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Celebration of Black Culture

Rock 'n' roll king Chuck Berry leaves a rich legacy

Rock ‘n’ roll king Chuck Berry, who influenced generations of musicians, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley, died March 18 at age 90 near his St. Louis hometown. Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry on Oct. ...
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Nationally known scholar to deliver Benjamin E. Mays lecture

Dr. Noma LeMoine, a nationally-recognized language and literacy acquisition researcher, will deliver the 28th annual Benjamin E. Mays Lecture on Feb. 21 at Georgia State University. LeMoine, who is the chief educational officer of LeMoine and Associates Educational Consulting, writes ...
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Library Read-In to showcase books written by African-American authors

Teens, kids and adults can read books written by African Americans at the Feb. 25 Jubilee of Reading for Youth: African-American Read-In at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library have until Feb. 20 to register.
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Choirs to celebrate the Art of Negro Spiritual’ at Saint Philip AME

Members of Saint Philip AME and guests are celebrating Black History in song through “The Art of the Negro Spiritual” on Feb. 26 at the Atlanta church.
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Sing-along of freedom songs from civil rights movement

The power of community singing through the freedom songs of the civil rights movement will be discussed on Feb. 15 at Feb. 15 at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library in Decatur. Singer and educator Joyce L. Williams will facilitate ...

Lawmakers, elected officials to discuss state of black business

“Black History: The Past, Present and Future of Black Businesses” on Feb. 23 at the APEX Museum features presentations from African American state lawmakers and local government officials.

Transformation of Marcus Garvey's ‘Mighty Race’

Speakers and performers will present “Black History Month: Transformation” on Feb. 15 at the Flat Shoals Library in Decatur.
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ConunDrums to showcase the beat of West African rhythms

The all-female percussion ensemble ConunDrums will play West African rhythms on Feb. 25 at the Redan-Trotti Library in Lithonia.
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One-act play revisits court-martial of Lt. Henry O. Flipper

Former Army captain, paratrooper and combat veteran Bob Rogers will dramatize the military trial of former slave Henry O. Flipper on Feb. 28 at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library. Rogers’ one-act play, “Lieutenant Flipper’s Trial,” begins at 7 p.m. ...
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Symposium to focus on Flat Rock, Shermantown communities

Flat Rock and Shermantown residents, scholars, and theatrical entertainment are featured at a symposium on the preservation of the two historic African American communities on Feb. 23 at the DeKalb History Center.
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Graphic novelist explores Black Art in Historical Context at Stonecrest Library

Visual/teaching artist Kevin Sipp will present Black Art in Historical Context on Feb. 25 at the Stonecrest Library. Shipp, who is also a curator and graphic novel author, will explore perspectives on American slavery, Emancipation, Reconstruction and the Great Migration ...

Black History Month program to reflect on contributions of African Americans

Singers, dancers and poets will perform on Feb. 13 as part of a Black History Month program at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in Decatur. The theme of the program, presented by the DeKalb Section of the National Council of ...

Martin and Ralph – a lifelong friendship

Exactly 55 years ago on Feb. 11 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “A Knock at Midnight,” sermon to the West Hunter congregation welcoming his best friend Ralph David Abernathy as the church’s new pastor. “God has blessed ...
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Restoration of historic West Hunter Street Baptist Church could be underway this year

The story goes that the stones used to build the historic West Hunter Street Baptist Church building were laid in 1906 by former slaves. Today those stones are crumbling, as the spiritual home of civil rights leader and pastor Ralph ...
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NAACP president on civil rights, Trump

NAACP National President Cornell Brooks will deliver a keynote lecture on civil rights at Emory University School of Law's King Day Celebrations on Jan. 12. Brooks, a civil rights attorney, social justice advocate and fourth-generation ordained minister, will lecture on ...
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