IN February we honor Black love and Black history, and travel plays a big role in both. In slavery Blacks traveled from plantation to plantation to see children and loved ones who had been sold away, and slaves traveled the Underground Railroad in search of freedom. Great migrations North in search of better lives and freedom occurred in the early 20th century. But we never really traveled until the freedom riders made it possible for us to travel in style. Take a trip this month to celebrate freedom and the price paid for free travel, and take your sweetie with you. Check your city for special events honoring Black History Month.
What's Happening Where
* Emory Annual Jazz Festival. Emory University. Feb. 13-15.
* For this World and Beyond: African Art from the Fred and Rita Richman Collection. High Museum of Art. Through May 25.
* African-American Family Day at The Walters Art Museum. Free family festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 8.
* Ambassadors of Service 2003: The African American Experience on the B&O. B&O Railroad Museum. Feb. 8.
* Black History Family Day at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Free family day with entertainment, special tours and hands-on art activities. 1:30-4 p.m. Feb. 16.
* African-American History Celebration at The Maryland Historical Society. 1-4 p.m. Feb. 16.
* Frederick Douglas IV speaks on board the USS Constellation. Great-great-grandson gives history presentation on Frederick Douglass' life as a writer, orator and abolitionist. Feb. 22.
* Cyber Rhythms: Black Innovations in Technology. Exhibit and 32nd Annual Black Creativity Program. Gala is Feb. 1. Museum of Science and Industry. Celebration of Black History Month Jan. 17-March 3.
* Black History Month. Entertainment throughout February. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Feb. 1-28.
* The Color of Justice. Musical play about Thurgood Marshall's struggle against school segregation, Brown v. Board of Education. King Arts Complex. Feb. 13.
* A Stitch in Time from the Black Fashion Museum. Exhibit. Through Feb. 28.
* The Piano Lesson. Black History Month play by the Plowshares Theatre Co. Jan. 30-Feb. 23.
* Ebony Sea: The Story of Igbos' Landing. Exhibit. Coleman A. Young Exhibition Room. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Through April 13.
* Pan African Film Festival. Magic Johnson Theatres. Showcasing Black Cinema from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin American, Europe, Canada and the U.S. Feb. 6-17.
* Percussion De Guinee. Interactive performance with drummers from the West Coast of Africa. National Civil Rights Museum. Feb. 13.
* Bill Pickett Rodeo. Shelby Showplace Arena. Feb. 15-16.
* Ain't Misbehavin'. Play. Theatre Memphis. Through Feb. 16.
* 10th Annual Bob Marley Caribbean Festival. AT&T Amphitheatre. Feb. 8.
* The Taste of Black History. Hollywood City Hall grounds, Broward County. Feb. 18.
* NOMA presents Frederick J. Brown: Portraits in Jazz & Blues. New Orleans Museum of Art. Feb. 1- March 30.
NEW YORK CITY
* The Quilts of Gee's Bend. Exhibit features nearly 70 quilts made from the 1920s to the 1990s by African-American women from the rural community of Gee's Bend, Ala Whitney Museum of American Art. Through March 2
* Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S. Dutton return to Broadway in this revival of August Wilson's play. Royale Theatre. Feb. 6-June 29.
* Darkwater. Exploration of the life of W. E. B. Du Bois in various media. University of Pennsylvania. Through March 2.
* Children's Workshop. African Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and anthropology. Black History Month celebrations. Feb. 1.
* Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Zellerbach Theatre. Feb. 15.
* Wrapped in Beauty: The Art of African Cloth Exhibit. Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park. Through March 2.
* Lift Every Voice: Black History Month Celebration. Powell Symphony Hal in Grand Center. Feb. 8.
* Commemoration of the 185th birthday of Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street, SE. Feb. 14.
* Captive Passage: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas. Exhibit. Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture. Feb. 2-July 28.
* National Brotherhood of Skiers Summit. 30th Anniversary celebration. Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort. British Columbia. Feb. 1-8.
* Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts 2003. Sweet Honey in the Rock. Ruth Seaton James Centre for the Performing Arts. Feb. 18-19.
UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
* Presidents Day. Legal Holiday. Feb. 17.
NOTE: Sponsors may change dates or locations after the magazine has been published. Travelers should verify event information with local sponsors.
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