Exhibits & Events

Current Exhibit

Museum will be Closed during installation of new exhibit 9/20-9/23

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"Paintings that Heal in the Sacred Phi" by
Paul A. Houzell starting Saturday, September 24 during Free Museum Day

The museum will be closed this week 9/20-9/23 as we install our new exhibit, "Paintings that Heal in the Sacred Phi" by renowned artist Paul Houzell. Houzell's work is strongly inspired by the human figure. It has been said by observers of Houzell's paintings that "they are so real you can almost place yourself in them and become a part of the scenes". He is an artist, teacher and lecturer seriously concerned with humanitarianism, spiritualism and education. He seeks to communicate the importance of a cultural identity, especially with young African Americans and Latinos, to show the valuable role art should play in orchestrating world change by improving communication between them and all people worldwide. 


Upcoming Events

"Lift Every Voice St. Pete" Free Museum Day

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Saturday, September 24, 9:00am

The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum will join with African American Museums across the country on September 24 (Free Museum Day), celebrating the grand opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Woodson has adopted the theme
"Lift Every Voice St. Pete."

The day will be festive, filled with the viewing of the national museum's opening, song, dance, spoken word, drumming and more.

Also, there will be a FREE continental breakfast available.

If you have interest in being a part of this extraordinary day of celebration, please contact us at woodsonmuseum@gmail.com. Please plan to join us when we lift every voice St. Pete.

Gospel Choirs, school choruses, soloists, poets and artists are ALL welcome!


Recent Events

The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association Presents La Lucha

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Sunday, September 18, 3:00pm

La Lucha, the Tampa Bay area based jazz band will pay tribute to National Hispanic Heritage Month with a concert featuring songs spanning the history, culture and influences of Jazz throughout Latin America. Their repertoire includes new arrangements of popular Spanish hits and hidden musical gems from Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and the United States. Special guests include trumpet player James Suggs and singer/poet Gloria Muñoz.
Admission: $15 at the door or go online to www.aldowningjazz.com 



**Registration Full-Youth Piano Lessons at the Woodson

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Beginning Monday, September 12 at 4:30pm

Beginning Monday, September 12 at 4:30pm, the beautiful, gifted and talented Latreca Shawnese will be offering FREE piano lessons to inner city youth.

*Registration is full for this event

Second Saturday ArtWalk

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Saturday, September 10, 5:00pm

Join us Saturday night, September 10, for the city-wide Second Saturday ArtWalk event at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum. This month, the museum will be featuring the work of charcoal artist Adrian Pickett Jr. There will be light refreshments available.

Debut Series Book Club

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Saturday, August 27, 7:00pm

Join the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum and the Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center for our monthly Debut Series Book Club.
Enjoy great conversation and exceptional literature that you are sure to love. This month, the book discussed will be The Star Side of Bird Hill  by Naomi Jackson. This lyrical novel of community, betrayal, and love centers on an unforgettable matriarchal family in Barbados. Two sisters, ages ten and sixteen, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them. The young Phaedra and her older sister, Dionne, live for the summer of 1989 with their grandmother Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah.

For more information, contact Sheree Greer at shereegreer@gmail.com

Community Conversation with Dr. Umar Johnson

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Sunday, August 14, 2:00-4:00pm

There was standing room only as the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum hosted a terrific and inspirational event with the Prince of Pan Africanism Dr. Umar Johnson on Sunday, August 14.

Shine 2016- An Evening of Celebration and Inspiration-Women Living Well

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Monday, August 8th

Get ready to step into your best life. Join us for a fun evening of great company, great music and empowerment. Women Living Well is an exciting and enriching event filled with encouragement and inspiration. Women celebrating women and empowering each other by loving themselves and the beauty in others.

Fall into Success

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Sunday, August 7th

The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum was proud to co-host this amazing event for some extraordinary young women. Their vision of motivation and mentoring those recognized are inspirational and the speakers inspired everyone in the building - young and old.



BlueBird Book Bus Inspired Family Day

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Sunday, July 31, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Join us at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum when we host the Bluebird Book Bus. Enjoy some amazing books the whole family will love. There will be live story telling, ice cream sundaes and so much more!




