In celebration of Black History Month, the Elegba Folklore Society presents the exhibit “African Root, American Fruit” by Ronald Jackson. The show of figurative work and portraiture by the Fredericksburg artist examines the contentious history of blacks in American culture. Using decorated paper and fabric in his expressive yet understated oil paintings, the Army veteran conveys his visions with an empathetic brush. The central theme is one of empowerment, with Jackson’s tonal variations of color giving his thematic stylistic compositions their distinctness. The visual equivalent of listening to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” the exhibit offers an impressive body of work that chronicles finite disappointment infused with infinite hope. The exhibition opens Friday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m., at the Elegba Folklore Society. The artist gives a talk at 6 p.m. with a remembrance of the 1960 Greensboro, N.C., lunch counter sit-ins. Through April 30. efsinc.org.