January 2008 

In The Neighborhood

Events Celebrate Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr. And Black History Month

The city has planned a number of events to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and Black History Month. Black History Month, recognized each February, was first celebrated in 1926 when Harvard University scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson pressed for African-American history to be studied along with mainstream historical events.

Free Celebrating Peace Essay Contest (grade school ages)
Essays are due no later than 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14.
Gibson Community School, 3990 W. Washington Ave., (702) 229-5096.
Youth are invited to submit a neatly written essay on the subject of what “peace” means to them. Essays should be between 50 and 75 words long. On the back of the paper, include the author’s name, age, school and grade level, as well as the name, address and telephone number of the author’s local parent or guardian. Six winners each will receive a prize and an award. Call Lakeisha Dickens at 229-4168 for more information.

I Have A Dream Workshop (ages 4 to 15)
Thursday, Jan. 17, 5 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $5, includes snack and supplies.
Johnson Community School, 340 Villa Monterey, (702) 229-6175.
Youth make a peace bracelet while learning how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
influenced America.

Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Tournament (ages 12 to 14)
Friday through Monday, Jan. 18 to 21. Advance registration required by Jan. 4.
Fee: $200 per team
Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St., (702) 229-6374.
Middle school teams annual tournament. Call Adam at (702) 229-1734 for details.

Living the Dream Gospel Music Concert
Sunday, Jan. 20
Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. for seating; the concert is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library Theatre , 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd
The concert is appropriate for all ages, but parking and seating are limited.

Living the Dream Gospel Music Concert Featuring The Las Vegas Mass Choir
Sunday, Jan. 20, 4 p.m.; doors open at 3:30 p.m. for seating.
West Las Vegas Library Theatre , 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 507-3989.
Presented by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, the city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and the Las Vegas Mass Choir. A traditional and urban contemporary gospel music tribute to honor recognized leaders whose contributions continue the life-long legacy of Dr. King. Free admission; limited parking and seating.

2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Monday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m.
Downtown Las Vegas parade route (Fourth Street between Gass and Fremont)

Night Groov’in Series
Modern Griot, Keith Brantley
Friday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 229-6211
Keith Brantley has been presenting his poetry for more than 15 years. As a strong proponent for the local community of African-American poets, he has founded poetry groups and is the longtime host of the West Las Vegas Arts Center’s Poets’ Corner. Tickets: $7 adults, $5 teens/seniors, $3 children 12 and under.

Legacy, African-American Heritage and History Film Series
Saturdays, 3 p.m. West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 229-4800
Free admission
Feb. 2 -  “The Last King of Scotland”
Forest Whitaker won a well-deserved Oscar and Golden Globe for best actor for his role as the brutal Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin whose rise and fall is seen through the eyes of his personal physician, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan. 2006, R
Feb. 9 - “Amazing Grace”
Based on a true story, this historical drama examines the aggressive campaign against slavery that was waged by the 18th-century English politician, William Wilberforce. He ultimately triumphed when Britain enacted its first anti-slavery bill in 1807. 2007, PG
Feb. 16 - “Pursuit of Happyness” Will Smith and his real-life son Jaden star in this tearjerker about a struggling single parent determined to build a better life for himself and his child. 2006, PG

Freda Payne
“A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald”
Sunday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 229-6383
Tickets: $10 advance, $15 performance day
R&B and jazz vocalist Freda Payne shot to fame with “Band of Gold” and has starred in Broadway shows such as “Jelly’s Last Jam,” “Sophisticated Ladies” and “Blues in the Night.” Her tribute to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, including her mastery of Fitzgerald’s scatting, has earned “bravos” from audiences and critics alike.

Community Gallery
“Black Extravaganza: A Cultural Awakening!” by John T. Stephens II

Through March 2
Free admission
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 229-4800
Step back in time and view this pictorial exhibit showcasing the pioneering efforts of black dancers, fashion designers and musical talent in the West Las Vegas community. The exhibit symbolically acknowledges Black Extravaganza Productions Inc., the first nonprofit African-American corporation chartered in the state of Nevada.

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