Get Out & Celebrate CULTURE!

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.  – The History Channel

There are a lot of ways to celebrate Black History Month.  Eating foods that reflect either African American or simply African cultures (like Ethiopian, mmmm, check out Desta on the north end of Briarcliff), purchasing your newest Dashiki (I wish I could pull that look off, it really does look like the most comfortable outfit ever), or reading books on or by influential African-American leaders. But in Atlanta in particular, there is also a lot to DO!

We urge you to get out there Atlanta!  Mix it up, attend a lecture, participate in a march, visit a church, meet new people and celebrate as a community the differences between us that we need to revel in and embrace to become a better human race.

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  • Talking Drum Exhibit  – Center for Civil & Human Rights
    • Featuring rhythm, blues, and resistance, Fahamu Pecou’s “Talking Drum” showcases the intersection of black popular culture and social justice by bringing together music from the Civil Rights Movement  to explore topics such as social justice, politics, and black popular culture.
    • Runs through 20 August 2016
    • $15 General Admission; $3 for children

MLK Ebenezer Baptist Church

  • Ebenezer Baptist Church
    • Come enjoy a rich service at the same church Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached from
    • Sunday Worship Service at both 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
    • Enjoy the amazing acoustics enriched by the phenomenal choirs of this church and feel the spirit within you and around you
    • FREE, but donations welcomed!
  •  Blackness in Latin America – Rialto Center for the Arts
    • In GSU’s Rialto Center, explore this visual exhibit of work by Latin American artists focusing on the African influence on Latin America and the Caribbean.
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday form 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and also by appointment
    • FREE

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  • African American History Tours – Historic Oakland Cemetery
    • Throughout the entire month of February at Oakland Cemetery and it’s FREE
    • See the final resting place of some of Atlanta’s black history pioneers, including Carrie Steele Logan, founder of Atlanta’s first orphanage for African American children; William Finch, one of Atlanta’s first African American city councilmen; Bishop John W. Gaines and Julia A. Gaines, pastor and First Lady of Big Bethel A.M.E. Church; and Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first African American mayor.
  • Black History Month Parade – The King Center
    • Come enjoy  marching bands, dancers, floats, and more, followed by meeting in Woodruff Park for inspirational and moving speeches, celebrity guests, snacks, and more entertainment.
    • Starting at The King Center and ending at Woodruff Park, the parade’s official start time is 1:00 p.m. on 27 February 2016
    • Festivities go from noon – 6:00 p.m.
    • FREE general admission

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  • High Museum of Art
    • The High has been diligently building its collection of African American art.  You can see fascinating dolls and artifacts from Nigeria to Sierra Leon, or the Bwa masks of the Bwaba people indigenous of Burkina Faso and Mali.
    • On 28 February 2016 – 29 May 2016, the High is hosting a special Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks exhibit who said everything he did was a statement on politics and race relations.
    • Tickets are: $19.50 for adults; $16.50 for seniors and students; $12 for children 6 – 17; FREE for children 5 and under
    • On the third Friday of each month, the High hosts Jazz Night at the High where admission is $10 for non members; $5 for guests of a member; and FREE for members

Jim Wallis

  • Atlanta History Center
    • There are 2 events you should pay attention to
      • Author Jim Wallis of America’s Original Sin comes to talk about his most recent book and reflections of calls-to-action for overcoming racism and white privilege that still run rampant even in today’s culture
        • Tickets are $10!
      • Atlanta in 50 Objects – a list of objects desired to be in this event was comprised by local Atlantans themselves.  This exhibit reflects the ups and downs, bigs and smalls of our great city over the years.  It includes the manuscript for Martin Luther King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, native american artifacts, Georgia Tech’s Rambling Wreck, and much more!
  • Atlanta African Dance & Drum Community Black History Month Showcase
    • Come down to Tri Cities Performing Arts High School and enjoy the rhythm of Seasoned Sisters and Son, 100 Sekere, Afrikan Djeli Cultural Institute, Drew Charter School Dance and Drum, Tri Cities Dance Department, and others
    • The Atlanta African Dance and Drum Community’s Black History Program is an effort to further unify the African Dance Community of Atlanta and surrounding areas while acknowledging and recognizing those that have made sacrifices for those here today
    • Saturday 27 February 2016 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Free tickets have sold out, but general admission will become available starting at $11.24
  • Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Unity Breakfast
    • Hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha and RLK Education Foundation are hosting their 6th awards breakfast  at the Singleton Road Activity Center in Norcross
    • All are invited to join in celebration and recognition of those among us who have made an impact in promoting diversity and unity through leadership, organization and volunteerism
    •  Saturday 27 February from 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  tickets are starting at $15

As always, we would love to hear from our readers.  If you know of other events/activities celebrating Black History Month we would be most appreciative if you left information for others in our comments section.  

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