It’s Black History Month: Check Out Events at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum

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Black History Month at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum begins with a concert by the world-renowned Morgan State University Choir performing traditional African American spirituals and gospel selections. Entitled “Rejoicing in the Spirit,” the performance is Saturday, February 6 at 3:00 p.m. and is in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World.

Rose’s illustrations of spirituals are one of few series in the art world that use African Americans as the principal subjects of iconic biblical stories like Jonah and the Whale and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. Little wonder that James Porter, the father of African American art history, called the works the most comprehensive visual interpretation of Negro spirituals to appear in the United States when they first exhibited. A short discussion about the evolution of African American spirituals precedes the concert.

Admission to the performance is available to the general public for $30 and to museum members for $25. Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 443-263-1875 or visiting the Visitors’ Services Desk during regular museum hours.

In addition to the concert, several other programs will also celebrate Black History Month:

Performance by Guitarist Kevin Jackson
Thursday, February 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.)
Hear a mix of acoustic renditions of rock, contemporary Christian, jazz, and soulful R&B, from Baltimore’s own Kevin Jackson. In his 25-year career, Jackson has recorded with artists Sheila E., Jennifer Holliday, Maysa, Oli Silk, and Chico Debarge. Museum galleries will be open after hours and guests can enjoy a cash bar. The concert is a part of the museum’s Third Thursday series. Admission is $10 for the general public and $8 for members. Sponsored by WEAA.

Picture Book Workshop with Illustrator Shadra Strickland
Saturday, February 20, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Create picture book art with illustrator Shadra Strickland after hearing her children’s book Sunday Shopping. Ms. Strickland will teach children how to draw like an illustrator and discuss how she got started. Recommended for ages 5 to 12 years old. Held in conjunction with the current exhibition Ruth Starr Rose. Included with museum admission.

Film Screening: Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer
Sunday, February 21, 2:00 p.m.
In the infancy of hip-hop, Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz documented the pioneers of music and style who would launch an enduring worldwide phenomenon. In Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer, director Charlie Ahearn pays tribute to both Shabazz and those who defined hip-hop before it had definition. Included with museum admission.

Verizon Black History Month Open House 2016
Saturday, February 27, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month with an open house at the museum. Join friends, neighbors, community innovators and business leaders for a day full of interactive tours, activities, and entertainment. Sponsored by Verizon. Free.

About the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture highlights the history and accomplishments of African Americans, with a special focus on Maryland. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum engages visitors through its permanent and special exhibitions, resource center, as well as programs such as its film series, live music performances, and family programming. For more information on the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, call 443-263-1800 or visit

Edited from Press Release

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