Local Black History Month events include film, festival

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Local Black History Month events this week will include a discussion of the Academy Award-nominated “Get Out,’’ lectures on the Diaspora as well as a New Smyrna Beach heritage festival.

‘Get Out’ screening
Cinematique of Daytona will be screening the 2017 film “Get Out’’ at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11.

“Get Out’’ tells the story of Chris and his girlfriend, Rose. She invites Chris for a weekend getaway upstate with her parents, Missy and Dean.

As the weekend progresses, disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Discussion afterward
The film discussion will be moderated by Dr. Julius John of Bethune-Cookman University’s theater department.
Panelists will include Jason Hood, also of the theater department, Brandi Shannon of Hot 94.1 and Jeff Farance, a local film critic.

The film is rated “R.’’ Only persons 17 and older will be admitted.

Tickets are $7 general admission and can be reserved at the box office or by calling 386-252-3118.
Cinematique of Daytona, Daytona’s ArtHouse Cinema, is located at 242 S. Beach St.

More info: www.cinematique.org

Diaspora discussion
On Thursday, Feb. 15, Dr. Anthony Dixon, founder and president of Archival and Historical Research Associates and professor of history at B-CU will present “A Historical Overview of the African Diaspora in Florida.’’

His lecture will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Nunamann Hall, room 424, on the Daytona Beach campus.
For more information, contact Marcellas Preston at Marcellas.Preston@DaytonaState.edu.

Lecture at library
The Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., will present “The Kemetic (Egyptian) Judgment Scene Decoded’’ from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11.

Palm Coast resident Robert W. Whiting will explain the ancient Egyptian belief that upon death, one’s fate in the afterlife was determined by weighing the heart. Whiting is a historian who specializes in Nile Valley civilizations.
Reservations are not required.

Black Heritage Festival
The Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum’s Black Heritage Festival is Feb. 9-11 in New Smyrna Beach.

On Friday, Feb. 9 there will be an opening event at Pettis Park at 11 a.m. Education Day is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with tours of the Black Heritage Museum and art projects at the Alonzo “Babe’’ James Community Center (RSVP at 386-631-5551).

Friday Night Live will feature jazz and poetry beginning at 5 p.m. at Pettis Park.

On Saturday, the festival will include music and entertainment as well as food and vendors in Pettis Park. A “Sunday’s Best’’ Gospel Showcase is Sunday at 2 p.m.

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