On Display Throughout the Month of February
Freedom Way: A Blueprint of African American Resistance and Liberation in the United States, created by Bishop Craig Coates, a local pastor, and historian. Freedom Way is a music and art collection of boldly framed graphic posters, each depicting words and pictures of some of the many milestones and inhumanities experienced by Black people on the long road to freedom from enslavement. The 32-board collection, a kind of pop-up museum, helps set a historical marker for Juneteenth and explains why the national holiday was being observed. Free. Maryland Hall, Annapolis. MarylandHall.org
Black History Month at the Greenbelt Art Center. Opening Art Reception will be held on Sunday, February 5 at the New Deal Café from 2 – 4 pm. Free Art Exhibition running February 1 through March 6, at the New Deal Café and the Greenbelt Art Center. 2 p.m. Greenbelt. greenbeltmd.gov.
Recommended Black History books for students. Download here.
Thursday Feb 2
Black History Month Crafternoon. Join us for a fun art program where you will get the opportunity to create an art piece inspired by a famous African American artist. We will provide example art pieces and supplies. Free. 4-6 p.m. Deale Community Library, Deale. aacpl.net.
Who Were the Buffalo Soldiers? The history of the Buffalo Soldiers is both controversial and culturally significant. Trooper Samuel Pitts and other members of the Chaplain (Captain) H.V. Free. 6-8 p.m. Maryland City at Russett Community Library, Laurel. aacpl.net.
Friday Feb 3
Dumi Right. Hip hop trailblazer Dumi Right is your guide through an exploration of rhymes, rugged beats, and rhythms-all forged from a broad range of musical and multicultural influences. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Washington. kennedy-center.org.
Library After Hours: Create & Celebrate Black History Month! YOU’RE INVITED! Join Charles County Public Library (CCPL) for a Black History Month program curated by the Innovative Training, Events & Professional Solutions team. 7-8 p.m. La Plata Branch, La Plata. ccplonline.libnet.info.
Saturday Feb 04
Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University. The Howard Gospel Choir (HGC) of Howard University is the first collegiate choir of its kind in the world, and has pioneered an international legacy in gospel music ministry. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Washington. kennedy-center.org.
Sun Feb 5
Anansegro of Ghana: Kofi the Storyteller: Black History Month Family Celebration. Using authentic instruments, this Ghanaian native leads lively call-and-response songs, games and movement that gets the audience on their feet in a high-energy exploration of African cultural Lexington Park Library, Lexington Park. 2pm. Free. stmalib.org.
Black History Month: Artful Afternoon. Make your childhood memories into a thoughtful art piece after the style of African American folk artist Blanch Ackers. No experience needed. All ages welcome. Materials provided. 1 p.m. Greenbelt. greenbeltmd.gov.
Mon Feb 6
Quote Art – Shareable Cards for Black History Month & Valentine’s Day. Make art trading cards featuring your favorite quotes from historical African American figures and on love to give to family, friends and strangers. Ages 12-18. 5-6 p.m. Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, Alexandria. alexlibraryva.org.
Soul Line Dancing. Learn new moves and grooves from Jessie’s Soul Line Dancers to warm yourself up this winter! Registration required. For adults Free. 5-7 p.m. Crofton Community Library, Crofton. aacpl.net.
Tue Feb 7
Mae’s Space Shuttle: Black History Month Discovery Station. Drop in between 4:00pm to 6:00pm to build a space shuttle with Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space. 4-6 p.m. Bethesda. mcpl.libnet.info.
Story Explorers: Black History Month. Learn about notable Black aviators with stories, videos, and crafts. 4-5 p.m. Hyattsville. pgcmls.info.
Tuesdays at Two Film Series. Make Tuesday family movie night with this series of motion pictures inspired by pivotal figures in Black History. Each screening will be followed by a post-screening discussion. Free. 2-4 p.m. Broadneck Community Library, Annapolis. aacpl.net.
Wed Feb 8
Black History Month Author Talk – – Virtual. This virtual program features DC Master Guide talking about his book, Twelve Rebels Hidden in Washington DC. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Bethesda. mcpl.libnet.info.
Christylez Concert. Join us for a progressive hip-hop concert with Grammy-nominated performer, Christylez Bacon! Free. 1-3 p.m. Brooklyn Park Community Library, Baltimore. Aacpl.net.
