During the month of February, museums and organizations throughout the state are honoring African American culture and African Americans’ contributions to U.S. society throughout history.
Celebrate Black History Month by attending tours, informational programs, musueum exhibits, cultural performances, hands-on activities, and other exciting events, including live-stream and virtual offerings. Many of the programs offered are free!
Check out all the events going on in Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington DC, and other places throughout Maryland.
Some events may fill up quickly. Remember to register in advance and call ahead to verify.
Updating for 2021 – check back for more!
Black History Month Events for the Whole Family
Celebrate Black History Month at the B&O
Feb. 1-28. The B&O is celebrating African American History Month with special tours and more! Last month, we debuted our African American Oral History Project – One Year Later video, both here at the Museum and online. As you visit throughout February, this poignant collection of stories related to the experience of African Americans on the railroad will be playing in the Roundhouse. To learn more about the project and see the video now, click here. And, don’t miss out on our “From Slavery to Civil Rights” Tour (Feb. 10), as well as our kid-friendly version of the very same on Feb. 24. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. borail.org
African-American Heritage Tour
Saturdays in February at 1:30 p.m.
Trace the journey of African Americans in Annapolis, and explore their impact both nationally and internationally. Developed in partnership with the Kunte Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation and named a “Heritage Award Winner” by the Four Rivers Foundation, this 2-hour walking tour starts at Market House Park across from Annapolis City Dock, where slave ships entered 300 years ago. The Alex Haley statue that marks the significance of the author of Roots and the journey of his ancestor Kunte Kinte are featured. Symbolically, the stroll continues uphill hill through local history to the State House and the statue of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice. Hear of famous Marylanders, such as Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. Your period-attired guide will highlight the importance of the Underground Railroad in the Chesapeake Bay region and throughout Annapolis. $20/Adult & $5/Child.
Black Health Matters: An Undoctored History of Health Care and Healing Traditions in the Black Community
Jan. 31–Feb. 28.
Within the Black community, there continues to exist a deep mistrust of the medical profession, which is rooted in a history of racism, exclusion, inequality, and exploitation in the nation’s systems of health care. This year’s exhibition will delve into this mistrust through an exploration of the history of medicine and health care within the African American community. Curated by the M-NCPPC Black History Program, this year’s exhibition will be virtual, consisting of a series of mini-documentaries, interviews, and profiles released during February and March 2021.
Find more events in the program, including virtual concerts and programs about African Americans in Aviation.
The Art of Activism
Monthlong. Gallery Hours: Wednesdays & Fridays, 3:30-6:30 pm.Today more than ever we need to use art to not only provide beauty and escapism but also to develop agency, educate, and provide discomfort for the social consciousness. Artists have been using art to communicate societal issues including gender, race, politics, and religion for generations. Art of Activism explores the ways in which current Maryland-based Black artists are using their work as a statement of activism. in Partnership with the Banneker-Douglass Museum, this exhibit is open through Feb. 27.
Guests (with masks required) are invited to visit us during Maryland Hall, Annapolis.
The Visionary Genius of Frederick Douglass
February 3. 7–8:30 p.m. University of Maryland historian Richard Bell explores the many facets of Frederick Douglass’ incredible life as well as his family and career, and considers his impact upon our modern struggle to advance the cause of Black freedom in the United States.
African American Read-In
February 3. 6:30 p.m. Virtual. You are invited to join the Enoch Pratt Free Library as we celebrate African American Literature through our African American Read-In virtual event. The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world. We invite you to share a favorite passage from a book by an African American author. Bring the family–this event is for all ages!
Drumbeat for Change
February 4. 6:30 p.m. Throughout history, kids have been agents of change. Author Kelly Starling Lyons shares two of her picture books that celebrate their roles in making a difference. For ages 6-10. Registration required for this virtual program with Anne Arundel County Public Library.
Family Black History Scavenger Hunt
Feb. 7, 8 a.m.–noon. This fun scavenger hunt at Bladensburg Waterfront Park involves downloading a Free app on your smartphone and earning points as you, your family, or your team answer trivia questions, participate in activities, take photos and videos, and complete GPS check-ins at various locations. Prizes will be awarded to the teams in first, second, and third place! Participants can keep up to date with the competition with a live leaderboard game news feed. The adventure is a fun, fully interactive, adrenaline-pumping social distancing experience. Team leaders must purchase a ticket for the game of choice at Parks Direct. (Individual and DoubleTeam scavenger hunts on Feb. 14 and 21.)
Boss Bae Black History Month Pop Up Shop
February 7. 2–7 p.m. Temple Hills. This is the perfect opportunity to network, shop and have fun as we celebrate Black entrepreneurship. Enjoy food, drinks, and a shopping experience with Black owned businesses.
Read Aloud-Black History Month
February 8. 10–10:30 a.m. PGCMLS staff host virtual read-aloud programs for you to enjoy at home. Join us for stories, songs, and more! Recommended ages: 2 to 5. This week, for Black History Month, Ms. Marsha will read a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book!
Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake
February 10. 6 p.m. Learn about freedom seekers Stephen and Candis and other runaways from Maryland told through an interactive virtual tour of Freedom Bound that includes living history performances. For ages 6-10. Registration required for this virtual program with Anne Arundel County Public Library.
Kids Writers Live! With Kwame Alexander
February 11. Join award-winning children’s and young adult author Kwame Alexander as he discusses his books during a moderated Q&A conversation. Presented in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. 6–6:30 p.m. Preregister to ask questions and receive link to the virtual program.
Voices of the Enslaved
February 18. 2 p.m.
Through 19th and early 20th century testimonies, memoirs, and interviews with those formerly enslaved, we can begin to learn about life under slavery. Each source of slave narratives has a history of its own to consider in interpreting these stories. Preregister for Zoom link. Presented by Barbara Goyette, Hammond-Harwood House Executive Director.
Black History Jeopardy: 4 Da Culture
February 18. 7–8 p.m. Join us for our take on Black Jeopardy, the trivia game originating from the famous Saturday Night Live sketch. Please be advised as this will not be your typical trivia game. Come see if you have what it takes to answer all the questions “da right way 4 da culture.” For Adults.
How to be a Children’s Book Author and Illustrator: One Artist’s Journey
Feb. 27, 10 a.m. Author and illustrator Don Tate will discuss his journey from shy, reluctant reader to celebrated author and illustrator. Session includes drawing and Q&A. For ages 6-10. Registration required for this virtual program with Anne Arundel County Public Library.
It’s a Family A-Fair: African American Family Festival
February 27. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Join Montgomery Parks as we close out the month for a celebration of our history! This virtual festival includes various workshops, performances, storytellers, crafts, and a virtual marketplace with vendors selling culturally relevant African and African American goods and products.