During the month of February, Epcot’sis celebrating Black History month. So, if you happen to be at Walt Disney World this month, stop in to learn about how African-American culture has influenced America. Here are some of the activities:
Epcot’s Kinsey Collection
“Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures From the Kinsey Collection” located in Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion showcases artifacts, art, books, and documents from over 400 years of history. Whoopi Goldberg and Diane Sawyer are some of several celebrities whose voices provide narration from touch screen. The collection has recently added three new pieces:
- “Banneker’s Almanack and Ephemeras” by Benjamin Banneker – Published in 1771, this is the mechanical and mathematical workings of Benjamin Banneker.
- “My Bondage and My Freedom” by Frederick Douglass – Published in 1855, this first edition book is the autobiography of Frederick Douglas, detailing his life as a slave and free man
- “Survivor” by Elizabeth Catlett – Created in 1983 this block print was inspired by the photograph “Ex-slave with a Long Memory” taken by Dorthea Lang
Author Meet and Greets
Guests of Walt Disney World will have the chance to meet an author on select Saturdays during the month. Books written by each author will be for purchase and able to be signed.
- February 6th, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. meet Terry McMillan, author of “Who Asked You?” – You might recognize some of Terry McMillan’s books (which were turned into movies) such as “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “Waiting to Exhale”.
- February 13, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. meet Chef G Garvin author of “Turn Up The Heat With G. Garvin: More Than 200 Incredible Recipes From the Chef Who Keeps It Super Simple” – Chef Garvin is host of The Cooking Channel’s “Road Trip with G. Garvin” and wrote “Turn Up the Heat with G. Garvin” which received an American Literacy Award.
- February 27, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. meet Terrence Roberts author of “Lessons from Little Rock” – this memoir is written by one of the “Little Rock Nine”, the group of students that in 1957 were the first African-American students to attend Little Rock Central High School.
Other Epcot Activities
- Liberty Inn is selling Mrs. Fisher’s Peach Cobbler. Mrs. Abby Fischer had a cookbook published in 1881, and was the first African-American author to publish a cookbook.
- New portraits have been added around the American Pavilion of African-American notables that made great contributions in America:
- Thurgood Marshall – 1st African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice
- Ronald Erwin McNair – 2nd African-American in space
- Bessie Coleman – 1st African-American woman to stage a public airplane flight in America
All of these activities are included with your general admission ticket into Epcot at Walt Disney World!
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