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The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery
By Rochelle Riley
Rochelle Riley, is an award winning female journalist and columnist for the Detroit Free Press in Detroit, Michigan, United States, has been an advocate in her column for improved race relations, literacy, community building, and children. She will review and sign The Burden of Slavery. p>

The African American Museum and The Sankofa Players will interpret Langston Hughes' rousing hand clapping, foot stomping gospel musical 'Black Nativity'. Musical director is Murphy Wright, costumes by Doris Roddy-Howard; directed by Willie Minor and performed by the best teen artists in the metroplex. The musical will feature the South Dallas Children's Choir as the heavenly hosts.

Black Nativity is a retelling of the classic Nativity story with an entirely black cast. Traditional Christmas carols are sung in gospel style, with a few songs created specifically for the show. Originally written by Langston Hughes, the show was first performed Off-Broadway on December 11, 1961, and was one of the first plays written by an African American to be staged there. The show had a successful tour of Europe in 1962, one of its appearances being at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy.

All performances are at the African American Museum, Dallas, 3536 Grand Avenue in Historic Fair Park.

Prices:$10 for adults; $5 for seniors and children under 12 years of age
Info:Tickets are available in The Lassiter Emporium at the African American Museum. Group rates are available.
Contact:Sheila Robinson
Phone:214-565-9026, ext. 301

The Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame (TBSHOF), housed at the African American Museum, was established to chronicle the sports history contributions made by African Americans. It was established in 1996 to honor coaches and athletes of high character and athletic achievement, who are either Texans by birth or by athletic participation (collegiate or professional), and who have made recognizable contributions to African American culture and/or history. The general public submits the nominees, and a panel of judges (including sports/media journalists) makes the final selection.

Prices:Tickets begin at $100; Sponsorship available.
Location:Sheraton Hotel Dallas, 400 N. Olive Street, Dallas, TX 75201.
Contact:Carol Huntley Little
Email:little 822@aol.com
Phone:214-565-9026,ext. 326

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The Center for African American Church History (CAACHR)and Research began in 2000 and is dedicated to sharing Black Church History, especially Church Of God In Christ.

Prices:$35 until Saturday, February 9, 2019; $50 after February 9;
Food:Lunch included:
Location:African American Museum.

The Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra (SJCO) is one of the nation's oldest contemporary majority African-American community orchestras. Formed in 1983 under the umbrella of Community Music Center of Houston (CMCH) by its Music Director, Anne Lundy, its mission is to share music written by Black composers with communities which historically have had limited access to orchestral works. THE SJCO has performed mainstream works such as Handel's Messiah but black composers and traditions are its focus. In 1986, CMCH's Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration orchestral performance of Free At Last grabbed such public attention that it served as the theme of Dan Rather's CBS News cast that day. In 1991, CMCH presented the first major Juneteenth concert to be held indoors at Houston's Wortham Theater. In 1995 the daughter of William Grant Still who is considered to be the dean of African-American composers so appreciated CMCH that of all the national 100 birthday, she chose to celebrate his birthday with a workshop and a performance of his music performed by CMCH's Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra. Other notable performances include accompanying pop superstar Beyoncé as she sang the Star Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XXXIII.

Prices:Tickets begin at $15
Sold at:Tickets available in Lassiter Emporium at the African American Museum
Location:The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Dallas, Texas
Contact:Sheila Robinson
Phone:214-565-9026, ext. 301
More Information:Scott Joplin Fact Sheet

The Southwest Black Art Show was organized by a group of artists, art educators, collectors and curators from North Texas. The Honorary Steering Committee include local collectors, Attorney Renee Higginbotham-Brooks, Deborah Peoples, and well-known artist Frank Frazier, whose goal is to make the Southwest Black Art Show a destination point for collectors interested in obtaining quality black fine art.

Visitor Prices:Free Admittance; Donations accepted.
Exhibitor's Prices:Gallery Booths begin at $400 for jury review
Location:African American Museum, Dallas, Texas

The beautiful Renaissance Dallas Hotel will be the site of a fantastic evening that will begin with a cocktail reception where guests will have a chance to mingle, and bid in the silent auction. The cocktail reception will be followed by a seated dinner, a live auction, and an evening of dancing. In addition, the prestigious Heritage Award will be presented to someone who has made an extraordinary contribution to the development of the African American Museum. For more information on how to purchase tickets or to become a sponsor visit www.aamdallas.org or contact Carol Huntley Little, 214-565-9026, ext. 326 or via email at little822@aol.com or Jane Jones at (214) 565-9026, ext. 328 or via email at jjones@aamdallas.org or jabjones30@gmail.com.

Admission:Tickets begin at $150
Corporate Sponsorship:Available. For more information, email jjones@aamdallas.org or jabjones30@gmail.com.
Location:Renaissance Dallas Hotel
Carol Huntley Little
Jane Jones
214-565-9026, ext. 326
(214) 565-9026, ext. 328
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Annual Rodeo Hoedown at the African American Museum is a fun-filled evening the day before the Rodeo with food, Zydeco music, dancing and a host of other activities. The Hoe Down will be held at the African American Museum, Dallas.

ADMISSION:  $10.00

LOCATION:  African American Museum, Dallas

The Rodeo, a more than 25 year institution in Dallas, serves as a unique family entertainment outlet and features over 300 African American cowboys and cowgirls competing for $25,000 in prize money. This fast-paced sporting event is also an educationally enlightening experience that provides many of its almost 8,000 viewers with their first glimpse of the historical contribution that African Americans contributed to the settling of the western United States.

Tickets can be purchased in The Lassiter Emporium, African American Museum, 3536 Grand Avenue in Fair Park, www.aamdallas.org, Rodeo Volunteers, and Ticketmaster.

ADMISSION:  $10 Reserved Seats, $25 Box Seats


LOCATION:  State Fair Coliseum in Historic Fair Park