Reginald F. Lewis Museum – Black History Month 2017 Preview

Reginald F. Lewis Museum – Black History Month 2017 Preview

Black Love; Picturing Frederick Douglass; Meet Malcolm X's Daughter; and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park Pre-Grand Opening Event


The Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s Black History Month programs traverse the unparalleled journey of the African American experience in Maryland. The events feature Maryland native sons and daughters from the past to the present who have shaped not just our state’s history, but America’s history.

Black History Month 2017 Programs

Open Mic on Black Love
February 3, 7:30pm
An open mic night of up-and-coming emcees, poets, and DJs with a theme of Black Love.

Picturing Frederick Douglass
with John Stauffer, Ph.D., Harvard University
February 4 , 1pm. Snow Date: 3/25/17
Frederick Douglass the most photographed American of the 1800s, even surpassing President Lincoln. Dr. Stauffer examines how Douglass embraced the revolutionary technology of photography to fight for the image of African Americans.

Meet Malcolm X’s Daughter
Saturday, February 11, 10am – 5pm
Spend the day acquiring collectibles at the Black Memorabilia Fine Art and Crafts Show. Individuals may bring in their objects for appraisal for $5/object. In addition, Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, Negro League Baseball players, and a Tuskegee airman are present for autographs and book signings.

Harriet Tubman National Park Pre-Grand Opening Lecture
Saturday, February 11, 2pm
Preceding the grand opening of the National Park Service Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Cambridge, MD, hear from experts about the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman and the ongoing preservation efforts of her Maryland birthplace.

Jazz Night
Thursday, February 16, 6pm
As part of the ongoing Third Thursday series of live jazz, the band Slagz plays an eclectic mix of rock, soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, neo, old school, new school, and dance.

The Athletes who Defied Hitler
Sunday, February 19, 2pm
(90 minutes) The documentary “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” follows the 18 African American athletes who defied Adolf Hitler and Jim Crow to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympics. A post-discussion talk with filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper follows.

For Families
Teaching artist Gigi Gumspoon and her puppet friends lead a sing-a-long about “Ubuntu,” a sense of community and humanity on Saturday, February 18. Black History Month concludes with a free open house on Saturday, February 25 at the museum. Sponsored by Verizon.

Exhibition by Maryland High Schoolers
This annual exhibit showcases selected works by Maryland high school students. This year’s theme asked students to produce a campaign poster or art work that advocates gun prevention, a ceasefire to gun violence, or creates a vision for peace. On view through March 5, 2017.

About the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture highlights the history and accomplishments of African Americans, with a special focus on Maryland. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum engages visitors through its permanent and special exhibitions, resource center, as well as programs such as its film series, live music performances, and family programming. For more information on the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, call 443-263-1800 or visit