HeART of Soul!

| January 27, 2010 | 4 Comments

Amos, Miss OtisHeART of Soul To Celebrate African American Art, Culture Feb. 20
Soul! Exhibition Culminates in “Artful” Event at Ohio Historical Center

Join the Ohio Historical Society Feb. 20 for HeART of Soul! to celebrate African American art, history and culture at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus. Inspired by the museum’s featured exhibition, Soul! Art from the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, the free day-long event from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. features live performances, gallery tours, hands-on activities for families, art for sale and more.

To commemorate Black History Month, three dramatic performances will tell of the accomplishments of famous and little-known African Americans. “Listening to the Still Small Voice” will feature renowned scientist and educator George Washington Carver as portrayed by Paxton Williams at 10:30 a.m. Williams, who performs as Carver across the country, is director for outreach for the George Washington Carver Birthplace Association in Diamond, Mo. At 1 and 3 p.m., Echoes in Time Theatre will present Tony Gibbs, a resident of Canal Winchester, as Ohio Underground Railroad conductor John Parker in “Bound for the Promised Land! A Journey to Freedom.”

Columbus native Yvette Carmon Davis will pay tribute to her grandfather in “The Story of Lonnie Carmon, Aviation Pioneer” at 4 p.m. Carmon, who lived in Columbus, constructed and flew his own airplane in the 1920s.

Additional performances will feature poetry, music and song by talented local groups later in the afternoon and into the evening. New Hope for Tomorrow Foundation will be present poetry and song at 4:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. Urban Strings will play at 6:30 p.m. and the Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m.

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  • Chandra Davis

    I am Lonnie Caromon’s great, great grandaughter and I’m so excited that my mother gets to tell his story. His passion for flight is inspiring and his dedication to his craft is admirable. I am very proud.

  • http://msn.com Rashaan Carmon

    i am one of the great, great grandsons and i am so proud of the legacy that he left behind.

  • Hannibal Davis

    I had a very special relationship with Mr. Carmon’s son, “Count”. If the dad was half the man his son was, then he truly was a renascence man.

  • Cat Pullen

    Black History Month means a coming together of the black ethnic groups. It also addresses the different good that blacks have done over the years, Blacks have been inventors, blacks have been educators and so much more but unfortunately, there is not much written in the history books about it: Well this Aviation Pioneer has stood in the shadows for too long. My grandfather Lonnie Carmon accomplished many goals that others only dream of in that time. He was courageous a man whose acomplishments out number many of his past could ever achieve. He has broken the mold to take a stand for what he believed to be right. This is a man who inside himself found the strength,courage and bravery,to do the impossible. A man of distinguished courage and dedication admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. Lonnie Carmon I am truly honored to be your Granddaughter. Kudos to my sister to Yvette who put this all to together!