The Educational Divide: The Story of East Side High Film. Annapolis Film Society Presents A Special Screening of The Educational Divide: The Story of East Side High Film. The Story of East Side High reveals that in America, culture and history are complicated and our past is never that far away from the present. An engaging panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by Chris Haley, Maryland State Archives, will follow the film. $15. 7pm. Maryland Hall, Annapolis. https://www.marylandhall.org/events/
Thu Feb 9
My Grandmother Told Me: A Tribute to African-American Women. Join CCPL as we celebrate Black History Month, with special programming throughout the month! 6-7 p.m. Waldorf West Branch, La Plata. ccplonline.libnet.info.
Fri Feb 10
Men of Distinction presents: The Black History Showcase. Men of Distinction would like to officially announce our Black History Month Showcase! $5.00. 6 p.m. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, Bowie. experienceprincegeorges.com.
Our Faces in Film: The Wiz. All month long for Black History Month we will show films featuring African American lead characters. Join us for great films and snacks! 2-4:30 p.m. Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, Alexandria. alexlibraryva.org.
Sat Feb 11
Afrofuturism Film Series – Black Panther – In-person. Join us for this series of Afrofuturist films to celebrate Black History Month at White Oak Library. 2-4:15 p.m. White Oak. mcpl.libnet.info.
Afrofuturism Film Series – In-person “The Book of Eli”. Join us for this series of Afrofuturist films to celebrate Black History Month at Davis Library! We will show “The Book of Eli.” 2-4 p.m. Bethesda. mcpl.libnet.info.
Black History Month: Community Art Fun. Leave Your Legacy: A Black History Month Collaborative Mural Project with Lindsey Vance, ATR-BC, LPC. 12 p.m. Greenbelt. greenbeltmd.gov.
The Music in Me Foundation International Presents: FELA ACOUSTIC. This premiere performance powerfully blends anti-bullying and social justice by fusing original cast members from the acclaimed Broadway show Fela! 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Washington. kennedy-center.org.
Storytelling with Diane Macklin. Join us on February 11th when Port Discovery will be having guest Storyteller Diane Macklin for a special storytime! For more information about Diane Macklin $21.95. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore. cli.re.
Tue Feb 14
History of Havre de Grace Colored High School. In a special presentation for Black History Month, Patricia Cole will share the story of Harford’s first public high school for African American students. This is the story of not just a building, Free. 12:30 p.m. The Historical Society of Harford County, Inc., Bel Air. harfordhistory.org.
Our Faces in Film: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. All month long for Black History Month we will show films featuring African American lead characters. Join us for great films and snacks! 6-7:45 p.m. Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, Alexandria. alexlibraryva.org.
Wed Feb 15
Black History Live with the Culture Queen. Through interactive music, movement and storytelling your royal children will discover a renewed sense of confidence and learn how to celebrate the kings and queens of African American History. Free. 10 a.m. Crofton Community Library, Crofton. aacpl.net.
Black History Month Trivia. In the tv show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where did Will spend most of his days? Leonardtown Library, Leonardtown. stmalib.org.
Burke Book Club – “The Color of Water” by James McBride. Celebrate Black History Month by joining us for a discussion of James McBride’s memoir. 3:30-5 p.m. Alexandria. alexlibraryva.org.
Maryland Freedom Seekers on the Underground Railroad. Join us for an author talk celebrating Black History Month and learn about local history. 6-7:30 p.m. Bethesda. mcpl.libnet.info.
Resistance Requires Excellent Scholarship: Seeding a Vision for Change. In observance of 2023 Black History Month, Sean Joe will examine and provide a personal response to the September 1967 call to action by the then-only 38-year-old, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 12:30 p.m. Washington. happenings.wustl.edu.
Fri Feb 17
Black History Month Dance Performance. CSU Dance Majors join Dance Baltimore! Coppin State University Dance majors and minors perform with Dance Baltimore at the Gordon Center at the Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills. 7 p.m. Gordon Center Theater, Owings Mills. coppin.edu.
Sat Feb 18
African American Heritage Tour. Trace the journey of African Americans, and explore their impact both nationally and internationally. $20.00 – $22.00. 1-3 p.m. Market Space, Annapolis. watermarkjourney.com.
