If you think Black History Month won't be electric this year, you're fooling yourself. With President Obama a reality, black culture is now in the spotlight 24 hours a day. From an arts point of view, this is a whole new America — and not so surprisingly, the arts have been anticipating this moment for years. Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston (pictured), Ralph Ellison — they wrote the way for us, even when we couldn't see what they saw. The African American Read-In launches Black History Month with a literary bang, bringing together local students to read from the works of those authors who paved the way and set the course of black culture. This year the read-in takes place at 1 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org). Admission is free.
Sun., Feb. 1, 2009