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150 Destinations in the US to Celebrate Black History Month

Check out these historical sites, events, and celebrations located in every state to visit to learn more about Black history this Black History Month.
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    Black Health and Wellness is the nationwide theme for this year’s Black History Month. Looking for a way to celebrate the achievements of African Americans from the past to the present this February? 

    Join in the exciting parades or attend thought-provoking lectures by credible guest speakers. Several states have a dedicated African American museum, while others transform their exhibitions into a showcase of Black excellence. From preserved sites listed on the National Historical Marker to local celebrations, there are lots of destinations in every state you should visit to honor Black History Month.

    Alabama

    A special Black History Month exhibition entitled ArtBreak: Confronting an Ugly Past, Building a Beautiful Future: The Legacy of Jim Crow will show at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Explore the struggles during times of segregation to celebratory milestones in a guided gallery talk. 

    Explore a section of the Alabama Civil Rights Trail that passes through Montgomery. Landmarks like the National Memorial for Peace and Justice honor lives lost with massive steel columns decorated with the victims’ names.

    The warehouses that once held enslaved people have been transformed into the Legacy Museum in Montgomery for remembrance. Its special exhibition, From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, shows the progression of the harsh reality for African Americans from the Transatlantic slave trade to modern-day imprisonment.

    Alaska

    Black people played a significant role in creating Alaska as we know it today. Learn about these untold stories of Black heroes in Alaska who established successful businesses, created world-class art, and civil engineering feats all happening before the 1890s Gold Rush. The special exhibit will be shown at the Anchorage Museum.

    Attend a free film screening at the Bear Tooth Theatre Pub in honor of Black History Month. See powerful, thought-provoking, entertaining films starring Black actors, directors, producers, etc. It’s an excellent way to discover independent films and support the Black community.

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks campus will be bustling with activities all month long. Black History Month celebrates Black achievements and accomplishments in Alaska. Check the university calendar to see the event schedule.

    Arizona

    The annual COPA Music Festival is back again and even better! See why it’s the top Black History Month concert in the state as world-class jazz and R&B musicians take the stage for two nights of musical pleasure. Sing along to your favorite songs in person or stream the festival live online.

    Black History Month is the perfect time to learn about trailblazers in the community that has transformed the African American experience through film. For example, see the Black female scientists who revolutionized NASA in the movie “Hidden Figures” or how Jackie Robinson changed baseball in “42” during an eight-series screening at the Harkins Theatre in Phoenix.

    Enjoy the February climate in Phoenix with a walk around downtown, where you’ll see a collection of murals depicting influential Black historical figures. The faces of Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Huey P. Newton will be larger than life as you see the artistic creations adorning the walls of the George Washington Carver Museum, Hotel San Carlos, and other locations.

    Arkansas

    Black leaders in medicine will give a presentation worth seeing at the Black History Commission of Arkansas’ 2022 Symposium in Little Rock: “African American Medicine in Arkansas.” Learn about the latest in health, wellness, and medical advancements that community members are spearheading within the medical industry.

    The African American community in Fayetteville comes together once again this year for the 8th Annual NWA Black History Month Celebration. More than 500 people will be in attendance to celebrate impactful members of the community that help push the organization’s charitable missions of empowerment and service forward.

    Visit Little Rock to see the official Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. See notable names in Black history like Maya Angelou and Daisy Gatson Bates that have revolutionized their respective industries and left a part of their legacy in Arkansas. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

    California

    The Orange County Black History Parade and Unity Festival has been a major event for the Anaheim community for four decades and running. This massive parade event attracts many people to celebrate Black history with additional events like art competitions, food, and more.

    The California African American Museum in Los Angeles holds one of the best collections of Black art in the state. It exhibits thousands of artifacts spotlighting Black art, photos, documents, and more dating back to the 1800s. Everyone is welcome to browse the multimedia exhibitions for free!

    Pack onto the sidewalks in Riverside as you tip-toe to get a perfect view of the 42nd Annual Black History Parade & Expo. Celebrate Black achievement in this huge citywide procession featuring your favorite local marching bands, sports teams, and even appearances by local government officials.

    Colorado

    Watch as the Boulder Ballet moves gracefully around the stage during its Black Voices of Dance event. A group of some of the country’s top Black choreographers directs the movements of the ballet in this amazing performance scheduled for three nights in February. 

    African Americans were a part of the early pioneers trekking the Pikes Peak region in the 19th century, as told in the exhibitions at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Visit the museum on February 5th for a special guided tour experience where you learn how the Black community helped shape the region.

