Colorado Humanities Black History Program

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Black History Month Program at Blair-Caldwell

Denver, CO – Hasan Davis will portray Angus Augustus Burleigh, a 19th century ex-slave, who at 16 enlisted in the Union Army and went on to become an acclaimed black educator, scholar and minister, at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library on Wednesday, February 3 at 6 pm. Davis, a noted Kentucky poet, youth advocate, and Chautauquan (a portrayer of legendary and historical characters) is a former gang member. He now holds a law degree, serves on the Federal Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, and owns his own business, Empowerment Solutions, focusing on youth development. Drawing on his multiple talents, Davis presents African-American characters from the past in ways that encourage audiences to read and understand more about their cultural and ethnic history, and motivates them to reach for higher education and personal achievements. Davis’ electrifying portrayal of Burleigh’s sacrifice and courage is a compelling performance.

Colorado Humanities’ Black History Live brings nationally recognized scholars to Colorado schools, libraries and community centers to present portrayals of African-Americans who have made important contributions to U.S. History. This year, Black History Live will tour Colorado February 1 through 5.

Monday, February 1

10 a.m. Blair Caldwell African-American Research Library, 2401 Welton Street, Denver (Student program)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Greeley West High School, 2401 35th Ave. Greeley

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Greeley West High School (Young Chautauqua workshop)

Tuesday, February 2

9 – 11 a.m. Overland High School, 12400 E. Jewell Ave. Aurora

2:30 – 3:30 South Lakewood Elementary School, 8425 West 1st Ave. Lakewood

Wednesday, February 3

7:15 – 8:30 a.m. Mountain Range High School (Young Chautauqua honors classes), 12500 Huron St. Westminster

11:40 – 1:15 East High School (African American Studies classes), 1600 City Park Esplanade Denver

6 p.m. Blair Caldwell African-American Research Library, 2401 Welton Street, Denver Free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 4

12:30 p.m. Summit Middle School, 158 School Rd, Frisco

7 p.m. Backstage Theater, 110 Ski Hill Road, Breckenridge Free and open to the public.

Friday, February 5

9 a.m. Sabin Middle School, 3605 N. Carefree Circle, Colorado Springs

1:30 p.m. (Tentative) Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy, 4220 East Pikes Peak Ave.
 Colorado Springs

7 p.m. Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave, Pueblo. Free and open to the public.

For more information on times and locations, or to attend a student program, please contact Betty Jo Brenner, Program Coordinator at 303.894.7951 x17 or email brenner@coloradohumanities.org. All events are free!

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