Kick off the month of February by honoring and celebrating the many contributions that African Americans have made in the Unites States of America. Here is a list of some must attend events and activities that are perfect for honoring black history month.
Slave Spy: The Story Of James Lafayette- Feb 4th
Would you like to know what it was like to go undercover and spy on the British during the American Revolution? James Lafayette did it against all odds. An enslaved African American in New Kent County when the British invaded Virginia in 1781, James soon found himself working for the Continental Army under the Marquis de Lafayette, and his exploits would influence the outcome of the American Revolution.
Location: International Spy Museum
Time: 11am or 1pm
Cotton field to Concert Hall -Feb 5th
Grab your family and experience this multi-media extravaganza of drumming, singing, dancing, music, spoken word, narration, and classical music. Follow a young slave from a plantation to the stages of great opera house in this invigorating performance that will gladden your heart
Location: Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD
“1967: Civil Rights at 50”
Experience the journey of African Americans during the 1960’s civil rights era. “1967: Civil Rights at 50” tells the dramatic story of the growing militancy of the struggle for racial justice in 1967. The exhibit uses powerful photos and images of historic newspapers and magazines to explore how African Americans used their First Amendment rights to fight for change — at times at great cost.
Cost: Adults 24.95 and Children 14.95
Kofi’s Drums: The Beat of Life @ The Discovery Theater- Feb 9th
Bring your little ones ages 4 to 8 to experience the wonderful sound of Kofi’s Drums! Drummer Kofi Dennis brings the vibrant rhythms of a West African village to life through music, storytelling, and dance. Using authentic instruments, the Ghanaian native leads lively call-and-response songs, games, and movement that gets audiences on their feet in a high-energy exploration of African cultural traditions
Time: 1:00 pm
Walk in Father Henson’s Footsteps at Josiah Henson Park-Feb 25-26
Retrace the footsteps of Reverend Josiah Henson from his enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. Learn about his extraordinary life, which inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Screenings of the Time Team America documentary: The Search for Josiah Henson at Noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater-Feb 7- Feb12
The much-loved company returns for its annual engagement! Its program includes both cherished favorites and newly debuted works. The Huffington Post proclaims it “a rich source of creativity and exacting expertise [that] never runs dry.”
Step Afrika Explosion – Feb 12th
Grab your family and enjoy the excitement of Step Afrika! Step Afrika!’s third annual showcase at Strathmore is a celebration of Black History Month, and it’s going to be big! Percussive dance styles historically practiced by African American fraternities and sororities plus African traditional dance and art forms from around the world come together as Step Afrika! integrates songs, storytelling, and humor into a highly entertaining, interactive show.
Spoken Word Poetry Event- Feb 26
Create and share your own “sounds of freedom” in the form of original poetry during our annual poetry event. Only self-guided tours are offered during the program. A reception with light refreshments immediately follows.
Time: 3pm to 4pm
Collection Focus Tour: African American Artists- Feb 5
In honor of Black History Month, join a docent led tour highlighting work by African American artists. How does art help us understand the African American experience? The artists discussed—from 19th-century landscape painter Robert S. Duncanson to the imaginative contemporary artist Martin Puryear—reveal a complex mingling of influences and experiences, including spirituality, music and folklore.
Time 12:30 -1:15