    The Culture Museum pops up in Denver’s Historic Five Points, where #BlackGirlMagic will be on full display for everyone to enjoy! Celebrate Black culture at this curated museum featuring popup art and the perfect backdrops for selfies.

    Connecticut

    Harriet Beecher Stowe was an activist who wrote the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin to promote anti-slavery messages. Immerse yourself into the story and its author at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, where you’ll make instant connections to themes of the past relating to the present.

    Travel along the Freedom Trail in New Haven to see landmark heritage sites that tell essential parts of Black history. The Soldier and Sailors Monument, 29th Colored Regiment Monument, Amistad Memorial, and the New Haven Museum are all stops along the trail.

    See what learning was like for Black children throughout history at the Prudence Crandall Museum. Established as the first African American female boarding school in the US, its founder Prudence Crandall is celebrated for her efforts in social justice. Visitors can walk through the building to see it recreated as it looked while it functioned as a schoolhouse.

    Delaware

    Close out Black History Month with a concert in Rehoboth Beach, DE. The Southern DE Chorale headlines the Black History Festival alongside a lineup of other choirs who put on a soulful performance of music you can’t help but sing along to.

    Let your creative energy flow by attending the Black History Paint & Learn event in Wilmington. You’ll have everything you need to paint a masterpiece of your favorite Black historical figure. See how well you paid attention in class with Black History trivia, and there will also be a special guest for storytime.

    Art lovers looking forward to the Art! New Castle County’s 2022 Black History Month Kick-Off Celebration are in for a day of excitement. Explore the artful talents of the community by browsing several art displays and meeting local artists. If you’re feeling inspired, there will be art crafts to get your hands into.

    Florida

    Now in its 3rd year, the 1619 Festival in Orlando continues to build its awareness for the slave trade arrivals to Hannibal Square. The festival symbolically takes place on the same site with this year’s program following the theme of: “Maafa to Freedom” Surviving, Thriving, Resilience!

    Join the crowds at Franklin Square 6th Street for the annual African-American History Festival. This two-day festival celebrates African Americans of the past and today with music, art, live performances, and educational talks. Spend time in the Florida sun at this free, family-friendly event.

    The Tampa Bay History Center kicks off its month-long program of events and activities with the Black History Month Reception. This year’s theme to “Embrace Our Ethnic Kaleidoscope” will have plenty of speakers and an exhibit to support it. The reception costs $50 per person, but the event program varies.

    Georgia

    Atlanta is a go-to destination this Black History Month with one of the largest Black History Month parades in the nation. Gather downtown as spectacular floats, groovy music, entertaining performers, and more pass through the Historic Sweet Auburn District.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the most influential characters in Black history. Retrace his lifetime in the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park located in Atlanta. The park consists of notable sites from his life, like his birth home and the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached.

    Shop small businesses at the New Black Wall Street Market in Stonecrest. Newly opened in November 2021, the large market features more than 100 Black-owned shops with everything from food to clothing, crafts, and gifts. You can spend hours shopping at the stalls and chatting with the shop owners.

    Hawaii

    Every year, the Honolulu African American Film Festival showcases the best in Black cinema. From international films to independent projects, the film festival brings together some of the best and latest movies. The festival runs all month long at the Honolulu Museum.

    Black history in Hawaii tells a different story about African Americans in the US historically. Join one of the Hawaii Black History Tours to explore notable Black historical landmarks around Honolulu. You’ll learn about famous African Americans that opened the first resort in Waikiki, the first woman of color to graduate from the University of Hawaii, and other honorable achievements. 

    Check the Hawaii State Public Library calendar because there is a long lineup of events happening in February for Black History Month. The Hilo Branch hosts various speakers giving lectures and storytelling events that teach Black history. The events are free to the public.

    Idaho

    The Idaho Black History Museum is the state’s premier museum showcasing a comprehensive story about the local history. The museum’s exhibitions make symbolic links between the past and present. Attend one of the workshops, film screenings, lectures, and other workshops frequently hosted at the museum.

    Visit the Boise Hayman House to see one of the best-preserved structures marking a historic Black neighborhood. The white house is designated as an official cultural site to honor Reiver Street, where most of the local African Americans lived.

    All are welcome to attend the lineup of events held at the University of Idaho every year. Events will soon be announced for the campus’s annual Black history celebration that includes keynote speakers, exhibition displays in the campus libraries, and fun campus events that bring out the community.

