Jan 30, 2014

Minnesota's Largest Black History Month Celebration Returns to Saint Paul RiverCentre Feb. 21-22

Celebrate Black History Month this February with the second annual Midwest Black History Expo (MBHE), the largest Black History Month celebration in Minnesota, on Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22 at Saint Paul RiverCentre from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Advance admission is $10 for a two-day pass and $5 for a single-day pass. Children 5 and under are free with a paid adult admission. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The family-friendly expo is open to the public and will provide information on black history, culture and various Afro-centric products. The goal of the event is to teach cultural awareness and inspire individuals by sharing the often forgotten and untold stories about black history around the world. Attendees will learn about various services being offered by organizations serving the black community. It will also give black retailers, designers, artists, authors and organizations an opportunity to sell, display and inform people about their products and services.

Other expo highlights include:

- College Fair – Out of state, local and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will be on-site to share information about their schools to students and adults.

- 50’ x 84’ African American Inventions and Inventors exhibit –The Reflections in Black Museum, Inc. will present African American inventions such as the gas mask, golf tee, ice cream scoop, ink pen, instant potatoes, pencil sharpener, traffic signal, and Dasani drinking water displays.

- Nationally known keynote speaker – Professor Robert A. Hill, a Research Professor of History at UCLA and the Editor in Chief of "The Marcus Garvey & UNIA Papers," will discuss the life of Marcus Garvey.

- African American Authors – Authors will sell, autograph and read excerpts from their books.

- Black History Documentary & Discussion Room – Local film makers Rose McGee and D. Eric Harmon will be showing and discussing their films "Kumbayah: the Juneteenth Story" and "The Science of Race." The Twin Cities Black Film Festival will play and discuss "Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius."

- Seminar Room – Dr. August Nimtz Jr. of the University of Minnesota will speak about the Life of Nelson Mandela and apartheid. Dr. Lanise Block will discuss how history is currently impacting the Digital Divide.

- Children’s Room – There will be readings of children’s books that have a focus on Black History, face painting, and a cultural dance class by Voice of Culture Drum and Dance.

- Art Competition – One adult and youth artist will be awarded $1,000 and $500 respectively for a painting that is inspired by Black History.

- Up to 200 Vendors and Exhibitors – Vendors will include artists, authors, retailers, organizations, museums and more.

- Fashion Show ­– Black designers and retailers will showcase their clothing designs and accessories.

- Performers – There will be singers, drummers, drill teams and more.

The event is being produced by Liberation Clothing & Gifts, LLC.

EVENT:  Midwest Black History Expo

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22 / 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  

ADMISSION: Advance tickets: $10 – two-day pass / $5 – single-day pass
At the door: $14 – two-day pass / $7 – single-day pass
Children 5 and under are admitted free

ON SALE: Tickets are available at the Saint Paul RiverCentre Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone using Ticketmaster TDD/TTY, call 800-359-2525. Certain fees may apply.