March 7 - March 20, 2013


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Why Mary Francis Berry Doesn’t Celebrate Black History Month

mary francis berryThe Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) 2013 Black History Month Luncheon was the place to be Saturday, February 23 for those wanting to mingle and network with Black history advocates.   Former U.S. Civil Rights Commission Chair Mary Francis Berry capped the day with her riveting views on why she was not in a celebratory mood.  When you celebrate, she says, “You get too comfortable.”  Instead, she “commemorates” Black History Month.

Noting that many were celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which did not free any enslaved Africans, she reminded the audience , “The 13th Amendment is what abolished slavery.”

She also urged the gathered to stay involved in the struggle.  The goal of Civil Rights movement she says was not just to elect a Black president, but to eradicate poverty and to have justice.

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Build/Renovate Your Own Castle V

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As the housing market takes off, the Alexandria Black History Museum and Port of Harlem host the Build / Renovate Your Own Castle V interactive seminar. The biennial event is Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The seminar is free; however, space at the museum is limited.  Therefore, Port of Harlem suggests that you make your reservations by calling the museum at 703-746-4356 or online.

The event is for future and current home buyers, renters and homeowners. “Our goal is help people see their homes as more than shelter, but a place to fully enjoy and realize their dreams,” says Port of Harlem publisher Wayne Young.

The participants include the principal architect at Millennium Design Architects James Jordan and Citibank Home Lending Specialist Noel Shepherd.Interior decorator and author of “Feel Good Spaces: A Guide to Decorating for the Body, Mind & Spirit” Sherry Ways caps the seminar with an interior design “game.” Each speaker will provide plenty of time for questions and answers between refreshments and the awarding of door prizes.

The Alexandria Black History Museum is at 902 Wythe Street in Alexandria, Virginia, three blocks from Braddock Road Metro station. There is also plenty of free street parking around the museum.

Photo; Staging by Sherry Ways.

Discount Tickets for the Washington Travel Show

Daley’s Destinations, a Port of Harlem Snippets advertiser, will have a booth at the Washington Travel Show Sunday, March 10 at the Washington Convention Center.  At the Travel Show, Daley's Destinations will focus on packages to Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple resorts.

The Travel Show is a two-day event, Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10. To get a $5 discount, register online and use the following coupon code:  TAF or send an e-mail to Daley’s Destination and ask for an e-mail you can download and take to the convention center.

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Opening Ceremony - Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway & State Park Groundbreaking

For details on how to join the State of Maryland at commemorating the centennial celebration of the life and legacy of Maryland native and American hero Harriet Tubman, click the link below.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and State Park
Sat, Mar 9, 9a to 12p
Cambridge, MD

Harlem Book Fair to Feature Harlem Literary Tours

The 15th Annual Harlem Book Fair will take place Saturday, July 20.  This year’s event will feature a Harlem Book Fair Multimedia Literary/Cultural Bus Tour that will visit the historic streets of the Black capital of the world and see over 40 historic locations associated with Harlem’s history.

Special attention will be paid to sights pertaining to literary Harlem such as the Amsterdam Newspaper Office, the Langston Hughes House, Niggerarti Manor, Strivers Row, Dark Tower and the former residence of Rudolph Fisher. This multimedia experience takes you to actual sights and locations and presents applicable archival footage, rare prints and recordings at the sights where history happened.

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Things to Do

Baltimore/Washington, DC

13th Annual State of Maryland
Harriet Ross Tubman Day
Maryland House on Delegates
Room 170
Annapolis, Maryland
Fri, Mar 8, 11a-2p, free

Sexuality, Gender, Race, Symposium
Morgan State University
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD
Sat, Mar 9, 9a-5p,$

D.C. Environmental Film Festival
NAS Auditorium
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Thu, Mar 14,– 6:30p, free
Fri, Mar 15, 6:30p, free

Second Annual Black Women's Roundtable Women of Power National Summit
Washington, DC
Thu Mar 14 - Fri, Mar 16
$40 women $20 teens & girls (12 – 17 yrs. old)

CCBC MD Women's Expo
Baltimore County Community College
800 S. Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD
Sat, Mar 16, 10a-5p, $10-$35

New York (Greater)

Sabrina Lamb signs
Do I Look Like an ATM?: A Parent's Guide to Raising Financially Responsible African American
Melba's 125
125 Harlem State Office Bldg
163 125th Street, 3rd Floor
Thu, Mar 7, 6:30p to 9:30p


International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Mon,, Mar 25

Dallas Black Dance Theatre in Prince George’s, MD

Dallas Black Dance Theatre returns for its 10th year in residence at the Prince George’s Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts, presenting three dance concerts and a series of other programs for all ages including the following:

Master Classes are offered to advanced dance students on Wednesday, April 24 in modern dance, and Thursday, April 25 in liturgical dance.  Each master class runs from 7:30p-9p and is $15/class (no observers).

A one-hour lecture/demo lead by Artistic Director Ann Williams with performances by the company will be presented to school groups on Thursday, April 25 at 10:15 am. Tickets: $7; $6/groups of 15.

The Playhouse Platinum Live series for senior citizens will present one-hour performances by Dallas Black on Thursday, April 25 at 12 noon and Friday, April 26 at 11a.  Senior programs will include the exotic solo “Awassa Astrige/Ostrich” choreographed by Asada Dafora. Tickets: $7; $6/groups of 15.

Dance concerts on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27 at 8p, and Sunday, April 27 at 4p will be commissioned works that include the following highlights: “Reflections in D”, a masterpiece male solo by Alvin Ailey and Duke Ellington and “Escapades”, a group ballet by Alvin Ailey.  Also in the program is “Thinking of You”, a dynamic new work by hip hop star and choreographer Rennie Harris that captures the athleticism and grace of Dallas Black’s dancers, while portraying the essence and grit of traditional street dance.  Tickets: $25; $20/seniors, students, DancePass holders, and groups of 15.

Prince George’s Publick Playhouse for the Performing Art  is at 5445 Landover Rd, Cheverly, MD.

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Us Helping Us Gets DC Grant

Us Helping Us has received a grant from the District of Columbia government to develop and implement HIV counseling and testing services to couples, including heterosexual and same sex couples.

A DC survey of heterosexuals found that in many stable committed relationships, condom usage was low. However, about half of those persons in those relationships did not know their partner‘s HIV status.

Within a relationship perceived as “safe” due to its intimacy and commitment level, the combination of not using condoms and not knowing your partner‘s status may lead to HIV infection. For more information, call Us Helping Us at: 202 446-1100.

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