7 Unique Things To Do for Black History Month
This post was originally published in 2016.
February is Black History Month, so make your plans to participate during one or more of these Atlanta events.
1. Celebrate black contributions to college football. Feb. 21
Three cheers for college football.
Head Downtown to the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame for The HBCUs: Past Present and Future Speaker Panel, a free event, which highlights African-American players, coaches and administrators who impacted the game we all love so much.
2. Be amazed watching Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Feb. 20-23
Alvin Ailey returns to the Fox. (📷 Andrew Eccles)
There aren’t many more inspiring ways to celebrate Black History Month than seeing a performance of this acclaimed dance troupe. For starters, Alvin Ailey’s beloved “Revelations” closes every performance during this run at the Fox Theatre. In addition, six performances feature three separate programs that bring the “Ailey Revealed” 2020 season to Atlanta. Thirty-two dancers bring to life two topical world premieres that shine a spotlight on social issues.
3. Take the kids to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Throughout February
The Children’s Museum celebrates all month long. (📷 Joleen Pete Photography)
All month long, kids have the opportunity to learn about some of our nation’s greatest heroes. In the Build it Lab, young folks learn about prominent African-Americans in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Science.
4. Leave the car behind for the King District Walking Tour. Through Feb. 29
Walking the King District is a perfect way to celebrate Black History Month.
This two and a half hour tour reveals how Atlanta and the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood changed the world. In addition to familiar places such as Ebenezer Baptist Church, the tour also includes unexpected locations. Hmm, we wonder what they are.
5. Cheer the NBA Atlanta Hawks during Historically Black Colleges and Universities Night. Feb. 29
Your ticket to the Hawks vs. Blazers game includes an HBCU T-shirt, $10 food and beverage credit, access to the pregame chat and post-game party.
6. Chow down at a black-owned Atlanta restaurant. Anytime
Try mom’s soup at Le Petit Marche.
You might need to do this more than once during Black History Month because there are so many fabulous restaurants.
7. Visit Atlanta History Center. Often.
“Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” is one of many things to do for Black History Month at Atlanta History Center.
This popular Buckhead museum is awash with things to do during Black History Month. Start with a visit to the exhibit, “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow.” Then, throughout February, consider:
“Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Magnum,” 1897-1922. These photos document life in the American South at the turn of the 20th century, Feb. 10.
“Stolen: Five Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Journey Home.” Meet the author, Feb. 12
An Evening with Adrian Miller. The culinary historian and author discusses his books, “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time” and “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas.” Feb. 26
Bonus 1: Treat yourself to an African print dress. Feb. 2
Here’s a chance to browse (and buy) from selections of African prints in fashions including skirts, dresses, trousers, blouses and head wraps. Accessorize, too, with a selection of jewelry handmade in Africa. It all happens at the Besida African Print Pop-Up Shop.
Bonus 2: Hurry to the High Museum of Art before the Romare Bearden exhibit closes on Feb. 2
The artist’s amazing collages are on view, and you should kick yourself if you don’t see them before they are going, going, gone.
Bonus 3: See what Macy’s offers in honor of Black History Month
Participate in a master class on African-American hair, get a gift with purchase and more when Macy’s Celebrates Black History Month on Feb. 8 at Lenox Square.
For more glimpses into black history, visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, the Apex Museum, the Herndon Home Museum, the Wren’s Nest and the Trap Music Museum.
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