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It’s not too late to honor Black History Month. 4 upcoming events

Still looking for ways to honor Black History Month? February leading into the middle of March? There are still many activities featuring black history and culture to explore over the coming weeks in and around Charlotte.

Below is a list of the top four shows we’d think you and your family would enjoy.

(1) We are the Music Makers Blues Music Review

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 4.

Where: Levine Museum of the New South/Wells Fargo Playhouse, ImaginOn.

Tickets: Free to attend, but reservations required.

Want to know what soul music sounds like? Start with a reception and a viewing of the We are the Music Makers at 6:30 p.m. at the Levine Museum, 200 E. 7th Street.

After that, walk over to ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th Street, where five musicians featured in the We are the Music Makers exhibit will be performing.

The exhibit showcases soul music from over 20 years, and will feature performances from John Dee Holeman, Cool John Ferguson, Big Ron Hunter, Pat ‘Mother Blues’ Cohen, Boo Hanks, Harvey Dalton Arnold and Bubba Norwood.

(2) The Parchman Hour: Songs & Stories of the 1961 Freedom Riders

When: Feb. 25-27 and March 3-5, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: Lee Street Theatre, 329 N. Lee Street, Salisbury.

Tickets: $15.

Take a journey back to 1961 when 13 riders risked their lives to take a bus from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans during the civil rights era. After almost dying while traveling through the state of Alabama, those riders would influence others to join. Through their journey, more than 300 riders faced brutal assaults and arrests. Some riders were sent to one of the most vicious prisons known to the South, Parchman Farm.

This variety-show style production explores three of the most tense months of 1961.

(3) Harriet’s Return: The Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman

When: 7 p.m. March 8.

Where: Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 North Tryon Street. 

Tickets: $15-$20.

The one-woman play (with a talk-back immediately following) honors and remembers one of the country’s most influential abolitionists of slavery, Harriet Tubman. The play will start from Tubman’s childhood, then end with her final days of life.

(4) “Who Are You? Are You Making A Difference?” Featuring The Impressions

When: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 19. 

Where: Pease Auditorium at CPCC Main Campus, 1201 Elizabeth Ave.

Tickets: $25 for adults, $20 ages 60+, $15 ages 17 and younger.

A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas will host its 16th Annual black history production, “Who Are You? Are You Making a Difference?” This year’s event will feature the famous ’60s musical group The Impressions. The trio from Chicago inspired the nation during the Civil Rights Movement with hits like “People Get Ready,” and “Its All Right.”

Photo: Joe Habina/Charlotte Observer file