Savannah Black Heritage Festival


1 to Mar 31

Exhibition by Jack Whitten: “Erasures.” Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies, Presented by Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. For information or to arrange group tours, call 912-525-7191, or visit

Jan 7 to Mar 1

Exhibition: “A Legacy of Leadership” – Display of personal artifacts of the life of Westley W. Law (1923-2002). Savannah State University Social Science Building Gallery. Opening Reception Sun, Jan 13. 3- 5 p.m.

Feb 1-28

Live Oak Public Libraries. Go to for full schedule of events, activities, and Branch locations.

Jan 31, 11 a.m.

12th Annual School Day Extravaganza by the Cleo Parker-Robinson Dance Ensemble** for students grades 4–9. Funded in part by Gulfstream, Target & The New England Foundation for the Arts. Reservations required. Public schools call: 912-395- 5530; private schools call: 912-354-2657.

Feb 1, 7:30 p.m.

Savannah Black Heritage Festival presents the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. 2013 Honorees – Dr. Robert L. Stevenson, Ms. Huxsie Scott, Mr. Allen Fireall. Free general admission ticket required. Unclaimed seats given to waiting patrons 10 minutes prior to curtain. For ticket info, call 912-358-4309. Visit, Savannah Civic Center, Johnny Mercer Theater, 301 Oglethorpe Ave. **. Funded in part by Gulfstream, Target & The New England Foundation for the Arts. * “The presentation of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble was made possible by the MetLife Community Connections

Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.”

Feb 2, 10 -11:30 a.m.

Continuing the Legacy. The Earl Shinholster Youth Leadership Institute facilitates a community leadership session for youth groups. Call 912-232-2626 for reservations & information. Sponsored in part by the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum & the Earl Shinholster Youth Leadership Institute. Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. 460 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.

Feb 2, 1:30 p.m.

Monument –Memorial Walk – Ceremonies and wreathlaying at the African-American Monument and war memorials. Sponsored in part by Savannah Riverfront Association & Lester’s Florist. Meet at Rousakis Plaza on River Street.

Feb 2, 3 p.m.

PULSE Family Day Demonstration by BeatJazz musician/ inventor Onyx Ashanti. A Telfair Museums program. Free to the public. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St.

Feb. 3, 3-5 p.m.

“Common Connections”- Art exhibition opening celebrating authentic African-American Gullah-Geechee heritage. Works by Bernice and Andy Tate.Beach Institute African- American Cultural Center, 502 E. Harris St.

Feb. 5, 7 p.m.

Annual W. W. Law Lecture by John W. Franklin. Exhibitions presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design & SCAD Museum of Art in the Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies open for viewing. For information or to arrange group tours, call (912) 525-7191 or

visit SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Feb 6, 6:30 p.m.

12th Annual New Beginnings Art Exhibit Opening & Reception Sponsored by the Savannah Chapter of The Links, Inc. Gallery S.P.A.C.E., 9 West Henry St. Exhibit moves to the Savannah – Hilton Head International Airport’s Art Gallery March 6-31..

Feb. 6, 8 p.m.

Flight – a Charlayne Woodard play presented by SSU Players by the Sea. Based on slave narratives, folktales, and African-American oral tradition. Reservations required for this one-night free performance. Call 912- 358-3190. SSU, Kennedy Fine Arts Auditorium

Feb 6,7,8

The History and Legacy of the Black Cowboys. Cowboy Historian Mark Myers will visit selected elementary and middle schools sharing the history and legacy of Black Cowboys.

Feb 8

WHCJ-FM 90.3, at SSU, kicks off the 24th National African American Read-In. Radio Broadcast and streaming from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Readings in schools and community centers throughout February arranged by Jack and Jill of America, Inc., & Chatham Association of Retired Educators.

Feb 8

Chef and Cookbook Author Andrea Dumas at Woodville -Thompkins Culinary Arts Program.

Feb 10, 5 p.m.

Annual Gospel Concert featuring Dottie Peoples. Opening performances by SSU Wesleyan & AASU Gospel Choirs. Presented in part by LifeLink of Georgia. Temple of Glory Community Church, 1105 Stiles Ave.

Feb. 11, 6 p.m.

Ogechee Theater “Celebrating the Connection of Cultures: Latinos, Hispanics, and African-Americans.” Armstrong Atlantic State Unversity. Email: or call 912-344-2618.

Feb 9, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Grand Festival Day Savannah Civic Center

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Annual Health Fair. Screenings, healthy food presentations, exercise demonstrations, and more. Sponsored by WellCare of Georgia and St. Joseph’s/Candler African American Health Information and Resource Center. First-floor lobby 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 2nd Annual “Help Your Body Get Its Move On” exercise program FOR YOUTH. Presented in part by The Junior League of Savannah and COPE (Childhood Obesity and Prevention Education). Ballroom, 3rd Floor 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels, a detailed display of African American artifacts & inventions from the Middle Passage (slavery) to present. Mason Room 11 a.m. – 6 p.m, – A Documentary Mini-Theater featuring African American historical documentaries: “Crossing at St. Augustine,” “At the River I Stand.” “Uneven Fairways,” “Gospel Music Is…..” & “Journey to Freedom.” DeVeaux Room 1-2:30 p.m. Local Authors Corner. Self-published local authors’ discussions. Book signings & sales at 3:30 p.m. in the Vending area. Bryan Room. 1-3:30 p.m. Access to GOLF for Youth. Demonstration & youth participation workshop introducing the sport of Golf. Presented by The First Tee of Savannah. 2nd Floor Lobby 1-3:30 p.m. African American Living & Learning Crafts Village: 2 sessions each. 1-2:20 p.m., and 2:20 – 3:30 p.m. Drum making, doll making, mask making, jewelry making, painting, culinary arts. RESERJan VATIONS REQUIRED. Call 912-358-3370.

