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Learn about Black Cincinnatians, enjoy live jazz performances, or watch a play about Coretta Scott King. These Cincinnati Black History Month events will keep you busy all month long.


Black History Month is an annual celebration and acknowledgment of black people and their achievements throughout U.S. history and the present day. In honor of Black History Month, there are plenty of Cincinnati Black History month events for all to enjoy throughout the month.   Take some time to celebrate the African American culture to learn more about the past, present and how to continue to preserve it for the future.


Many of these events are FREE. So, grab your family, friends and church members and check out these events. There are plenty of things to do in the Queen City. The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting.


Black Vendors at Mount St. Joseph
February 4th
Mount St. Joseph University Seton Center Lobby
11 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
The DEI office will host the first Black Vendors Day.


B3C Connect 020522
February 5th
Union Hall
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Special guest filmmaker Craig Brown will share how he produced his first feature. His journey as a filmmaker is a unique one and inspiring to hear. He’ll tell you how he raised the funding to pull off an amazing feat and even share a clip of his unreleased project.


The History of Union Baptist Cemetery
February 6th
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
4 p.m.
Established in 1865, Union Baptist Cemetery is one of the most important African American cemeteries in this region. It is the resting place of Underground Railroad leaders, artists, inventors, athletes, musicians, Civil Rights leaders, and at least 150 veterans of the Civil War. We will hear stories of this place, and of some of the people buried here. Chris Hanlin is the featured speaker, and this event will be live-streamed alongside the in-person event for those with reserved tickets.


Black History Month: Amazing Inventors
February 8th
Greenhills Public Library
4:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Free Entry
What do potato chips and ice cream have in common? Join as we celebrate African American inventors. No registration is required.


Traveling? Visit these African American museums along the way.  


Before The Street Lights Come On
February 8th and 22nd
West End Public Library
4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Free Entry
An interactive storytelling workshop that focuses on the history of oral storytelling by allowing participants to collectively piece together personal stories of the West End.


Black History of Glendale
February 14th,21st, and 28th
Forest Park Library
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Free Entry
Join local author, minister, and third-generation Village of Glendale resident Bill Parrish in a three-week discussion covering significant moments of the African American experience in the Glendale, Ohio area. This interactive dialog will provide social context while providing new, researched information with a fresh perspective on history and hope for the future of local landmarks. Registration is encouraged.


Artrageous Fun
February 16th
Loveland Public Library
4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Free Entry
Children ages 6-12 and their caregivers are invited to celebrate Black History Month by learning about the life and work of artist Jerry Pinkney. Children will create their own works of art inspired by the artist. Registration is required for each participating child.


Grant, The Civil Rights General and President
February 17th
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
7:00 p.m.
Free Entry
Historian Christy S. Coleman examines Ulysses S. Grant’s role in liberating American enslaved people, his battle to abate the terror of the Ku Klux Klan and the influence of his upbringing in the abolitionist hotbed of Brown County, Ohio. Registration is required.


Diversity in Design
February 19th
A.R.T. Studio
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Free Entry
Black History celebration, hors d’oeuvres, and shopping.


Under One Roof: The African American Experience
February 22nd
Cincinnati Music Hall
6:30 p.m.
Free Entry
Live musical performances by members of the Cincinnati Pops rhythm section and vocalist Noel Walton.


13th Film Discussion
February 26th
Virtual Event
10 a.m.
$30 (Free for Harriet Beecher Stowe House Members)
In this thought-provoking documentary from Ava DuVernay, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Netflix film discussion led by Christina Hartlieb, Executive Director, Harriet Beecher Stowe House.


Eat at one of these Black-owned restaurants.


Noise over Silence: Action over Stillness
February 26th
Presbyterian Church of Wyoming
7:30 p.m.
Featuring works by Queen Lili’uokalani, Stacey Gibbs, Mari Esabel Valverde, Alejandro Consolacion II and a world premiere commission, “Little Ones,” by Danielle Jagelski. Conducted by Harry Mathurin-Cecil with pianist Robert Brooks Carlson. Tickets are available to purchase for $10 at the door. Seating is general admission and masks are required.


The Harder They Fall Black History Month Celebration
February 26th
The Flock
9 p.m.- midnight
This year we are paying tribute to the history of the Black Cowboys. Put those youngins’ to bed, Round up your boots, hats and spurs and come celebrate Black History Month in the Wild Wild West! The event will feature the best costumes, Black history trivia, appetizers, cash bar, line dancing, and more!


Celebrating the Choral Legacy of Ysaye Maria Barnwell
February 26th
House of Joy
3:30 p.m.
Eight choirs from Southwest Ohio will join in song to celebrate and honor Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell, singer and composer who will be in attendance. Dr. Barnwell’s choral works transverse continents, cultures, faiths, and languages. The concert will be hosted by Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, Vice-Mayor of Cincinnati.


African American Read-In
Every Saturday in February
Cincinnati Public Library Branches
1 p.m.
CHPL will be hosting authors throughout the month of February to celebrate Black authors and their books! Check the public library’s website for specific branches for each Saturday.


Black History Month at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
Daily in February
Great American Ball Park
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$12 for adults and $8 for students/seniors, Children 12 and under are free
The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is highlighting various artifacts that showcase the influence African Americans have had on baseball in Cincinnati and the nation.


Inspiring Black movies the family can enjoy.  


These Cincinnati Black History events are not only informative but fun and entertaining also! If there are any other things to do in Cincinnati that we have missed, please submit them to The Voice of Black Cincinnati Calendar.


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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.

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