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Black History Month Events for 2014

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Feb. 15, 2014 – The Black Church & Civil Rights
Where: Memorial Chapel, Fort Myer, Va.
When: Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.
What: Join keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Leonard N. Smith from Mount Zion Baptist Church in Arlington, Va. for a Black History Month celebration.  Local activists, musicians and leaders are all coming together for a day of praise and celebration.
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Feb. 21, 2014 – Celebrating Civil Rights in America
Where: Fairfax County Government Center Forum
When: Feb. 21, 2014 at 5:45 p.m.
What: A celebration of civil rights in America with special guest speaker Mark Moore and appearances by the Gye Nyame African Cultural Dance Company and Kukuwa.
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Feb. 22, 2014 – Freedom’s Faith Step: No More Auction Block
Where: Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, Md.
When: Feb. 22, 2014 at 4 p.m.
What: This free choreo-dramatic presentation shows black history from slavery to the present.
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Feb. 22, 2014 – Spoken Word Poetry Event: “Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom”
Where: Josiah Henson Park, 11420 Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, Md.
When: Feb. 22, 2014 at 3 p.m. – FREE
What:  The public is invited to this annual poetry event to create and share their own “sounds of freedom” in the form of original poetry. Only self-guided tours are available during the program. A reception with light refreshments takes place immediately following the program.

Feb. 23, 2014 – Worship Service
Where: Memorial Chapel, Fort Myer, Va.
When: Sunday, Feb. 23 at 12 p.m.
What: The Gospel Service will host Dr. Clarence Lusane, author of The Black History of the White House, and a book review following Worship.

Fridays in February – Tours of Enslaved Women of Darnall’s Chance
Where: Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr, Upper Marlboro, Md.
When: Feb. 7, 14, and 28 with tours beginning at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
What: Join this tour to learn more about black history during the “Enslaved Women of Darnall’s Chance.”  The tour focuses on the African American women who lived at Darnall’s Chance, with a special emphasis on the Bentley Family of Upper Marlborough. Open to those ages 10 and up, the tours will be held on the following Fridays: February 7, 14, and 28, 2014. The tours begin promptly at 1 pm and 3 pm. Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time. Reservations are required for groups of 7 or more. Tours are FREE. For more information, call staff at 301-952-8010.

Saturdays in February – Free Guided Tours in Josiah Henson Park
Where: Josiah Henson Park, 11420 Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, Md.
When: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 from 12 – 4 p.m.
What:  Montgomery Parks will celebrate Black History Month with weekly free guided tours of Josiah Henson Park each Saturday in February.  The month-long celebration will culminate in a special spoken word poetry event “Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom,” on February 22. Weekly guided tours will retrace the footsteps of Reverend Josiah Henson from his enslavement on the former Isaac Riley plantation to his escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. Henson’s extraordinary life was documented in his 1849 autobiography that inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852.

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