A Charge to Keep: The Legacy of Civil Rights Activism – Friday, February 24, 2017 from 4 PM – 6 PM at Capstone Conference Center at the University of South Carolina, 902 Barnwell St, Columbia, South Carolina. The University of South Carolina’s Center for Civil Rights History and Research invites you to “A Charge to Keep: the Legacy of Civil Rights Activism,” an event to celebrate newly opened and digitized University Libraries’ civil rights collections, with honored guest, retired AME Bishop John Hurst Adams. In addition to the papers of Bishop Adams and his father the Reverend E. A. Adams, the civil rights collection also includes the papers of Modjeska Monteith Simkins, John Roy Harper, II, and Reverend Joseph A. DeLaine.
HARAMBEE Festival – Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 11 AM – 5 PM at Benedict College, 1600 Harden Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29204. This is our 6th year as a Seafood Vendor at the HARAMBEE Festival! This is one of the largest College-sponsored event in the nation. It is an annual event for the entire family. Enjoy music, fun, art, and those hard-to-find merchandise items at Vendor Village. Live stage performances are scheduled throughout the day.
Mardi Gras Columbia Parade & Music Festival 2017 – Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 11 AM – 6 PM at City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd, Columbia, South Carolina 29205. COME ONE, COME ALL and celebrate Mardi Gras Columbia 2017 with the Krewe de Columbi-Ya-Ya! Our infamous parade rolls at 11am from City Roots through Rosewood, past the Publix supermarket, and then back to City Roots. The parade will feature 2 local marching bands, members of the Krewe de Columbi-Ya-Ya (in addition to several other Krewes) as well as the float featuring our Royal Court, King Kristian Niemi and Queen Mia McLeod! Everyone is welcome and emphatically encouraged to wear a costume or your best Mardi Gras attire. ***THIS IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY, FREE EVENT!***
I Am Not Your Negro / The Watering Hole Special Event – Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 3 PM – 5 PM at Nickelodeon Theatre, 1607 Main St, Columbia, South Carolina 29201. Featuring a talk back event with poetic society, The Watering Hole Poetry. The event will feature a poem by Tanisha Queenitshallbe Hall and a Q & A with Co-Founders/Co-Directors of Poetry: Monifa Lemons and Candace Wiley. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. Click here for more info!
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St, Irmo, South Carolina 29063. Theirs is the musical voice of a nation. For 50 years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has upheld and shared the musical traditions of South Africa. Their rich sonic balance set the landscape for Paul Simon’s “Graceland,” Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, and Darrell Roodt’s Cry, the Beloved Country featuring James Earl Jones. Their live performances infuse movement, song, reverence, and celebration to honor the struggle for equality and their hope for a peaceful world. Click here for more info!