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Sunday, February 9 - Saturday, February 15

Sunday, February 9, 1-6 pm
African Marketplace 
Browse and purchase unique vintage and contemporary items from local vendors. Please call the facility if you are interested in vendor opportunities
All ages; FREE; Vendor fee: $20/table
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington 20744
301-203-6040;TTY 301-203-6030 

Sunday, February 9, 1-6 pm
Expressions of a People 
This FREE Black History celebration features musical performances, children’s activities, workshops and entertainment for the entire family. Children will enjoy mask-making, face painting and a caricaturist.    
All ages; FREE
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington 20744
301-203-6070;TTY 301-203-3803 

Monday, February 10, 6-8 pm
Reception, Discussion and Book Signing with Larry S. Gibson, Esq., author of Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice
A noted civil rights lawyer, the first African American Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and a native of Maryland, Thurgood Marshall led the charge to end legal segregation in the United States and forever changed the landscape of American Society. Larry S. Gibson, Professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, has written a groundbreaking examination of Justice Marshall’s formative years and career beginnings, and the early influence on his personality, attitudes, priorities and work habits. In what promises to be a fascinating discussion of Justice Marshall’s life and accomplishments, Professor Gibson will highlight cases from Prince George’s County that demonstrate Marshall’s unparalleled legacy and commitment to the eradication of racial discrimination in the United States. You won’t want to miss this informative program, with a book signing to follow.
All ages; FREE
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington 20744
301-203-6040;TTY 301-203-6030 

Tuesday, February 11, 10:15 am & 12 noon 
Songs of Freedom 
Experience black history through the music of our past. Spirituals that carried secret messages, the blues of Beale Street and the anthems of the civil rights movement spanned both centuries and continents, and made a lasting impact on our culture today. Hear the songs and the stories behind them in this energetic and entertaining performance.
Recommended for grades 3 & up
Tickets: $6/person; $5/person in groups of 15 or more
Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784
301-277-1710;TTY 301-277-0312 

Tuesday, February 11, 2:45 pm & 3:45 pm
Metal Heads
Learn about enslaved and free ironworks laborers, read primary documents, and perform experiments in metallurgy. Program conducted by Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site staff.
All ages; FREE
Deerfield Run Community Center
13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel 20708
301-953-7882;TTY 301-445-4512 

Tuesday, February 11, 7-8:30 pm
African Mask Ceramic Workshop 
The creation of African masks often tells a story about the ancestry and honor of African heritage. Join us for a one-day ceramic workshop to explore the religious and ceremonial values that artists express in their artwork.
Ages 5-12; Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $7
Beltsville Community Center
3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville 20705
301-937-6613;TTY 301-445-4512 

Wednesday, February 12, 1-4 pm
Present Leaders Event
Join us for an afternoon discussion led by local community leaders about black history. Reservations are required by February 10.
Ages 16 & up; FREE
Bladensburg Community Center
4500 57thAvenue, Bladensburg 20710
301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512 

Thursday, February 13, 6:30-8:30 pm
Black History Month Folk Opening Art Exhibit: History in Living Color
Celebrate Black History Month with an exploration of African American folk art. Meet the artists and learn what inspired them. This event is free, however, pre-registration is required by February 6. Ages 21 & up; FREE
Billingsley House
6900 Green Landing Road, Upper Marlboro 20772
301-627-0730; TTY 301-446-6802 

Thursday, February 13, 6:30-9 pm
Xtreme Teens Most Wanted Hip-Hop Summit
Teens will discuss up-and-coming teen artists and domestic violence among youth, as well as learn about the history of hip-hop and its five elements: rapping, graffiti art, street fashion, street knowledge and deejaying.
Ages 13¬18; FREE
Newton White Mansion
2708 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville 20721
301-249-7200; TTY 301-218-6768 

Saturday, February 15, 12 noon-4 pm

5th Annual Black History Amazing Race 
Compete in a race against other teams that will educate you and get your adrena¬line going! Be the first to visit select African American heritage sites in the county using clues provided, and collect specific items to bring back to the judges. To participate, you’ll need transportation, a team of two or more persons and a digital camera. Participants will start the race at Good Luck Community Center and end at Langley Park Community Center (1500 Merrimac Drive Hyattsville 20783) no later than 4 pm. Registration begins January 2.
All ages; FREE
Good Luck Community Center
8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham 20706
301-552-1093; TTY 301-445-4512 

Saturday, February 15, 1-3 pm
Musicology 
Bring history to life as you explore the evolution of African American music from work songs to hip-hop and more. Live entertainment will be provided. 

All ages; FREE
Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center 
4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier 20712
301-927-2163; TTY 301-699-2544 

Saturday, February 15, 2-3 pm
Negro Leagues 
Luther Atkinson, a former Negro League baseball player, will share his stories of how he overcame the obstacles of racism and experienced success in professional baseball. Enjoy watching a film, viewing famous photographs, and receiving a signed baseball. 

All ages; FREE
Fort Washington Forest Community Center
1200 Fillmore Road, Fort Washington 20744
301-292-4300; TTY 301-203-6030 

Saturday, February 15, 2-4 pm
Next Step Freedom 
Explore the various passages of freedom in Prince George’s County during the 1800s. Participants will gain knowledge from walking through an underground railroad and receiving information from historians.  
All ages; FREE
Seat Pleasant Activity Center
5720 Addision Road, Seat Pleasant 20743
301-773-6685; TTY 301-218-6768 

Saturday, February 15, 3:30-4 pm
African American Cowboy 
Hear the untold stories and learn about the important history of the African American cowboy. Cowboys dressed in their real attire will share their rich legacy.
All ages; FREE
Fort Washington Forest Community Center
1200 Fillmore Road, Fort Washington 20744
301-292-4300; TTY 301-203-6030 

Saturday, February 15, 6 pm
Dinner and a Movie: Bird 
Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood, a well-known jazz aficionado, delivers a compassionate portrait of jazz visionary Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. As Parker, Forest Whitaker provides a multifaceted performance that helps provide an understanding of the man’s genius and tragedy. (Rated R)
Tickets: $15/person (film only); $30/person (dinner & film); Note: Tickets for both dinner & film must be purchased by 12 noon on Friday, Feb. 14.
Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel 20708
301-377-7800; TTY 301-490-2329 

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