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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: "The Crisis in Black Education.”
The month-long celebration kicks off on Feb. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Stephen P. Clark Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Black History Month exhibit. After the exhibit stop by the Food Truck Invasion at the West Entrance of the building for great food and music.
Black Tech Weekend
Black Tech Weekend is a weekend long series of events centered around diversity in emerging technology, innovation, creativity, and culture. The weekend-long event includes panel discussions, pitch competitions, investor sessions, youth innovation events and more. Purchase tickets online.
Adrienne Arsht Center
- Piano Slam 9 Feb. 16
Piano Slam is a fantastically hip musical showcase for the voices of Miami's youth in collaboration with international and local artists.
- Ayikodans Feb. 16-18
Ayikodans makes its triumphant return to the Arsht Center to present its newest production combining various influences of Haitian folk dance, improvisation, African and indigenous Indian dance forms along with French traditions and voodoo religious culture!
- Chaka Khan in Concert Feb. 17
A singer, songwriter, producer, visual artist, author, actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, activist and mother, Chaka is an international music icon who has influenced multiple generations of artists.
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Feb. 23-26
Engage your emotions at an Ailey performance that includes their latest acclaimed premieres and Mr. Ailey’s Revelations, an enduring masterpiece that transcends color and creed to unite us in hope.
- Live Demonstration: Ritual Beadworking Feb. 18
Don’t miss the rare chance to watch a master artist at work! During this intimate, one-on-one experience, expert beadworker Mannolie DiSantos will intricately embellish ritual tools used in Afro-Cuban Orisha worship.
Miami-Dade Public Library System
- Fanal Lanterns of Haiti Feb. 4 and 11
Learn how to create your own lanterns using balsa wood, tissue paper, cellophane and paint. Space is limited. Please contact the branch to register. Best for ages 7‑12.
- Rocks in My Bed: The Duke Ellington Story Feb. 16 and 18
Join us for a celebration of the life and music of American composer and big band leader Duke Ellington. Written and produced as a music appreciation program for sensory impaired children, this performance is ideal for all ages and abilities.
- Dreamweaver: The Works of Langston Hughes Feb. 23
Enjoy an evening immersed in the words and world of Langston Hughes – poet and leading light of the Harlem Renaissance – with a one‑man show performed by New York‑based writer David Mills.
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
- 'Shake 'em On Down' Feb. 17
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center presents the a Black History Month Documentary on Blues Artist Mississippi Fred McDowell. Tickets are $7.
Pérez Art Museum Miami
- Fourth Annual Reception for the PAMM Fund for African American Art Feb. 21
The evening will showcase Kahina: A Tangled Root, a performance by Olujimi Dance Theater and poetry by Aja Monet, the youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title. For more information call 305-375-1707.
- Unite to be Strong, Educate to be Free Feb. 9
Miami Shores People of Color dba South Florida People of Color invites you to celebrate African-American influences on art, poetry, and music.
- “What’s Going On: Marvin Gaye’s America” Race Dialogue Feb. 11 and 25
UNITY360 is series of guided discussions that will provide for a safe and structured forum for open dialogue about the ways in which race, racism, and prejudice shape our society and impact our daily interactions.
- Maya Angelou "And Still I Rise" Feb. 22
Celebrate African-American influences on film and conversation at O Cinema. The event is free and open to the public.
- Florida Black History Month
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