From our local communities to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Clayton County is celebrating Black History Month in big ways, and at no cost to attendees.
Heritage Day Celebration: Historical Jonesboro has partnered with the Clayton County Archway Project to bring you an afternoon filled with fun, art, music, education, and most importantly, history, focusing on “The African-American Family”, February 19, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the National Archives at Atlanta(5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow).
“There will be a tour of the artifacts and exhibits from 11-11:30 AM provided by Clayton County Historian Ted Key,” says Marie Barber, chairperson of Archway’s African American Historical committee. “We’re looking forward to making this a fun event for Clayton and the surrounding communities.”
Atlanta’s APEX museum, along with Lithonia’s Flat Rock Museum (home to comedian Chris Tucker’s ancestors) have donated many artifacts to share with Clayton County for the day. Additionally, an informational video will loop throughout the event featuring some of Clayton’s prominent “first families” including recently filmed footage of longtime resident Lucy Huie, who fought off the KKK in an effort to desegregate Clayton County schools.
Other activities include a show by puppeteer Akbar Imhotep, reenactments of historical events in black history, and a “Taste of Africa”, giving attendees the opportunity to sample various African foods, and much more.
Other local events:
Hartsfield-Jackson Music Series: Jazz, blues, and R&B enthusiasts can check out weekly performances in the Atrium, which run on Friday evenings through February 25.
- By Kimberly Allen, The Clayton Talk blog
Sheriff Kem Kimbrough is hosting a series of meet and greets, and wants to hear from Clayton residents directly. The next will take place this Saturday, February 12 at East Clayton Elementary(2750 Forest Parkway, Ellenwood), 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.