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Black History Month events in Phoenix

February is Black History Month.A range of activities in celebration of Black History Month are taking place this February in Phoenix. Here is a sampling of the diverse offerings, which focus on politics, art, writing and history.

Danny Glover will be the keynote speaker for the 10th session of African American Legislative Days this weekend at the state capitol. The Arizona African American Legislative Leadership Conference focuses on generating engagement among the state’s African American residents and increasing participation in Arizona legislation. Learn more about the conference and the dinner where Glover will appear.

A film about the experiences of African American midwives, Bringin’ in da Spirit, will screen Feb. 17 in Tempe. The documentary is a powerful look at a subculture within a culture and promises to be a moving presentation. Free (part of the Midwives Alliance Conference) but advance registration is required. More info.

A Phoenix resident and talented artist, Vernon Burt will lecture on Race, Politics and Art on Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Burt’s talk is part of the ASU Project Humanities, and his artwork frequently focuses on black subjects of historic importance.

Author and scholar bell hooks will be the keynote speaker at ASU Project Humanities this year, talking about race and gender at a Feb. 13 lecture. She’ll also address an audience on Feb. 14 focusing on the hit picture The Help, a movie released in 2011 that chronicled the experiences of black housekeepers in the segregated South.

 

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