January 15th, 2016 – 8:00PM | Dancing Through the Decades: 60’s to 90’s
Jan 31 3 – 5p.m. – “Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color: The Past, Present and Future of One Historically Black College”, a photography exhibit by Andew Feiler. Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. 460 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Presented by The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.
Feb 1-28. – Live Oak Public Libraries celebrate Black History Month. Go to www.liveoakpl.org for full schedule and branch locations.
Feb 2, 12 Noon – Misrepresentations of Haiti in American Media. Lecture by Dr. Amy Potter.
Armstrong State University, Student Union- Ogeechee Theater. Presented by Sigma Iota Alpha
Feb 2, 6 – 8 p.m. Political Action Town Hall Series: “Know Your Rights: Us with Them.” Attorneys and Law Enforcers discuss one’s rights during encounters with law enforcement. Armstrong State University, Student Union, Savannah Ballroom. Presented by Armstrong NAACP Chapter
Feb 3, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Community Dance Workshop and Master Class by Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Los Angeles, CA. CALL: 912-358-4309 for Reservations and Location. Limited Enrollment.
Feb 3, 6:30 p.m. – 15th Annual New Beginning Art Exhibit Opening & Reception Sponsored by the Savannah (GA) Chapter of The Links, Inc.. Gallery S.P.A.C.E. (Feb 3-29), 9 West Henry St.. Exhibit moves to Art Gallery, Savannah – Hilton Head International Airport (March 7-31) .
Feb 4-10 Bright Star Children’s Touring Theatre –Closed presentations in Savannah- Chatham County Schools. Productions include “North Star, Black History Hall of Fame & Bella Under the Bullying Big Top.” Presented in part by Gulfstream, Georgia Power, AmeriGroup, and the Mary Lane Morrison Foundation.
Feb 4, 6:30 p.m. A Public Conversation with Lula Washington, founder, artistic director and choreographer of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Pre-curser to the February 5 dance performance. First Congregational Church, 421 Habersham St.
Feb 5, 11 a.m. – 15th Annual School Day Extravaganza featuring Lula Washington Dance Theatre for students grades 4–8. Reservations required. Public schools call: 912-395-5530; Home-schooled & private schools call: 912-354-2657. Curriculum Guide at www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com. Presented in part by Gulfstream, Georgia Power,Carver State Bank and South State Bank.
Feb 5, 7:30 p.m. – The Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Free admission ticket required for seating. Unclaimed seats released 10 minutes prior to curtain call. For ticket info : 912-358-4309, or www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com. Presentation of 2016 Honorees : Edna Jackson, Eileen Baker, Vaughnette Goode-Walker, Johnny Brown, Jamal Touree. Presented in part by Gulfstream, Georgia Power, Carver State Bank, and South State Bank . Savannah Civic Center, Johnny Mercer Theater, 301 Oglethorpe Ave.
Feb 6, 1 p.m. Memorial Wreath-laying (Simultaneously). African-American Monument , Haitian Monument , World War II &. Vietnam Memorials. Presented in part by Lester’s Florist. Rousakis Plaza, River Street; Franklin Square; and Emmet Park.
Feb 6, 11 a.m. Youth session. Continuing the Legacy of W.W. Law. Earl Shinholster Youth Leadership Institute “Remembers Savannah’s Law.” Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. 460 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Youth Groups, Call 912-232-2626 for information.
Feb 6, 3 – 5 p.m. The King-Tisdell Cottage Museum “Remembers Savannah’s Law. “ King – Tisdell Cottage, 514 East Huntingdon Street
Feb 7, 3-5 p.m. Opening Exhibition, Reception and Celebration. “Art With Gullah Geechee Influence” by Sonja Griffin Evans, Jery Bennett-Taylor, Muneer McAdams-Mahmoud, Natalie Daise, Amiri Farris, & “Sabree,” Celebration: 20-year Ownership of the “Ulysses Davis Collection.” Beach Institute African American Cultural Center, 502 East Harris St.
Feb 8, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Observance. Activities sponsored by the “Get in the Know” HIV and Substance Abuse Awareness Prevention Project.”
FREE & Confidential HIV Testing. For ages 18 & older. Savannah State University. Student Union Building.
Bright Star Children’s Touring Theatre – Public presentations. Presented in part by Gulfstream, AmeriGroup andThe Mary Lane Morrison Foundation.
