Black History Month series coming to downtown New Britain

Published on Sunday, 26 January 2020 21:09
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Downtown District Visitors Center will be holding its first month-long series of events celebrating Black History Month Feb. 3 thru Feb. 27.

The event will recognize contributions made by African Americans past and present.

“This February we are happy to invite people into the Visitors Center to share the rich history of people of color and have prepared a varied and fulfilling schedule of events that will appeal to all people,” said Adrian Elliott, curator of Gallery 66.

According to Elliott, many people in the community have been sharing their gifts while bringing about change and making a difference.

“We feel the importance of a strong community of many differing people is founded on the education of all to understand the groups that make us much more alike than different,” said Elliott.

The first event will be a showing of “The Wiz” on Movie Night on Monday, Feb. 3, from 6-8:30 p.m., followed by Game Night on Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 6-8 p.m. Both will be free and sponsored by the Grace Young Adults of Grace Church. For more details, contact Aliza at

On Saturday, Feb. 8, from 4-9 p.m., is the opening of the Butterfly Exhibit by local photographer Rina Starr. The cost to attend is $10 to 25 and guests will get to meet the artist and the models, enjoy music and mingle. Her work will be on display until April 10. For more information, contact

The following event on Sunday, Feb. 9 is the HER15 open House sponsored by Chanise Williams from 2-4 p.m. This is a free event for girls 15 to 20 years old in which teen moms and their peers support, develop and strengthen each other. For more information contact

This event on Monday, Feb. 10, caters to those with an artistic vision. The 2020 Vision Board event from 6-8:30 p.m. is sponsored by the Visitors Center’s photographer, Barkel McClane Photography. There is a $10 cover charge, which includes all supplies for the creation of your own board. For more information, contact

Anyone interested in getting to the roots of black history can enjoy a history talk on Thursday, Feb. 13. Nzinga’s Daughters will be hosting “Let’s Talk Slavery” from 6-7 p.m. followed by a talk from 7-8 p.m. by Sophie Huget, executive director of the New Britain Industrial Museum, titled “Industry and the Black Worker After the Civil War.” For more information contact Nzinga’s Daughters executive director Dayna Snell at The NBIM can be reached at

Prodigy Youth Dance Group & Jus Move Studio will be hosting a youth dance presentation for all ages on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 6-8 p.m. For more information, contact Jus Hues at 617-892-2564 or

Opening lines of communication will be the focus of “Color Bias,” a panel discussion led by local community leader Christopher Porcher, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from noon to 2 p.m., sponsored by CMHA Diversity Committee. For more information, contact

Over the past four years, the community has been able to participate in open mic nights, but the one on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6-9 p.m., will come with a twist. It will be styled after the classic TV variety series “Showtime at the Apollo.” The event is sponsored by A-Team and HIMMY Ent. For more information, contact Adrian at 860-801-7801.

Another free movie night is set for Monday, Feb. 24, from 6-9 p.m. sponsored by Paradym. For more information, contact

The final event is the Black HIStory Reception meet-and- greet on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 6-9 p.m. sponsored by A-Team. The cost to attend is $10-15. At the event, 29 men from Hartford County will share their life experiences as men of color along with food and music. For more information, contact Adrian at 860-801-7801.

The Black History Month Celebration is sponsored by CMHA. All the events will be held at the Visitors Center, 66 W. Main St., but there will be limited seating. Each event will include food.

Ciara Hooks can be reached at 860-801-5082 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Sunday, 26 January 2020 21:09. Updated: Sunday, 26 January 2020 21:11.