SAVANNAH BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Feb. 1 –National Freedom Day Observance at Savannah State University.  

Feb. 5th—W. W. Law Lecture—First Bryan Baptist Church (575 W. Bryan St.) 6:30 p.m.-8:30 pm.— Doctor Benjamin F. Chavis, President and CEO of the Naitonal Newspaper Publisher’s Association and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network gives a presentation to the public.

Feb. 5th—Public Conversation with Cleo Park Robinson—First Congregational Church (421 Habersham St.) 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.—pre-cursor given by Artistic Director of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble to the Feb. 6th premier dance performance.

Feb. 6th—Cleo Park Robinson Dance Ensemble—Savannah Civic Center’s Johnny Mercer Theatre (301 Oglethorpe Ave.) 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m., free admission—professional dance performance and presentation of the 2019 Honorees of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival.

Feb. 7th—Grand Festival Day—Savannah Civic Center (301 Oglethorpe Ave.) 8:30 a.m.—9:00 p.m., $5 admission fee bracelet for all day admission, free to SSU students with student ID—Come to the Civic Center for a day full of exciting performances, lectures, ceremonies, literary discussions and health conversations.

Feb. 10th—Annual Gospel Concert—Overcoming By Faith Ministries (9700 Middleground Rd.) 5:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m.—Hear Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise alongside the SSU Wesleyan and Anointed Voices, Armstrong Gospel choir, and the Savannah Mass Choir of the GMWA. 

Feb. 11th—Bright Star Theatre Presents: Black History Hall of Fame—Litway Missionary Baptist Church (2335 Shell Rd.) 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., free admission—Bright Star Theatre of Alabama presents a play looking at the lives of many influential African Americans.

Feb. 12th—Annual Future of Jazz Concert: Tribute to the Late Ben Tucker—Jewish Educational Alliance (5111 Abercorn St.) 7:00 p.m.—9:00 pm.—The concert will feature a variety of local talent by way of instrumental and vocal performance honoring the life and legacy of Savannah bassist Ben Tucker.

Feb. 13th—Bright Star Theatre Presents: George Washington Carver and Friends—Tatemville Neighborhood Center (333 Coleman St.) 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m., free admission—Bright Star Theatre of Alabama presents a play discussing the life of G.W. Carver and his associates. 

Feb. 14th—Bright Star Theatre Presents: Black History Hall of Fame—Litway Missionary Bpatist Church (2335 Shell Rd.)—Bright Star Theatre presents a play looking at the lives of many influential African Americans.

Feb. 15th—Sons of Mystro—GSU Armstrong Campus, Fine Arts Auditorium (11935 Abercorn St.) 7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m., free admission—This group of violinist brothers present a concert of reggae classics, American pop songs, and their own pieces paired with beats, a DJ, and a guitarist. 

Feb. 16th—Dance Performance—SSU Kennedy Fine Arts Theatre (3219 College St.)—SSU’s Obsidian Dance Repertory gives a performance. 

Feb. 17th—I Shall Not Be Moved—Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship (425 W. Montgomery Cross Rd.) 5:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.—Lillian Grant-Baptist, master storyteller, will present stories, music performance and folklore and how it will be used as tools of resistance and reconciliation throughout African-American history.

Feb. 18th—Film: In Tune, The Ben Tucker Story—Beach Institute African American Cultural Center (502 E. Harris St.), 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.—A showing of the documentary about the life and times of Ben Tucker, local Savannah musician. 

Feb. 21st—A Dream Embraced: A Celebration of the Dreams, Voices, and Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance—W. W. Law Regional Center (900 E. Bolton St.) 5:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.—Lillian Grant-Baptiste and the Young Men of Honor present a program honoring poets of the Harlem Renaissance. 

Feb. 21st—This Joint is Jumpin’—A Tribute to Black Broadway Musicals—Kennedy Fine Arts Theatre (3219 College St.) 7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m., RSVP required. Email walkert@savannahstate.edu, free admission—SSU’s Players by the Sea & Concert Chorale perform numbers from a variety of African-American musicals. 

Feb. 22nd—Historical Marker Dedication—Crusader Neighborhood Community Center (81 Coffee Bluff Villa Rd.) 10:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.—Join the community in dedicating a marker for African-Americans who settled on the White and Coffee Bluff waterways.

[She/They] 23 yrs, journalist, intersectional feminist, film technician. Always choose common sense over comic sans.

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