    Illinois

    Black History Month is all year round at the DuSable Museum of African American History. It curated exhibitions displaying more than 15,000 works of art, archives, and research about African Americans. The venue celebrates monumental achievements by the Black community throughout history.

    The Calumet River played a major role for African Americans seeking freedom while enslaved. Journey along the African American Heritage Water Trail to retrace the steps of enslaved peoples, and you’ll eventually travel in time to see Chicago’s oldest Black-owned marina and learn about the Black boater families who lived along the riverside.

    Immerse yourself in the past while browsing the exhibitions at the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum. Its collection of research and displays gives accurate accounts of life through the eyes of African Americans throughout history. Donations are accepted for admission.

    Indiana

    This year, the City of Lawrence will celebrate Black History Month with a close-out event in the Arts for Lawrence Theater. So, come out on the 24th and join the community for an evening of live music, fun dancing, and art. 

    Art & Soul is once again in-person this year, inviting its crowd of thousands to enjoy a Black History Month celebration in Indianapolis. While last year’s virtual event was successful, it’s back and even bigger. Check out events held every Saturday, including music, dance, theater performances, an art exhibition, and other programs.

    See what the talented students at the Butler Arts Center have been up to as they put on a world-class performance for their Black History Month Concert. The general public is invited to a classy evening of music at this student-run event.

    Iowa

    Ames Public Library hosts an annual Black Arts and Music Festival. The entire family can enjoy this free festival together as it puts on a display of incredible Black art and culture. For two days, you’ll have live performances, art, food, and more to support and appreciate Black culture.

    You can find events happening at the Iowa City Public Library all month long geared toward educating the public about Black history and providing fun, interactive activities to stay engaged. There is something to do for all ages as the library celebrates African American accomplishments in the US.

    Every year, tens of thousands of people visit the African American Museum of Iowa. The museum curated a collection of objects displayed in its exhibits detailing African American accomplishments and impact in Iowa. Located in Cedar Rapids, you can take a guided tour or spend a few hours browsing the exhibitions on your own.

    Kansas

    All month, free events are happening at the Kansas City Public Library to celebrate Black History Month. Its schedule includes film screenings to learn about the new faces of Black history and conversations with leaders about current civil rights issues. 

    Discover the notable historical sites dotting Wichita on a guided tour. Download the map provided by the KU Medical Center and explore the city. You can spend the day sightseeing landmarks like the Union National Bank Building and Farmer J. E. House while learning about each site’s significance in Black history.

    Add the Kansas African American Museum to your itinerary this February. The museum is dedicated to showcasing Black history and art from the region. Exhibits showcase preserved artifacts, works of art, and archives that explore Black culture in Wichita and the surrounding area.

    Kentucky

    Climb into the depths of the Mammoth Caves to see where African Americans once dominated. While the caves were initially explored by enslaved people, they turned it into a lucrative business by serving as guides to white explorers. Walk these same underground routes at the Mammoth Cave National Park.

    Maysville is uniquely positioned on the US-North and South border. It played a vital role in the Underground Railroad that you’ll discover inside the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center. Spend a couple of hours in the museum learning about Black history in Mason County.

    Think you know everything about Black history? Think again because We Are Black History! Event in Madisonville will present some of the lesser-known wonders about Black history. Not only is it educational, but you’ll have lots of fun at the event with speakers, art, performances, and more. 

    Louisiana

    Did you know that a Black scientist was a part of Thomas Edison’s research team? Discover the notable Black scientists that have made significant contributions to modern science during a traveling exhibition at the NELA Delta African American Heritage Museum.

    It’s expected that more than 150,000 people will come out to the 34th Annual African American History Parade. It’s a major event in Shreveport that’s gotten bigger every year. The lively parade will keep you entertained with performance groups, bands, and people tossing Mardi Gras beads from the floats as they ride by.

    Since opening in 2001, the Baton Rouge African American Museum has built awareness for Black art, culture, and history. This month, stop by the museum to see exhibitions dedicated to local African American artists, Black inventions, and rural artifacts from the past. 

    Maine

    Black history in Maine isn’t discussed much in the history books, but the Auburn Public Library hopes to change that narrative. Join them for an hour in one of the event rooms, where you’ll learn about important Black figures who played roles as ship captains, builders, educators, and more.

    Go for a walk around Munjoy Hill in Portland to explore a neighborhood that was once a bustling African American neighborhood. Its peak was in the 19th-20th century, where landmarks remain standing today. The local history comes to life with each landmark that you see.