Feb 8, 6:30 p.m. “North Star.” First African Baptist Church of East Savannah,
402 Treat Ave. Presented in part by First African Baptist Church of East Savannah
Feb 9, 6:30 p.m. “Black History Hall of Fame.” Living Hope Community Fellowship, 5008 Augusta Rd. Presented in part by Living Hope Community Fellowship
Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Annual Future of Jazz Concert and Tribute to the Late Ben Tucker. Featuring local and regional young jazz vocalists and instrumentalists. Presented by the Jewish Educational Alliance, Seacrest Partners and AT&T. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.
Feb 11-15 Bright Star Children’s Touring Theatre –Closed presentations in Savannah- Chatham County Schools. Productions include “Meet Dr. King; From Anansi to John Henry; Celebrate: Songs and Stories from Around the World.” Presented in part by Gulfstream, Georgia Power, AmeriGroup, and the Mary Lane Morrison Foundation.
Feb 11, 6:30 p.m. W. W. Law Lecture I. “The Weeping Time.” Otis S. Johnson, Ph.D., Scholar-in-Residence, Savannah State University, examines the cause and impact of the largest slave sale in U. S. & Georgia history which took place at a race track in Savannah, GA, March, 1859. Presented in part by The Telfair Museums. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St.
Feb 13, 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. GRAND FESTIVAL DAY
Savannah Civic Center, 301 Oglethorpe Ave.
An array of family-oriented activities ending with a star-studded concert.
- 8:30 a.m. WALK GEORGIA. health walk to promote a healthy Georgia. Check-in, Registration, Warm-up and Walk from the Civic Center to Forsyth Park and back. Sponsored by the University of Georgia Extension Chatham County AND WellCare of SE Georgia. Pre-Registration Encouraged. Call : 912-652-7981, or go to ugaextension.com/chatham.
- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Annual Adult Health Fair. Screenings, healthy food presentations, exercise demonstrations, and more. Sponsored by WellCare of Georgia 1st Floor Lobby
- YOUTH PROGRAM SESSIONS
- 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 5th Annual Youth Health Exercise Program “Help Your Body Get Its Move On.” Presented in part by SSU Athletic Dept. and COPE (Childhood Obesity and Prevention Education).Ballroom, 3rd Floor
- 1:00 – 2:45 p.m. Savannah Stars with Magic Marc (2 Sessions): Entertainment by Savannah Y.E.S. Stars, Magic Show and Story-telling. 1ST Session [1-1:45 p.m.]; 2nd Session [2 – 2:45 p.m.] 2nd Floor
- 1:00 – 3:45 p.m. Bright Star Children’s Touring Theatre (3 Sessions): 1ST Show [1-1:45 p.m.]; 2nd Show [2 – 2:45 p.m.]; 3rd Show [3 – 3:45 p.m.] Mason Room. Presented in part by Gulfstream, Georgia Power, AmeriGroup, and the Mary Lane Morrison Foundation.
- 1:00 – 3:45 p.m. Crafts Village (2 Sessions) : INDIVIDUAL & GROUP RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Email: email@example.com. Call: 912-358-3133. CLASS SIZES LIMITED.. 1st Session [1 p.m. – 2:15p.m.]; 2nd Session [2:30 – 3:45 p.m.]; Includes, but not limited to: Doll-making, Mask-making, Jewelry-making, Painting, Culinary Arts, Basket-making, Wallet Crafts. 2nd Floor Lobby
- 1 – 2:30 p.m. Dads Learn Hair Care with Their Daughters and Sons. Dads and Children ages 6 and up are encouraged to attend. 2nd Floor Area. Presented by The Nappy Hutt
- Documentary Mini-Theatre. African American documentaries shown continuously. 2nd Floor
- 1-2:30 p.m. Local Authors Corner. Self-published local authors discuss challenges/successes with writing, publishing and marketing book sales. 2nd
- 3:30 p.m. Grand Festival Day Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony launches local performances with host, Magic Marc. L. King, Jr. Arena
- 4:00 p.m. Annual Youth Talent Extravaganza. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Savannah Alumnae Chapter
- 6 – 9 p.m. Live concert begins featuring Winners of the E.S. Talent Showcase, Con Funk Shun and Tony! Toni! Tone!
Feb 14, 5 p.m. Annual Gospel Concert featuring Wess Morgan . Opening performances by the SSU Wesleyan and ASU Gospel choirs. Presented in part by LifeLink of Georgia. First African Baptist Church, 23 Montgomery St.
