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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.

 

Traveling? Visit these African American museums along the way. 

 

Marion Lee Johnson – Hidden Figure Instrumental to Apollo Mission
February 15
Cincinnati Museum Center
Directions
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$10.50 – $16.50
Marion Lee Johnson shares her experience as a woman mathematician working in the historic Apollo program and her advice for the next generation of STEM professionals. Infants and toddlers are FREE.

 

AARP Cincinnati Black History Celebration
February 15
Harriet Beecher Stow House
Directions
10:30 a.m.
Free Entry
Learn how the experiences of author and activist, Harriet Beecher Stowe, led to the birth of the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Refreshments will be served, registration required.

 

African American Read-In
February 15
Downtown Main Library
Directions
12 p.m.
Free Entry
Explore the library’s collection of books by Cincinnati African American authors and enjoy hands-on activities. Special guests include Sharon Draper, Gregory Christie, Arnice Smith, Ashley Ferguson, Shawn Pryor, Terri Bolds, and Christine Gibson. No registration required.

 

Future History Now: Afternoon Sessions
February 15
Monastery Studio
Directions
2 p.m.
Free Entry
The session will highlight diversity and inclusion efforts through engaging conversations, knowledge sharing, and platforms that create opportunities for black innovators.

 

Black Folks Make Movies
February 16
St. Bernard Library
Directions
1:30 p.m.
Free Entry
Watch black American cinema titles. No registration required.

 

The Children’s Theatre Presents: Coretta Scott King
February 17
Downtown Main Library
Directions
2 p.m.
Free Entry
Watch a small production of the story of how Coretta Scott King overcame childhood adversity in the segregated south and later played an integral role as the First Lady of the American Civil Rights movement. No registration required.

 

 Eat at one of these Black-owned restaurants.

 

Community Conversations: Leadership Through a Women’s Lens
February 20
National Underground Freedom Center
Directions
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free Entry
This conversation kicks off a year of suffrage-related programming and seeks to illuminate the struggle and triumph of women in leadership roles. From government, politics, business, higher education, and sports, women are shattering the glass ceiling and seeking to advance equity along the way.

 

Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice
February 22
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Directions
12 p.m.
Free Entry
View an award-winning documentary that explains the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African-American journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. Registration is required 

 

African American Society Columns in Cincinnati’s Newspapers in the 1800s
February 22
Main Library – Genealogy (3rd Floor)
Directions
2 p.m.
Free Entry
Reference Librarian Stephen Headley talks about the valuable information contained in newspaper columns about African Americans in Cincinnati’s daily newspapers in the late 1800s.

 

Rags to Riches
February 25
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Directions
9:30 a.m.
Free Entry
Celebrate Black History Month with performances and a slideshow by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s Newport Ragtime Band as they showcase the roots of African American musical heritage.

 

Drum and Dance with Gyata Afrakan Drum and Dance Theatre
February 26
Mariemont Branch Library
Directions
10:30 a.m.
Free Entry
Dance and make some noise in an interactive drum and dance class. No registration required.

 

Negro Melodies of America
February 27
Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery
Directions
7 p.m.
Free Entry
Pianist Dr. Leah Claiborne will perform works by black composers who have used arrangements of Negro Melodies, or “Spirituals,” in their compositions.

 

Hip Hop Dance Class
February 28
Northside Branch Library
Directions
4 p.m.
Free Entry
Teens and tweens are invited to celebrate Black history and culture through dance with the urban art center, Elementz. Registration required. Limited to 15 participants.

 

From the Grave to the Cradle: Restoring African American History in Cincinnati
February 29
Mercantile Library
Directions
1:30 p.m.
Free Entry
Learn about both the historical actions and current impact of those interred at Union Baptist Church’s cemeteries.

 

Under One Roof: The African American Experience in Music Hall
February 29
Main Library – Genealogy (3rd Floor)
Directions
2 p.m.
Free Entry
Thea Tjepkema explores the history of African Americans whose determination and artistry helped forge the ethos of Cincinnati and laid the foundation of American music.

 

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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