    You can see the oldest African American church in Maine in Portland on Newbury Street, where it’s been since the early 1800s. Visit this heritage site that was important religiously and served as a meeting house for the local Black community.

    Maryland

    Give the kids something fun to do this Black History Month by visiting the Maryland Science Center. It will spotlight achievements by Black scientists inside the Kid’s Room for the entire month. It also has several interactive activities scheduled every day, so be sure to check when you arrive.

    Experience the legacy of Harriet Tubman at the Underground Railroad National Historical Park. The park marks the trailhead for a 125-mile route following landmarks heading south. Be sure to stop by the visitor center to see exhibitions about her accomplishments and how she achieved such a daring act of rescuing enslaved peoples.

    Visit Washington, DC, to see the exhibitions inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It’s the world’s most comprehensive museum about African Americans through the modern-day with artifacts, art, and other multimedia displays. You can easily spend hours wandering the 10-story museum.

    Massachusetts

    The Afro Caribbean community in Massachusetts is thriving, and the Black History Gala & Awards is put on to celebrate all its accomplishments. The gala takes place on February 26th, with a reception, award ceremony, and more. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the Afro Caribbean diaspora and the development of the community’s young people.

    Boston is full of historic sites that tell different parts of history. The Black Heritage Trail takes you on a journey through 14 total sites significant to African Americans in Boston. Sites include stops on the Underground Railroad and touring North Slope, a historical free Black community. 

    Take a break from wine tasting and explore Martha’s Vineyard African American Heritage Trail. Twenty-seven landmarks are located throughout Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard, where it was one of the only places where land was sold to formerly enslaved people. Sites also include modern history, such as where former President Barack Obama and other famous figures visited.

    Michigan

    The Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the premier art museums in the US. This February, its galleries will include special Black History Month exhibits and a lineup of art talks and lectures. Many of the events are held in person, but virtual activities are also available.

    The Charles H. Wright Museum has one of the best African American art collections in Michigan. It brings Detroit’s members of the African diaspora together with a month-long Black History Month program which includes talks in the auditorium, special exhibitions, and guest speakers. Stay tuned for the event schedule announced soon.

    The Henry Ford Museum hosts a special exhibition for Black History Month called “With Liberty & Justice for All Exhibition.” You’ll see artifacts related to famous civil rights leaders like Rosa Parks’ bus to the chair where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. The entire exhibition walks you through a timeline of African Americans striving towards freedom.

    Minnesota

    Get a preview of the latest upcoming styles during the First Annual Black History Month Fashion Show. The show will spotlight Black designers, models, and photographers, as the audience gets a taste of the creative talent emerging from the Black community in the Twin Cities.

    Black businesses in Minnesota are experiencing a boom thanks in part to the Black Market. On February 12th, come out to the market, where you’ll get a Black shopping experience supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs. The event will also have games and entertainment.

    Browse the galleries curated in the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum to help applaud the accomplishments of Black people in Minnesota. Spend this Black History Month learning about the impact local African Americans made in the community. The museum is free to enter.

    Mississippi

    Black History Month kicks off in Starkville with the BHM Choral Concert. You’ll want to be in attendance as the MSU State Singers put on a jaw-dropping performance of music originating from African American composers. These talented musicians perfectly replay the musical masterpieces in an encore-worthy performance.

    You’ll be amazed by the talent brewing at the Mississippi School of the Arts‘ Visual Art Program. Now is a time to see their talents brought to life on canvases based on a Black History Month theme. The exhibition includes art by junior and senior students.

    Bay St. Louis honors the work of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr and John Lewis with a mural in Martin Luther King Jr. Park. This large mural sets the perfect backdrop to an afternoon of playing on the basketball courts or having a Black History Month picnic in the covered pavilions.

    Missouri

    If you need a fun date night idea for Black History Month, check out the Black History Month Film series in Columbia. On February 9th, it will screen “Southside With You,” which tells the story of the Obamas’ first kiss. There is free admission to the screening.

    You might discover some interesting news about your family lineage when browsing the exhibitions of the St. Louis African American History & Genealogy. The museum features resources for African Americans to trace their ancestors, workshops, and special Black History Month events scheduled for the month.

    It’s important to examine Black History from all perspectives. The Missouri Historical Society is hosting a BHM event series in which one session combines two critical events for the US. “Civil Rights Activism During WWII” explores how the movement remained a prominent event during war times with effects on employment discrimination and more.

