February is Black History Month, which celebrates the contributions people and events had on the American Civil Rights movement. For example, the birthdays of Frederick Douglas (an early black abolitionist leader), W.E.B. Dubois (founder of the NAACP), and Abraham Lincoln (who abolished slavery) fall in February. The 15th amendment, granting African American men the right to vote was also passed in February. And Dr. Carter G. Woodson began a week-long celebration of black history in Feb. 1926, which expanded into a month full of events.
Take part in Black History Month this year at a free screening of the 1961 film based on the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry at Broadway Centre Cinemas on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. This event is one of many leading up to Pioneer Theatre Company's performance of Clybourne Park, written in response to Hansberry's play.
Hansberry's play is about a family similar to her own, who have to overcome the dangers of moving into a white neighborhood in the 1950s. It is an almost autobiographical account, which attests to the importance of this realistic and truthful telling of an important American story.