Black History Month events: Exhibits, festivals and films

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER
DAYTONA TIMES

Here’s a roundup of Black History Month events that are happening locally.

Many are free to the public.

‘Divided Soul’ exhibit
The “Divided Soul’’ Art Showcase is heading to the Yvonne Golden-Scarlet Golden Cultural & Educational Center, located at 1000 Vine Street in Daytona Beach. All of the art is by Anthony Armstrong.

“It is also part of our Black History Month festivities. This is our 11th art showcase overall. We decided to bring Armstrong back because he is an outstanding artist. He is also one of the best artists that we have had. He has a lot of new material that we think the community can enjoy,” said Daytona Beach’s Leisure Services Director Percy Williamson.

The art showcase opening will open on Feb. 24 with a program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The band V3 will perform. A closing ceremony will be on May 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The showcase is being sponsored by VITAS Health Care and the City of Daytona Beach.

Black Heritage Festival
New Smyrna Beach will hold its 26th Annual Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Festival from Feb. 3-5 in Pettis Park on the corner of Duss Street and Mary Avenue. The event is free to the public.

The festival is presented by the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum also known as the Heritage House, which is located near the park.

The festival will include free tours of the museum, music, art, cultural exhibits, demonstrations, historical tools, food, historical dress, storytelling, cane grinding and more.

The three day festival schedule includes the following:

Friday, Feb. 3
•9 a.m. until 2 p.m.: Education Day with activities for local school kids, including tours of the Black Heritage Museum.

•Opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. with a solo by Dr. Evelyn Bethune and music by pianists Ted Johns.
•Noon until 6 p.m.: Festival activities in the park
•Noon until 4 p.m.: Entertainment by Rising Tide, a band from Gainesville
•4 to 6 p.m.: Music by DJ Clark Sounds

Saturday, Feb. 4
•10 a.m. until 7 p.m.: Festival activities in the park
•11 a.m.: Talent showcase
•12:30 to 4 p.m.: Music by Packrat and the Smokehouse band.
•4 to 6 p.m.: Music by DJ Clark Sounds and line dancing.

Sunday, Feb. 5
•10 a.m. until 6 p.m.: Festival activities in the park.
•1 p.m.: Sunday’s Best Gospel Concert.

Daytona State films
Daytona State College is celebrating Black History Month with a several activities highlighted by a film series of rare African-American filmmakers in the Southeast Museum of Photography Madorsky Theater.
•Feb. 15: “Screen Snapshots’’ (1 minute); “Within Our Gates’’ (79 minutes); directed by Oscar Micheaux, 1920, silent
•Feb. 22: “Two Knights of Vaudeville’’ (11 minutes); “Ten Nights in a Bar Room’’ (64 minutes); directed by Ray Calnek, 1926, silent

Orange City festival
Orange City will hold an African-American Heritage Month Festival from Feb. 24-26.

The event is free to the public and will include arts and crafts, vendors, live entertainment, activities for all ages, food, free health screenings and awareness, college recruiters, financial institutions, resume writing, and job search opportunities.

The schedule is as follows:
•Friday, Feb. 24: 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Talent/Gospel Ensemble, Orange City United Methodist Church, 396 E. University Ave. It will feature Faith Henderson and the Gospel Praise, Wanda Cobb, Ronald Freeman and the Singing Angels, and Ronald Davis.
•Saturday, Feb. 25: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 207 East Blue Springs Ave. (Mill Lake Park). Food, vendors, sweet potato pie bake off, live entertainment by the Vibe Band.
•Sunday, Feb. 26: 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Know your status event at Orange City United Methodist Church, 396 E. University Ave.

For more information, visit www.ocaahf.com or call 407-314-1033.

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