Community Invited to Arlington's 11th Annual Black History Month Festival
By Arlington Public Library
Posted on January 27, 2020, January 27, 2020

Join the Arlington Public Library and Animal Services at the 11th annual Black History Month Festival from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.

Join the Arlington Public Library and Animal Services at the 11th annual Black History Month Festival from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Southeast Branch Library, 900 SE Green Oaks Boulevard. This festival is a yearly celebration honoring the contributions of the African American community in Arlington and beyond. In addition to performances from local arts groups and award-winning essay readings, this year’s event features a memorial reading of the names of persons buried in the African American Cemetery on Arkansas Lane.

Black History Month Festival will begin with a presentation titled “Speak Their Name and They Shall Live Again.” The Arlington Historical Society will recite the names of people buried in the Arlington Heritage Memorial Grounds. For much of Arlington’s past, this historical cemetery was the only place in town where African Americans could be buried. The cemetery is now part of the historical project on Arkansas Lane.
Enjoy live music by the TCC Southeast Jazz Combo at 3 p.m. before performances and readings begin at 3:30 p.m.

Performing groups include the Step By Step Dance Studio, Ousley Junior High Primetime Steppers, Household of Faith Church, Pearcy STEAM Academy Elite Steppers, Williams Elementary 2nd grade Singing Wranglers, and Pearcy STEM Academy Singers. Winners of the 2020 Martin Luther King., Jr. Celebration’s art and essay contest, and the Animal Services Heritage Program contest, will also attend to read or display their winning entries. Special family activities will be available in the children’s section.

Click here to read more about Black History Month Festival at the Library.

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