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Celebrating Black History Month at the Northeast LA Delta African American Heritage Museum

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Lewis H. Latimer, who worked closely with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, patented the carbon filaments still used in lightbulbs today.

The Northeast Delta African American Heritage Museum is celebrating Black History Month with dance, music, and an exhibit on inventions.

The Northeast Delta African American Heritage Museum showcases African-American art from the Monroe area. The museum features three local artists' exhibits and serves a 15-parish area.

Saturday, February 17, the museum is hosting "Dance Day" for kids age 5-18. The event is a fundraiser to give local youth the chance to be involved in cultural events. It is $10 to sponsor a child and help them learn the history of dance, as well as some dance moves. Students are taught modern dance, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. The class is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch provided.

"Ladies' Time Out" is Sunday, February 18 starting at 3 p.m. The getaway aims to fulfill all pampering needs with wine, cheese, music, and massages. "This is for the ladies to fellowship and have some time for themselves," says Ross Slacks, a representative of the museum.

The Original Black Inventions Traveling Museum is showcasing historic inventions from people of color. The exhibit includes inventions by Lewis H. Latimer, Alice H. Parker, and Madame C J Walker, the first African-American multi-millionaire. The exhibit is on display February 23-24.

The Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum is located at 1051 Chennault Park Dr. in Monroe, LA. For more information is available at (318) 342-8869.