Lexington Market Celebrates Black History Month in a Big Way

Hello, hello, hello everyone! This is an exciting month for me and hopefully for you too. I mean we have Black History month with a lot of organizations doing special stuff, Valentine’s Day also comes this month and I am celebrating 20 years with the AFRO American Newspaper. I am planning to do something special with my column for this one, thanks to a suggestion from my boss, Jake Oliver. So, some kind of way I’ve got to find space to cover all of that. I believe Lexington Market is doing the biggest celebration of them all because, they are going to be jumping up and down, doing the James Brown, every day in the month of Feb.(except Sundays) from the time they open until they close. I want to thank Stacey Pack, marketing and communication manager and her staff for making me apart of this event for the past 15 years as an author.

Lexington Market celebrates Black History Month in a big way with live entertainment, concerts, book signings, arts and crafts, assorted vendors, children’s hour, and much more all month long.

Lexington Market will mark Black History Month with a schedule of free events for children, families, and adults of all ages and interests. Highlights include a Sat. afternoon live music concert series, a Sat. morning children’s hour series, and African American authors and artisan fairs throughout the month. All events take place in the Market’s Arcade at 400 W. Lexington St., in Baltimore. The Market’s live music concert series will host some of Baltimore’s most established, as well as up and coming musicians, representing music styles from Blues and Jazz to the top Motown beats, Caribbean and R&B. This month’s line-up includes: Feb. 4, Japheth Clark, Feb. 11, Kevin Robinson and KERQ, Feb. 18, the Palovations Band and Singers and Feb. 25, Black Magic Blues Mission. All concerts are Sats., 12 noon-2 p.m.

Art Sherrod, Jr., renowned saxophonist and recording artist gets up close and personal while performing at Blues Alley, 1673 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC for two nights, Feb. 2 and 3.

For the first time, the Market will host a children’s hour featuring children’s book authors and hands on crafts activities every Sat. Also this month, the Market will host African American authors and artisans whose works will be on display. Handcrafted jewelry, sculptures, painting, photography, books and vintage memorabilia are some of the items available for purchase from vendors. African-American authors fair, Feb.1 to Feb.11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and African-American artisans fair is Feb. 13 to Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. We will see you there.

Griots Circle of Maryland under the direction of Kay L. Merrill, president, along with the Great Blacks in Wax Museum and Baltimore Ceasefire, are hosting an event in honor of the life and legacy of Ancestor Mother Mary Carter Smith. The program will be Feb. 4 at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum located at 1601 E. North Ave., from 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-788-3553.

Baltimore’s own Crosswind will head up the big Pre-Valentine’s Day Show and Dance with about 10 other acts live on stage Feb. 3, at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Road.

Well, my dear friends, I am out of space. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at [email protected]. Until the next time, I’m Musically Yours.