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Events Celebrate Black History Month

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As February arrives, so does Black History Month. Exhibits and events celebrating African-American roots abound.

Fairfax county and Cox cable are sponsoring a free showing of “Embracing Our Youth, Our Heritage and Celebrating All Cultures.” The show begins 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, in the Fairfax County Government Center Auditorium with a reception open to the public beginning 6 p.m.

The “America, I am” exhibit at the National Geographic Museum runs through May 1. Two-hundred pieces mark the African-American experience in this exhibit. The museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, $6 for children 12 and younger. Discount tickets are available at area Walmarts.

Barnes and Noble sponsors a Black History Month story time every Tuesday in February. Check individual stores for times.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s 2011 Family Day Celebration is Feb. 5. The free presentations begin 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The National Capitol Trolley Museum presents “Segregation Aboard Streetcars.” The exhibit runs through February. Located in Colesville, Md., the museum is open weekends from noon to 5 p.m. Admission including unlimited trolley rides is $7 for adults, $5 for 17 and under, and $4 without rides.

The National Air & Space Museum features a special exhibit on the Tuskegee Airmen. The exhibit is open Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, and Saturday, Feb. 12 at the museum on the National Mall. Both events are free and run from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

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