11 Events to Experience Black History Month in DC

11 Events to Experience Black History Month in DC
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If you’re looking to engage with your community or become a better ally this February, here’s your itinerary. From musical performances to book signings, celebrate the past, present, and future of Black Americans at some of DC’s best happenings for Black History Month.

Black Wall Street

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center

Experience a live performance of Nikara Warren's inspirational ode to Black excellence, aiming to bring awareness to the 1921 Black Wall Street massacre while counteracting collective trauma.


African American & Black History Art Tour

National Portrait Gallery

Explore both popular and obscure artworks from the perspective of the artist, the subject, and the viewer at this non-profit-sponsored guided tour of Black art in the Smithsonian galleries.

$7 / RSVP

What Was, What Is, and What Will Be: A Cross-Genre Look at Afrofuturism

The Poetry and Literature Center in the Library of Congress

Join author Tananarive Due, novelist N.K. Jemisin, and poet Airea D. Matthews for an evening conversation on the past and future of Afrofuturism, followed by book sales and signings.


Multi-Author Book Signing for Black History Month

Renaissance Hotel

From children's books to scholarly non-fiction, this free event invites you to interact with over 3 dozen books by featured African American authors.


Cotton Field to Concert Hall

Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center

The Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts presents the musical journey of a slave woman on a cotton plantation and her great-great-great granddaughter, a modern opera star.


Hip-Hop’s Great Day: Gordon Parks and a Legacy of Photographic Inspiration

National Gallery of Art

Discover photojournalist Gordon Parks' influences on photography and film at this presentation and discussion, followed by a film screening and book signing.


Film Screening: “Colored Frames” and “In Motion”

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Take a look back at 50 years of African American art and then discover the life of the American writer previously known as LeRoi Jones at this free screening of two documentaries.


African American Passages: Black Lives in 19th Century America

Library of Congress

A Kluge Center Visiting Scholar will present and discuss remarkable personal manuscripts by 19th century African Americans impacted by slavery and emancipation at this free lecture.


African American Art Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

National Gallery of Art Library - East Building

No previous Wiki-experience is needed and all reference materials (plus lunch) will be provided at this edit-a-thon for creating and improving Wikipedia pages about African American art and artists.


Black History Month Book Bazaar

The Shops at Iverson

This pop-up store will focus on the works of local Black indie authors, with books available for all ages, from children's lit and fiction to self-help and poetry.


AfroLatinas in Washington, DC

Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library

Learn about community contributions from AfroLatinas, especially local activist Casilda Luna, at this panel discussion emphasizing work in public health, representation, gender inequality, and more.