Black History Now 2020

Black History Now! 2020Celebrating Today’s Change Makers

In our fifth season, the Portsmouth Museums and the Portsmouth Public Libraries will commemorate African-American heritage with our Saturday series of cultural dance, music, plays, military tributes and more as we celebrate Black History from West Africa all the way to today’s change-makers.

Commemorating 400 Years of African American Struggle, Resilience, Perseverance, and Triumphs: A Talk with Ted Ellis
January 11, 2020 – 10:00 am

Ted Ellis’ art captures and documents 400 years of the Black experience in North American and pays homage to his ancestors.

For more than 25 years, Ellis has created over 5000 paintings that depict scenes from Southern churches, courtrooms, families, and everyday life of Black Americas’ 400-year journey. Exclusively, for exhibition at Old Dominion University (ODU), he is putting together a comprehensive 20 to 25-piece exhibition that speaks to the totality of the African American experience and contributions, and specifically, highlights the struggle, resiliency, perseverance, and triumphs.

“When I Grow Up…” Career Day
January 18, 2020 –  11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Children can meet NASCAR pit crew members, celebrity hairstylist, music producers and other African-Americans who are successful in a variety of professional arenas while parents learn to encourage their children to “think outside of the box” when selecting a career path.

Target audience: Families, all ages


The Beazley Planetarium
“Follow the Drinking Gourd”

Analyze the celestial clues hidden within the “Follow the Drinking Gourd” folk song first published in 1928. This song reportedly used by the Underground Railroad offered hope to a people in an escape to freedom. Running time: 30 minutes Target audience: age 8 & up, Families

Show times for the month of February:

Tuesday – Friday
1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:00 p.m.

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