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Posted on: January 9, 2024

Temecula Celebrates American Black History Month

Princess Frog

The City of Temecula Community Services Department, including the Temecula Valley Museum, and the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, join the nation as we recognize and commemorate Black Americans' many achievements and contributions to our great country through focused programming in celebration of American Black History Month

Happening at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater (42051 Main Street)

The Frog’s Princess 

THU, FEB 8, 2024 | 7:30 pm 

Temecula proudly presents two family-friendly performances.  New work from the writers of Freedom Riders and Bayard, Richard Allen and Taran Gray, features a seemingly ordinary girl who goes on a musical journey through the mysterious and magical Louisiana Bayou to help a prince, now a frog, find the cure to turn himself back to human form while discovering that her roots go deeper than she ever knew. 

Sherry Berry Music: Cross That River

SAT, FEB 10, 2024 | 7:30 pm  

Cross that RiverWe are pleased to partner with Sherry Berry Music to present Cross That River, a performance based on real history that takes audiences on a musical journey into why black lives matter.  This original musical portrays a significant moment in American history where Black Cowboys lived and helped settle the West.  It is a story that has never been told in this way.  The unsettled West of the 1860s provides a new life and new dreams for Blue, a run-away slave, who escapes from slavery to Texas to become one of America’s first Black Cowboys.   

This compelling tale of freedom integrates fiction with historical fact and each song presents a different page in this complicated chapter of American History.  The story of Blue begins in Louisiana and with every song of this highly infectious score, the audience is moved further along on Blue’s harrowing journey across the Sabine River to freedom in the Wild West.  Each song tells a unique story, at times joyful, sometimes tragic, but mostly, a poignant chronicle of enduring perseverance.  Award-winning musician, Allan Harris wrote Cross That River to tell the untold story of the Black West and empower Americans with an inspiring story of hope and freedom.

Rosetta and Mt. Calvary Missionary Club
FEB 4, 18 & 23, 2024 | 7:30 pm                                                                                                            @ The Merc (42051 Main Street) Rosetta

Temecula’s Celebration of Black History will also include Rosetta and Mt. Calvary Missionary Club produced by Heart of Gold Productions.  In the captivating new play, the spirit and resilience of women of color blossom on stage, weaving a profound tale of camaraderie and liberation.  Amidst the oppressive climate of the 1950s South, a group of women, steadfast in their faith, confront the daunting tides of prejudice and societal constraints.  Their journey, penned with grace and fervor by playwright Gwen Wright, emerges as a testament to the enduring strength found in unity and shared hope. 

Join us for an experience that promises not just a play, but a movement, reminding us all of the power within stories too often left untold.  Witness the transformation that unfolds when the indomitable human spirit dares to claim its place in history.  Rosetta and the Mt. Calvary Missionary Club awaits to embolden and inspire—reserve your seat for this exclusive limited engagement and be part of the legacy.

Tickets are available at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater (42051 Main Street) and online at TemeculaTheater.org. For more information, please contact the Ticket Office at 1.866.OLD.TOWN (1.866.653.8696).  Thank you for your continued support of live performing arts in Temecula.

Visit the Temecula Valley Museum (28314 Mercedes Street) to view a special exhibit in honor of American Black History Month:

Black and White in Black and White: Black and White 1

Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America 

JAN 5 through MAR 24, 2024

The celebration of American Black History Month continues at the Temecula Valley Museum with the special exhibition, Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America.  The exhibit explores the proud culture of African Americans in the early twentieth century, featuring a collection of photographs from Lincoln, Nebraska. These astonishing images, curated by Doug Keister, will be on display at the Temecula Valley Museum from JAN 5 through MAR 24, 2024Black and White 2

Black and White in Black and White features striking photographs attributed to African American photographer John Johnson. Using his Lincoln neighborhood as his canvas, Johnson crafted these ennobling images of his friends and family between 1910 and 1925. Equally as important as Johnson’s depictions of African Americans are his images of blacks, whites, and other racial groups together, an occurrence that was almost unheard of at the time.

Gallery Talk: Exhibit Curator, Doug Keister
 
SAT, JAN 20, 2024 | 1:00 pm

In conjunction with this exhibit, please join curator Doug Keister as he describes his journey finding John Johnson's photographs in an antique store, exploring this chapter of African American history, and his 50-year search to learn about the people in the photos and their significance to history. This gallery talk will be held at the Temecula Valley Museum on SAT, JAN 20, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

The Temecula Valley Museum is located in Old Town Temecula (28314 Mercedes Street).  Museum hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  For more information, please visit TemeculaValleyMuseum.org or call 951-694-6450.

American Black History Month celebrates our achievements which have led the fight toward equity in our communities and stand together to pave the way for continued progress for all.  Please tune in to our social media pages as we look at Black Americans' extraordinary story in our country, including enhancing our national life through civic leadership, military service, business, the arts, science, literature, sports, and entertainment.

Temecula’s Celebration of American Black History is a collective celebration and remembrance of the many important contributions Black Americans have had on every chapter of our nation’s story.  Please support the Temecula Valley Museum, Old Town Temecula Community Theater, and Temecula’s Community Services Department as we continue to grow this engaging, entertaining, and educational celebration. 

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