    Montana

    The beautiful Gothic Revival architecture of the Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church gives it a striking appearance in the Great Falls neighborhood. It’s the oldest African American church in Montana still in use and is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The African American community during the early 1900s in Helena was tight-knit. One place of gathering was at the Dorset Grocery and Residence building. It became a place of conversation and fellowship while simultaneously supporting an independent Black-owned business. The site remains standing and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Samuel Lewis was a well-known name in the Bozeman community during the mid-1800s. With his wealth, he built an opulent residence in a stunning Classical Revival Style and decorative features from the inside out. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, visitors can pass by the site and see a fine example of early American architecture.

    Nebraska

    For February, the Omaha Performing Arts venue is on a mission to bring attention to often-overlooked creative communities. It will host a Voices Amplified series where the community is invited to enjoy performances and workshops by local talent. It combines recognition of Black and Latinx communities with featured Afro-Colombia dances and artists.

    Nebraska is the heart of America, and African Americans are just as important to the heartbeat as anybody else. See the role Black played in the Central US region at the Great Plains Black History Museum. Its exhibitions of artifacts and information take you back to the Wild West.

    One of the most influential leaders during the Civil Rights Movement, Malcolm X, was born in Omaha, Nebraska. And while his birth home is no longer standing, the site is now recognized with a historical marker as the Malcolm X House Site. Visit the site to take pictures and see the area of his humble childhood.

    Nevada

    From the first Black lawyer to pass the Nevada Bar in 1960 to the current law professionals upholding justice in the state, the Leaders in Law event will spotlight the local legal industry. A panel of successful Black Nevada lawyers will speak at the Mob Museum in Las Vegas to talk about the criminal justice system, diversity in the legal industry, and more.

    Stop by the Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery to see the exhibition entitled “A Focus on Portraits.” The themed exhibit focuses on African American heritage with portraits designed by local artists. The exhibition is free and on display until April 4th.

    The Color Purple is one of the most famous African American movies ever made. See the film brought to life in a live theater performance at the West Las Vegas Library Performing Arts Center. The play shows all month as part of the Broadway in the H.O.O.D. Series.

    New Hampshire

    It’s time to spill the tea at the 2022 Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks Series. There’s no judgment to your comments as you take the open floor to discuss issues affecting the Black (and other minority) communities. The event series features a panel discussion and audience participation.

    Relive the past in the Strawbery Banke Museum, a living museum reimagining life for early settlers. Among its many buildings include four sites on the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire. Black history in New Hampshire dates to 1645, and these living sites are evidence of their settlement in Portsmouth.

    The Portsmouth African Burying Grounds were rediscovered in 2003, revealing the region’s dark history. Hundreds of deceased enslaved peoples were buried on the site during the early 1800s but were forgotten about after the decline of slavery. The site is now designated a memorial park and decorated with sculptures for remembrance.

    New Jersey

    Climb aboard the USS Mason in Camden to see life aboard a predominantly African-American naval ship. It was once one of the earliest examples of desegregation and offers a class and tour of the ship in celebration. Check out the program happening from February 3-28th.

    We sometimes forget that the famous Black history figures we learn about were real people. Peek into the lives of notable figures in history through a series of programs presented by The Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance Committee and The Teaneck Library. Some of which include: 

    • “That They Lived: African Americans That Changed The World”
    • “The Black Freedom Struggle in Early New Jersey, 1613-1860.”

    Pick up tickets to attend the Black History Month concert by the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey. The lucky ones in attendance in Trenton’s War Memorial Theater will see an incredible performance of music by African American composers and a Black symphony. You’ll hear unique twists to classical songs that incorporate Black heritage and rhythm in a one-of-a-kind show.

    New Mexico

    Black History is created daily. The Black Live Future Month celebration in Albuquerque attempts to look into the future to see what’s in store for African Americans. Hear inspirational stories of where the Black community hopes to progress towards and get new insight into how you can help achieve it

    For the past decade, Albuquerque hosted the Annual New Mexico Black History Month Festival. This year marks its 11th edition as events will soon be announced. Guest speakers educating and sharing firsthand about the Black experience in America are all things to look forward to during the festival.

    Uncover the local Black history in the African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico. The exhibitions walk you through details about the import contributions that African Americans made in the southwest. Visiting the museum helps support its goal of boosting awareness for Black impact in the region.

