Friday, February 9, 2024

Black History Month Exhibition At The PBC Cultural Arts Center

By Gemma Cleanslate

As we know February is designated as Black History Month in the United states. Though this history is part of world history in the past it was not integrated as it should be so this is a month to recognize that fact.

Jardinalexis, owner of the Premier Business Center has been putting an enormous amount of time into setting up an extensive history in the PBC Cultural Arts Center. It is for this month of remembering but she told me it will remain as a permanent “museum” with additions to come. This year is concentrated on the African Americans and the Arts.

Sunday, February 2 was the official opening of the museum display. There was a gathering with music of DJ LadySqueeze. Dancerina Starlight provided a lovely performance of her own choreographed dance. All had a marvelous time. I did get a chance to see some of the exhibits but went back Monday to really take a good look at it all. It is amazing.

On the main floor one can see a dedication to the Visual Arts on posters. The display of all the wonderful black artists that have contributed to the Arts scene in America is lovely. 50 of the great musicians is displayed on the walls. Most of them had an effect of the music of many decades of music in America and the world. It is good to see them all in one place to remember this.

On the upper floor one finds a time line celebrating the Civil Rights movement with photographs of the time along with a wonderful written history of what and when and where events took place over the long struggle for recognition. Many people contributed to the cause over those years and you can see them all here. Quite a few were artists that are on display downstairs. The explanation of their contributions is documented here too. Plan time to read it all. There will be another event to celebrate February 18 from 2:00 to 4:00.

I did have a chance to drop over to Bay City for Mole Day too. I was late but did make it to part of party. Chronos Mole was still there enjoying the music and dance . Mole Day has been in existence for many years to give recognition to all the Moles who take care of the infrastructure of the whole grid. They are terrific !

Gemma Cleanslate

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