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BLACK HISTORY IS AMERICAN HISTORY WONDERWEEK

 

Our history is rich and diverse and the American story would not be complete without the significant contributions of African-Americans. This week, the Children's Museum of Houston will pay tribute to African Americans and how they have shaped and influenced our history and community.  Don’t forget to visit the Museum’s Cum Yah Gullah exhibit which revives the arts and practices of the Gullah people in the Sea Islands.  February is Black History Month. 

  

Spotlight Performance - Jazz Education Inc.:  For more than 30 years, drummer Bubbha Thomas and the Jazz & Poetry Series have been a big hit with more than one million elementary school children across Texas.  Explore the styles of popular music from the 1930′s to the millennium with an emphasis on prominent figures in the history of Jazz music.  Come get inspired by the music and revive the “I CAN” mentality.
Event Time:  Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium.

 

ON-GOING ACTIVITIES:

Christopher Myers Illustrations:  Recreate the beautiful illustrations of this African American illustrator from the book, Looking Like Me, at the Alexander Art Academy.
Make Your Own Jazz Song:  Jazz is one of the biggest global musical contributions by African Americans.  Stop by Junktion and groove like the greatest by creating your own jazz song.  
Matching Game:  Learn about African American heroes matching them to a description of what made them famous at Junktion.
Anansi the Spider:  Anansi/Ananse trickster tales derive from Ghana, were brought by African slaves to the U.S., then developed into Brer Rabbit stories in 19th century American South.  Read about Anansi, the tricky spider and make your own spider puppet at Junktion.
Mancala:  Play a traditional African seed sowing game and discover the many math and logic games that came from Africa at the ExxonMobil Math Cart.


When?

Thursday, Feb. 7 - Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. America/Chicago

Where?

Children's Museum of Houston