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#BlackHistoryDC – Black History Month 2020

Across all 8 wards, for many generations African Americans have made significant contributions to the civic, cultural, and economic, prosperity of Washington, DC. As we celebrate Black History Month 2020, join us in telling the stories and honoring the rich legacy of Black History DC.

Checkout the citywide Black History Month calendar (PDF) for a full list of events.

Saturday, February 1, 2020 
Event: Black History Month Kickoff Celebration 
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: African American Civil War Memorial Museum, 1925 Vermont Avenue NW  
Host: DC Black History Celebration Committee 

Description: The Black History Month Committee with Commemorate the Kick off of Black History Month DC. Keynote Speaker is C.R. Gibbs

February 1, 15 and 29
Event: An Afternoon with Dr. Woodson
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Location: Dr. Carter G. Woodson Home, 1538 9th Street NW
Host: National Park Service (NPS) 

Description: This afternoon tour will be joined by “Dr. Woodson” portrayed by actor Dexter Hamlett. Learn about the origins of Black History Month and Dr. Woodson’s motivation to create Negro History Week.

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Event: Community Appreciation Event for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2020
Time: 3 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: 3636 Georgia Ave NW
Host: US Helping Us People Into Living, Inc.
Description: In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2020, US Helping Us would like to thank our clients, friend, and community partners!

RSVP here: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2020

Friday, February 7, 2020 
Event: African Americans and the Vote  
Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm
Location: John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW  
Host: DC Council 

Description: Council’s Black History Month Program honoring African Americans and the vote. Performances by KIPP College Prep Choir, Blacks in Wax, and research on Dr. Sharita Jacobs Thompson on African American’s right to vote.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 
Event: Continuing Conversations on Housing: A discussion on advancing housing equity and disrupting the historic impact of housing segregation in DC
Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Howard Theater, 620 T Street NW 
Host: DMPED  

Description: DMPED is hosting a discussion on advancing housing equity and disrupting the historic impact of housing segregation in DC. This event will be lead by “un-design the redline” simulation activity for residents, panel guests, and video footage from the author of Color of Law. 

RSVP here: Continuing Conversations on Housing


Saturday, February 8, 2020
Event: Carter G. Woodson: History, the Black Press, and Public Relations
Time: 2 pm – 3 pm
Location: Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, 1318 Vermont Avenue NW
Host: National Park Service (NPS) 

Description: Join historian and author Burnis R. Morris as he discusses the evolution of Negro History Week to Black History Month and how Dr. Woodson used the press to promote the contributions of African Americans as part of the mainstream historical narrative of America. 

Programs are free but space is limited to reserve your spot, please call 202-426-5961 or email [email protected]


Wednesday, February 13, 2020 
Event: Negro League Centennial Event “Rube Foster Day” 
Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm
Location: DC Historical Society, 801 K Street NW, Mt. Vernon Square
Hosts: Negro League Hall of Fame, Dunbar High School Black Studies Academy, ASLAH, 

Description: Honoring 100 years since the Negro League in Washington, DC and Rube Foster Day in the District. Andrew “Rube” Foster founder of the Negro National League in 1920 -1931, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1981 and his brother William “Hendrick” Foster known as Bill was a pitcher for Rube’s Chicago American Giants Grand Father of Special guest William “Doug” Foster, Jr. also elected in to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
              

Saturday, February 15, 2020
Event: Frederick Douglass and Women's Suffrage: Celebrating the 202nd Birthday of Frederick Douglass and the Centennial of the 19th Amendment
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Location: Anacostia High School Auditorium, 1601 16th Street SE
Host: National Park Service (NPS) 

Description: NPS is celebrating the 202nd anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass and the Centennial of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Following the Opening Ceremony at Anacostia High School Auditorium (1601 16th Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20020), there will be special themed house tours at Cedar Hill and an art program in the visitor center. There will also be programming at the Anacostia Arts Center and Anacostia High School that will include guest lectures, an exhibit by the DC League of Women Voters, and performances in the lobby.


Saturday, February 22, 2020
Event: the Artifact, Archivist, and Activists
Time: 2 pm – 3 pm
Location: Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, 1318 Vermont Avenue NW
Host: National Park Service (NPS) 

Description: Join Kenneth Chandler for an opportunity to see the pen used by President Lyndon Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and hear a talk highlighting how the National Archives for Black Women’s History preserves the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

Programs are free but space is limited to reserve your spot, please call (202) 426-5961 or email [email protected]


Tuesday, February 25, 2020 
Event: Communities in Conversation Across the African Diaspora 
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Location: Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs | 2000 14th Street NW
Hosts: MOAAA with MOAA, MOLA, and MACCCA

Description: The evening will showcase an engaging panel discussion, cultural performances, and a networking reception to explore the African, African-American, Afro-Latino, and Caribbean communities’ historical links, contemporary expressions of identity, the cultural cords that tie them together, and the importance of representation (i.e. 2020 Census). Expert panelists will share insight on the similarities and differences in communities, and the power of collaboration for social, economic, and political advancement.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Event: Communities in Conversation Across the African Diaspora
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Location: Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs | 2000 14th Street NW

Description: The Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs, Mayor's Office on African Affairs, Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, and the Mayor's Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs for a special #BlackHistoryMonth celebration featuring an engaging panel discussion, cultural performances, and a networking reception. The evening will showcase an engaging panel discussion, cultural performances, and a networking reception to explore the African, African-American, Afro-Latino and Caribbean communities’ historical and contemporary expressions of identity, the cultural cords that tie them together and the importance of representation (i.e. 2020 Census). Expert panelists will share insight on the similarities and differences in communities, and the power of collaboration for social, economic, and political advancement.

Traditional clothing encouraged.

Register here: AfricanDiasporaDC.eventbrite.com

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Event: Walk the Walk
Time: 11 am – 12 pm
Location: Dr. Carter G. Woodson Home, 1538 9th Street NW
Host: National Park Service (NPS) 

Description: A ranger led walk from the Bethune Council House to the Carter F. Woodson Home (20 minutes approximate half mile) Walk in the footsteps of Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Mary McLeod Bethune as we trace the history of Shaw and Logan Circle neighborhoods, civil rights legends, and the Civil War.