American men of distinction: Isaac Hammond, Omar Ibn Said, Lewis Leary, Hiram Revels, Charles Chesnutt and Dr. Ezekiel Ezra Smith. Headquarters Branch, Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center. 6:30 p.m.. Free Admission (910) 483-7727 www.cumberland.lib.nc.us
February 5/ Friends of Music Guest Artist Series: Trineice Robinson-Martin- The “Friends of Music” presents Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, an accomplished performer, teacher, and scholar who has traveled and taught students from all over the world . Hensdale Chapel, Methodist University. 7:30 p.m. Free Admission. (910)630-7100. www.Methodist.edu
February 6/ Dancing Stories with April C. Turner -Ms. Turner uses dances, stories, and songs from traditional West African culture to affirm community-building concepts, such as working together, integrity, and perseverance. Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. 2 p.m. Free Admission. (910)486-1330. www.MuseumoftheCapeFear.ncdcr.gov
February 13/ Lectures and music programs from Fayetteville State University support the Romare Bearden exhibit at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Also includes a youth workshop on drumming by Alex Weis. Free Admission. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. www.TheArtsCouncil.com
February 22/ African American Heritage Tour – This tour will focus on the life of Professor Edward Evans, a local educator and leader. The tour will highlight historic sites of significance in Evans’ life. Departs from the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $3. Pre-registration required. (910) 433-1457
February 27 / Celebrate African-American Dance - The Dance Ensemble of Fayetteville State University lends their expertise in teaching the dynamic, soulful and rhythmic moves unique to black culture. Registration is required. Cliffdale Branch, Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center. Free Admission. 11:30 a.m. (910) 864-3800.
March 5–April 1/ Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas – This unique exhibit traces the graphic art made by Emory Douglas while he worked as Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, from 1967 until its discontinuation in the early 1980′s. Rosenthal Art Gallery, Fayetteville State University. Free Admission. (910 )672-1571 www.cumberland.lib.nc.us
Anytime / Tour the African American Heritage Trail – Cumberland County’s African- American Heritage Trail provides a historical glimpse into the lives of African-Americans who resided in Cumberland County from the Revolutionary War era through the early 20th century. www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com/culturalheritagetrails.
For a complete Calendar of Events for Cumberland County, navigate to www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com.