Harlem Renaissance Centennial Celebration: An Evening of Entertainment

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Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join us as we premiere our new video "Underground Railroad in Northeast North Carolina" and then celebrate the Harlem Renaissance Centennial: Evening of Entertainment on Saturday, February 22, 6—8 p.m.

Our new video premieres as part of this event, sponsored by a grant from the NC General Assembly. The premiere of the video Underground Railroad in Northeast North Carolina, created with sponsorship from the NC General Assembly by Videographer Angie Staheli, begins promptly at 6 p.m. Dr. Ben Speller, past president of the Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle, will introduce the film.

Afterwards, step into the 20th century and enjoy an evening of 1920s-style music, dance, art, and poetry organized with assistance from the Albemarle Voices for Diverse Culture. Porte Towne Magic!, a performing choir from the Portsmouth Public Schools in Portsmouth, Virginia will be presenting The Harlem Renaissance: A Tribute to the Past, Present, and Future at the Museum of the Albemarle during Harlem Renaissance: An Evening of Entertainment. Their presentation will immediately follow the 6:30 p.m. premier of the Underground Railroad In Northeast North Carolina. Through dance, music and literature, Porte Towne Magic! will explore through the performing arts the roots and impact that this era in time has had on our culture. There will be African and modern dancing, appropriate vocal and instrumental music, the recitation of poetry and other literature written by era-representative artists, and steel drumming. The group consist of approximately fifty-five students and teachers involved in this project. A reception will follow their performance. For more information about PorteTowne Magic! www.ppsk12.us/about_pps/departments/departments

2020 marks the centennial of the Harlem Renaissance that took place in Harlem, New York and spanned more than a decade. This marks the turning point in black cultural history. “It helped African Americans writers and artists gain control of over the representation of black culture and experience, and it provided them a place in Western high culture.” Local performing and visual artists will show their works in the lobby and perform in our Gaither Auditorium.

Following the performances, hors d’ourves and beverages will be served in the lobby turned “speak-easy style piano bar”. You won’t want to miss these two great events—all in one evening.

For more information call 252-331-4032.