A list of Omaha-area Black History Month events

Lee Wesley Gibson shakes hands with 66-year-old Willie James, a retired Union Pacific chef on Feb. 29, 2012. 101-yr.-old former Union Pacific porter, Lee Wesley Gibson, visits Union Pacific headquarters in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. KENT SIEVERS / THE WORLD-HERALD

February is Black History Month. To celebrate, numerous activities are planned for throughout the month in the metro area. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Here is a sampling:

Movie day: Some area libraries will show weekly movies through February. South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., will host Black History month movie days every Monday at 4 p.m. Willa Cather Library, 1905 S. 44th St., will host movie days on Thursdays at noon.

See a show: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St., is showing “Having Our Say,” a play about Bessie and Sadie Delaney, two sisters who lived through the Civil Rights Movement, Jim Crow laws and suffrage. The show runs through Feb. 9. Tickets are $35 for adults, $21 for students. For more information and showtimes, contact the Playhouse at 402-553-0800 or www.omahaplayhouse.com.

Church speaker: Church of the Resurrection, 3004 Belvedere Blvd., will host a discussion of the history of the Church of the Resurrection and its forerunner church, all-black St. Phillip the Deacon. Spencer Davis, professor of African-American Studies at Peru State College and a COR member, will facilitate. The discussion starts at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Live music: Musician George Walker will perform music for Black History Month at the Abrahams Library, 5111 N. 90th St., on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Community concert: The Omaha Symphony and Omaha Central High School will present “Living Voices: A Legacy of Hope, An Affirmation of Promise” on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Central High School, 124 N. 20th St. The high school’s orchestra and choral students will perform works by Duke Ellington, Beethoven and more.

Travel stories: Hear the stories of Gabrielle and Sharif Liwaru, who traveled to Africa and discovered themselves and their ancestry. They will speak at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, Room 110, 5300 N. 30th St., on Wednesday at noon.

African history: Baba G. Jallow, assistant professor and director of African-American studies at Creighton University, will discuss the kingdoms, empires, kings and queens of Africa. The event will be held at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, Room 110, 5300 N. 30th St., on Thursday at noon.

Film showing: See a screening of “The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela” on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The film tells the life story of politician and revolutionary Nelson Mandela. Dawn Curry, assistant professor of history and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will lead a discussion following the film. The event will be held at Metropolitan Community College’s South Omaha Campus, 27th and Q Streets, in the Industrial Training Center, Room 120.

Arts and crafts: Teenagers and adults are invited to attend an African design craft session at the Millard Library, 13214 Westwood Lane, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8.

Church speaker: Church of the Resurrection, 3004 Belvedere Blvd., will host a discussion of the role African-Americans have played in the Episcopal Church. Spencer Davis will facilitate. The discussion starts at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 9.

Sunday speaker: Douglas County Historical Society will host Dr. Marguerita Washington at 2 p.m. Feb. 9. The publisher of the Omaha Star newspaper will talk about the early days of the publication, how it has grown and its impact on the community. The event will be held at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus, 5300 N. 30th St., in Building 10, Room 110. It’s free for Douglas County Historical Society members, $5 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required by calling 402-455-9990, or by emailing members@douglascohistory.org.

Dred Scott: Lynne M. Jackson, president and founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation and great-great-granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott, will hold a Q&A session about the Dred Scott decision on Feb. 11. The presentation will be held from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, in Room 121. A presentation will follow at 12:15 p.m. at Metropolitan Community College’s South Omaha Campus, 27th and Q Streets, in the Industrial Training Center, Room 120.

Tuskegee Airmen: Check out a documentary about the Tuskegee Airmen at the Millard Library, 13214 Westwood Lane, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11.

Choral performance: Omaha Benson High School’s choir will perform in honor of Black History Month at the Benson Library, 6015 Binney St., at 6 p.m. Feb 12.

Live band: The Curly Martin Trio will discuss musical history and north Omaha as well as perform at the Charles B. Washington Library, 2868 Ames Ave., at 3 p.m. Feb. 15.

Church speaker: Church of the Resurrection, 3004 Belvedere Blvd., will host a discussion featuring members of the church sharing video and oral histories of their lives in church. Spencer Davis will facilitate. The discussion starts at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 16.

Live performance: Mixed Blood Theatre from Minneapolis puts on a performance of “Black Eagle,” which tells the story of Ronald McNair, the African-American scientist aboard the space shuttle Challenger. The performance will be held at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 17 at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus, 5300 N. 30th St., in Building 22, Swanson Conference Center. The group will perform again at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Metro’s Elkhorn Valley Campus, 204th Street and West Dodge Road, Room 114.

History celebration: Church of the Resurrection hosts a talk by the Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown, the first woman to be the pastor of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Detroit. She’s currently working on her doctoral dissertation, a study of black women priests titled “The African American Episcopal Women Priest Project.” The talk will be held at Love’s Jazz & Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb 22.

Soul food: Attend Soul Food Sunday on Feb. 23 at the Church of the Resurrection. The Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown will serve as guest celebrant and preacher at the church’s 10 a.m. service. Following service at 11:15 a.m. there will be a soul food meal.

Community talks: Church of the Resurrection, 3004 Belvedere Blvd., hosts a Community Table Talk at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26. The talk is designed to bring those of different races, genders, faith and social status the opportunity to talk about issues. There will also be a soup supper available.

Ella Fitzgerald: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St., will show “Ella,” the story of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, beginning Feb. 28 and running through March 30. Tickets are $40 for adults, $24 for students. For more information and showtimes, contact the Playhouse at 402-553-0800 or www.omahaplayhouse.com.

Children’s play: The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St., will show “Jackie and Me,” a play about Jackie Robinson, beginning Feb. 28 and running through March 16. Tickets are $18. For more information and showtimes, contact the theater at 402-345-4849 or www.rosetheater.org.

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