26th Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival
“Today’s Youth; Tomorrow’s Legacy”
Feb. 1–21, 2015
ANY CHANGES WITH PERFORMERS, DATES, TIMES, AND LOCATIONS WILL BE POSTED AT www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com Jan 31 11:00 a.m. – Continuing the Legacy W.W. Law. 3rd annual youth session presented by the Earl Shinholster Youth Leadership Institute. 912-232-2626. Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. 460 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Jan 31, 1:30 p.m. – Monument Memorial Ceremony at the African-American Monument and the war memorials. Presented in part by The Savannah Riverfront Association and Lester’s Florist. Meet at Rousakis Plaza on River Street. Feb 1, 3-5 p.m. Exhibition and Reception. “The Commonality of Women in South America, Asia, Africa, India and Europe”, works by Dr. Peggy Blood. Feb 2- 28: Beach Institute African American Cultural Center, 502 East Harris St. Feb 1-28. – Live Oak Public Libraries celebrate Black History Month. Go to www.liveoakpl.org for full schedule and branch locations. Feb 2-5 Bright Star Children’s Touring Theatre –Closed presentations in Savannah- Chatham County Schools. Dramatic productions include “Jackie Robinson,” “African Folktails,” and “Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History.” Presented in part by Gulfstream, AmeriGroup, and the Mary Lane Morrison Foundation. Feb 2, 6:30 p.m. A Public Conversation with Cleo Parker Robinson, founder, artistic director and choreographer of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Denver, CO. Pre-curser to the February 3 dance performance. First Congregational Church, 421 Habersham St. Feb 3, 11 a.m. – 14th Annual School Day Extravaganza featuriong Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble for students grades 4–9. Reservations required. Public schools call: 912-395-5530; private schools call: 912-354-2657. Curriculum Guide at www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com. Presented in part by Gulfstream and Carver State Feb 3, 7:30 p.m. – The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Free general admission ticket required for seating. Unclaimed seats released 10 minutes prior to curtain call. For ticket info : www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com, or 912-358-4309. Presentation of 2015 Honorees : ZaDonna Slay and Miller Bargeron, Jr. Presented in part by Gulfstream and Carver State Bank. Savannah Civic Center, Johnny Mercer Theater, 301 Oglethorpe Ave. Feb 4 – June 21, 2015, Nari Ward Solo Exhibition. SCAD Museum of Art. Presented by the SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Boulevard. Visit www.scadmoa.org). Feb 4, 6:00 – 7:30 pm Dance Workshop and Master Class CALL: 912-234-8745 for Reservations. Limited Enrollment. Feb 4, 6:30 p.m. – 14th Annual New Beginning Art Exhibit Opening & Reception Sponsored by the Savannah (GA) Chapter of The Links, Inc. Feb 4-28. Gallery S.P.A.C.E., 9 West Henry St. March 9-31, exhibit moves to the Savannah – Hilton Head International Airport’s Art Gallery. Feb 4, 6:30 p.m. – Bright Star Children’s Touring Theatre – Public presentation. “Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History” Presented in part by Gulfstream, AmeriGroup, The Mary Lane Morrison Foundation, and Living Hope Community Fellowship. Living Hope Community Fellowship, 5008 Augusta Rd. Feb 5, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m National Black AIDS Day Observance. Activities sponsored by the “Get in the Know” HIV and Substance Abuse Awareness Prevention Project.” FREE & Confidential HIV Testing. For ages 18 & older. Savannah State University. Student Union Building. Feb 5, 4:00 – 5:30 pm Dance Workshop and Master Class CALL: 912-234-8745 for Reservations. Limited Enrollment Feb 5, 6 p.m. – “Visual Blues” Exhibition Opening Lecture by Dr. Margaret Rose Vendryes artist, historian, curator & author on the subject of dancers in African American art. Free admission. Presented by the Telfair Museums. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. Feb 7, 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. GRAND FESTIVAL DAY Savannah Civic Center, 301 Oglethorpe Ave. An array of family-oriented activities ending with a star-studded concert.
