Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated February as Black History Month. This is a time to celebrate achievements by African Americans and for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. A number of events and performances are scheduled across the community. Here are some we could find. If you know of any we’ve missed, please drop us an email with details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
♦ New Orleans: Biography of a City
Saturday, February 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pauline Robinson Library, 5575 E. 33rd Ave., Denver
Join Active Minds for a virtual visit to New Orleans. Explore the colorful history, culture and people, including the challenges of living in a city where nearly half the land is below sea level. Enjoy New Orleans influenced refreshments catered by Monica Kadillak.
♦ The Uncomfortable Truth: The History of Racism in America Screening
Wednesday, February 6, 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at Blair-Caldwell Library, 2401 Welton St., Denver
Watch a comprehensive and insightful exploration of the origins and history of racism in America — from slavery to Jim Crow era, from lynchings to protests –told through a very personal and honest story.
♦ African Americans in the West
Saturday, February 16, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Edgewater Library, 1800 N. Harlan St., Edgewater
Terri Gentry from the Black American West Museum in Denver discusses topics ranging from the role of African Americans as exo-dusters, cowboys, ranchers, farmers, miners and soldiers to the history of Denver’s Five Points Neighborhood.
♦ Souls of the Soil
Saturday, February 16, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Blair-Caldwell Library
Listen to the voices of Erica Papillion-Posey and Christiana McMullen who will perform musical works to highlight the profound contributions of African American women performers and composers.
♦ The Pillars of African-American Art Songs
Friday, February 22, 7 p.m. at Blair-Caldwell Library
Join Denver Art Song Project for an intimate and immersive performance as curator Stephanie Ann Ball shares stories of the African- American experience as captured by art songs. This special Black History Month performance brings old favorites and new surprises, featuring African-American composers and poets. Plus, enjoy a post-performance reception where you can learn more about artistic process and get to know the artists.
♦ The Life of Booker T. Washington: A Family Perspective
Saturday, February 23, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodbury Library, 3265 Federal Blvd., Denver
Eric Hughes, the great grandson of Booker T. Washington, tells a visual story of the life of this remarkable American. Using family photos and illustrations, the exceptional history of Dr. Washington comes to life. Q&A follows.
Thursday, February 21, 10:30 a.m. at Blair-Caldwell Library
Thursday, February 21, 2 p.m. at Bemis Public Library, 6014 Datura St., Littleton.
As part of Black History Live Tour 2019, experience a portrayal of Maya Angelou by actor and scholar Becky Stone. The program will give insight into how Dr. Angelou wrote, and why, and reflect on her philosophy of life, which included a strong belief in the power of words. Performances are followed with question and answer with “Maya Angelou” and then with Becky Stone
Additional Meet Maya Angelou presentations:
Saturday, February 23, 2:30 p.m. at Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Library, 1498 N Irving St., Denver.
Monday, February 25, 1 p.m. at Windsor Gardens, 595 S. Clinton St., Denver. $5 admission.
Tuesday, February 26, 9:30 a.m. at Metropolitan State University (Tivoli), 890 Auraria Pkwy., Denver.
Thursday, February 28, 12:30 p.m. at Community College of Aurora, 16000 E. Centretech Pkwy., Fine Arts Building F100, Aurora.
Thursday, February 28, 7 p.m. at Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave., Longmont.