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Celebration of Black History 2018

Reggie Codrington
Tichina Arnold

Fayetteville/Cumberland County is not only full of local history, but will also welcome best-selling authors and other world class events. Here are a few ways to jump in to Black History this year:

Jan 15 - Feb 25 Celebranting Heritage: Selections from the Hazel & John Biggers Collection at Rosenthal Gallery - Tour this exhibition which will feature over 35 works from leading African American artists of the last century including John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Hale Woodruff, Walter Williams, Charles White, James Van Derzee, Paul Goodnight and others.

Jan 20 - Mar 03 Celebrating Heritage: An Estate Exhibition and Sale of African Art at Ellington-White Gallery - The estate of John and Hazel H. Biggers has graciously contracted with Ellington-White Contemporary for this momentous exhibition and sale of estate african artifacts collected by artist John Biggers.

Jan 26 - Feb 24 It Is Well with My Soul: The History and Artistic Form in African-American Cemeteries of Cumberland County at the Arts Center - This exhibition, presented by the Fayetteville area Transportation and Local History Museum, will examine of the history, tradition, and artistic form in the historic African-American cemeteries of Fayetteville-Cumberland County.

Feb 01 African American History Exhibit and Program at the Smith Center - The Loyal Seniors Citizens Club’s invites the public to a free African American History Exhibit and Program which will premiere the video “Wall of Honor”: Celebrating Everyday Local Heroes and Revisit: “Rising through Adversity”: Local Heroes Who Shaped our Community, Cumberland County Library exhibit research - done by Arletha Campbell.

Feb 03 Dancing Stories with April Turner at Museum of the Cape Fear from 2- 3 p.m. - This annual event is great for the whole family. Learn about West African traditions and you may even get a chance to  play a shekere.

Feb 03 - May 27 1867: Deeds Not Words, The Origin of FSU at Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex - The multi-media exhibit features photographs, panels, and video interviews that tell the story of the university’s founding.

Feb 06 Hidden Figures Author speaks at Fayetteville State University at 7 p.m. - Best-selling author, Margot Lee Shetterly will offer a free talk in Seabrook Auditorium.

Feb 10 1867-2017: A 150 Year Celebration! at Seabrook Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. - Join Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra as they celebration the sesquicentennial of Fayetteville State University with world-renowned soprano Angela Brown.

Feb 17 True to Yourself: A Black History Month Film Talk at Seabrook Auditorium - Presented by the Arts Council and Piedmont Natural Gas, Tichina Arnold and Winsome Sinclair will guide the audience through their careers, lives, challenges and so much more. 

Feb 18 Smooth Jazz II Concert at Seabrook Auditorium beginning at 6 p.m. - Jazz Singer, Songwriter and Cellist Shana Tucker will headline Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) Smooth Jazz Flow II concert, featuring Fayetteville renowned jazz saxophonist, Reggie Codrington