    New York

    Learn how to paint like the iconic Basquiat, one of the most influential African American artists in the world. The Art by Basquiat workshop will examine some of his most famous works of art before guiding you through painting your portrait in a similar style.

    Black History Month celebrates Black culture at the African Popup Festival. This popup event is free to enter, where you can check out live music acts, dance performances by cultural groups, art, and plenty of food for purchase to keep you fueled for the entire event.

    The legendary Harlem Chamber Players will be playing their 14th Annual Black History Month Celebration. Head uptown on the evening of February 23rd to enter a hall soothed by the instrumental melodies of performers like William Grant and Nkeiru Okay.

    North Carolina

    Concord invites you to the 2022 North Carolina Black Heritage Festival. It’s a Black shopping extravaganza while browsing the creations of 40 Black-owned businesses from the area. Music from live performances fills the air as your ship, dining, and enjoy activities that even the kids can participate in.

    Black history is a captivating story that the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture museum puts on full display. Visitors can join one of the special tours of the exhibitions to uncover interesting facts that make you celebrate the historical achievements often overlooked. 

    For many people, it’s a moving experience visiting the Stagville State Historic Site. Visitors can take a free guided tour of this historic plantation to see preserved quarters that once housed enslaved peoples and other structures that make you reminisce on the past. Guided tours are recommended for more in-depth stories about the lives of those enslaved on the plantation.

    North Dakota

    They say “common sense” is not common. But according to Thomas Sowell, there are ways for African Americans to navigate society thanks to his thought-provoking film entitled “Common Sense in a Senseless World.” Attend a film screening and post-film discussion at the Anishinabe Theater at North Dakota State University.

    Tales of Black history are often told, but what about the female perspective? Expand your viewpoint at the Black HERstory Forum at UND to explore themes of feminism and identity as it relates to Black history. The forum provides an open floor conversation between attendees.

    The North Dakota State Library will be an important resource this Black History Month. Throughout the month, it presents a specially curated collection of books that teach about Black history, explore important Black figures, and other details about African Americans in North Dakota.

    Ohio

    The Tea Room is a fellowship of the community, much like African Americans once did during the mid-19th century using leftover tea and snacks from Valentine’s Day. Relive this symbolic ceremony with an event for networking and celebrating Black achievements across Ohio.

    Hear music created by African Americans throughout history played live by the Cleveland Orchestra. This orchestral recreation of classics by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and more will be accompanied by soulful vocal performances. Tickets are now available for the February 18th concert.

    Paul Laurence Dunbar is a Black poet among the first to support himself with literature. After achieving some success from numerous published novels and poems, Dunbar purchased what’s now recognized as the Paul Dunbar House Historic Site. Tours are available to walk through the house to see original furnishing and unfinished works in celebration of the poet’s 150th birthday.

    Oklahoma

    Clear your calendar on February 5th because the Black History Month Kickoff at UCO is one you don’t want to miss. The campus becomes lively with activities like speakers, food, community mixers, and more surrounding a selected theme. The kick-off event is a great way to see how you can get involved in the community by attending the upcoming events.

    Discover the story of Black cowboys as told inside the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Spare a couple of hours to wander the exhibitions to see how Bill Pickett roped steer, chat with a Buffalo Soldier, and more. The event is designed for kids and includes interactive activities. 

    African American history in Oklahoma has been well documented through a series of films shown during the Oklahoma African American Family Film Festival. All ages are welcome to the free film screening that showcases the cultural impact of Blacks in Oklahoma.

    Oregon

    Join your favorite players from the NBA Portland Trail Blazers as they celebrate Black History with the community. The event spotlights leaders in the community and supports a nonprofit organization that inspires the youth. In addition, there will be live performances and food available throughout the event.

    You’ll have a night of roaring laughter when you attend the 6th Annual NW Black Comedy Festival. From amateur to professionals, you’ll be entertained by more than 60 comics in this festival spanning four days. Pick a night featuring your favorite comedian, or pop in for a set to discover your next favorite comedian.

    The 5th Annual Black Love event combines Black History Month with Valentine’s Day. Plan a date night on February 13th to an event headlined by a comedy show. Treat yourself to self-love or show love to the Black community in this uplifting event.

    Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia has numerous public murals showcasing Black art. Some of the most iconic Black figures will be artistically showcased around town. Go for a walk on the Mural Tours by Mural Arts Philadelphia to see the best creations in town while learning about each piece.

