Black History Month Programs

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2020 African American Celebration2

Ujima, Inc.: A Retrospective

Tuesday, February 11 - Saturday, March 9
Page-Walker Arts & History Center | 119 Ambassador Loop

This special display looks back at the many events and programs presented by Ujima, Inc. through the years to celebrate African American Culture.

African American History Tour

Sunday, Feb 16 | 1 p.m., and 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Departs from Page-Walker Arts & History Center | 119 Ambassador Loop

Board the trolley with the Friends of Page-Walker as they share some our Town's African American history. Ride through historic Cary neighborhoods, see historic sites and landmarks. You'll learn about Cary's segregated past, its historically African-American enclaves, leaders, and stories not often told of life in Cary. Tickets are required. For more visit or call (919) 460-4963.

The Future of Black History – SOLD OUT

Saturday, February 22 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The Mayton Inn | 301 South Academy Street

Join Tru Access and the Town of Cary as we turn our focus to looking at what the future of black history looks like for our community, state and country. Our keynote address will be given by The Honorable Cheri Beasley NC Supreme Court Justice. Additionally we will be recognizing individuals in the community that have made an impact in moving our community together and forward:

Emergency Professional of the Year
Teacher of the Year
Student of The Year

25th African American Celebration

Saturday, February 22 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Free
The Cary Arts Center | 101 Dry Ave

Don't miss Cary's annual event celebrating the African-American experience. The theme for this year is “A Love Story: A Special Tribute to the Ujima Group, Inc.” and will feature a diverse range of musical performances including:

RMJ Movement Band

RMJ Movement

The band, featuring Rodney Milton on keyboards, a drummer, and a soloist plays contemporary music along with some opera ballads.

Lydia Salett, jazz pianist and vocalist

Lydia Salett Dudley is a jazz pianist and singer living in the Raleigh-Durham area. Her first exposure to music came from the local Baptist church in Cleveland, Ohio, which was instrumental in providing experience playing for various groups of children and adults. In 2003 she branched out into another genre of music resulting in the release of her first single, “Green,” in 2008, and her composition “Sunsets,” which was featured on UNC-Chapel Hill’s project TENOR VIBE in 2010. In 2011 her passion for music education led her to start The Salett Art Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide music enrichment for underserved youth. She received a graduate degree in Jazz Composition from North Carolina Central University and currently sits on the board of the Heart of Carolina Jazz organization. Her band, Jazz Xpressions, consists of jazz educators who work with youth and adults and perform regularly in North Carolina and beyond. Jazz Xpressions has released two projects to date, One in 2018 entitled "Jazz Xpressions" and one in 2019, "This is Christmas."

Lester Knibbs, award winning classical pianist


Lester Knibbs was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Harlem and the Bronx. He studied piano with Dr. Eileen Southern (author of The Music of Black Americans). He graduated from Music & Art High School. He has a B.A. and a Ph.D. from Harvard. Since December 1973, Dr. Knibbs has given occasional presentations on the African roots of European classical music. He has performed avant-garde improvised music, with saxophonist Idris Ackamoor, in New York, San Francisco, and Europe, and self-produced a CD, Inner Voices, of his solo improvisations. He has performed Afro-Americana (works in African-American styles drawn from the classical repertoire) in Harlem and at Fayetteville State University. He is an award-winning classical pianist. He has taught at Antioch College in Ohio, Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Fayetteville State University. He is a self-published author of non-fiction, very short fiction, and poetry, and from 2011 to 2014 hosted a weekly internet radio program entitled “Our Music Our Selves."

The Nice Touch Band: Gospel, Jazz, R & B and Fusion

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A diverse group of Raleigh musicians, which represent various genres across the board. These genres include, but are not limited to, gospel, jazz, R&B and fusion.

The event is sponsored by the Town of Cary and the Ujima Group, Inc.


Robbie Stone
Cary Arts Center
(919) 460-4969