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No, it's not another dry lecture for Black History Month

Staff Writer

There are some things going on in Broward County that are not your run-of-the-mill observations of Black History Month.

For example, on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Broward County Main Public Library (100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale) there will be a "Shade in the Sunshine State: Reflections on Segregation in Florida" program starting at 2 p.m.

"I know, I know, segregation sounds like a bummer," says Liz Coursen, the facilitator of the event in an email. "But believe it, this program is dynamic, powerful, motivational...inspirational and appropriate for all ages,"

Coursen - an author, editor and publisher - says she has prepared a "good bit of one-off material about the important role Fort Lauderdale's citizens played in this pivotal moment in America's history."

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 954-357-7443.

Also over at Nova Southeastern University there is an art exhibit titled "Afros: A History of Natural Hair" running now through March 13.

Over five years, photographer Michael July approached a variety of people and asked them to participate as models for a volume he was creating to chronicle the evolution of the Afro in America. He captured the best Afros worn by people of virtually every shade, ethnicity, country and age group. The Nova exhibition features photographs of black hair as well as a collection of traditional and African American picks, hot combs and other accessories.

The exhibit is in the Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery in Nova's Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center (3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

For more information on this and other Black History Month events at Nova that are free and open to the public, go to

Macy’s Aventura is having a conversation on the “Soul Era” style and a look back at fashions that rocked the runways of the ‘60s and ‘70s in honor of Black History Month with celebrity fashion stylists and designers June Ambrose and Johnetta Boone.

South Florida native, Evelyn Onyejuruwa, will also join the panel discussion hosted by WPLG-TV news anchor Neki Mohan. Following the discussion, customers can enjoy a special reception including a sneak peak of the upcoming Ankara Miami Fashion Week, Florida’s first African Fashion Week (Feb. 19-22 in Miami).

To RSVP for this event, please go to


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