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Karamu House to celebrate Black History Month in a big way

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February is National Black History Month. Although Karamu House celebrates Black History all year long it will be featuring some exceptional productions and programs throughout the month in order to share Karamu’s rich history as well as live theatre, panel discussions and a talent show. What follows is this month’s schedule.


“Ceremonies In Dark Old Men”
Thursdays through Sundays
Now through February 23, 2014
Thursday to Saturday
8:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.

Incidents in the Life of Henry “Box” Brown
Saturdays and Sundays
2:00 p.m.
February 8 through February 23, 2014
Written by Karamu’s own Michael Oatman

Panel Discussions

Karamu Theatre History
1915 to 1970
February 6, 2014
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Moderator: Gail Powell
Panel: Norma Powell, Michael Oatman,
Terrence Spivey, Kenny Parker, Norma Powell;
Ray Allmond, Sue Johnson and Joyce Meadows

Karamu Theatre History
1970 to 1991
February 13, 2014
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Moderator: Ray Allmond
Panel: Joyce Meadows, Norma Powell,
Kenny Parker, Sarah May, Sue Johnson,
And Michael Oatman

History of African American Dancers & Musicians
February 20, 2014
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Participants: Sharolyn Ferebee, Bennie Mosley

Everyone attending the panel discussions will receive a $5.00 discount off the theater price of that night’s performance of “Ceremonies In Dark Old Men”

Talent Show

Free Talent Show
February 27, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The show is open to all to participate in the following age categories: 12 and under, 13 to 17 and adults as single acts or groups (note: no bands will be allowed in the group acts category) in dancing, singing, dramatization, instrument and other. Applications for the talent show will be made available online at: and must be returned no later than February 20, 2014 to the Karamu Business Office located at 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

For additional information about the Karamu Black History Month program and the Cultural Arts Education Program, call De Perry, Cultural Arts Coordinator, at 216.795.7070 ext. 249.


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