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Updated: 1/15 9:13 am
The city of Las Vegas is offering many opportunities to celebrate Black History Month, including a film series, a community breakfast, Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, youth essay contest, Taste of Soul community festival, fish fry, ball game, inspirational showcase and luncheons.

Film Series: A Dream Deferred - The Makings of the Civil Rights Movement
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2 p.m. – “Hughes’ Dream Harlem”
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2 p.m. – “Richard Wright - Black Boy”
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m. – “A Huey P. Newton Story”
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m. – “Strange Fruit”
Free and open to the public. Series hosted by Keith Brantley.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-229-4800.

Peace Week Celebration 2015
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2 to 3 p.m. film and slide show; 3 to 5 p.m. showcase.
Free and open to the public.
West Las Vegas Library Theater, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-507-3989.
Join the community to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This event is co-sponsored by the city of Las Vegas and Trinity Academy of Arts, under the artistic direction of Monica Armstrong. For more information, go online to kingweeklasvegas.com, call 702-507-3989 or Cassandra Lewis at 702-229-6125.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Monday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m.
Free and open to the public.
Road closures begin at 6 a.m. and roads reopen by 2 p.m. Road closures will include Fourth Street from Las Vegas Boulevard to Stewart and all roads which cross Fourth Street along the parade route from Gass to Stewart avenues. See map.

Doolittle Good Time Fish Fry! (ages 50+)
Thursday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advance registration required.
Cost: $7.
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J. St., 702-229-6125.
Enjoy home-cooked fish like Mom cooked down south! Registration opens Jan. 26. Call 702-229-6125 for registration and information.

36th Annual Black History Month Essay Contest (Fourth grade through high school)
Essays due no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.
No cost to enter.
East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., 702-229-1515.
In honor of Black History Month, youth are encouraged to submit an original essay. The top three winners from each division will recite their essays at a banquet held in their honor.
•Elementary School Division Topic: Historical African-American Inventors in the 1800s; minimum 150 words, hand printed or typed;
•Middle School Division Topic: Historical African-American Politicians; minimum 250 words, typed;
•High School Division Topic: Compare the Civil Rights issues that people face today to those Civil Rights issues 1900–1960s; minimum 400 words, typed.
All participants in the contest will be recognized and winners will be announced at the Black History Essay Contest Soul Food Banquet Feb. 18 at the center. Call 702-229-1515 for details.

Mid-Day Inspirational Showcase & Soul Food Luncheon (showcase, all ages; luncheon, adults only)
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. showcase; luncheon to follow. Advance registration required.
Cost: $7 luncheon; showcase is free and open to the public.
West Las Vegas Library Theater, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., for showcase.
Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St., for soul food luncheon.
Enjoy an inspirational entertainment showcase with singing, dancing, poetry, guest speaker and more during Black History Month, followed by a soul food luncheon with giveaways. Registration open through Feb 6. Register for luncheon by calling 702-229-6125.

Food for the Soul Luncheon! (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5, includes entertainment and lunch. Advance registration required.
Derfelt Senior Center, 3343 W. Washington Ave. in Lorenzi Park, 702-229-6601.
Rediscover the moments that highlighted the American civil rights movement at this luncheon. Advance registration opens Dec. 9. Call 702-229-6601 for registration.

Black History Essay Contest Soul Food Banquet
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m.
Cost: $5. Advance purchase required.
East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., 702-229-1515.
Contest participants will be recognized and winners will be announced.

Taste of Soul Delight Festival
Saturday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free admission and open to the public.
Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St., 702-229-6374.
Enjoy performances celebrating African-American heritage, African-themed crafts, activities and food.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Saturday, Feb. 28, noon.
Free and open to the public.
Kianga Isoke Palacio Park at Doolittle Complex, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
Enjoy a Negro League-themed softball game between West Las Vegas Middle School students and members of local and state governments.
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