Thursday, February 2

Black History Month Early Release Day Celebration for all ages: Beautiful Blackbird puppet show, craft and refreshments, 2 to 4 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library, 6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale. For more information call 954-968-3840.

The Fabulous Forties: On the Avenue exhibit through October 2012, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-467-3138.

Monday, February 6

23rd National African American Read-In:  As part of the nationwide initiative to promote literacy, Miami Dade College’s North Campus will host a live audience of more than 400 college, middle and high-school students, including various faculty and school administrators, corporate and community leaders – all of whom will simultaneously read literature written by professional African American writers, 10 a.m.-noon at the Lehman Theatre. The African American Read-In will also be streamed live via the web to encourage participation from those not able to attend the event in person. For more information call 305-237-8888 or visit

Tuesday, February 7

At the Movies — Up From Slavery Part I: Come and see the story of Black people in America and American history as you have not seen it. Free event, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus, TEC Lobby. For more information call 561-993-1169 or email

Wednesday, February 8

At the Movies — Up From Slavery Part 2: (See Tuesday Feb. 7 listing)

Friday, February 10

Old School Dance celebrating music from the 60s, 70s, & 80s, “Reflecting on our Past; Advancing towards our Future,” 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at the Educational and Cultural Center, 3580 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderdale Lakes. For ages 25 and up, come dressed to impress with your grooviest outfit from the past! Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Black History Month Oratorical Contest. For more information call 954-535-2785.

Thursday, February 16

The Black Heritage: Haiti History at a Glance: Hear the compelling story of our southern neighbor, Haiti, from Bito David, Specialist/Haitian/Creole,
Public Affairs Office, School District of Palm Beach County, 6:30 p.m. at the Lantana Road Branch of the Palm Beach County Public Library. Pre-register, call 561-304-4500.

Oratorical Contest, “Reflecting on our Past; Advancing toward our Future,” 6-9 p.m. at the Lauderdale Lakes Multipurpose Building, 4340 N.W. 36th St., Lauderdale Lakes. Open to Middle School and High School students, must apply to participate by Feb. 6, essays due by February 13. Trophies & prizes will be awarded. For more information call 954-535-2785.

Friday, February 17

Annual Comedy & Talent Explosion: Comedian Marvin Dixon is returning to host as Palm Beach State College students and area high school students vie for three scholarships in the 12th annual talent competition, 8 p.m. at the Duncan Theatre on Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth campus. Tickets $10. For more information call 561-868-3441 or email

Saturday, February 18

16th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival/Workshop: Melton Mustafa Orchestra with dance choreographer Dr. La Toya Davis-Craig, saxophonist and scat singer Jesse Jones Jr., vocalist/violinist Nicole Yarling, the Florida Memorial University Jazz Ensemble and top high school jazz bands, at Florida Memorial University’s Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts, Miami Gardens. Friday jazz workshop $20; Saturday concert $50; two days $75. For more information call 305-623-3063 or email

‘Only the Strong will Survive,’ City of Lauderdale Lakes Fourth Annual Black History Month Parade & Community Celebration, will begin 9 a.m. at 3020 N.W. 33 Ave. and end at Willie Webb Park. Grand Marshal of the parade is James Griffin, principal of Lauderdale Lakes Middle School.  Festivities will include marching bands, community organizations, churches, and local businesses, entertainment and fun for all. Visit or call 954-535-2785.