Events to celebrate Black History Month

WISH-TV salutes the many contributions of African-Americans to our state as we celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial during Black History Month. Below are just a few of the cultural performances, programs and exhibitions to celebrate Black History Month.

Art & Soul:

Throughout February, the Arts Council will commemorate the impact of the African Diaspora on Indiana arts and culture with free performances, featured artists, and a group exhibition at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.

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Freedom Summer:

During Black History Month 2016, the Indiana State Museum will be screening Freedom Summer on multiple dates. The film documents over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer when more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.

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Meet the Artists 2016 Gala Reception:

February 13, 5:45pm – 10:00pm

Enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment and meet locally prominent African-American artists whose works are on display at Central Library through March 26. There will be performances of African drumming, gospel music and soul, comedy, spoken word artists, entertainment for youth and a fashion show coordinated by CoCo Cuffie. Notable African-American authors will also be on hand to sell and sign copies of their works.

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February 25, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Celebrate Black History Month at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center Stardust Terrace Café and delve into the history of Indy’s black community with a spoken word program. The evening showcases three local artists: Gabrielle Patterson, Theon Lee and Januarie York, performing pieces that shed light on our city’s rich traditions and stories.

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Artist Demo:

February 27, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

The Indiana State Museum will be hosting a dynamic artist demonstration by Denise Smith, the Untangled Stitcher.

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