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Grizzlies celebrate Black History Month with two events

Bonus from Brooks Museum (updated 2/6/14): Say "Grizzlies" at door for buy-one-get-one-free tickets to the tonight's event.

MEMPHIS, February 4, 2014 – Black History Month is marked by deep reflection and joyous celebration in communities across the nation. Inspired by the NBA’s Dream BIG campaign, the Memphis Grizzlies will tip-off Black History Month by raising awareness of the progress, achievements and adversities of African-American culture in back-to-back nights on February 6th and 7th.

The Grizzlies will team with the Brooks Museum on Thursday, Feb. 6 to present a 7 p.m. screening of On the Shoulders of Giants, a documentary about the story of the Harlem Rens, ‘the greatest basketball team you’ve never heard of,’ written and produced by NBA-legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

A party will be held before the screening from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Brooks Museum where fans are encouraged to “Dream BIG” and create vision boards to illustrate their own dreams and possibilities. Grizzlies Assistant Coach Elston Turner and Grizzlies Partner Elliot Perry will be on hand to celebrate with Grizz Nation fans during the evening’s events. Appearances also include DJ Stan Bell, beloved-mascot Grizz and the Grit & Grind Squad. Admission is $6 for Brooks Museum/Stax Museum of American Soul Music members and students and $8 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased day-of-event or in advance at http://www.brooksmuseum.org/.

On Friday, Feb. 7 – National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Grizzlies guard Quincy Pondexter will partner with The MED Foundation and co-host The Getting to Zero Campaign at FLY LOUNGE from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The MED Foundation and The Getting to Zero Campaign seek to raise money to fund innovative hospital-based strategies to increase retention of Memphis patients with HIV/AIDS. Memphis has the fifth highest rate for new HIV/AIDS infections with nearly half of those infected not receiving consistent, ongoing care. Admission to the event is $20 at the door with all proceeds benefitting the MED Foundation.

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies and purchase 2013-14 Season Tickets can do so by calling (901) 888-HOOP or going online to grizzlies.com.  Season Tickets start at $11 per game. For more information on the Grizzlies, please visit grizzlies.com, ‘like’ Memphis Grizzlies on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@memgrizz).