Columbia Parks and Recreation is planning a series of events in February to commemorate Black History Month. All events are free, and the public is welcome to attend.
An African-American history exhibit will be available on weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., throughout the month of February. The display is open at the Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash; individuals and groups are welcome to view the exhibit.
A Film Fest will be held throughout the month with movies scheduled every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Armory Sports Center. The film schedule is:
42 on Feb. 5, The Help on Feb. 12, Barry on Feb. 19 and Lean on Me on Feb. 26.
Black History Month will continue with the annual Gospel Explosion and Soul Food Dinner. It will be held at 4 p.m. on Feb. 23 at St. Luke UMC, 204 E. Ash. This year’s program will feature gospel artists and groups from the central Missouri area. Following performances, there will be a soul food feast. Covered dishes are welcome.
The month-long celebration will conclude with an oral history presentation on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Armory. Staff member Teresa Gorman will share information about historical figure Willie Lynch.
Call the Armory Sports Center at 573-817-5077 for more information.