Places To Celebrate Black History Month
February is not all about celebrating Valentine’s Day. It’s also a month that many people across the United States celebrate one of the greatest things about February and that’s Black History Month. Since the festivities have just began, why not explore some of the most inspiring cities and landmarks across the nation that offer such a rich history in the black community. Here is the best places to celebrate Black History Month.
Our Nation’s Capital is home of the late and great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s historic march. Thousands of Americans headed to Washington, DC in the early 60s in front of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his historic speech, “I Had a Dream” addressing the issue to end racism in America. You can explore that very moment in history from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and visit the Martin Luther King Memorial. You can also explore African American history at the African American Civil War Museum and Memorial. DC is known for it’s rich African American culture which is apparently around every corner. From Howard University to the soulful sounds of jazz on U Street, DC has everything to educate you about Black History Month.
New Orleans, LA
In the city known for it’s celebration of Mardi Gras, it is also the birthplace of Jazz. New Orleans plays a huge role in the African American culture. It’s a fitting space to visit the New Orleans African American Museum, the McKenna Museum of African American Art and overall exploring the birthplace of Louis Armstrong. Check out French Street to dance the day away with the usual live music from brass bands to jazz clubs. And while you are at it you might as while hit up Bourbon Street for some beads.
New York City
The Big Apple is home of the Melting Pot with neighborhoods from all different cultures. Like Harlem, for it’s rich history in the African American community. New York has tons to offer for Black History Month. Harlem is known for the world famous Apollo Theater where many famous African American artists began their showcase. It is also the home of many famous African Americans such Billie Holiday, Malcolm X, Langston Hughes and Madam CJ Walker just to name a few. Other famous locations to visit in Harlem are; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Strivers’ Row, Cotton Club and Abyssinian Baptist Church.
Richmond is the birthplace of Black Capitalism. It is where you can trace the slave trade from Africa to Virginia throughout American. You can retrace these steps through the Richmond Slave Trail and visit the American Civil War Museum on African American life during the Civil War. You can discover one of the country’s most African American communities which is known as “The Harlem of the South, ” Jackson Ward. While there, you can also visit the Black History Museum and Cultural Center. In that neighborhood you can see the statue of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson who is best known as dancing besides the famous star Shirley Temples. And before heading out of Richmond you have to check out the Moton Museum when a student strike began in the early 50s which hallmark a movement in the civil rights movement of the lawsuit, Brown v. The Broad of Education.
Montogomery, AL is most famous for Rosa Parks. The city fame came from Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger. This event became one of the most iconic symbols of the Civil Rights Movement for the African American culture. Today you can learn all about Rosa Park’s life and role she played in the civil rights movement at the Rosa Parks Library and Museum. Montgomery is part of history with the march from Selma to Montgomery in which thousands of African Americans marched for Civil Rights and Equality despite the attacks against the community. You can learn more about the movement at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in honor of the culture.
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