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Listen to the music of Mandela, discuss being Black in today’s society or watch a play of social realities. There is a Cincinnati Black History Month event for everyone.

 

Black History Month is an annual celebration and acknowledgment of African American achievements throughout U.S. history and 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, including FREE ENTRY to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center during the month of February. So grab your family, friends and church members and check out these events. The information in this article is as current as the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting. 

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Exonerated Play
February 1 – 9
Falcon Theatre

$16.52 – 26.87
Tells the true stories of six people who collectively spent more than fifty years on death row for crimes they did not commit. Receive a $5 discount on Thursday performances.

 

Fences
February 1 – 16
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
$57
Set against the backdrop of 1950’s Pittsburgh, August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama tells the story of Troy Maxson, a one-time star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man, holding court and expounding on life from the chair in his backyard. Day-of Student Rush tickets are $14 and may be purchased thirty minutes before a show with a valid student ID in person if available.

 

Black History Month Health Fair 
February 2
Bond Hill Recreation Center
12 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
Free Entry
Enjoy FREE health screenings, health and wellness education, activities, food, giveaways, and more. Online registration is required. 

 

African Americans in Medicine
February 2
Main Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
2 p.m.
Free Entry

Join Dr. Charles Dillard, a longtime Walnut Hills resident, who followed his father into medicine, as he discusses African-Americans in medicine in the Cincinnati area, past and present.

 

L.E.T.S Have The Conversation
February 7
Revel Urban Winery
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free Entry
WLWT Morning News Anchor Colin Mayfield will moderate a discussion of HIV/AIDS in the Black community with panelist Tamaya Dennard (Cincinnati Councilwoman), Eva Whitehead (RN), Devin John (Medical Student), Tim’m West (Activist/Artist), and Senu Apewokin (MD). 

 

The Words & Music Lecture: Chuck D
February 7
The Mercantile Library
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
$45
Chuck D will discuss the origins of Public Enemy, cultural literacy, and of course, fighting the power.  The lecture includes a selection of Public Enemy’s music videos as Chuck D describes his process for writing the music that changed a generation. Currently, the event is sold-out, persons can be added to their waiting list by emailing  reservations@mercantilelibrary.com.

 

The Ubuntu Film Series: Music for Mandela
February 8
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
2 p.m.
Free with General Admission
Music for Mandela: A Legacy with a Backbeat explores the role music played in the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most important icons. From Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment to his release to the present day celebrations of his legacy, the music born out of his inspirational journey is commented on by his closest friends, former exiled musicians, current international artists and community volunteers.

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African American Read-In with Derrick Barnes
February 9
Main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Entry

Explore the Library’s collection of books by African-American authors and illustrators, enjoy a full day of public readings and performances and get creative with hands-on activities. The featured guest is Derrick Barnes, author of the award-winning picture book, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut.

 

Black Cincinnati Cinema Collective
February 9
Easley Blessed
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
$10
Accomplished filmmaker Tamika Lamison will share her experience and wisdom via live stream from LA. Admission can be paid online or at the door.

 

The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism
February 12
The Mercantile Library
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free Entry
Historian Jemar Tisby talks about the root of injustice in the American church, providing a unique survey of American Christianity’s racial past, revealing the concrete and chilling ways people of faith have worked against racial justice. 

 

For Colored Girls
February 15 – 16
Mt. Healthy Jr./Sr. High School
$15 – $25
For Colored Girls is a play that captures what it is to be a female today through women in motion and colorful, seamless situations. Come see the power of sisterhood take stage and unite all women. This performance discusses suicide and is for mature audiences. 

 

Martin’s Dream
February 16
Memorial Hall
12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Free Entry
Created, directed and performed by the talented and charismatic Deondra Kamau Means, this one-man show explores the real person behind the pictures: a funny, intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history. There is a show at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Both will be most enjoyed by those in grades 2 through 12.

 

African American Funeral Directors
February 16 
Main Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
2 p.m.
Free Entry

Independent, black-owned funeral homes gave the deceased the respect that was not always shown to them in life. Join Joyce Coleman and Thomas Jordan, of the African American Genealogy Group of the Miami Valley, for a talk about these funeral directors. 

 

Freedom 55: Remembering Emmett Till
February 21
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
6 p.m.
Free Entry
This discussion features award-winning filmmaker discussion featuring Keith Beauchamp, Producer of the upcoming film, Till. Although admission is free, online registration is required.

 

Whiskey and Wisdom: Showing Up Black
February 22
Fueled Collective – Cincinnati
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
$25 – $30
Over drinks with new friends, spark thought-provoking conversations about code switching and the portrayal of Black women in ordinary social experiences and what it means to show up Black in today’s society. You bring the wisdom, they provide the whiskey. 

 

Law and Order: African Americans in Law Enforcement
February 23
Main Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
2 p.m.
Free Entry

Attend a panel discussion about the role that African Americans played in keeping law and order. Panelists include Judge John Andrews West, former assistant Chief of Police Michael Cureton, and others who are sharing their experiences of serving the Cincinnati community.

 

Black History Month Sip and Shop
February 23
Dare to Dance
Free Entry
Sip, shop, eat and dance! Vendors include authors, skin care, onsite massages, candles and more. This is a family friendly event.

 

Lunch & Learn: Race and Riots in Cincinnati
February 27
Taft Museum of Art
Free – $19.99
UC professor Holly McGee will discuss how racial and ethnic competition for literal space and figurative place in a rapidly changing America led to increased racial tension, and analyze the lessons Cincinnati’s history has to offer the nation. Attending the lecture only is FREE. If you would like a lunch, it cost $15 for Taft Museum members and $20.00 for non-members. Online registration is required for this event. 

 

Community Conversation: Race, Education, & Social Realities
February 28
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
6 p.m.
Free Entry
The intentions of this intergenerational conversation is to explore race, education and social realities in the 21st century. The thought-leaders for this conversation include Dr. Littisha Bates, Department of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati; Dr. Monique C. Johnson, Founder of Dr. MCJ Consulting, LLC; Greg A. Jones, M.Ed., a Cincinnati Public School Teacher and Youth Advocate; and Alexia H. Otchere, a junior at Cincinnati Country Day School.

 

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

 

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