CAMBRIDGE — The month of February is filled with opportunities to enhance African-American studies and family research for people of color in the region. The celebration of the unique culture, heritage and arts of this population will also be enjoyed.
The Dorchester County Historical Society and The Chesapeake Kinfolk, Genealogy and Enrichment Services (CKGES) have partnered to bring a full calendar of very special events to the public.
This series of historical events has been fine-tuned by CKGES leader Christy Camper and is the fruition of many years of study and questioning by her. While mostly uplifting in tone, these offerings are arranged to inspire all who wish to learn more about African-American history and personal truth.
• Beginning on Feb. 2 from 7 – 9 p.m., the first event will be a screening of the classic African-American film “Carmen Jones” which is a 1954 American musical starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte. This award-winning movie was adapted from the 1940s Broadway hit. Admission includes refreshments and is $10 per person.
• The next Friday, Feb. 9, there will be another movie screening “Their Eyes Were Watching God” from 7 – 9 p.m. This film from the novel of the same name by Harlem Renaissance author, Nora Neale Hurston, stars Halle Berry as the free spirited Janie in the 1920s. The story moves you through different relationships for Janie in her search for happiness. Cost $10/person.
• On Feb. 10 from 1 – 3 p.m. come and “Build a Tree: Genealogy Basics.” This two-hour workshop will address some issues that many African-Americans face when doing family research. Attendees will be taught basics and some tips for filling out pedigree charts and more. Cost $10/person.
• On Feb. 16 from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., Write and Rhymed Poetry Open Mic will be held which will be devoted to poetry, spoken word and performance that highlights African-American history and thought. Featured poets include Jo Wordsmith, Lisa Lips and Diana Thompson. DJ Eyeconic will perform as well. Admission is $10/person.
• Finally, on Feb. 23 from 7 – 8:30 p.m., Professor Tarik Oduno will share his research on “From Banneker to Tubman to Burroughs.” His inspirational delivery will encourage everyone to understand their history. Admission is $10/person.
All of these offerings will be held on the campus of the Dorchester County Historical Society in the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester, located at 1003 Greenway Drive in Cambridge.
To ensure space, please reserve by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who wish to attend all of the events of the series, the cost is reduced to $40/person.
This series has been made possible by grants from the City of Cambridge and Elks Lodge 223.