Celebrate Black History Month at These Events Around the DC Area

With a wide variety of music, art, theater and spoken word events going on, Black History Month is one of the most culturally significant times in the DC area. Here are a few great ideas for things you can do to celebrate.

  • Engineering 101: African American Inventors. Head over to the College Park Aviation Museum for this special $5 exhibit honoring African American inventors and their contributions to society. You'll see inventions created by black inventors, including the spark plug, the Super Soaker and more.
  • Portrait Story Days – Wilma Rudolph. On Sunday, February 18, head to the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery for this exhibit honoring black track and field athlete Wilma Rudolph. You'll get to hear her stories and admire the portraits of her on display in the gallery.

  • I Am Frederick Douglass: Life and Legacy. On Friday, February 23, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present a special exhibit honoring Frederick Douglass at the Lincoln Theatre.

  • Toni Morrison at the Montpelier Arts Center. Listen to a discussion about renowned black author Toni Morrison and her trilogy of famed novels "Beloved", "Jazz", and "Paradise," which focus on race, personality, and national identity. The talks will be held from February 21 thru Wed, March 7 and will be led by poet Dr. Karen Arnold.

  • The Great Stain: Witnessing American Slavery. On Thursday, February 22, the National Archives will present a free reading of Noel Rae's book about what slavery was actually like for the slaves. There will also be a book signing following the reading.

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