Debut Series Book Club

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Saturday, July 30, 7:00pm

Join us at the Museum for our Debut Series Book Club with Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center.
This month, the club will be reading and discussing The Turner House by Angela Flournoy.





Sea of Vision- Florida Inspired 2016-2017 Exhibition Artists of PARC- Opening Reception

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Friday, July 29, 5:00-9:00pm

Celebrate the creativity of the Florida inspired 2016-2017 Exhibition Artists at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum. This exhibition features new works by emerging artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities who participate in the Inspired Artist Studios at PARC. Enjoy music, food and sensational artwork.





A Night of Protest Poetry and Poetry of Witness

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Sunday, July 24, 5:00pm

Tampa Bay poetry and institutional leaders are gathering in a unified call for human rights in America. These leaders include Florida's Poet Laureate, Peter Meinke; professors from the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa, Eckerd College, and St. Petersburg College; and dedicated leaders of community poetry organizations. We will remember the lives of those lost this week in senseless acts of violence: Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith.





ASALH Meeting

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Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:00am

Monthly meeting of the St. Petersburg ASALH Chapter. New Members and guest are always welcomed to attend.

2nd Saturday ArtWalk... Opening Reception Featuring the Works of Dr. Dallas Jackson

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Saturday, June 11, 2016 5pm-9pm

Join us at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum for ArtWalk and our feature of the work by Dallas Jackson. We invite you to take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about the museum, our upcoming events, programs, and so much more. While here you'll also be able to gain more insight on the pieces in this exhibit, tour our facility, stroll through our Legacy Gardens, enjoy music, light refreshments and the opportunity to meet the artist. ArtWalk is a citywide event that's engaging for the whole family.

Still I Rise: An Exhibition of Works by Cora Marshall

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Exhibit runs through May 31, 2016

The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum is excited about our new exhibit titled, "Still I Rise", by Cora Marshall. Each piece featured in this powerful exhibit tells a story of resiliency, strength, courage and perseverance as seen through the eyes of African American women who've suffered the plights of slavery and oppression in many different facets here in America. We invite you and your family to come by and see the amazing work of this extremely gifted Artist.

Memorial Celebration & Jazz Jam in Honor of Buster Cooper

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Saturday, May 28, 2016 5pm

In celebration of the life and legacy of legendary Trombonist Buster Cooper the Dr. Carter G Woodson African American History Museum is honored to be partnered with the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association to host a jazz jam and memorial to reflect on the life and joy that brought to so many lives through his music.

ASALH Meeting

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Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:00am

Monthly meeting of the St. Petersburg ASALH Chapter. New Members and guest are always welcomed to attend.

Welcome Principal Nikita Reed

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 6pm-8pm

Welcoming reception for the new principal at Melrose Elementary school

Nikita J. Reed

Thursday, May 19, 2016

6:00 p.m.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum

2240 9th Ave South

St. Petersburg, fl 33712

In keeping with the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum’s commitment to Melrose Elementary School, we are pleased to welcome the school’s new leader, Ms. Nikita J. Reed.Ms. Reed brings a fresh perspective to energizing a neighborhood school with passion, commitment and a proven track record for redirecting youth and professionals in challenging learning environments.

Please plan to join us when we host a reception to introduce Ms. Reed, and demonstrate our support to ensuring the success of area youth.

For more information contact: woodsonmuseum@gmail.com or 727.323.1104



2nd Saturday ArtWalk... Still I Rise: An Exhibition of Works by Cora Marshall

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Saturday, May 14, 2016 5pm-9pm

Join us at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum for ArtWalk and our feature of the work by by Cora Marshall. We invite you to take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about the museum, our upcoming events, programs, and so much more. While here you'll also be able to gain more insight on the pieces in this exhibit, tour our facility, stroll through our Legacy Gardens, enjoy music, light refreshments and the opportunity to meet the artist. ArtWalk is a citywide event that's engaging for the whole family.

The "Still I RISE" exhibit is an exhibition of works by Cora Marshall. This is a solo exhibition presenting a selection of works featuring women, in celebration of Women’s History and Women's History Month (paintings, mixed media, photography).

ASALH Meeting

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 10:00am

Monthly meeting of the St. Petersburg ASLAH Chapter. New Members and guest are always welcomed to attend.