2nd Floor Lobby Q Parker[/caption] bold”>2 p.m. Carver State Bank Observes its 86th Anniversary. Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor 3:30 p.m. Grand Festival Day Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony with Magic Marc, RJ & the Upbeats & the Whale Branch Middle School Steel Drum Band. MLK Jr. Arena 4:30 p.m. Annual Youth Talent Extravaganza sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Savannah Alumnae Chapter 6:00 p.m. Live concerts with Q Parker, Grammy-award winner and co-founding member of 112; The Manhattans and Dru Hill. Entr’acte performances/fashions by SSU’s “L.A. Nations”

Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Future of Jazz featuring local & regional legacies: Huxsie Scott & Granddaughters Markeya Relaford & Eyana Thomas; Skyye Williams; young jazz saxophonist Morgan Guerin & others. Presented in part by the Jewish Educational Alliance. JEA, 5111 Abercorn St.

Feb 13, 6:30 p.m.

Documentary- “Crossing at St. Augustine,” produced by

Andrew Young Presents. The untold story of the 1964 Civil Rights movement in St. Augustine, FL Special appearance by a participant in the movement. Presented in part by Savannah Technical College. Savannah Technical College, Eckburg Auditorium

Feb 14, 6:30 p.m.

Personal Reflections of W. W. Law: A Renaissance Man – Dr. Charles J. Elmore, SSU Professor, author, & noted local historian,reflects about the late W. W. Law and his influences in the arts, African American culture, historic preservation and Civil Rights in Savannah. Presented in part by The Telfair Museums. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St.

Feb. 15, 6:35 p.m.

Dru Hill
Dru Hill

Y.E.S. Youth Entertainment Showcase. A’cappella, mime, rap and song with extraordinary sound and movement. Presented in part by the Savannah State University Foundation. To participate call 912-713-3554, or 912-596- 8343. King-Frazier Complex, Savannah State University.

Feb. 16, 2-4 p.m.

Let’s Go Back to the Festival! Commemorating the first Black Heritage Festival, founded in 1988 by W.W. Law. With blues artist Drink Small, Sheila Ray Charles, the Clinton Powell Open Mike; & others.King-Tisdell Cottage Museum, 500 block Huntington St; Rain location:

East Broad St. Elementary School

Feb. 17, 5 p.m.

How I Got Over – Stories of Faith, Resistance and Freedom .Storyteller Lillian Grant-Baptiste and the Second African Baptist Church “Inspirational Voices” Choir.Second African Baptist Church, 123 Houston St.

Feb. 19, 5 p.m.

Lecture by Jack Whitten, Abstract Painter – SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Open and free to the public. Lecture presented by SCAD with generous support from the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation. .

Feb. 20, 7 p.m.

Freddy Cole Concert –featuring jazz singer, pianist and leader of the Freddy Cole Quartet Presented in part by The Lutheran Church of the Ascension and Seacrest Partners. The Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 120 Bull St. on Wright Square

Feb. 23, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

“Tales of Landings and Legacies: African Americans in Georgia’s Fisheries.” Presented by the SSU-NOAA African American Oral History Project. Sponsored by and held at The Pinpoint Heritage Museum. 9924 Pin Point Ave. Call

The Manhattans
The Manhattans
912-358-4289 for information.

Feb. 23, 7 p.m

“Unforgettable Nat King Cole – The Man and

His Music,” a theatrical tribute to the incomparable jazz pianist and vocalist. Produced by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute. Presented in part by The J. C. Lewis Foundation and the Mary Lane Morrison Foundation. St. John Baptist Church. 522-28 Hartridge St.


Please go to for dates, times, and locations.

Feb. The W. W. Law Public Lecture by Dr. Michael Benjamin, Assistant Professor of History, Armstrong Atlantic State University. A scholarly presentation about the late W. W. Law (1923-2002). Presented in part by Armstrong Atlantic State University. AASU Campus Location TBA

Feb – I Will Not Be Moved: The Life and Legacy of W. W. Law. The Young Men of Honor and Storyteller Lillian Grant-Baptiste will use story, spoken word and song to pay homage to the late W. W. Law. Presented at a selected school and community center.

Feb – Reading Circles by Calvin Ramsey. Special appearances in selected schools bv Children’s author Calvin Ramsey, author of Ruth and the Green Book,

Mar – Ecology of the Salt Marsh. Savannah State University’s Marine Science Program faculty leads discussion & environmental excursion into the Salt Marsh behind SSU. Limit -12 participants per session(regulated by the tides). call: 912-358-3370 for reservations. SSU Marine Science Building Lobby.

All Festival Performances and Activities are Free and Open to the Public. *Events, dates, times, performers and locations are subject to change.

For Updates or For More Info: 912-358-4309

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