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Mount Vernon Baptist Church Black History Month Activities

Wednesday Nights At The Movies:

All movies are FREE admission and begin at 6:30 pm in the Church sanctuary. A discussion follows each movie.

February 5: BOYCOTT – In 1955, an African American woman named Rosa Parks dared to take an empty seat in the “Whites Only” section on a city bus in Montgomery, AL, and sparked one of the first major battles in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, thus bringing the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. to the attention of many Americans for the first time. Mount Vernon Male Youth lead a post movie discussion.

February 12: DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST – A multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands of South Carolina struggle to maintain their West African Yoruba heritage while contemplating a migration to the mainland. Karen Dacons-Brock leads a post movie discussion highlighting characteristics of the Gullah language.

February 19: BETTY AND CORETTA – Focusing on the extraordinary women behind the two men who would change history, BETTY AND CORETTA tells the similar true stories of Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dr. Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X. Jamila Gibbs leads a post movie discussion from a very personal perspective.

February 26: A BALLERINA’S TALE – This documentary film revolves around the career of Misty Copeland, the first African American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, who serves as narrator of the film as well as its subject. Members of Mount Vernon’s Liturgical Dancers lead a post movie discussion.

Sunday morning events:

February 9, 9:30 am : THE BLACK PRESENCE IN THE BIBLE, REVISITED – Another illuminating presentation on Black people in the Bible with opportunities for discussion and feedback. Speaker TBA.

February 16, 9:30 am: BLACK HISTORY JEOPARDY QUIZ BOWL – Test your knowledge of Black History in a family friendly competition complete with prizes and historical figures coming to life whenever there is a “Daily Double.”

February 23, 9:30 am, : DR. ROSE BUTLER BROWNE EDUCATION DAY - Contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are highlighted in a discussion with current HBCU students and alumni.

February 23, 10:45 am: Representative G.K. Butterfield is guest speaker during morning worship.