Around the nation, February is recognized as Black History Month. Special events, programs, and exhibits around Philadelphia are held to honor the month and commemorate important and defining aspects of African-American culture. Check out the museums around Philly that will have educational and entertaining events.
AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
Philly’s African American Museum is perhaps the best place to visit year-round for learning about the African-American experience. An impressive collection of fine art, folk art, photographs, and memorabilia are just some of the items of display. Two new photography exhibits open in February as well. Shawn Theodore: Church of Broken Pieces examines the work of a local street artist that focuses on the fluctuation nature of contemporary black neighborhoods. Dawoud Bey: Harlem, USA explores the variety of characters that inhabit Harlem and the diversity that makes the city unique.
The African American Museum In Philadelphia. 701 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. (215) 574-0380
NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER
During the month of February, the National Constitution Center will have a handful of programs to celebrate Black History Month. Self-guided African-American history tours provide educational information and insight into the lives of African-American leaders and the history of the Emancipation Proclamation. Exhibits will feature rare artifacts as well, such as historical items from President Obama’s inauguration.
National Constitution Center. 525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. (215) 409-6600
FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA
The network of public libraries in Philadelphia will host special programs during the month of February. Visitors can enjoy a cooking workshop with ingredients popular in African culture, an interactive dance workshop, and a folk art exhibit called “Outsider Art,” where guests can make their own pieces. Various readings and performances by African American artists and authors like Anice Lowe, Michael Eric Dyson, and Dr. Herman Beavers will also be part of the month-long celebration.
Free Library of Philadelphia. 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. 215-686-5322
A variety of programs will be held at the Kimmel Center to commemorate Black History Month. On February 15th, guests can enjoy a session of the recurring “Sittin’ In” concert that is held each month at the Kimmel Center. This special edition of “Sittin’ In” will feature Big Band-tunes from an ensemble of expert musicians who will also speak about the history of music throughout African-American culture.
Kimmel Center. 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102. (215) 670-2300