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Celebrate Black History Month All Year Long

February is Black History Month, but why not celebrate it all year? Check your local listings for specific locations and times.

 

General Web sites

African American Mosaic

Resource guide to black history and culture from the Library of Congress

 

African American Odyssey

Collection from the Library of Congress that highlights rare books, government documents, maps, musical scores, plays, etc

 

Ancestry.com

African American ancestry records can be accessed for free over any three days in February

 

Association of African American Museums

A listing of museums focused on African American history, art, and culture

 

Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

Read about the founders of Black History Month and their work

 

Being a Black Man

Series from the Washington Post that explores one black man’s experience in U.S. society today

 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

 

National Urban League

Nonprofit, community-based social service and civil rights organization

 

Soul of America

Comprehensive listing of walking tours, museums, and events in the U.S., the Caribbean, and internationally

 

UK Events

For events and news features, please click here

 

U.S. Events, Celebrations, Exhibits

ALABAMA

Birmingham

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Sixth Annual Mardi Gras Celebration

February 20, 2007

 

Mobile

Mardi Gras 2007

Mobile Bay is one of the first-known Mardi Gras celebrations in North America

February 20, 2007

 

CALIFORNIA

Berkeley

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

This production promotes the uniqueness of the African American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance

Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley

February 28–March 4, 2007

 

Los Angeles

15th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival

Magic Johnson Theatres and the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

February 8–19, 2007

 

San Francisco

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, a play by August Wilson

The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

February 1–25, 2007

 

COLORADO

Denver

Denver Museum of Art

Traveling Exhibition: The Quilts of Gee’s Bend

April 13, 2007–July 6, 2008

 

Steamboat Springs

National Brotherhood of Skiers Summit

February 24–March 3, 2007

 

FLORIDA

Fort Lauderdale

Sistrunk Historical Parade and Festival-in-the-Park

27th Annual Parade

February 24, 2007

 

GEORGIA

Atlanta

ATL Blues Festival

Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center

February 24, 2007

 

I Have a Dream Exhibit: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection

Atlanta History Center

Through May 13, 2007

 

ILLINOIS

Chicago

Joe Turner’s Come And Gone, by Congo Square Theatre Company

Goodman Theatre

Through February 18, 2007

 

INDIANA

Indianapolis

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: Everything Is Separated by Water

February 25–June 3, 2007

 

LOUISIANA

New Orleans

Mardi Gras 2007

The “official” Mardi Gras

Events throughout the entire month of February

 

The Essence Music Festival

July 5–7, 2007

 

MARYLAND

Baltimore

Baltimore Museum of Art

Meditation on African Art: Light

Through April 1, 2007

 

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Amherst

Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the US

Harold Johnson Library, Art Gallery, Hampshire College

Through March 2, 2007

 

Boston and Nantucket

Museum of African American History

 

MICHIGAN

Detroit

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Black history month events through February 28, 2007

 

Detroit and Ann Arbor

Sphinx10! The 10th Annual Sphinx Competition

Classical music competition for Black and Latino youth

 

MISSOURI

Kansas City

American Jazz Museum

 

St. Louis

Soulard Mardi Gras

February 2–20, 2007

 

Gateway Arch Riverfront

Black History Heritage Month

Exhibit: Dred Scott: Legacy of Courage

A month long program at the Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch

March 3, 2007–March 2, 2008

 

NEW YORK

New York City

Jazz and Art

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Rose Theater

Lincoln Center

February 22–24, 2007

 

Black Women Behind the Lens, a tribute to films directed by black women

Film Society at Lincoln Center

Walter Reader Theater

See Separate Cinema for more information

 

Museum for African Art

See Web site for traveling exhibitions

 

New York Historical Society

New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War

November 17, 2006–September 3, 2007

 

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

New York Public Library

Ongoing programs and exhibits

 

Queens

Louis Armstrong House

Ongoing exhibits and tours

 

OHIO

Cincinnati

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

 

Columbus

Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition

Quilt exhibition

The King Arts Complex

February 8–March 31, 2007

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia

African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)

Lecture: “A Conversation with Black Women Writers”

March 24, 2007

 

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

The Franklin Institute Science Museum

 

TENNESSEE

Memphis

National Civil Rights Museum

Ongoing events

 

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

 

TEXAS

Fort Worth

Crumbs from the Table of Joy, by Lynn Nottage

Jubilee Theatre

Through February 25, 2007

 

Houston

Sam Gilliam: A Retrospective

Contemporary Arts Museum

Through May 6, 2007

 

VERMONT

 

Middlebury

Resonance from the Past: African Sculpture from the New Orleans Museum of Art

Middlebury College Museum of Art

September 14–December 10, 2007

 

VIRGINIA

Fredericksburg

The United States National Slavery Museum

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

National Museum of African Art

Smithsonian Institution

 

Two Hundred Years of Black Paper Dolls

The Anacostia Community Museum

Through April 29, 2007

 

WASHINGTON

Seattle

Rainier Valley Cultural Center

Black History Month Film Festival

Through February 23, 2007

 

Television and Film

Note: Check local listings.

 

Black Entertainment Television (BET.com):

  • Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel
  • “One Night Only Marathon”: Reality docu-soap: Six New Orleans high school kids and their drama teacher race to mount (what does this mean?) the “Dreamgirls” play in the aftermath and the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina
  • The MC: This is why we do it
  • Black & Blue: Legends of the Hip-Hop Cop
  • The Art of 16 Bars

 

HBO (hbo.com):

  • Bastards of the Party. Former Bloods gang member Cle “Bone” Sloan looks at the history of Black gangs in Los Angeles
  • When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Spike Lee’s documentary on Hurricane Katrina
  • Ithuteng (Never Stop Learning)

 

History Channel:

  • A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-Day
  • Digging for the Truth—Ramses: Visions of Greatness
  • Egyptian Warfare

 

PBS (pbs.org):

  • Independent Lens—Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
  • Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change
  • The Story of Oscar Brown, Jr.

 

PBS Encore Presentations:

  • Deford Bailey: A Legend Lost
  • African American Lives
  • America Beyond the Color Line with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • American Experience “Eyes on the Prize”
  • Fannie Lou Hamer: Courage And Faith
  • Point of View “Chisholm ‘72—Unbought & Unbossed”
  • Slavery and the Making of America

 

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