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Black History Month Events 2018



This important month brings several ways to honor African-American culture, history, significance and contributions to the community.

For quick reference, look for colors & state abbreviations to find your area:

Thursday, February 1

PA Henry "Box" Brown: A Hip Hop Musical at the New Freedom Theatre, Phila. The production recalls the life of this historical figure. Brown was a slave who read and wrote poetry, was a hypnotist and magician, performed in free states, sang in a church choir and was public about his political views. Runs through Feb. 17.

PA African American History Month Celebration at the National Constitution Center, Phila. Stop by anytime this month to discover key milestones in African American history, get to know historic black leaders and explore the history behind the Emancipation Proclamation. 


Friday, February 2

PA Black Pulp! Exhibit Opening at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Experience a visual overview of the Black experience that spans from the early twentieth-century America to today. Runs through April 29.


Saturday, February 3

PA African-American Children's Book Fair at the Community College of Philadelphia. View presentations by bestselling illustrators and authors, play games, enter to win prizes and browse an expansive, multicultural selection of literature for kids of all ages. FREE

DE Tales of Slavery and Freedom Walking Tour at First State Heritage Park, Dover, DE. Hourly tours highlight Delaware’s complicated position as a border state regarding slavery.


Tuesday, February 6

PA Drumming Traditions of Brazil, West Africa and India at Temple University’s Lew Klein Hall, Phila. Performed by Temple students.


Saturday, February 10

PA Black History Month Celebration at Reading Terminal Market, Phila. Activities include cooking demos, performances and community resource tables. FREE

DE Black History Month: Stories Worth Repeating at the Hockessin Library, Hockessin, DE. A presentation of items such as pictures, scrapbook pages and quilt samples gathered during interviews with community members.

PA Living History: Meet Ned Hector at Independence National Historical Park, Phila. Join historical reenactor Noah Lewis as he portrays Ned Hector: a Revolutionary War hero, free black man and respected patriot. Hector refused to give up his horses, wagons and armaments a the Battle of Brandywine.

DE Tales of Slavery and Freedom Walking Tour at First State Heritage Park, Dover, DE. Hourly tours highlight Delaware’s complicated position as a border state regarding slavery.


Saturday, February 17

PA "As Fast As Words Could Fly" Book Reading at the Strawberry Mansion Historic Site, Phila. Join author Pamela Tuck for a reading of her book, then get your copy signed. 

NE Passport to Discovery: Universal African Drum and Dance Performance at the Garden State Discovery Museum, Cherry Hill, NJ. 

MD Underground Railroad for Kids at the Mont Clare House Museum, Baltimore, MD. Participants will read Follow the Drinking Gourd, learn about the Underground Railroad and how enslaved persons escaped using the stars as their guides, develop their own secret code and make a constellation scope to take home.

Sunday, February 18

PA Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement Film Screening at the Mother Bethel AME Church, Phila. The documentary highlights the accomplishments of Black men and women in theatre, the importance of the Black arts movement and the funding crisis of Black theatres.


Thursday, February 22

PA Happy Birthday Horace Pippin! Family Program at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA. Celebrate the artist’s birthday during an interactive tour of his paintings and a read-aloud of A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin.


Saturday, February 24

PA Celebration of African Cultures at Penn Museum, Phila. Includes traditional storytelling, African drum & dance performances, gallery tours, kids' activities and an African marketplace. 

PA Living History: Meet Harriet Tubman at Independence National Historical Park, Phila. Learn about the life of Harriet Tubman in this inspiring performance by Millicent Sparks. Hear about Tubman's story of enslavement, her work as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and her espionage activities during the American Civil War.

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