Heritage Series Book Club

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Friday, April 22, 2016 7:00pm

Alpha Kappa Alpha's 60th Anniversary Legacy edition chronicles the women who cultivated a history of sisterhood and service in the Zeta Upsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority from its beginning on Dec. 15, 1955 in St. Petersburg, Florida to its present status as a thriving chapter living out the sorority’s motto to be “Supreme in Service to All Mankind.” Learn more at www.zuochapter.org.

AL DOWNING JAZZ ASSOCIATION JAZZ JAM

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Sunday April 17, 2016 3:00pm

Join us as we celebrate National Poetry Month with the AL Downing Jazz Association. Live Jazz and Poetry by some of the best in the Bay!

 

The Jazz group:

The 2016 National award winning Lakewood High School's Jazz Ensemble

the 54th Avenue South Jazz Combo with Featured Poet Peter Meinke, Poet Laureate of Florida

Place:

Dr. Carter G Woodson African American History Museum

2240 9th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, FL

Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.


NAACP Youth Council Reorganization Meeting

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April 16, 2016
NAACP Youth Council Reorganization
11am -3:00pm

 

2nd Saturday ArtWalk... Still I Rise: An Exhibition of Works by Cora Marshall

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Saturday, April 9, 2016 | 5pm-9pm

Join us at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum for our official exhibit opening artist reception of the work by by Cora Marshall through May 31st. Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about the museum; events and programming. Gain more insight on the pieces in this exhibit, tour our facility, Stroll through our Legacy Gardens, enjoy music, and light refreshments. ArtWalk is a citywide event that's engaging for the whole family.

The "Still I RISE" exhibit is an exhibition of works by Cora Marshall. This is a solo exhibition presenting a selection of works featuring women, in celebration of Women’s History and Women's History Month (paintings, mixed media, photography).

Easter Egg Hunt

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Saturday, March 26, 2016 | 11am-2pm

Join us March 26 for a Easter Egg Hunt at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum. The event will be held in our Legacy Gardens and reservations are required. Please email woodsonmuseum@gmail.com or call 727.323.1104 for more information.

AKA Soroity Legacy Book Unveiling

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | 6:00pm

Alpha Kappa Alpha's 60th Anniversary Legacy edition chronicles the women who cultivated a history of sisterhood and service in the Zeta Upsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority from its beginning on Dec. 15, 1955 in St. Petersburg, Florida to its present status as a thriving chapter living out the sorority’s motto to be “Supreme in Service to All Mankind.” Learn more at www.zuochapter.org.

Heritage Series Book Club

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Friday, March 18, 2016 | 7pm

Join us March 18 for our monthly Heritage Series book club. This month, the book that will be discussed is called Jonah's Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston.

Membership is $20.00 and space is limited!

Email: kitchentablelitarts@gmail.com or woodsonmuseum@gmail.com
for more information.

First Ladies of African American History Event

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Sunday, March 20, 2016 | 4pm

3rd annual celebration where we honor prominent African American Women who are the first African Americans to reach major milestones in the history of their career, profession, or academic studies.

EVENT IS SOLD OUT!!

St. Petersburg Country Club
2000 Country Club Way S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712

2nd Saturday ArtWalk & Artist Reception... Still I Rise: An Exhibition of Works by Cora Marshall

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Saturday, March 12, 2016 | 5pm-9pm Reception

Join us at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum for our official exhibit opening artist reception of the work by by Cora Marshall during ArtWalk. View her inspiring works of art that will be showcased in the museum March 9 through May 31.

-Still I RISE: An Exhibition of Works by Cora Marshall - a solo exhibition presenting a selection of works featuring women, in celebration of Women’s History Month (paintings, mixed media, photography)
-Take a stroll through our Legacy Gardens
-Enjoy live music from the Lakewood Jazz Band.
* You can help Lakewood Jazz Band get to New Orleans

SunLit Festival Event- Through Our Eyes: Our Stories

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Sunday, March 6 | 1:00pm-2:30pm

Journey through the lives of your neighbors and friends in this amazing, intimate event! Students from the Pinellas County Schools' Journeys in Journalism program will conduct live interviews of their families, capturing the history of their communities in the process. Produced by Journeys in Journalism and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. Free and open to the public.

