Engage Your Students in Black History

Engage your students in the study of Black History by attending some of these informative museum sponsored events during Black History Month.

View the Atlanta.net Civil Rights museums page (http://www.atlanta.net/civilrights/museums.html?ucid=P2011-004652) to find out where you and your students can see a replica of the Yates & Milton Drugstore which was one of Atlanta’s first black-owned businesses, find out how to advance the causes of civil and human rights, and view amazing African American art. If you take advantage of the opportunity to visit any of these exhibits and events, please share your experiences and comments here on the blog!

The Carter Center Library and Museum

(Reprinted from the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum website: http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/events/

“George Washington Carver” – Exhibit
Saturday, January 14, 2012 through Sunday, May 27, 2012
Carter Presidential Library & Museum
Free with Paid Admission to the Museum
George Washington Carver Portrait
Born into slavery, George Washington Carver became a trail-blazing scientist whose experiments with plants laid the groundwork for today’s research on plant-based fuels, medicines, and everyday products. A true humanitarian, his extraordinary persistence and compassion nourished a lifelong mission to bring practical knowledge to those in need.This exhibition was created by The Field Museum, Chicago, in collaboration with Tuskegee University and the National Park Service.Experience George Washington Carver at the Carter Presidential Museum.
African Folk Tales
Grades 1 – 4
Thursday, February 9, 16 & 23, 2012 at 10:00am & 11:30am
Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater
Free and Open to the Public
African Folk Tales
Storytelling was a means of entertainment and was also the way slaves were able to preserve their family’s history since it was illegal for them to learn to read and write. Master storyteller and puppeteer Akbar Imhotep presents folktales from many countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Mali, Angola, South Africa, and Uganda. Students experience an enchanting storytelling program, hands-on activity, and museum tour.[ Reservations ]

Slave Routes: A Global Vision
Documentary Screening
Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 6:00pm (time may change)
Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater
Free and Open to the Public
Slalve Routes: A Global Vision
As part of our Black History Month Observance, the Carter Library will host a screening of Slave Routes: A Global Vision. This documentary by UNESCO highlights the African presence across continents, the significant contributions of the African Diaspora to the host societies in various fields (arts, religion, knowledge, gastronomy, agriculture, behavior, linguistics, etc.), and the racism and discrimination inherited from this tragic past. Its scope moves beyond the trauma of slavery and emphasizes slave resistance and resilience in surviving such a dehumanizing system. A panel discussion will follow the screening.

Peggielene Bartels
“King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny,
and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village
Lecture / Book Signing
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 7:00pm
Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater
Free and Open to the Public
King Peggy
This is the charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa. At 4am on a hot August night in 2008, Peggielene Bartels was startled awake by a call from a cousin in Ghana. He was bursting with incredible news: Peggy’s uncle, the king of a beautiful fishing village on Ghana’s central coast, had died, and a series of sacred rituals performed by the council of elders have revealed Peggy to be the next king of Otuam. Thinking it was a practical joke, she almost hung up. After all, even if it were true, she was hardly fit to be king: an American citizen working as a secretary at the Ghanaian embassy in Washington, D.C., juggling bills, weight issues, and heartbreak? Not to mention the fact that she was a woman! But her cousin insisted he was serious, and in an instant, her life was forever changed.

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