February 1 marks the start of Black History Month, which is observed annually not only in the U.S. but also in Canada and parts of Europe.
There will be lots of celebrations throughout the entire metro Atlanta area. Admission to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is free for the entire month of February, made possible by the Coca-Cola Foundation. There is six-ticket limit per guest.
If you’re looking for something closer to home, we’ve got you covered. There’s a lot to do in South Fulton to celebrate the recent and historic contributions of African-Americans in theatre, science, visual arts, cinema and more.
Here are a few of our must-see and must-do picks for this weekend:
True Colors Theatre Company will hold a free reading of Josh Wilder’s “Wrong River” on Friday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Southwest Arts Center (915 New Hope Road). Wilder is a Yale School of Drama alumnus and a recipient of The Lorraine Hansberry Award. “Wrong River” shares the story of a young couple making ends meet at the height of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
The African-American Inventor’s Exhibit will be on display at Welcome All Park (4255 Will Lee Road) on Saturday, February 2 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. With over 20 items included, the display is curated to spark an appreciation for innovation and inspire the next generation of inventors.
Fulton County Arts & Culture Aviation Community Cultural Center (at 3900 Aviation Circle) presents The Bearden Experience: Black History Month Celebrating African-American Art on Saturday, February 2, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Participate in a collage-making workshop and learn about the art of Romare Bearden. No experience or registration is necessary.
Mark your calendar for these events later in the month:
The Inner Ground Railroad Exhibition opens with three separate installations, River Jordan, Drinking Gourd and Promised Land. River Jordan opens on February 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Southwest Arts Center. Drinking Gourd opens at the South Fulton Arts Center (4645 Butner Road) on February 9 at 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours for both are Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
As part of Promised Land, a master series workshop exploring the African Diaspora will be held at the Aviation Cultural Community Center on February 23 from noon to 2:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
ONYXCON, a popular festival for lovers of popular arts and science fiction, returns to Wolf Creek Library (3100 Enon Road) on February 16 starting at 11:00 a.m. and on February 17 starting at 1:00 p.m.
The Wolf Creek Branch is also the venue for Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr. and Urban Film Review’s celebration of Black History and cinema. The opening reception will take place on February 22 at 6:00 p.m. with additional activities on February 23 starting at noon.
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