    For over 40 years, Teenie Harris has been a leading photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier. He’s captured photos that spotlight Black lives in America throughout this period. The city of Pittsburgh celebrates him with a solo exhibition held during February in the City-County Building.

    Attend a live performance entitled, “Echoes of Voices of the Eighth” showing in Harrisburg from February 11-20th. This theatrical performance has a symbolic theme of understanding the past for success in the future. 

    Rhode Island

    Explore all of the most important Black history sites in Providence with the Early Black History Self-Guided Walking Tour. The tour winds past sites dating as early as the early 1600s and is noted for their role in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade until the era of early Black Rhode Island settlers.

    The displays and events hosted by the Stages of Freedom Museum exhibition will provide tons of information about Black lives in Rhode Island, past and present. The shop-like arrangement features historical books, clothing, and details about the local lifestyles of African Americans.

    The iconic Brick Schoolhouse is still standing in Providence and is now preserved as a National Historic site. This quaint schoolhouse was the first in the country that accepted African American students, even back in 1828. The building is now used as a meeting hall, but the original architecture remains.

    South Carolina

    Much of the important Black history throughout Beaufort County was forgotten. But this February, you can rediscover these events during the “Untold Stories, Untaught History” event at USCB. You’ll explore just how diverse the county is and how Black people had a significant role in shaping the region.

    The latest fashion trends go on display at the 9th Annual AfricStyle Black History Fashion Show. See ingenious designs inspired by Africa and local African designers marking their mark on the fashion industry. Purchase VIP Tickets for a special meal of African cuisine at the event.

    Tour Charleston’s historic district to see landmark buildings from throughout Black history. Walk past the landmark Emanuel AME or peer into the doors of the Old Slave Mart, the only known slave auction house still standing in the state.

    South Dakota

    The Divine Nine put on a talented display of rhythm during the 19th Annual BSA Step Show. Grab tickets to the show inside the SD State Performing Art Center to hear the loud stomps, claps, cheers, and dancing coming from the stage of performers.

    Witness everything from the challenges to the triumphs that African Americans experienced in the state at the South Dakota African American History Museum. You can see this mini-exhibition at the Washington Pavilion that holds tons of information that will surprise you about the achievements of the local Black community.

    Take a drive around Yankton to witness one of the most progressive towns in the state during the 1800s. It’s a destination celebrated for its early diversity of freed residents—where Black and white groups coexisted as a mixed community with schools and businesses for everyone.

    Tennessee

    Peer up at the balcony of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated before walking in the front doors. The infamous building now houses the National Civil Rights Museum. Explore the detailed exhibitions that spotlight the Civil Rights Movement as it existed since the 17th century.

    The Tennessee State Museum is full of exhibitions showcasing Black history. Save yourself some time and take a specially designed tour for Black History Month through the museum. You’ll join a guide who walks you through must-see exhibits and provides lots of information about each object. The tour group meets in the lobby and is free for everyone.

    Memphis is rich with music history that African Americans played a major role in. The Stax Museum provides archives of the legendary Stax Records that put out numerous hits by Black musicians. The BHM Kick-off event will have a live talk at the museum, followed by live performances by local musicians. 

    Texas

    Save your appetite for the 2nd Annual Black History Month Soul Food Celebration in San Antonio. On February 12th, this popular food festival returns with even more delicious food, live music, and a beautiful display of Black culture through art and fashion.

    Stop by will call to pick up your tickets to Black History Production by the Denney Theater. This year’s live production is the popular DreamGirls, the story of a singing group navigating the music industry while managing the difficulties of being successful Black women during the civil rights era.

    The public is invited to learn about the stories and impacts of the Buffalo Soldiers. The exhibitions in the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum are set up to educate viewers about their contributions during war times, showcased with artifacts, archives, and more. The museum encourages attending with the youth to preserve these important events of Black history.

    Utah

    Since the pandemic stopped many of us from visiting museums, the Utah Black History Museum decided to bring the exhibitions to you! This museum-on-wheels travels around Salt Lake City with popup exhibitions about Black history locally and beyond. It’s an excellent presentation of information and makes Black history education accessible to everyone.

    Grab your popcorn and take your seat for the Black History Month Film Series at the Utah Film Center. See films created by African Americans that help share positivity in the Black experience through culture and success and movies that retrace events from the past.

    The Plan-B Theatre Company has been preparing an exciting theatrical play for the audience this coming Black History Month. Attend opening night for “The Clean-Up Project” on February 17th, or check out one of the shows until the 27th. The play takes us to a time in the near future and follows the interactions between a Black and white family.

