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Black History Month
Fifty-two years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, African Americans have made great strides and contributions to American society. The black middle class has grown, incomes are up and poverty rates are lower. As we observe Black History Month, take part in events planned throughout February that celebrate the past and present contributions of African Americans to our society.
Miami-Dade County celebrates Black History Month
Miami-Dade County residents and visitors are encouraged to take part in a number of exciting events to celebrate Black History Month in February. The Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board's Heritage Planning Committee along with various community based organizations have scheduled a number of events that pay homage to this year's national theme: "Hallowed Ground: Sites of African American Memories".
The month-long celebration kicks off on Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Stephen P. Clark Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Black History Month exhibit and more.
African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
- Simply Simone-The Music of Nina Simone Feb. 19 - March 13
Enjoy the rich legacy of this American music icon, with musical performers Sarah Gracel Anderson, Toddra Brunson and other artists.
Black Tech Week
Black Tech Week includes events throughout Miami-Dade from Feb. 15-20. It provides a weeklong series of events centered around emerging technology, innovation, creativity and culture.
Adrienne Arsht Center
- Motown the Musical Feb. 2-7
This is the story of the true American dream of founder Berry Gordy and his journey on becoming a music mogul.
- Jazz Roots: Patti LaBelle Feb. 5
Jazz Roots brings living legends of jazz from around the globe to our own Knight Concert Hall! This eighth season will be one of the best ever, starting with Patti LaBelle.
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Feb. 18-21
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater inspires all in a universal celebration of the human spirit using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition.
- Free Gospel Sundays with Karen Clark Shead Feb. 21
Artist Karen Clark Sheard accompanied by one of Miami’s best local choirs. ABC Local 10 evening news anchor and audience favorite Calvin Hughes returns as MC for the seventh consecutive year!
- Take the Train…Take the Test at the Brownsville Metrorail station on Feb. 3
- Black History Archives
Lean more about Black History in South Florida by reading articles from past issues of museum publications. A few of the links will take you to articles in the Florida Historical Quarterly, the journal of the Florida Historical Society.
- Concert: Sacred Steel Gospel Music Feb. 20
Don’t miss this uplifting performance by The Lee Boys, an African American sacred steel group. Enjoy the passionate, soaring music rooted in African American gospel and featuring the pedal steel guitar.
Miami-Dade Public Library System
- Black History Month Photo contest
Experienced and amateur photographers, ages 12‑25, are invited to participate in the Miami‑Dade Public Library’s 8th Annual Black History Month Teen Photography Contest running until Feb. 6.
- Black History Month Library events
Miami-Dade Public Libraries offer different events to celebrate Black History Month with great movies about admirable athletes.
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
- Step Afrika! Feb. 13
StepAfrika! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. They promote an appreciation for stepping and its use as an educational, motivational and healthy tool for young people.
- Ladysmith Black Mambazo Feb. 26
For more than 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter.
Pérez Art Museum Miami
- PAMM Free Second Saturdays: Collaged Constructions Feb. 13
In celebration of Black History Month, join us for art-making inspired by the exhibitions of two black artists on view at PAMM: Romare Bearden and Nari Ward.
- Ankara Miami Fashion Week
Florida’s African Fashion Week, Feb. 18-21, is the first and only major runway production in Florida featuring solely established and emerging designers from the African Diaspora.
- Florida Black History Month
A Celebration of African-American Innovation & Innovators
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