Black History Month event Saturday at Orpheum

With about a week left in Black History Month, the Orpheum Theater is planning a special event Saturday to honor the impact blacks have had on the country.

Lindsey Van Wyk, event coordinator at the Orpheum, said a focus of the event will be the contributions made by African Americans to the military through the years.

“It’s an exciting way to learn about minorities in the military,” Van Wyk said.

An exhibit opens at 9 a.m. Saturday titled “Unconditional Loyalty,” which will feature the contributions of African Americans in the armed forces. At 10 a.m., the 7th Cavalry re-enactors will present a living history exhibit.

“They are going to be talking about the African American soldiers beginning with the Civil War,” Van Wyk said.

Michael Vogt, curator of the Camp Dodge Gold Star Museum, will speak at 11 a.m. His speech is titled “Iowa’s African-American Company M in the Spanish-American War.”

“I’ve heard he is a very good speaker,” Van Wyk said.

The afternoon and night will feature three screenings of the 1989 Civil War film “Glory” starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington. The film will be screened at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“It’s a powerful retelling of the first all-black volunteer company,” Van Wyk said.

For more information on the event call the Orpheum box office at 641-844-5921.