Ramblin Rose: Black History Month Begins


Hello everyone, I have some juicy stuff for you this week! Black History Month is approaching, bringing with it a host of exciting events for the community.

First, I want to congratulate Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP, and the civil rights organization’s officers and executive committee members who were sworn-in at a ceremony on New Year’s Day at the New Waverly United Methodist Church.

I also want to congratulate the historical Arch Social Club, which is now called the Arch Social Community Network and has just had their 501(c)3 application for non- profit organizational status approved.

In celebration of Black History Month, live entertainment will be presented at the Enoch Pratt Library’s Pennsylvania Avenue branch on Mon., Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. The Wayne Johnson Ensemble will perform jazz standards written by African American jazz masters and tunes sung by Billie Holiday. On Sat. Feb. 11, the Carl Grubbs Ensemble will perform the music of Eubie Blake and standards written by African American jazz masters at the Northwood Branch Library, 1 p.m.

Calling all authors, publishers, literary agents, publicists, editors, proofreaders! You’re invited to the Louis Fields 4th Annual Langston Hughes Book Fair hosted by Baltimore African American Tourism Council of Maryland on Sun., Feb. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held at the Empowerment Temple AME Church, 421 Primrose Avenue in Baltimore. Authors of Christian books, history, inspirational, educational, motivational, positive and uplifting books are encouraged to reserve your space at loucfields@gmail.com. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lou Fields at 443-985-7974 and tell him Rosa Pryor told you.

Another event for Black History Month is Lindsey Johnson’s Baltimore Black Memorabilia & Collectible Show, which will be held on Sat., Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt Street in Baltimore. The event will showcase vendors of black memorabilia; educational exhibits; verbal appraisal of black memorabilia and autograph sessions with Negro League Baseball Players. IIyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter, and Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor, will also be there signing their books; Black memorabilia and collectibles for sale include slavery artifacts, books, autographs, stamps, paintings, prints, dolls, advertisements, kitchen collectibles, coins, magazines, toys, jewelry and civil rights, political, entertainment and sports memorabilia. Educational exhibits include Slavery Artifacts & Jim Crow memorabilia, Black Panther Party, Negro League Baseball, Marcus Garvey, and so much more. For more information, call 301-649-1915 or email Ljohnsonshows@aol.com.

I will end by saying happy birthday to Carolyn Richardson who will be celebrating at Maceo’s Lounge, 1926 Walbrook Ave., (at Monroe St.) Sat., Feb. 4; 5 p.m. until.

Well my dear friends, this is it. I am out of space. I will see you on the flip side. Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.