Black History Month day #13 Event at the Ensemle and the Museum of African American Culture

The Lawson”s

Book by MELDA BEATY

Music & Lyrics by CHARRISE BARRON
Directed by EILEEN J. MORRIS

JANUARY 27 – FEBRUARY 27, 2022

PREVIEWS: JANUARY 22, 23 & 26

Is it possible to fall in love through a stack of letters? Bill and Audrey Lawson did. Sit-ins, arrests, and a bold move to start a church and change the landscape of Houston’s Third Ward not only threatened their lives but sealed their legacy in the Civil Rights Movement. The Lawsons is a visual history and musical journey of a time in African American history when courting was respectful, love transcended, faith superseded, and the fight for equality meant putting your life on the line for the greater good of humanity.

Artist EKOW Nimako works on his LEGO

now on view at HMAAC | Courtesy of the artist

In the heart of the Museum District, the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) engages visitors of every race and background with rotating art exhibitions, film screenings, tours, educational programming and more, that help explore and preserve the materials and intellectual culture of African and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest region, and the African Diaspora. Admission to HMAAC is always free, though donations are welcomed but not required.

  • April Frazier: Frame of Reference | Ends Saturday, March 5, 2022 | FREE – Utilizing photographs that reach as far back as 1890 to present day, April Frazier creates a chronology that recognizes “sacrifice and overarching love shown over time that is at the foundation of black families’ accomplishments and survival.”
  • Mathieu JN Baptiste: The Secret In the wARTer | Ends Friday, April 15, 2022 | FREE – Using paint and metal, the Houston-based artist from Haiti strives to reflect the interconnectedness of people and complex maze of life.
  • Ekow Nimako: Kumbi Saleh 3020 CE| Ends Saturday, May 14, 2022 | FREE – The Ghanian Canadian artist’s Afrofuturistic LEGO city arrives at HMAAC for the first opportunity to view it outside Canada. In this monumental work, the artist reimagines the medieval Kingdom of Ghana and connects it to a utopian vision of an African metropolis 1,000 years in the future.

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