‘Hot Lead, Cold Steel’ and much more

Here’s a look at some of the Black History Month recognitions and events throughout February in Volusia and Flagler counties.

The West Volusia Historical Society sponsored a Black History Month presentation on Feb. 6, which included a Civil War re-enactment.(DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)
The West Volusia Historical Society sponsored a Black History Month presentation on Feb. 6, which included a Civil War re-enactment.
(DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)

Blacks in Civil War exhibit
“Hot Lead, Cold Steel, Americans in uniform from Harper’s Ferry to Appomattox’’ is now on display at the African American Museum of Arts in DeLand.

’’The photographic exhibition is dedicated to African-Americans who fought in the American Civil War to achieve their own liberation. This exhibit begins with a commemoration of the five Black men who courageously participated in an armed attack on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia on On Oct. 16, 1859, led by radical anti-slavery abolitionist John Brown.

An opening reception was held Feb. 6. The exhibit will be at the museum through March 26.

Entrance and parking are free. The museum is at 325 S. Clara Ave., DeLand

For more information, contact Mary Allen at 386-736-4004 or art@africanmuseumdeland.org. The website is www.africanmuseumdeland.org.

‘Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune: Still a Force Today’
The West Volusia Historical Society will present a free lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 16, titled “Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune: Still a Force Today.’’ It will begin at 7 p.m. at the Conrad Research and Educational Center, 137 W. Michigan Ave., DeLand.

Dr. Ashley Robertson, director of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation and author of “Mary McLeod Bethune in Florida: Bringing Social Justice to the Sunshine State,’’ will give a presentation.

Retired Lake Helen Educator Alzada Fowler is scheduled to share personal memories of Dr. Bethune’s influence.

It is sponsored in part by the Volusia County Cultural Society, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the City of DeLand.

Author, re-enactor, storyteller and genealogist Mary Fears addresses the crowd during the West Volusia Historical Society Black History Month event on Feb. 6 in DeLand.(DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)
Author, re-enactor, storyteller and genealogist Mary Fears addresses the crowd during the West Volusia Historical Society Black History Month event on Feb. 6 in DeLand.
(DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)

Black History Reality Program in Palm Coast
The 13th Annual Youth Black History Reality program by the African American Cultural Center in Palm Coast is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 at The Cultural Center, 4422 U.S. Highway 1 North.

This year’s theme of “The Struggle Continues” provides a stage for young people to communicate the contributions of prominent African-Americans. The program is free but donations will be accepted to support the center’s scholarship program.

For more information, call 386-447-7030.

Civil rights lesson by Flagler AAUW
Dr. Michael Butler, associate professor of history at Flagler College, will discuss the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement at the Flagler County Branch of the American Association of University Women’s Feb. 13 meeting.

The St. Augustine Movement of 1963-1964 was a major event in St. Augustine’s long history and had a role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The meeting starts at 11 a.m. at the Pine Lakes Golf Club, 400 Pine Lakes Parkway. Lunch is $17 and reservations are required.

To RSVP, call Sally Smeaton at 447-4137.

Bands, brain bowl, pies at Orange City festival
The Sixth Annual Orange City African American Festival takes place Feb. 26 and 27 at Mill Lake Park, 207 E. Blue Springs Ave., Orange City. It will include a battle of the bands, brain bowl tournament, poster contest, sweet potato pie bake off and entertainment featuring the Vibe Band.

Health screenings will be available, and the festival will include college recruiters, financial institutions and employment professionals.

Black heritage events in Orange City begin on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. with a talent and gospel program at Volusia International Bible Fellowship, 300 W. Blue Springs Ave. It will feature Faith Henderson and the Gospel Praise, Wanda Cobb, Ronald Freeman and the Singing Angels, and others.
More information: www.ocaahf.com or call 407-314-1033 or 407-456-0610.

Daytona State presents ‘Ghosts of Amistad’
The documentary “Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels’’ will be aired on Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. and Feb. 20 at 2 a.m. on Daytona State College’s channel, WDSC TV15.

The documentary by Tony Buba is based on Marcus Rediker’s book, “The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom.’’ It chronicles a trip to Sierra Leone in 2013 to visit the home villages of the people who seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, to interview elders about local memory of the case, and to search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where their cruel trans-Atlantic voyage began.

The film uses the knowledge of villagers, fishermen, and truck drivers to recover a lost history from below in the struggle against slavery.

For more information, visit www.DaytonaState.edu/WDSC.

Civil Rights exhibit explores pivotal moments
An exhibit highlighting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement continues through April 17 at the Southeast Museum of Photography.

“The Civil Rights Movement Restored’’ exhibit brings together images by seven documentary photographers taken from three distinct portfolios that captured pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement in America.

The museum, a service of Daytona State College, is located at 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. (Mori Hosseini Center, Building 1200).

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