Afrofuturism Film Series: A Wrinkle in Time. Join us for this series of Afrofuturist films to celebrate Black History Month! Come and watch the movie A Wrinkle in Time at Kensington Park Library! 2-4 p.m. Kensington. mcpl.libnet.info.
Black History Month Family Day. Bring the whole family for a self-guided exploration of Montgomery County’s Black history at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Bethesda. montgomeryparks.org.
Reading African American Books. Join us for a special reading event centering African American books and authors 2:30-3:30 p.m. Bethesda. mcpl.libnet.info.
Sun Feb 19
Black History Month: Cultural Program. Cultural Program at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd featuring: Spoken word artists: Chris Haley, reading from his newly published book of 2:30 p.m. Greenbelt. Greenbeltmd.gov.
Freedom Way: Exhibition & Presentation, A Blueprint of African American Resistance and Liberation in the United States. Bishop Craig Coates, a local pastor, and historian will highlights critical moments in American history and the ever-expanding blueprint for Black liberation. 1pm. Free. Maryland Hall, Annapolis. MarylandHall.org
Tue Feb 21
Alma’s Circles: Black History Month Discovery Station. Drop in between 4:00pm to 6:00pm to make circle collage art to celebrate Alma Thomas, first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at New 4-6 p.m. Bethesda. mcpl.libnet.info.
Get Schooled with Mr. Root! Join CCPL as we celebrate Black History Month, with special programming throughout the month! 6-7 p.m. P.D. Brown Memorial Branch, La Plata. ccplonline.libnet.info.
History of Jazz. Tune your ears as Crofton Middle and High School Jazz Bands present a chronological survey of jazz music by African American composers and musicians. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Crofton Community Library, Crofton. aacpl.net.
Noontime Jazz Bring your lunch and listen to Towson student musicians celebrate Black History Month with selections from African American jazz greats. 12 p.m. Towson University, Towson. events.towson.edu.
Thu Feb 23
Blacktastic: A Children’s Festival of Maryland Black History & Culture. Join Arts for Learning teaching artists on a fun, interactive, and eye-opening journey as we explore the lives of historic Black Marylanders like Chick Webb, Eubie Blake, Lucille Clifton, Matthew $100.00 for one home – $600.00/classroom. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.https://www.tfaforms.com/5025345, Baltimore. artsforlearningmd.org.
Sunny War. Sunny War has crafted a set of songs that draw on a range of ideas and styles (ecstatic gospel, dusty country blues, thoughtful folk, rip-roaring rock and roll, even avant-garde studio 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Washington. kennedy-center.org.
Fri Feb 24
Dominic Shodekeh Bouma: Ideations of Hope. This 60-minute concert testimonial and master performance follows Dominic Shodekeh Bouma’s personal and professional journey through time. In celebration of Black History Month 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Washington. kennedy-center.org.
Sat Feb 25
Black History Month Family Day Festival. Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation presents a celebration of African American History and Culture. Enjoy arts & crafts, demos, performers, speakers, and local vendors. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Venue details, Landover. pgcmls.info.
Phillip-Michael Scales. Phillip-Michael Scales was born in Michigan, forged in Chicago, and now lives in Nashville, TN. He grew up with B.B. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Washington. kennedy-center.org.
When the Stars Align: Celestial Navigation and the Underground Railroad. Celebrate Black History Month at Josiah Henson Museum & Park with an educational program exploring the crucial role of the night sky in guiding and empowering freedom seekers on their journeys north Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Bethesda. montgomeryparks.org.
Sun Feb 26
Black History at White Rock IME-6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. Join us at White Rock IME as we celebrate Black History in February! Free. 11 a.m. White Rock IME Church, Sykesville. fb.me.
Black History Month: FREE Family Film Free family film at the Old Greenbelt Theatre: Sunday, February 26, movie TBD. Free. Free transportation will be provided from Springhill Lake Recreation Center. Families are welcome to join the bus. Free. Greenbelt. greenbeltmd.gov.
Tue Feb 28
Storytime Squad – Black History Heroes. As Black History Month comes to an end, join CCPR as we learn about some of the most prolific African American figures throughout history. https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=12643 10-10:30 a.m. Harriet E. Brown Community Center, Prince Frederick. co.cal.md.us.