- 8:30 a.m. WALK GEORGIA. health walk to promote a healthy Georgia. Check-in, Registration, Warm-up and Walk from the Civic Center to Forsyth Park and back. Sponsored by the University of Georgia Extension Chatham County AND WellCare of SE Georgia. Pre-Registration Encouraged for a Free T-shirt. Call : 912-652-7981, or go to ugaextension.com/chatham.
- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Annual Adult Health Fair. Screenings, healthy food presentations, exercise demonstrations, and more. Sponsored by WellCare of Georgia and Walgreen. 1st Floor Lobby
- 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 4th Annual Youth Health Exercise Program. “Help Your Body Get Its Move On.” 1st Session [11 a.m. – 12 noon.]; 2nd Session [12:30 – 1:30 p.m.] Presented in part by SSU Athletic Dept. and COPE (Childhood Obesity and Prevention Education).Ballroom, 3rd Floor
- YOUTH PROGRAMS (Scheduled in time intervals between 11 a.m. –3:30 p.m.) LIMITED ENROLLMENT for each session. INDIVIDUAL & GROUP RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! Call : 912-358-3370
- Savannah Stars with Magic Marc (2 Sessions): Entertainment by Savannah E.S. Stars, Magic Show and Story-telling. 1ST Session [11- 12 Noon]; 2nd Session [12:30 – 1:30 p.m.] 2nd Floor.
- Crafts Village (3 Sessions) : INDIVIDUAL & GROUP RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call: 912-358-3370. CLASS SIZES LIMITED to 25. 1st Session [11a.m. – 12:15p.m.]; 2nd Session [12:30 – 1:45 p.m.]; 3rd Session [2 – 3:15 p.m.] Includes, but not limited to: Doll-making, Mask-making, Jewelry-making, Wood Works, Culinary Arts, Basket-making, Fish Net-making, Wallet Crafts. 2nd Floor Lobby
- 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels. Continuous Tours. Mason Room.
- Documentary Mini-Theatre. African American documentaries shown continuously. 2nd Floor (Please Bold)
- 1-2:30 p.m. Local Authors Corner. Self-published local authors discuss challenges/successes with writing, publishing and marketing book sales. 2nd
3 p.m. Grand Festival Day Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony launches local performances with host, Magic Marc. M. L. King, Jr. Arena
- 3:30 p.m. Annual Youth Talent Extravaganza. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Savannah Alumnae Chapter
- 5:30 – 9 p.m. Live concert begins featuring Winners of the E.S. Talent Showcase, Leonard, Coleman & Blunt…Former Lead Singers from the Temptations, Platters and Drifters, OMG Girlz and Doug E Fresh.
Feb 8, 5 p.m. Annual Gospel Concert featuring PastorTasha Cobbs. Opening performances by: First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, St. John Baptist Church, the SSU Wesleyan and ASU Gospel choirs. Presented in part by LifeLink of Georgia. First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 4730 A.C.L. Boulevard Feb 9 – 13 Bright Star Children’s Touring Theatre –Closed presentations in Savannah- Chatham County Schools. Dramatic productions include “Captain Friendship and the Bully Bandit” and “Rosa Parks & Forgotten Friends.” Presented in part by Gulfstream, AmeriGroup, and the Mary Lane Morrison Foundation. Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Annual Future of Jazz Concert featuring local and regional young jazz vocalists and instrumentalists. Presented in part by the Jewish Educational Alliance. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Feb 11, 6:30 p.m. W. W. Law Lecturer Miller Bargeron, Jr., director & producer presents award-winning documentary, “Stubborn As A Mule.” A screening and discussion with Bargeron & Dr. Charles Elmore about the impact of General William T. Sherman’s Special Field Order No. 15, issued in Savannah, GA, Jan. 16, 1865. Presented in Celebration of Savannah State University’s 125th Anniversary by the Savannah Black Heritage Festival, The SSU Center for Leadership Lecture Series, the SSU Foundation and Second African Baptist Church. Second African Baptist Church, 123 Houston St. Feb 13, 6:30 p.m. Decision-Making for High School and College Males, presented by Wendell Rodgers, motivational speaker and radio-TV talk show host. Presented in part by the African American Male Initiative at Savannah State University. Feb 14, 12:30 p.m. “You Are Never Too Young to Make a Good Decision.” Wendell Rodgers, aka “Mr. Rodgers,” interacts with elementary and middle school boys. Presented in part by Savannah Black Male Initiative and West Broad Street YMCA. The West Broad Street YMCA. 1110 May St. Feb 14, 2:00 p.m. Bright Star Children’s Touring Theatre – Public presentation. “Rosa Parks & Forgotten Friends.” Presented in part by Gulfstream, AmeriGroup, the Mary Lane Morrison Foundation and The West Broad Street YMCA. The West Broad Street YMCA, 1110 May St. Feb. 15, 5 p.m. – Songs and Stories of Faith, Resistance and Freedom featuring Storyteller Lillian Grant-Baptiste and the First Bryan Baptist Church Choir. First Bryan Baptist Church, 575 West Bryan St. Feb. 16, 4:30 -6:30 p.m. – Liturgical Dance Workshop I. Directed by LaJune Wise-Wilkerson’s Zion Method Performing Arts Academy, Inc. Liturgical dancers or groups: call 912-308-3077 for registration and location. Limited Enrollment. Feb 17, W. W. Law Lecturer Miller Bargeron, Jr., director and producer presents…. (Continuing SSU’s 125th Anniversary).
