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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 so grab your family, friends and church members and check them out!

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 The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, 45202
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Tuesday – Saturday)
$5 with general admission

Amassed during more than four decades of the Kinseys’ marriage, the collection features work by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence and Richard Mayhew alongside archival material related to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston and Malcolm X. For more information, call 513-333-7500.

Calvin Alexander Ramsey: The Green Book Chronicles
February 1
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, 45202
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

From 1936 to 1966, Victor Green, a postal worker who worked in New Jersey but lived in Harlem, published the directories listed hotels, restaurants, beauty salons, nightclubs, bars, gas stations, etc. where Black travelers would be welcome. In an age of sundown towns, segregation, and lynching, the Green Book became an indispensable tool for safe navigation. The Green Book Chronicles is a documentary with animation and co-produced by Becky Wible Searles, SCAD Atlanta animation professor. Following the screening of this documentary, author, playwright, photographer and visual artist, Calvin Alexander Ramsey will discuss the significance of the Green Book. This event is free but registration is required. For more information, call 513-333-7500.

Cincinnati Literary Activism Workshop Series
February 3, 10, 17, & 24
Location & Times Vary

The community is invited to a 4-week FREE Cincinnati Literary Activism Workshop hosted by local author and activist Franki B. Kidd thanks to a grant from Pen America. The workshops will be taught by a diverse group of creative professionals who will teach the community how to create, publish, and produce content as a means to evangelize or promote a social cause, to share a message, some news or a personal story. Each workshop will be held in a different location. For more information and to register, email

African Drummers and Story Time
February 3
The Forest Park Library, 655 Waycross Road, 45240
3 p.m. 

Enjoy this fun and interactive African drumming program while experiencing storytelling, and learning information about the African drums and the cultures from which they come. For more information call, 513-369-4478.

Culture of the Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women’s Club
February 3
The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street, 45202
2 p.m. 

Historian John Harshaw and members of the Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women talk about one of the oldest African-American women’s organizations in the U.S. Established in 1904 with a mission to cultivate and educate women; the federation had 40 chapters by the 1950s. The women established day cares, cultural art groups and scholarship awards. They also provided clothes and food for needy families and volunteers for hospitals and retirement homes. The event will include discussion of efforts to preserve and renovate the federation’s clubhouse, a Samuel Hannaford-designed mansion and registered national historic landmark. For more information, call 513-369-6900.

AARP Soul Cinema
February 6
Springdale Showcase Cinema, 12064 Springfield Pike, 45246
7 p.m. 

Enjoy complimentary admission to watch Hidden Figures. This is the story of a team of female African-American (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe) mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. To attend this event, you will first need to register with AARP. For more information, call 1-877-926-8300.

Black History Used Book Sale
February 17 & March 17
Community Action Agency, 1740 Langdon Farm Road, 45237
9 a.m.

The Friends of the Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is holding an off-site, mini book sale in observance of Black History Month. Visit our table at the Community Action Agency and browse books and used media celebrating Black History. Come to one or both of the events. For more information, call 513-369-6035.

Marian Spencer: Keep on Fighting
February 10
The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street, 45202
2 p.m.  

Join biographer Dorothy H. Christenson for a talk about Cincinnati legend, Marian Spencer, who achieved some civic leadership firsts in her adopted home of Cincinnati and a legacy of lasting Civil Rights victories. Of these, the best-known is the desegregation of Cincinnati’s Coney Island. Her campaign to raise awareness of industrial toxic-waste practices in minority neighborhoods was later adapted into national Superfund legislation. For more information, call 513-369-6900.

AARP Soul Cinema
February 13
Northgate 14 Xscape Theater, 9471 Colerain Avenue, 45251
7 p.m.

Enjoy complimentary admission to watch Straight Outta Compton. The group NWA (O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell) emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood. To attend this event, you will first need to register with AARP. For more information, call 1-877-926-8300.

Maya Angelou’s A Writer’s Legacy
February 17
Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street, 45202
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

The Children’s Theatre Cincinnati is proud to bring you a world premiere biographical sketch of the iconic Maya Angelou. Her talents as an actress, dancer, songwriter and poet entertained and challenged us. This impactful performance is ideal for grades 5-12. Show times are 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Performances are free to the public, but ticket reservation is required to enter. For more information, or to reserve your ticket call 513-977-8837. 

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
PBS – February 19
9 p.m.

The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. This is the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders) and Marco Williams, of the powerful story of the rise, influence and evolution of HBCUs and how they come to life. 

