The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department plans to hold events throughout February in honor of Black History Month. The goal of Black History Month this year is to celebrate local talent and recognize the achievements of African-Americans throughout history. An African-American history display will be open every day in February at the Armory Sports Center near 7th and Ash Street.
The selected film this year, “Selma,” will be shown at the Armory Sports Center on Feb. 7. Jay Bradley, the recreation specialist for the parks and recreation department, says audience participation is encouraged in the discussion after the film.
“If people who are watching the movie have actually lived through those events, they can kind of have some insight,” Bradley says.
One new event this year is the Black History Month Art Expo. Bradley says the art expo will showcase local Columbia artists.
“We just want to expose the Columbia area to the local talent that’s around them. The community can see all the things that the local residents are working on and the artists are working on,” Bradley says.
The final event will be a Gospel Explosion and Soul Food Dinner featuring local choirs and musicians.
All events are free and open to the public. Bradley says the events focus on celebrating the achievements of African-Americans throughout history and now.