Laurel celebrates Black History Month

January 27, 2017 by  

Black History Month is observed in February and the Montpelier Arts Center is hosting a couple of events that should interest quite a few people.

The first is an ongoing exhibit entitled “Shout for Joy: African American Sacred Music Traditions” which is showing until the end of next month. The exhibition looks into the West-African roots of the music right up to the 21st century. The genres included are spiritual songs, hymns and gospel music. It also highlights the contributions made by many local composers, singers and instrumentalists. The opening reception of this exhibition is taking place on January 29 from 2:00 to 4:00.

Next month, will see a presentation of “Past Voices” a Black History Month concert presented by the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA). The featured performer is the late Valentine Pringle who was a singer, composer and actor.

Both of these events should be of interest to anyone in the Laurel area who enjoys all types of music. To help spread the word, organizers may distribute flyers in the community.

“Shout for Joy” will be showing at the Montpelier Arts Center until February 28. The center is open seven days a week from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free.

“Past Voices” will take place at the Center on February 19 beginning at 3:00 PM.

To learn more about these events, call 301-377-7800.