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February is chock full of event to celebrate black history, and it’s one of our favorite months. We spend it celebrating the accomplishments of our forefathers, focusing on the direction of the next generation and remembering our rich history. Then in Charlotte the month ends with the beginning of our biggest tribute to blackness the CIAA basketball tournament. Below is a list a select Charlotte events for Black History Month.

*Talk With You Like A Woman

Cheryl Hicks brings forward the voices and views of black working-class women, especially southern migrants, in early 20th-century New York. Her book Talk With You Like a Woman: African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890-1935, explores the impact of racism and sexism on these women and their families, who sometimes turned to laws and the justice system to try to protect – and at times control – these women. Through their stories Hicks sheds light on urban reform and criminal justice issues.

When: Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Location: UNC Charlotte Center City (320 E.9th St)

Time: 6:30 pm

Cost: Attendance and parking are free

Attendees must register on line or call 704-687-0085

Click here for event details.

*An evening with Wes Moore

Wes Moore’s best selling book, “The Other Wes Moore,” caught the attention of Oprah. It’s the tale of two kids with the same name, from the same city. One became a Rhodes Scholar while the other is serving a life sentence for felony murder. How did they end up on such different paths?

When: Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Location: University City YMCA

(8100 Old Mallard Creek Rd)

Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

To RSVP, email your name, number of people attending and your phone number to WesMooreEvent@ymcacharlotte.org. For more information, contact Blair Campbell at 704-716-6365.

To learn more about Wes Moore click here.

*Jeff Bradshaw at CPCC

Philly born soul/jazz trombonist’s sophomore album Double CD “Bone Appetit & Introducing Brass Heaven” which features Raheem Devaughn, Maysa, Kindred The Family Soul, Marsha Ambrosious, Natalie The Floecist Stewart, Coko (of SWV), and PJ Morton.

When: Saturday, February 11, 2012

Location: Pease Auditorium (CPCC Main Campus)1201 Elizabeth Ave

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: $20 (Early bird special limited time)

For additional information click here.

Harvey Gantt Center

Highlights will include exhibitions in the Gantt Center galleries, lectures by keynote speakers, dance workshops and performances that pay tribute to the African historical legacy and much more. The UnitedHealthcare-sponsored Classic International Black Cinema Series campaign will feature acclaimed film, St. Louis Blues on February 12th. A screening of Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Life Savers will be held on February 28th.

More events below the slideshow.

MAIN EXHIBITIONS IN THE GANTT CENTER GALLERIES THROUGH JUNE 30, 2012:

“Cash Crop” by Stephen Hayes

Rhythm-A-Ning by AfriCOBRA group members James Phillips, Charles Searles & Frank Smith.

Contemporary African Photography by Malick Sidibé & Zwelethu Mthetwa

EVENTS:

Performances

Respect Da Mic Slam Team Performance

February 4

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Lectures and Discussions

Workshops

Sofa Saturday – An African Dance Experience with Oneaka Dance Company Led by Oneaka Mack & Master Drummer, Freddie D. Rivera

February 11

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Description: Description: You are encouraged to RSVP for this event

Film

The Classic International Black Cinema Series – St. Louis Blues

February 12

2:00 PM

Celebrations

South Piedmont Community College’s Black History Month Celebration

February 15

10:45 AM – 3:00 PM

Lectures and Discussions

Slavery by Another Name

February 21

7:00 PM

Performances

Dance, Dance, Dance

February 25

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Workshops

Respect Da Mic Poetry Writing Workshop

February 25

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Workshops

Teen Poetry Slam – “Spit Dat”

February 25

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Screenings

Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Life Savers

Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Life Savers

February 28, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM