Black History Month observances, Feb. 19

February 19, 2014 


African-American art exhibit: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the basement of the Lace House, within the Governor’s Mansion Complex, 800 Richland St. The exhibit consists of pieces originally owned by The Old Slave Mart Museum and is currently on loan from the Greater Acacia Collection, a foundation that maintains and preserves artifacts chronicling the African-American journey. The exhibit is free; enter the Lace House from Gadsden Street.


Silver anniversary reunion of the Harambee Festival: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Benjamin E. Mays Resources Center at Benedict College. Family event that has plenty of food, music, fun, art and those hard-to-find merchandise items in the Shopping Village. The KIJIJI Children’s Village will feature scientific experiments, virtual classrooms, educational enrichment and dance lessons. Other events include bounce houses outside for the children. Live stage performances are scheduled throughout the day, including the national award-winning Benedict College Gospel Choir and a special appearance by the Harambee Festival Community Choir, featuring the Rev. James Bignon. Health screenings will be held in Mather Hall at the Benedict College Health Center; (803) 705-4409. Also: a Waverly Community walking tour, architectural tour and church tours. (803) 464-4149, For a complete Benedict College schedule, go to

Oratorical contest: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the Keenan High School auditorium, 361 Pisgah Road. Sponsored by the Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the public speaking event is open to middle school students in Richland 1 and 2, Lexington 1 and 2 and Lexington-Richland 5. (803) 786-7796;

Gospel Fest: 6 p.m. Saturday in Wood Auditorium at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. In the spirit of community unity, local gospel choirs will perform and at the end of the evening, the audience will be encouraged to participate in a group singing. Choirs include: the Gospel Cavaliers, Camden First United Methodist Church Choir, New Life Trio, Canty Hill Baptist Church Choir, Sanders Creek Male Chorus, Catoe’s Chapel Church of God in Christ, Christian Musicians’ Guild, Bethel Worship Center Chioir and the Abundant Life Fellowship Chorale. Tickets are $8. (803) 425-7676, ext. 300;


Heritage Tea: 3 p.m. Sunday in Wood Auditorium at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. Awards for the student art projects, choral performances and more; a reception will follow in the Douglass-Reed House. Free, sponsored by the Fine Arts Center’s Multi-Cultural Committee. (803) 425-7676;

Greenview First Baptist Church: Black History Month program and old fashioned southern food tasting, 4 p.m. Sunday at 101 Isaac St.

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