    Vermont

    Ferrisburgh, VT, was one of the key stops along the Underground Railroad. The Rokeby Museum remembers these local stations with an exhibition bringing light to the town’s hidden activities. You’ll hear stories about how local abolitionists helped Blacks navigate to freedom. Be sure to check the calendar for special events happening in February.

    Visit Brownington, the birthplace of the first African American elected to the Vermont Legislature, Alexander Twilight. The Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village preserved his childhood home and community. Tour the site and check out the museum exhibitions to learn more about his legacy.

    Four hours is plenty of time to pack in some exciting activities planned for the Black History Month Soul Food Brunch and Cultural Celebration in Winooski. The Afrobeats Brunch series introduces a BHM-themed menu along with live music and performances, art exhibitions, and more.

    Virginia

    Families can celebrate the month together during the Black History Now! 2022. Events are happening all month at the Children’s Museum of Virginia, which will host several educational and entertaining programs. Also, don’t forget to check out the museum exhibition spotlighting local Black leaders.  

    There is a lot to celebrate about Black History in Virginia, and the Chesterfield County event series will do its best to showcase as much as it can within the month. Every day gives a new reason to appreciate the countless accomplishments of African Americans in the local community.

    Drive along the route once trotted by the feet of runaway enslaved people. Virginia’s Trail to Freedom starts in Fredericksburg and has sites crossing several counties. You’ll even ride alongside the Rappahannock River. During the drive, try to imagine how the runaways must have felt when crossing the same path in many different conditions.

    Washington

    The Pacific Northwest isn’t a typical region you think about for Black history, but the Northwest African American Museum gives you a new perspective. Spend this BHM visiting some of the exhibitions that cover lesser-known history. Many of the stories show how Blacks ended up in the region during the past and even current immigration issues from different African countries.

    UW Tacoma put out a call to its artistic community to design a poster honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The call has concluded, and the posters are now on display until February 25th. The free exhibition shows the best poster designs representing MLK and his mission.

    Seattle is the birthplace of music legend Jimi Hendrix. Celebrate the life and work of the musician at the Jimi Hendrix Park. This open-air park is free for the public and includes artistic structures about the artist. Read through some of your favorite lyrics on the walls while enjoying a picnic at the park. 

    West Virginia

    While many people visit the New River Gorge National Park for its natural beauty, this verdant mountainous region holds a deep history with African Americans. So, start your engines and cruise the African American Heritage Auto Tour to follow a route winding past notable sites within the park, such as coal mining sites operated by Black workers and former Black communities.

    Charleston’s historic district, or “The Block,” is home to five notable sites in Black history. Tour the district to see the historic homes, schools, and churches from the local Black communities that gave birth to famous names like Booker T. Washington and Bishop T.D. Jakes.

    In Malden’s historic district, you’ll still find the African Zion Baptist Church. This simple one-story building became the state’s first Black Baptist church. Walk around the church grounds to admire its architecture featuring a wooden bell tower at the top.

    Wisconsin

    Milwaukee Film is hosting the Black History Month 2022 film series to project Black voices from the big screen. Events all month long include film screenings by Black filmmakers, a film showcase for local filmmakers, talks by people in the film industry, and more.

    The Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum brings together the local Black community with exhibitions celebrating Black culture and history in Wisconsin. Witness the massive panorama display of the Black experience or participate in one of the many events happening at the museum. 

    Paramount Records was a groundbreaking label that welcomed African American musicians throughout history. Take a walking tour of the Paramount Plaza in Grafton to see tributes dedicated to famed blues musicians like Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey, and many more who have left their legacy of blues.

    Wyoming

    While the town of Empire no longer exists, two historical markers in Goshen County show where it once rested. It was the only all-Black town in Wyoming that grew from one family into an entire community. Intermarriage kept everything in the community that experienced surprising success before being abandoned.

    Browse the collections in the Wyoming State Archives to show that even with a historically small percentage of the population, African Americans have long been effective in transforming the state. These archives give evidence as to why Wyoming is called the ‘Equality State.’

    Rock Springs was a very controversial community whenever Black people were in town. But thanks to people like Rose Collins, African Americans had a safe place to rest their heads for a night at the Liberty Motel. Visit the site where the motel was located and learn about the other historical landmarks around town.

    Looking to celebrate beyond Black History Month? Check out our list of 150 unique attractions in the USA instead!