Black History Month in Philadelphia

February is Black History Month. Our world-class city of Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs celebrates glorious diversity in so many ways. See just a sampling below. Hope you get a chance to go out to enjoy, to learn, to participate, and to share.

Black History Month at the National Constitution Center

  1. African American History Self Guided Tour
  2. Breaking Barriers Show
  3. Decoding the Document: Emancipation Proclamation Document Workshop
  4. Giant Game Board Activity

*Free Admission to the Constitution Center on Monday, February 19th, 2018. For more information visit their website here.

The Celebration of African Cultures hosted by Penn Museum

When? Saturday, February 24th, 2018 from 11:00AM- 4:00PM

Where? 3260 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19104

Visit Penn Museum for a day exploring African Culture with local artists and storytellers! Experience both modern and traditional African dances, craft making, documentary films and so much more. Starting the day with African Animal Yoga for Kids at 11:15 am and ending with an African Rhythms Dance Performance at 3:45 pm there are activities for kids and adults alike! Don’t miss out on this transforming experience and all the Penn Museum collection has to offer. For a full schedule of events and more information visit the website here.

Dr. Martin Luther King Statues Scattered Throughout the City

When? Starting Friday, February 16th, 2018

Where? The African-American Museum, Temple University, the Kimmel Center, City Hall, the Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia School District headquarters building, Comcast headquarters, and two at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

The statues creation is a part of Comcast’s continued effort to mark MLK milestones over the years, this year representing the 50th anniversary of the MLK assassination. Each statue is 6 feet tall, accompanied by a plaque with a quote by our brave leader and most importantly hand painted by art students from our very own Philadelphia School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), Girard College, Big Brother, Big Sister, Art-Reach and the Overbrook School for the Blind. What’s most powerful is the opportunity for the student’s voices to be heard and their outstanding ability to tell and represent MLK’s story in their own vision. Check out this WHYY article for more information!

The African American Museum Features Black Pulp!

When? Friday, February 2nd through Sunday, April 29th

Where? 701 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Black Pulp! exhibit is meant to explore the “creative and strategic use of printed media” by black artists and publishers and non-black artists and publishers who place the black experience at the forefront of their work. The wide variety of image production spans from 1912-2016 and helps “challenge racist narratives and preconceived notions of black experience” using a variety of printed media (AAMP Website).

Philadelphia History Museum: Taking a Stand for Equality: Octavius V Catto

When? Now through Saturday, March 31st

Where? 15 S 7th St. Philadelphia, PA 19106

Learn more about the figure who became Philadelphia’s first statue memorial to an African American Figure and for good reason. Discover artifacts and history that bring life to the legacy of activism that Catto leftover access to education, public transportation, voting rights and full citizenship. For more information visit their website here!

An Inspiring Story by the National Parks Service

When? Saturday, February 24th from 1:00 PM- 1:45 PM

Where? Congress Hall (enter through security at 5th and Chestnut)

Join Millicent Sparks and dive into the incredible life story of Harriet Tubman, including her battle with enslavement, her role in the Underground Railroad and the American Civil War. This event is free! For more information visit their website here.

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

When? Thursday, February 22nd at 7:30 PM

Where? Parkway Central Library

Join Melanye Price an associate professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers and author Brittney Cooper as they discuss Cooper’s feminist perspective as portrayed in her new book. This event is free. For more information about Black History Month events hosted by Philadelphia Free Library visit their event schedule here.

Sittin’ In at the Kimmel Center

When? February 14th, Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM

Where? 300 S Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19102

Join curator Anthony Tidd and his amazing performers for the 6th anniversary of the free event Sittin’ In. With super fun musical performances, poetry and a great crowd, this night is bound to be a huge success. This event is free but you should RSVP! For more information and events at the Kimmel Center visit their website here.

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