Upcoming events for Black History Month

February 1, 2019

Here are some events happening in Aiken for Black History Month throughout February.

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Black History Jazz Concert

Presented by the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department, the ninth annual Black History Jazz Concert will be a night of “jazz, dancing, light hors-d’oeuvres, door prizes, and lots of fun”, according to the City of Aiken’s website.

The concert is adult-oriented and will feature “It’s Better Live Entertainment” and Kanela and the GSG Band among its performances for the evening.

The concert will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw St. N.E. Tickets can be purchased at Smith-Hazel or the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Tickets are $10 per person if purchased in advance, and $15 per person at the door.

For more information, call the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department at 803-642-7634.

Black History Parade

Aiken’s annual Black History Parade will march down Florence Street for the 18th year Saturday, Feb. 16.

Lineup for the parade will begin around 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 212 on Florence Street. The parade route will take a right-hand turn onto Hampton Street and end at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center on Kershaw Street.

At 2 p.m. the parade will rollout. This year’s theme is Days of the 1970s.

The parade will feature community leaders, community figures and seniors from the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center among its participants. It is sponsored by the Black Historical Committee of Aiken.

If weather disrupts the parade schedule, the event will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 17.

The deadline to register to participate is today. For more information, call 803-642-7634 or 803-641-3888.

North Augusta Black History program

The North Augusta Democratic Club will hold its fourth annual Black History Program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Hammond Grove Baptist Church, 14 W. Five Notch Road, North Augusta. Wayne O’Bryant, a CSRA historian, will be the guest speaker. A reception will follow.

An Afternoon with Poets

Celebrate Black History Month at the Center for African American History, Arts, and Culture on York Street with An Afternoon with Poets.

At 4 p.m. Feb. 16, there will be a musical performance by Linton and Louise Smith and poetry readings from several authors. There will also be an open mic at the event.

Tickets are $15 per person, which includes light hors d’ouvers.

The center is located at 120 York Street. For more information, call Janice Wright at 443-799-9278.

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