Through music, art, dance, faith and literature, local churches, schools and civic organizations will honor the traditions, heritage and achievements of the black community during February, designated as Black History Month in 1976.

Mark the month with special events and sites to visit in north Alabama.

Spectacular Sunday Hats: Fashion, Fascination and Finesse. The exhibit at the Morgan County Archives will feature a Sunday hats portrait at King’s Memorial United Methodist Church, vintage cabinet cards and photographs. On display through Feb. 29. Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. 624 Bank St. N.E.

Creations of HopeQuilts from Gee’s Bend: Created by women from the predominately black community of Gee’s Bend in Wilcox County, quilts feature pieces of worn clothes, flour sacks and scraps of cloth. On display at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center through March 5. Open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 207 Church St. N.E.

“Race”: The movie based on the life of four-time Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens will hit theaters Feb. 18. To prepare for the movie, visit the Jesse Owens Museum in Danville. Near Owens’ childhood home in Oakville, the museum contains replicas of the track star’s uniforms and shoes, medals, trophies, interactive kiosks and a film on Owens’ life. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Free. 7019 Lawrence County 203, Danville.

“Arise and Build”: The history of Trinity School, Limestone County’s only black high school, will come to life in the musical production directed by Frank Travis. Performances will take place Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Athens State University’s McCandless Hall. Tickets cost $20.

Together Rally: GracePoint Church in Southeast Decatur will host a Black History Month worship service on Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. Bishop Thomas Strong of United Pentecostal Jubilee House of Prayer will serve as guest speaker. 1312 Riverview Ave. S.E.

Calhoun Community College events sponsored by the

Black Student Alliance

Today: “Selma” at 11:45 a.m. at the college’s Math, Science & Administration building, Room 200. Free.

Feb. 9: Discussion of “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Presenter is the Rev. Niger Woodruff, Austin High graduate and assistant director of admissions and vocational discernment at Vanderbilt University, 11 a.m., second floor of Chasteen Student Center. Free.

Feb. 17: A Conversation of Faith and Race with Christian Cheairs, associate pastor of Center Grove United Methodist in Huntsville, and Stephen Fincher, associate pastor of CrossWinds United Methodist Church in Harvest, 11 a.m., second floor in Chasteen Student Center. Free.

Feb. 26: 26th annual Gospel Fest, 6 p.m., grand foyer of Huntsville campus. Free.

Heritage of Hope events

Feb. 15: Decatur Public Library will host a reception for Gee’s Bend quilters. Includes an art show with pieces created by students in Decatur and Priceville, 2 p.m. Free.

Feb. 19: Meet-and-greet with the Gee’s Bend quilters at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 6 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 256-341-0562 for more information.

Feb. 20: Celebration of Stitch and Song with Gee’s Bend quilters at Turner-Surles Community Resource Center, 1-3 p.m. The Decatur Youth Enrichment Center choir will sing with the quilters. Come and listen or bring a quilting project to sew on during the free event. 702 Sycamore St. N.W. in Decatur.


Decatur: Pick up a brochure on Decatur’s “African-American Pioneers” and visit the oldest black churches in the city. The brochure is available online at

Athens: The African-American Heritage Trail details the notable sites and people of Limestone County. Pick up a brochure at the Athens Visitors Center, 100 North Beaty St.

In Huntsville

Feb. 11: Within These Walls, a dramatic presentation depicting women from the Civil Rights era and their time in prison. Produced by Danita Jones, 9 a.m. Free. Oakwood University Church, 5500 Adventist Blvd. N.W.

Feb. 18: Step Show and African Dance Performance at UAHuntsville. Presented by Umdabu South African Dance Company, 7 p.m. Free. 1410 Ben Graves Drive.

Feb. 21: Festival of Spirituals featuring choirs from Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Central State University, Clark Atlanta University and Oakwood University, 3 p.m. Free. Oakwood University Church, 5500 Adventist Blvd. N.W.

Feb. 27: Honoring Black History Month through storytelling, African dance, rhythm and musical expression, 1-3 p.m. Free. Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, 15 Monroe St. S.W.

Catherine Godbey can be reached at 256-340-2441 or Follow on Twitter @DecaturLiving.
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