The final week of the 30th annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival wraps up with a series of meaningful performances and events, including performances by the Bright Star Theater on Feb. 14 and 15.
Bright Star Theater will present “Black History Hall of Fame” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at St. Philip AME Church, 613 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and they'll present “George Washington Carver and Friends” at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club, 510 E. Charlton St.
At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the GSU Armstrong Campus Fine Arts Auditorium, the Sons of Mystro will give a free performance. It will consist of young, classically trained violinists interpreting various reggae and American pop songs accompanied by a DJ, a percussionist and a guitarist.
On Feb. 16 and 17, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, 460 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., will offer free public tours of the Sankofa Traveling African American Museum Exhibition. The exhibition includes artifacts related to the Middle Passage, the era of King Cotton, and the days of Emancipation.
At 7 p.m. Feb. 16, there will be a dance performance by Savannah State University's Obsidian Dance Repertory at SSU's Kennedy Center.
At 4:30 p.m. Feb. 17, there will be an artist talk entitled “The Current Political Environment and Its Impact on Artistic Expression” with facilitators Richard Law, Karla Marriott and Tyriq Maxwell at Raw: Image Barbershop and Studio, 113 E. Montgomery Crossroad.
At 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17, there will be a program entitled “I Shall Not Be Moved” by master storyteller Lillian Grant-Baptist, who will portray “how storytelling, music and folklore have been used as tools of resistance and reconciliation throughout African American history.” It will be at Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship, 425 W. Montgomery Crossroad.
At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18, at Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center, 502 E. Harris St., there will be a screening of the film documentary “In Tune, The Ben Tucker Story.”
At 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21, at the Regional Center, 900 E. Bolton St., there will be a presentation of a program entitled “A Dream Embraced: A Celebration of the Dreams, Voices and Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance,” featuring Lillian Grant-Baptist and the Young Men of Honor. The same day, at 7 p.m. at SSU's Kennedy Fine Arts Theater, the Savannah State University Players by the Sea and SSU Concert Chorale will present “This Joint is Jumpin'.” It is a tribute to black Broadway musicals. This event is also free, but reservations are required to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22, at the Crusader Center, 81 Coffee Bluff Villa Road, there will be a historical marker dedication ceremony for four historical markers in the White Bluff/Coffee Bluff area. These markers were recently approved by the Historic Site & Monument Commission and at this writing have yet to be approved by city council, but they recognize the very important history of the descendants of freed slaves that have thrived in the area for generations, including families from St. Catherine, Sapelo, and Ossabaw islands.
And though it's not officially part of the Black Heritage Festival, it's worth marking your calendar for March 2 and 3 for the 160th anniversary of The Weeping Time, the largest documented slave auction on American soil. It took place just two and a quarter miles west of downtown Savannah. There will be commemoration ceremonies on both days and you can find more detailed info at oceans1.org.