SunLit Festival Event- Raise Your Voice: The Power of Protest Literature

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Monday, March 7 | 2:00pm AND 6:00pm

This engaging discussion and workshop covers Protest Literature from the Antebellum South, Harlem Renaissance, and Civil Rights eras. We will highlight work by Francis Ellen Watkins Harper, Ann Petry, Gwendolyn Bennett, Carolyn Rogers, and Gwendolyn Brooks.

Following the readings and discussion, participate in a creative writing workshop centered on creating our own Protest Literature in response to much of the civil and social unrest we're experiencing now, from police brutality and the prison industrial complex to genetically-modified everything and the legislation of female bodies.

Program includes FREE reading and writing materials and a chance to win FREE books by African American women writers.

Contact: Sheree L. Greer 414-460-2867, shereelgreer@gmail.com , or kitchentablelitarts@gmail.com

SunLit Festival Event- Behind Baby Talk: Why Reading to Infants Really Matters

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Returning for SunLit Festival 2016, “Behind Baby Talk,” James McHale presents the reasons why reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers is so crucial. The presentation helps with parent/caregiver bonding, reinforcing the development of context and understanding of words, important development for school-readiness. Dr. James P. McHale is Director of the USF St. Petersburg Family Study Center and Past President of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health.

Training Certificates and CEU’s will be offered to participants.

Children are welcome too. Junior League volunteers will be on hand to read to the children of participating parents.

For the full schedule of events for SunLit Festival visit
www.sunlitfestival.org/

TELL YOUR Story Midtown Edition

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February 27th, 2016 | 1-4pm

WUSF Public Media, the Neighborhood News Bureau, and the Dr. Carter G Woodson African American History Museum invite you to come out and share your story and the stories of Midtown St. Petersburg. Selected stories will be recorded by WUSF and shared on the web by NNBNEWS.COM

BRING PHOTOS AND OTHER ARTIFACTS that remind you of a particular moment to tell the stories and history of the people of Midtown, a historic African-American neighborhood in St. Petersburg, Florida. Pre-scheduled interviews will be conducted first, but we will also take non-scheduled interviews if time permits. SELECTED STORIES WILL BE RECORDED BY WUSF AND SHARED ON THE WEB BY NNBNEWS.COM MIDTOWN MATTERS AND WE NEED TO DOCUMENT ITS HISTORY!

If you would like to participate, call 727-873-4856 and leave a contact number and your name, or send an email to nnb@usfsp.edu.

Walking Tour

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February 27th, 2016 | 10am

Join us at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum for a Walking Tour of the African American Heritage Trail which runs along our historic 22nd street and 9th Avenue South located in Jordan Park here in St. Petersburg, FL.

Heritage Movie Night

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February 25th, 2016 | 6:30-8:30PM

The story is of a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.

Voices of our Ancestors

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February 22, 6-8PM

Join Kitchen Table Literary Arts and The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum for bi-weekly readings and discussions centered on poetry, short stories, and music by writers, poets, and musicians of color, whose work illuminates the shared struggles and triumphs that make up our history.

After reading and discussion, participants are encouraged to craft their own ancestor stories reflecting their own family histories and personal experiences.

This time, we'll be reading the poetry of Lucille Clifton!

Program dates: Monday's 2/22, 3/21, 4/4, and 4/18 (6 – 8 p.m.)

Cost: FREE *donations accepted

Email kitchentablelitarts(at)gmail.com for more information.

Blue Bird Book Bus

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Sunday, February 2, 2016 | 2:00pm


BlueBird Book Bus POSTPONED
The BlueBird Book Bus at Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum will not be here this month, but we look forward to it's return next month here at the museum.

Chillounge Night Presents Cirque du Chill

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February 20, 2016 | 6-11pm

Experience February 20th in St. Pete the circus as you never have before. Chillounge Night presents Cirque du Chill- an epic and dynamic circus arts presentation. Cirque du Chill features spectacular entertainment by world-renowned circus artists. Featured Band: The Black Honkeys, Fashion Show and more.

