Dr. Charles Champion had plenty of support as he received the Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the University of Memphis Black Student Association during the 2022 Black History Month Opening Reception on campus Tuesday (Feb. 1). A licensed pharmacist and renowned master compounder of herbal medicines for 60-plus years, Champion is the namesake of Champion’s Pharmacy and Herb Store. He has been married to the former Carolyn Bailey (left) since 1958. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley/The New Tri-State Defender)

As is annually the case, African American History Month is celebrated in myriad ways in Greater Memphis.

Here is an evolving calendar of events.

*Hattiloo Theatre, 37 Cooper St.

New York playwright and native Memphis Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop” film presents a fictional account of Dr. King’s last night through Feb. 13. Visit the website (https://hattiloo.org/season-15/) for scheduled times and ticket prices 

*The Stax Museum of American Soul Music

“Soul of America: An Evolution of Black American Music” an online presentation on Feb. 15.

“Magnetic South: All Signs Point to Soulsville USA.”

Register here: www.Eventbrite.com/Staxacademy

*LeMoyne-Owen College

Memphis’ only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) will kick-off a year-long anniversary celebration on Feb. 4 at noon on the steps of Brownlee Hall.

*National Civil Rights Museum 

Jerry Mitchell, author of “Race Against Time,” will be featured in a virtual conversation on Feb. 3, 6-7:30 p.m. He will be joined by the daughter of civil rights activist Medger Evers. For more information and registration, call Ryan Jones at 901-521-9699. 

*Benjamin L. Hooks Library

Black Children’s Books and Authors (BCBA), a nonprofit organization promoting the works of African-American children and young adult authors, will hold its fifth annual “Our Stories Matter,” African American read-in on Feb. 19, 2-4 p.m. Free and open to all ages. Call 901-310-4294; email [email protected] . Seating is limited and masking is required.

*Tone Memphis 

Tone, a local arts and culture nonprofit entity, will host the solo exhibitions of artists, Rahn Marion and Kevin Brisco Jr. on Feb. 5, 4-7 p.m. Tone Gallery is located at 2234 Lamar Ave. Free.

*Evergreen Theatre

Memphis for Puerto Rico, a Facebook community group, and Cazateatro, a bilingual theater group, have collaborated to present an in-person concert to celebrate Afro-Latino culture and music, Feb.18, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will feature a live performance by Las Bompleneras, a Chicago-based, all-women group. Evergreen Theatre is located at 1705 Poplar Ave. Tickets and more information: 901-274-7139. 

*Bookmark 901 

Jeremee DeMoir, owner of DeMoir Books and Things, 739 N. White Station Road, has collaborated with Give901 and Choose901 to bring “Bookmark 901.” DeMoir will post book recommendations on social media every week, starting Feb. 1.

*Rhodes College, 2000 N. Parkway

Feb. 3, 6-7:30 p.m.: Black People Meet: Get to know your Black Student Association Family; Barrett Hall

Feb. 4, 5-7 p.m.: Global Ghana Information Session; Briggs Hall – Spence Wilson Room

Feb. 10, 6-8  p.m.: Black Food Matters; Online Virtual Room A (www.rhodes.edu)

Those who turned out to be with Dr. Charles Champion (right) as he received the Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by the University of Memphis Black Student Association during the 2022 Black History Month Opening Reception (Feb. 1), included his wife, Carolyn (left), and (l-r) Yvonne Acey and David Acey of the Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival, Inc.; Memphis State Eight civil rights pioneer Bertha Rogers Looney, and Mark Stansbury, retired UofM assistant to the president and WDIA Radio personality. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley/The New Tri-State Defender)

*University of Memphis

For a monthlong calendar of events, visit https://bit.ly/3J1RV86