Dorchester County Historical Society and The Chesapeake Kinfolk, Genealogy and Enrichment Services have partnered to bring events to the public during February, in recognition of Black History Month.
Events will be held at Dorcester County Historical Society in the Heritage Museums and Gardens or Dorchester, 1003 Greenway Drive, Cambridge, Maryland.
This series been fine-tuned by CKGES leader Christy Camper. These offerings are arranged to inspire all who wish to learn more about African-American history and personal truth.
— “Carmen Jones” screening: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 2. This 1954 African-American musical stars Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte and is based on the 1940s Broadway musical. Admission is $10 per person and includes refreshments.
— “Their Eyes Were Watching God” screening: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9. This film, from the novel of the same name by Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston, stars Halle Berry as Janie in the 1920s. The story moves through different relationships for Janie in her search for happiness. Admission is $10 per person.
— “Build a Tree: Genealogy Basics” workshop: 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 10. This two-hour workshop will address some issues that African-Americans face when doing family research. Attendees will be taught basics and some tips for filling out pedigree charts and more. Cost is $10 per person.
— Write and Rhymed Poetry Open Mic: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 16. An open mic 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 per person.
— “From Banneker to Tubman to Burroughs” lecture: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 23: Professor Tarik Oduno will share his research on Benjamin Banneker, Harriet Tubman, Nannie Helen Burroughs and beyond. Admission is $10 per person.
For those who wish to attend all of the events of the series, the cost is reduced to $40 per person. RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.