Feb 15, (All Day Expo). Black Women’s Empowerment Day. Armstrong State University, Student Union- Savannah Ballroom. Sponsored by: Student African American Sisterhood
Feb 15, Time: TBA. Bright Star Children’s Touring Theatre – Public presentation. “From Anansi to John Henry and “Celebrate: Songs and Stories from Around the World.” Overcoming by Faith Ministries, 9700 Middleground Rd.
Feb 16, 11:00 a.m. W. W. Law Lecture I & Panel. “The Weeping Time.” Otis S. Johnson, Ph.D., Scholar-in-Residence, Savannah State UniversityPresented by SSU Center for Leadership Lecture Series and Social and Behavioral Sciences Dept.. Savannah State University, Jordan Hall – Torian Auditorium
Feb. 16, 4:30 -6:30 p.m. – Liturgical Dance Workshop I. Directed by Dr. LaJune Wise-Wilkerson. Zion Method Performing Arts Academy, Inc. TBA. Liturgical dancers or groups:
call 912-308-3077 for registration and location. Limited Enrollment.
Feb 16, 6:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: “Journey of Ellen and William Craft” by scholar Barbara McCaskill & artist Xaviera Simmons. 7:00 p.m. Opening Reception – Carrie Mae Weems solo exhibition. A deFine Art event presented by SCAD Museum of Art. 601 Turner Blvd. www.scadmoa.org
Feb 17, 6:00 p.m. Lecture by SCAD deFine Art 2016 Honoree and Keynote Speaker, Carrie Mae Weems. Presented by SCAD. Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Visit www.scadmoa.org
Feb 17-20, 8 p.m. SSU Players by the Sea in conjunction with the 2016 Savannah Black Heritage Festival present “Chain” by Pearl Cleage. Reservations are strongly encouraged for the nights of the 17th and 18th two-night free performance. The 19th and 20th performances will have a $5 admission. For reservations email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Savannah State University, King-Frazier Complex, Elmore Theatre.
Feb 18, 11 a.m. W. W. Law Lecture Series II. “African Americans in Cherokee History” by Dr. Tiya Miles, Distinguished Professor, Afroamerican & African Studies, University of Michigan, and Author, Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom . Book-signing follows. Sponsored by the Ossabaw Island Foundation. Presented in part by SSU Center for Leadership Lecture Series. Asa Gordon Library, Savannah State University.
Feb. 19, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Liturgical Dance Workshop II. Directed by Dr. LaJune Wise-Wilkerson. Liturgical dancers or groups, call 912-308-3077 for registration and location. Limited enrollment.
Feb 20, 11 a.m. Historical Marker Gathering and Commemoration of “The Weeping Time.” Marker Location. Presented by SSU Center for Leadership Lecture Series and
Social and Behavioral Sciences Dept. Convene at Augusta Avenue and Dunn Street.
Feb 20, 4 p.m. The Ugandan Kid’s Choir, an outreach of Childcare Worldwide. Experience African folk music authentically performed. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Savannah Alumnae Chapter. St. Paul CME Church, 1601 Barnard St.
Feb 20, 5 p.m. Spoken Work Expo, featuring Comedian Reggie Reg., Presented by First African Baptist Church, 23 Montgomery St.
Feb 21, 5 p.m. Annual Songs and Stories of Faith, Resistance and Freedom featuring Storyteller Lillian Grant-Baptiste and the First Bryan Baptist Church Choir. First Bryan Baptist Church, 575 West Bryan St.
Feb 23, 6 – 8 p.m. “They Left Their Mark.” Local talent showcase: Dance, stepping, poetry, gospel, gospel rap, blues and R&B. Sponsored by the City of Savannah, Parks and Recreation Services Department . Savannah Civic Center, Johnny Mercer Theater, 301 Oglethorpe Ave.
Feb 27, 12 noon. Carver State Bank Celebrates. 89th Anniversary Observance and Gathering to honor Founder, Louis B. Toomer at the Toomer Monument in Chatham Square. Convene at Carver State Bank, 701 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Feb. 28, 4 p.m.
W.W. Law, Civil Rights and the NAACP. Presented by the NAACP-Savannah Branch. Experience the influence of W.W. Law on the monthly Mass Meetings during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. First African Baptist Church, 23 Montgomery St.
Feb 28, 5 p.m. Heritage Concert. Presented by First African Baptist Church, 23 Montgomery St.
All festival performances and activities are free and open to the public.
*Events, dates, times, performers and locations are subject to change.
Visit www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com for Updates; or Call 912-358-4309
The Savannah Black Heritage Festival is presented by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs.