There are many ways to celebrate Black History Month in our area. Here are just a few.
Concert: A Choral Tapestry
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2:00 pm
Epworth United Methodist Church, Rehoboth Beach
The Southern Delaware Chorale, in alliance with the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, presents A Choral Tapestry, a celebration of choral music for Black History Month. Four choral groups—the Southern Delaware Chorale, Cantabile Women’s Chorus, Sussex High School Bella Voce, and the Sussex Community Gospel Mass Choir—bring music ranging from spirituals to gospel, jazz to contemporary, and classical. Tickets: $25; southerndelawarechorale.org or at the door.
Ballet: Deep Roots: Celebrating African American Arts and Culture
Sunday, Feb. 11, 3:00 p.m.
Milton Theatre, Milton, DE
Deep Roots, presented by the Wilmington Ballet, allows audience members to step into a world where culture, history, and art intertwine in perfect harmony. The journey celebrates the rich tapestry of African-American arts and culture. Through graceful dance, powerful storytelling, and breathtaking performances, Deep Roots pays homage to the resilience, creativity, and contributions of African Americans throughout history. Tickets: $22.50-$30.00; miltontheatre.com/events/
Literature: The House of Eve—A Conversation with the Author
Thursday, Feb.8, 5:00 p.m.
Lewes Public Library—in-person (large meeting room) and online; event is co-sponsored by the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice (SDARJ)
Join a conversation with Shadeqa Johnson, author of The House of Eve, and Janis Freeman, of the SDARJ. Set in 1950s Philadelphia and Washington, DC, Johnson’s work of historical fiction explores what it means to be a woman and a mother, and how much one is willing to sacrifice to achieve her greatest goal.
Johnson is an award-winning author of five novels and teaches in the MFA program at Drexel University. She lives near Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and three teens.
Freeman, who currently lives in Lewes, is a graduate of Howard University and attended Pratt Institute School of Architecture. She had a design practice in New York and Connecticut, and also designed and managed the only federal design center for the General Services Administration in Washington, DC.
This free program is available both in-person and online; reservations—and type of reservation (in-person or online)—are required at: lewes.lib.de.us.
The House of Eve—Join in a Discussion of the Novel
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6:00 p.m.
Lewes Public Library—in-person and online
Interested in further exploring Ms. Johnson’s book? The Lewes Library and SDARJ Book Discussion Group will discuss the novel at its February meeting.
Those interested can join the discussion either in-person or online at no cost. Reservations—and type of reservation (in-person or online)—are required at: lewes.lib.de.us. ▼