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Atlanta set to celebrate a month of black history

Staff Report | 2/1/2013, noon
"FELA!" featuring Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, The Fox Theatre

ATLANTA – As the hub of the civil rights movement and the birthplace of one of the era’s most revered leaders, Atlanta has no shortage of historic background and cultural richness.

So it’s no wonder that during Black History Month, the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. would have a long list of events to educate, enlighten and entertain.

This week, the U.S. Postal Service will acknowledge Black History Month by issuing a commemorative stamp honoring civil rights activist Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955 led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. That boycott helped fuel a burgeoning civil rights movement and, ultimately, spawned most of the civil rights legislation of the 1960s.

In metro Atlanta, meanwhile, there is no shortage of events, including: a parade, a festival, films, music, food and dance. Here’s a selected list of mostly free events

Feb. 1-28 – various times

Roswell Roots Festival of Black History & Culture

various venues

770-641-3705, www.roswellroots.com

Feb. 1 through July 7/museum hours

“Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down” exhibit

The Atlanta History Center

404-814-4000, www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com

Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23/Noon – 6 p.m.

“African American Cinema” gallery exhibit

Underground Atlanta, Upper Exchange

404-523-2311, www.underground-atlanta.com

Feb. 2/2 p.m.

“Brer Rabbit’s Laffin’ Place” – Uncle Remus stories & CD release

The Wren’s Nest

404-753-7735, www.wrensnestonline.com

Feb. 2/3 p.m.

“Marian Anderson: Her Music and Her Message”

Central Library, downtown

404-730-1700

Feb. 4/7-9 p.m.

“Filling the Gap: Forgotten Chapter of American History” documentary

Decatur Library

404-370-3070

Feb. 5/3 p.m.

“Rejoice and Shout” gospel music documentary

Central Library, downtown

404-730-1700

Feb. 6/11 a.m.

“Holla if Ya Hear Me” – Exploring the Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection

Central Library, downtown

404-730-1700

Feb. 6/7 p.m.

“From Slave Ship Wanderer to the U.S. Colored Troops: The Life of Charles Carr”

The Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore

404-549-8676

Feb. 7/Noon

“Middle Passage” documentary of the transatlantic slave trade

Central Library, downtown

404-730-1700

Feb. 8/10-11 a.m.

“From Slave to Soldier: The African American Experience during the Civil War”

The Atlanta History Center

404-814-4000, www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com

Feb. 8/11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Kenny Leon’s “Two Trains Running” cast appearance & ticket giveaway

Underground Atlanta, Food Court

404-523-2311, www.underground-atlanta.com

Feb. 8/1:30-3 p.m.

“The Long Civil Rights Movement: A Documentary History”

National Archives at Atlanta (Morrow)

770-968-2100, www.archives.gov/Atlanta

Feb. 9/9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

“Legacy of the Emancipation Proclamation” symposium & lunch

National Archives at Atlanta (Morrow)

770-968-2100

Feb. 9/2:00 p.m.

“The Rise and Fall of the Negro League Baseball” forum & autographs

Roswell Branch Library

770-640-3075

Feb. 9/3 p.m.

“We Remember Raines” -- historically black high school

The Auburn Avenue Research Library

404-730-4001 x100

Feb. 12/3 p.m.

“Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding”

Central Library, downtown

404-730-1700

Feb. 1 through Feb. 12/museum hours

Black History Month Programming

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta

404-659-5437, www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org/visitors/calendar

Feb. 14 through April 11/museum hours

“Dreaming Between Worlds” art exhibit

Hammonds House Museum

404-612-0484, www.hammonds_house.org

Feb. 14 – Feb. 17/various times