- 11:00 a.m. A Workshop – The Making of the Award-winning Documentary, “Stubborn as a Mule.” Followed by a meet-and-greet reception. Presented in part by SSU colleges and auxiliaries & the Asa H. Gordon Library. Asa H. Gordon Library, Art Gallery and Green Room.
- 6:00 p.m. Award-winning Documentary, “Stubborn As A Mule,” Screening and Commentary by Bargeron and special guest, Dr. Charles Elmore, about the impact of General William T. Sherman’s Special Field Order No. 15, issued in Savannah, GA, on 16, 1865. Reception, Meet & Greet follow. Presented in part by SSU College of Business and the SSU Center for Leadership Lecture Series. SSU, Torian Auditorium. Jordan Building.
Feb 18, 8 p.m. SSU Players by the Sea present “When Marie Took the Power,” by Carolyn Nur Wistrand. Reservations required for this one-night free performance. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Kennedy Fine Arts Theatre, Savannah State University. Feb 19, 1 – 3:00 p.m. Award-winning Documentary, “Stubborn As A Mule,” Screening, and Discussion led by Miller Bargeron, Jr., director & producer. The impact of General William T. Sherman’s Special Field Order No. 15, issued in Savannah, GA, on Jan. 16, 1865. Presented in part by the Armstrong State University Office of MultiCultural Affairs. Armstrong State University. Call 912-344-3018 for details. Feb 19, 6 – 8 p.m. – NAACP Townhall: The “N” Word. Presented by the Armstrong State University Office of MultiCultural Affairs. Armstrong State University. Rm 156, University Hall Feb. 20, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Liturgical Dance Workshop II. Directed by LaJune Wise-Wilkerson. Liturgical dancers or groups, call 912-308-3077 for registration and location. Limited enrollment. Feb. 20, 7 p.m. – Spelman College Women’s Jazz Ensemble Concert – 2nd Annual Tribute Concert to the late Ben Tucker. Presented in part by Seacrest Partners and The Lutheran Church of the Ascension. Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 120 Bull St. on Wright Square Feb 21, 7 p.m. – Miss Anderson’s Music: The Life and Songs of Marian Anderson, featuring Janice Chandler-Eteme. A National Portrait Gallery – Smithsonian Institute – Cultures in Motion program. Presented in part by The J. C. Lewis Foundation, and St. Philip A.M.E. Church. St. Philip A.M.E. Church, 613 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. Feb. 22, 4 p.m. W.W. Law, Civil Rights and the NAACP. Presented by the NAACP-Savannah Branch. Experience the influence of W.W. Law on the monthly Mass Meetings during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Location TBA All festival performances and activities are free and open to the public. *Events, dates, times, performers and locations are subject to change. Visit www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com for Updates; or Call 912-358-4309 The Savannah Black Heritage Festival is presented by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs. BHF 2015 Schedule of Events for WEBSITE & DISTRIBUTION – UP DATED 1-28-15