For details, please visit www.chillounge.com
Benefiting Creative Clay and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum

General Admission: $25.00 and $35.00 at Gate
VIP: $120 limited, includes food and drinks, reserved seating options available

Located at Straub Park-North Downtown Waterfront Park
400 Bayshore Dr. Northeast, Saint Petersburg, FL, 33701

Heritage Series Book Club

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February 19, 2016 | 7pm

Our Heritage Series Book Club will meet once a month to discuss a selected book and relevant topics illuminated by the story. Novels written by legendary Black women writers will be explored every last Friday of the month. The novels selected for the first quarter offering of the club include Passing by Nella Larsen, The Street by Ann Petry, and Jonah’s Gourd Vine by Florida native, Zora Neale Hurston. The book club meets every third Friday of the month from February to April. Membership is $20 and includes all three months and special perks!

In Voices of Our Ancestors Reading and Sharing Series participants will study poetry and short story readings from pre-Civil Rights, particularly Antebellum South, poets and writers of color. Discussion follows, as well as an opportunity to craft your own ancestor stories and poems. This series meets every other Monday starting February 8th! This workshop is FREE and open to the public!

U.S. Representative Kathy Castor at the Museum

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February 19, 2016 | 2:30pm

In observance of Black History Month during February, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor is proud to honor Thomas "Jet" Jackson and Barbara Cubby Shorter.
Please join Kathy Castor at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum in honoring the extraordinary contributions of these community leaders. These recognitions will forever mark their legacies in the U.S. Library of Congress.

2nd Saturday ArtWalk

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February 13, 2016 | 5-9PM

Join us for 2nd Saturday ArtWalk, which takes place every second Saturday of the month here in the city of St. Petersburg. We invite you to come tour our facility and see our latest exhibit centered around African American history, life and culture.

Two Takes on a Dream: Mary McLeod Bethune & Zora Neale Hurston

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February 11 2016 | 7:00 pm

Presented by the Florida Humanities Council and the Dr, Carter G Woodson African American History Museum...

Throughout the struggle for equality in the United States, civil rights activists often disagreed on the direction of the movement or how to best attain their goals. These differences of opinion are perhaps best exemplified by Mary McLeod Bethune and Zora Neale Hurston and their vision of a racially integrated society. Veteran chatauquans, Ersula Odom Knox and Phyllis McEwen, portray these iconic women and provide insight into the world in which they lived and their vision for the future of race in America.

Dr Carter G Woodson African History Museum Flag to be Raised over City Hall

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Febrauray 01, 2016 | 8:30AM

City Hall (175 5th Street North), Our Honorable Mayor, Rick Kriseman will historically raise the Dr. Carter G Woodson African American History Museum's flag in honor of Black History Month. It is our sincere hope that you will stand with us and be a part of this event marking a new era in our community's history. Please join us!

Blue Bird Book Bus

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January 24, 2016 | 2-4PM

Join us Sunday as the BlueBird Book Bus rolls into the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum. Enjoy a vast array of live story telling, coupled with free books for all ages. An afternoon of fun and education everyone can enjoy.

ASALH Meeting with special guest speaker

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Saturday January 23rd, 2016 |10:00am


Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum
2240 9th Ave S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712

The St. Petersburg ASALH Chapter will be meeting and hosting a seminar co-sponsored with the Pinellas County American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) here at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum. This Speakers for Justice Seminar will feature Special Guest Speakers: The Honorable Charles Williams, Chief Judge of the 12th Judicial Circuit, and ACLU Attorney Adam Tebrugge, & Civil Rights Attorney Delano Stewart.

MLK Jr. CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL

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Sunday January 17th, 2016 | 5:30- 7 p.m.

Join us as we pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through our Candlelight Vigil Ceremony as symbolic reminder of Dr. Kings words, " Hate cannot drive out hate. Only Love can do that"
Please share with friends and family.

MLK Jr. Weekend Events Calendar

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January 15-18, 2016

January 15th
MLK CONCERT
7PM Mount Zion PMB Church
955 20th St. South

January 16th
MLK Lecture Series
8AM SPC Allstate Center
3200 34th St. S.

Jan 17th
MLK CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
5:30-7PM Dr. Carter G Woodson African American Histiory Museum
2240 9th Ave S.

January 18th
MLK Day of Service
8:30AM James B Sanderlin Family Center
2335 22nd Ave South

Sunday January 17th, 2015
Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum
2240 9th Ave South St. Petersburg, FL 33712