Black History Month Events

Download a PDF version of all the DCCAH sponsored Black History Month events here.

Tavis Smiley presents – America I AM: The African American Imprint
February 2 – May 1, 2011, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily
National Geographic Museum
1145 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

This exhibition traces the indelible imprint African-Americans have made on America over 500 years. Their stories – some familiar, many surprising – are inseparable from the story of America itself. Walmart, title sponsor of the exhibition, has provided a bank of complimentary youth tickets that will be distributed through the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative and the National Geographic Museum.

DC public and DC public charter school teachers can contact the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative to request transportation and student tickets at (202) 204-7750 or

Other area student organizations can contact the National Geographic Museum at (202) 857-7281 to access student tickets for groups of 25 or more. Tickets are first come, first served and subject to availability from February 2 until May 1, 2011.

Thurgood Marshall Academy – Celebrating Our ROOTS
February 5, 2011, 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Art Walk and Reception; 3:00 – 4:00 PM: Performance
THEARC Theater
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020

Thurgood Marshall Academy cordially invites you to join them for a celebration of Black History Month featuring:
Step Afrika!
Locura Afro-Cuban Percussion Ensemble
The TMA Dance Team
Spoken-word and vocal performances by TMA students
Star Makers Academy of Dance
An exhibition of student artwork

The Millennium Arts Salon – Creative Voices DC
February 7, 2011, 6:00 PM
The Phillips Collection Auditorium
1600 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

A panel discussion about Washington artists with a special focus on the contributions of African American artists. Co-organized by The Phillips Collection Center for the Study of Modern Art and The Millennium Arts Salon. Sponsored by the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities (DCCAH )

Harriet Tubman : The Chosen One
February 15 – 17, 2011. Show times at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM
THEARC Theater
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
“Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One” is a dynamic one woman show that takes its audience on one of the journeys Ms. Tubman took through the Underground Railroad. The program is appropriate for elementary and middle school students and senior citizens. The production also features a pictorial exhibit and the artist . There is no charge for this event.

MLK SoapboxX / the public speaks
February 21, 2011, 4:00-6:00 PM
Busboys & Poets
1025 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Watha T. Daniel DC Public Library
1630 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Social Art and Culture presents SoapBoxX: a public art speech reading performance by 12 students (13-18) from various District schools, with artistically decorated soapbox platforms designed by Words Beats & Life, Inc.

DC’s Poet Laureate, Dolores Kendrick – The Poet in Progress (PIP)
Saturday, February 26, 2011, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

The Poet-in-Progress Program (PIP) is the first of its kind in Washington, DC. The program is designed to support those poets whose publishing opportunities are limited, but whose talents are vast . This event on February 26 will feature readings by Dolores Kendrick, the Poet Laureate of the District of Columbia and the six emerging poets currently participating in PIP. A reception will follow.

Carole Mumin & Ronald “Smokey” Stevens – I Just Want To Tell Somebody
February 28, 2011, 7:30 PM
Woolly Mammoth Theater
641 D Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Based on the premise “What is meant for you will not pass you by,” this autobiographical story chronicles the life experiences of Ronald “Smokey” Stevens, a gifted actor/singer/dancer who has struggled with personal weaknesses to find artistic success. Directed by Dawn Jones, MA. Original Music by Fadluallah Ba’th.

Ward 7 Arts Collaborative Events
All month
Benning Branch Library
3935 Benning Road, NE
Washington DC 20019

Thursday, February 3, 2011
7 PM – 8 PM
Workshop with AHDD

Saturday, February 5, 2011
12 noon – 2 PM
Craft Workshop Freedom Necklace

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
11 AM – 12 Noon
Performance by AHDD

Thursday, February 10, 2011
7 PM – 8 PM
Film Festival

Saturday, February 12, 2011
12 noon – 2 PM
Artist Talk – D. Bell

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
11 AM – 12 Noon
Film Festival

Thursday, February 17, 2011
7 PM – 8 PM
Teen’s Night with “DA Originals”

Saturday, February 19, 2011
12 noon – 2 PM
Dance Performance – Julia Jones

Thursday, February 24, 2011
7 PM – 8 PM
Performance AHDD

Saturday, February 26, 2011
12 noon – 2 PM
Story telling by Alexis Graves and the Great Baba C.

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