African Skies
February 20
Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, 45208
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Learn about the mythology of the stars and legends originating from all over the African continent. Beyond the unique and vivid tales, you will see the stars from their perspective (or latitude). Led by astronomer and co-host of PBS’ Star Gazers, Dean Regas, the program brings you views of the stars not available from Cincinnati, including Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa. And if the weather cooperates, you’ll be able to observe Venus and the stars of Orion through the historic telescope. To attend this event, you will first need to register with AARP. For more information, call 1-877-926-8300.

On the Road Meetup: The Historic Black Business District
February 21
African American Chamber, 2945 Gilbert Avenue, 45206
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

As a part of our monthly On The Road events, join the Walnut Hills Historical Society as we explore the neighborhood’s once-prominent Black Business District. Though we have lost many of the physical structures, we look forward to sharing and capturing the stories of the multitude of black-owned and black-friendly businesses in Walnut Hills from the Jim Crow Era and thereafter. Bring your friends, family, and stories. This will be a great opportunity to bridge the past with the present. For more information, call 513-751-9900. 

F*** It, I’ll Do It: A Celebration of Cincinnati’s Black Women
February 22
The Sanctuary, 417 E. 6th Street, 45202
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Come for an inspirational evening in celebration of Black History Month. Hear stories from local black women on a time they said, “F*** it, I’ll do it”! Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Get there early! Speakers include Yelitsa Jean-Charles (founder of Healthy Roots Dolls), Emerald Sparks (Financial Coaching) and Dr. Karen Bankston of the Child Poverty Collaborative and University of Cincinnati College of Nursing.

Empowering African American Families
February 24
Bethel Baptist Church, 2712 Alms Place, 45206
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This event aims to empower African American families. This empowerment is done by providing them with the tools and skills they need to navigate the education system. Admission is free, open to the public and includes a free continental breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. Both parents and students are welcome. Childcare will be available if needed. Also, participants will have the opportunity to earn prizes. For more information, call 513-961-0804. 

12th Annual African American Quiz Bowl
February 24
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, 45202
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Delta Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s 12th Annual African American History Quiz Bowl offers the region’s youth an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of African Americans over the history of our country. Young people from schools, churches, and community groups are encouraged to join the tournament. For more information, call 513-333-7500.

Gallery Talk: Celebrating African American Inventors
February 24
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, 45202
1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. 

Join the Museum Experiences team for their monthly 20-minute gallery talk series. The 1:30 p.m. discussion will cover African American Inventors. For more information, call 513-333-7500.

History of the Miss Black Cincinnati and Miss Black Teen Cincinnati Pageants
February 24
The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street, 45202
2 p.m. 

Thirty-eight years ago, Robert L. Humphries created a pageant that focused on the inner beauty of the contestants and valued young African American women for their intellect and poise. Humphries and former contestants discuss the history of these pageants and the impact it made on individual lives and the community. For more information, call 513-369-6900.

Gallery Talk: Buffalo Soldiers
February 24
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, 45202
3 p.m. 

After the Civil War, when the massive Union Army was disbanded, Congress could not ignore the contributions of about 200,000 black volunteers to the Union victory. Congress designated six post-Civil War regiments for black enlisted men in the reorganization act of July 28, 1866—the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st Infantry regiments (consolidated in 1869 into two infantry regiments, the 24th and 25th). The act marked the first inclusion of black men in the regular army.  Soldiers of these regiments between the Civil War and World War I have come to be called “Buffalo Soldiers.”  In conjunction with the 2018 Black History Theme, African Americans in Times of War, join us for a Gallery Talk with Gregory A. Jones, M.Ed. For more information, call 513-333-7500.

SB&E Black History Pop-Up
February 24
Cincinnati Mercy Health, 1701 Mercy Health Place, 45237
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
$5 – $35 

Network with Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs in Cincinnati and surrounding areas. This event is hosted by T1diabetes Journey, Inc. and features special guest Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard. T1diabetes Journey Inc. is a black-owned 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Proceeds from the event will help their cause. For more information, call 513-284-8651.

AfroSwag – The Hair Show
February 25
African American Cultural and Resource Center, UC, 60 W Charlton Street, 45219
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Don’t miss this celebration of the beauty of Black hair. we celebrate the beauty of Black hair. Watch Cincinnati’s top natural hair stylists slay in some of the latest and greatest trends in Black hair. Each stylist will feature indigenous as well as new age styles with their own splash of creativity in each head. Help be the judge and crown the Queen of Natural Hair. There will be cash and media prizes. For more information about the event, being a competing hair stylist, a model or vendor, call 513-332-1575.

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