On-going Events

Through March 2

  • “Women: Game Changers, Less Known, Here Celebrated” (Los Angeles, Calif.): Throughout history, African-American women have made their mark in countless areas of American society. From the sciences to sports, politics to medicine, the military to education and so many other areas, there have been numerous virtually unknown and/or celebrated mavericks whose groundbreaking achievements have not, for a variety of reasons, been brought forth into the public eye. This exhibit at the California African-American Museum celebrates their triumphs and lives, bringing their stories front and center to take their rightful place in the annals of history. (213) 744-7432, caamuseum.org

Through May 9

  • “Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama” (Chicago, Ill.):Incorporating folk art, traditional and other quilting styles, “Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama,” showing at the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago, provides a unique look at the historic significance of the presidential election of 2008. Designed to bring the art of quilting to a broader American audience, the exhibit will include almost 100 works by of some of America’s best-known fiber artists, including Adrienne Yorinks, Sandra German, Burley Leak and Jim Smoote, just to name a few. (773) 947-0600, dusablemuseum.org

Through March 31

  • “And Freedom for All: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” (St. Louis, Mo.): “And Freedom for All: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” is a poignant photographic journey through the lens of famed photojournalist Stanley Tretick, who captured Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech. Celebrate the magic, history, emotion, reverberation and so much more through these powerfully gripping images at the Griot Museum of Black History and Culture. (314) 367-6731, thegriotmuseum.com

Current Events:

Feb. 1-27

  • “We Don’t Want Them: A History of Detroit’s Housing Segregation” (Detroit, Mich.): Continuing on after a special Detroit grade school reading program in 2011 of the book “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age” by Kevin Boyle, this exhibit focuses on the history of housing segregation in the metropolitan Detroit region and, more specifically, on the story of Ossian Sweet, an African-American doctor who in 1925 purchased a home in a then-all-white Detroit neighborhood. The events and subsequent legal trial that the Sweet family underwent, as the museum puts it, “provides a powerful backdrop for local dialogue on issues of difference, structural discrimination and immigration.” (313) 494-5800, thewright.org

Feb. 2-26

  • “The Ballad of Emmett Till” (Houston, Texas): As part of its 35th anniversary celebration, the Ensemble Theatre in Houston is presenting “The Ballad of Emmett Till,” based on the life and 1955 lynching of Emmett Till in Mississippi. “Told through contemporary prose with the infusion of jazz,” the presentation details this sad and historic saga of race relations in America during that time and since. (713) 250-0055, ensemblehouston.com

Feb. 9-20

  • 20th annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (Los Angeles, Calif.): The annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival, America’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival, presents and showcases a broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes of Africans and African-Americans across the Diaspora. Festival activities encompass an opening night gala, Spoken Word Fest, Student Fest, Artist Fest, Senior’s Connection, Children’s Festival, variety of performance artists and musical performers, numerous panels and workshops and a great deal more. (310) 337-4737, paff.org

Feb. 18-20

  • 49th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival (Coconut Grove, Fla.): One of the nation’s premier outdoor fine arts festivals, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival will be celebrating its 49th anniversary this year. Each year, the festival attracts more than 150,000 people to this three-day event held on the streets in the heart of Coconut Grove, just south of downtown Miami. A wealth of fantastic artists and craftsmen from around the world, live entertainment and fine cuisine are also a part of the celebration. (305) 447-0401,coconutgroveartsfest.com

Feb. 25

  • “Seven Guitars” (St. Petersburg, Fla.): As part of its annual Civic Challenge, a fundraiser, the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum is presenting “Seven Guitars” by famed playwright August Wilson. The play is set in Pittsburgh in 1948 and centers around the lives of seven men and women whose hopes, dreams, challenges and successes are shared in a neighborhood backyard. Although not one of Wilson’s most well-known plays, the work offers yet another aspect of this prolific artist. (727) 323-1104, woodsonmuseum.com

Lysa Allman-Baldwin writes for numerous online and print publications, including as the cultural travel writer for www.Examiner.com and as a senior travel writer for SoulOfAmerica.com, an Afrocentric travel website. Lysa can be reached at lallmanbaldwin@kc.rr.com.