Events

February 23 (Thursday)
Black History Month fim series: The Loving Story
5:30 p.m.

Join us for our first Black History Month documentary series and celebration! We are thrilled to be a part of a national dialogue that honors the lives of African-Americans. Through this shared experience we invite you to examine notions of urbanism, class, economics, culture, race, identity, and how it all helped shape American history. Free admission

Tonight's film is The Loving Story (78 mins), which documents the life of an interracial couple in the segregated south of 1958. A white man named Richard Loving and his part black, part Cherokee fiancée Mildred Jeter traveled to Washington, D.C., from Caroline County, Virginia, to be married. They returned home two weeks later only to be arrested, tried, and convicted of the felony crime of miscegenation. At the time, interracial marriage was illegal in Virginia and twenty-one states. The Lovings agreed to leave the state to avoid a one-year jail sentence; they could return to Virginia only separately. The film documents their fight to no longer live in exile but to return home with their children as husband and wife.

Learn more about the movie here

February 26 (Sunday)
Black History Month film series: Before They Die!
1 p.m.

Join us for our first Black History Month documentary series and celebration! We are thrilled to be a part of a national dialogue that honors the lives of African-Americans. Through this shared experience we invite you to examine notions of urbanism, class, economics, culture, race, identity, and how it all helped shape American history. Free admission

Tonight's film is Before They Die! (92 mins), a film chronicling the survivors of the Tulsa Race Riot and their quest for justice. The riot took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921. A white mob attacked residents and businesses of the African American community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in what is widely considered the worst incident of racial violence in U.S. history. The attack, carried out on the ground and by air, destroyed more than thirty-five blocks. At the time, Greenwood was the wealthiest black community in the nation.

Gala Dinner Dance and Auction 2017
April 8 (Saturday)
6:30 p.m.-?

Join us for a black-tie celebration in support of the Museum's mission and this year's honorees, Jill and Alfred E. Douglass II. As longtime patrons of the Museum, Jill and Al have been instrumental in helping the Museum maintain its distinction as a valuable cultural and educational resource to the Lehigh Valley. Jill has been a Society of the Arts (SOTA) member for more than four decades, having served on the SOTA Board and as Chair of SOTA’s first Show House. Al served on the Board of Trustees and the Endowment Campaign Committee. Most importantly, he established the Kress Society.

Tickets are $250 per person, or $350 to be listed as a Gala Patron in the program. (Your contribution less $100 per person is tax deductible.) RSVP by March 31. Call 610-432-4333 ext 154 to purchase tickets by phone.

If you are interested in attending or supporting as a sponsor and being acknowledged in our Gala program, contact Michelle Rittler at ext 152.

 

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