For Black History month, the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum will be highlighting the athletic achievements of four outstanding African-American women athletes.
The four being honored are track stars Kia Davis and Dawn Burrell, Professional Bowler Sadie Dixon Waters and Cabrini College All-American Fredia Gibbs (pictured below).

Fredia “The Cheetah” Gibbs (born in Chester, on July 8, 1963), was nicknamed “The Most Dangerous Woman in the World,” and is both a sports icon and Muay Thai kickboxing legend.

She grew up in the tough Fairground Community where she was often bullied by neighborhood kids and classmates. But rather than fight back, she focused on sports, excelling in basketball and track at her high school, where she earned the nickname “The Cheetah.”

Gibbs is a 3 Time World Champion in Kickboxing and the first African American female to hold the world kickboxing championship for the International Sport Karate Association.

Find out more about Delco amazing sports athletes by visiting the museum, now located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor PA.  Hours are 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday.  For information call Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Official grand opening ceremonies for the museum's new home in Radnor are planned for Saturday, May 7, 2016. Watch for details in the next newsletter.

Throughout the month, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts invites you to take part in an exhibition honoring Norman Lewis, a pivotal figure in American Art.  

The event explores his influence through music, lectures, masquerades and more.

Norman W. Lewis (July 23, 1909 – August 27, 1979) was an African-American painter, scholar, teacher and an innovator of Abstract Expressionism.

Lewis said he struggled to express social conflict in his art, but in his later years, focused on the inherently aesthetic. "The goal of the artist must be aesthetic development," he told art historian Kellie Jones in 1949, "and in a universal sense, to make in his own way some contribution to culture."

Lewis was also a founding member of Spiral, a group of artists and writers who met regularly "to discuss the potential of Black artists to engage with issues of racial equality and struggle in the 1960s through their work."

 Despite Spiral's short existence, it was highly impactful in the art world, as it called attention to the many issues of racial inequality that existed at the time.

Admission: $15 adults
Free on Sundays during the Exhibition

PA Academy of Fine Arts

Take the family to see an American Classic at the Media Theatre

Published in 1960, the renowned Harper Lee Novel comes to life on stage in a version adapted by Christopher Sergel. 

The story sits on the shoulders of Atticus Finch who defends a young black man wrongfully accused of a crime in 1935 Alabama. The event causes a huge uproar, and his daughter Scout wants to know why. Her father explains it's about integrity and decides to prepare her for the trouble to come their way. This moving play is still relevant today. The racial struggles are apparent on stage in the drama unfolding before our eyes, a strong reminder that we, as a people, still have a long way to go. Perfect for all ages, students, families, and church groups.

NOTE: The plot and characters are loosely based on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old.

Media Theatre