Each February, area organizations and institutions offer opportunities to learn more about African-American culture and history through various programs held throughout the month. Visit our online calendar at rochestercitynewspaper.com for more related events, and learn about the black experience the rest of the year by reading James Baldwin's magnificently articulate writings, or by listening to the fiery, soul-rending prose of Gil Scott-Heron and Amiri Baraka.
On Sunday, February 24, from noon to 5 p.m., visit the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.) with the kids for a Black History Month Family Day. The theme this year is "Reflections on Freedom," and the event will include guided art activities, musical performances, dance performances, and tours with special cultural highlights within the museum's collection. These include "Freedom: A Tour of African and African American Art," remarks on the Emancipation Proclamation by Dr. David Anderson, the "ABCs of Afro-Rochester Black History" by Kuumba Consultants, a Freedom in Dance Showcase (pictured: University of Rochester group Ma'Frisah), and a jazz concert with Jimmie Highsmith Jr.
Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per family, and includes access to the museum. For more information, call 276-8900, or visit mag.rochester.edu.