If you’re like me, and have been hibernating at home for the last month with the stomach flu– don’t worry you can still get out to celebrate Black History Month in the DC area.
I’ve really been wanting to hit up a few museums before spring really hits and I’ll only want to thaw from winter in the sun. Black History month activities and exhibits are the perfect way to better educate myself to be better able to educate my children. I want them to recognize the hard work of others in helping to develop the society we live in today.
Driving near the Washington Monument, you can’t help but notice the giant hole in the ground for the future National Museum of African American History and Culture (set to be complete in 2015). But you don’t have to wait until then to get in on some of the fun the Smithsonian has going on this month to celebrate.
The Alexandria Black History Museum (902 Wythe Street) is also a great place to check out for a look at the regional history from the civil war era to today. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $2.
Here are a look at events going on through the end of February for the entire family.
Black History Month Events Still Going On
- Black History Month Lecture and Soul Food Tasting– An annual event held on Feb. 24, sponsored by the Alexandria NAACP and the Alexandria Black History Museum. The FREE event will be held at the Lee Center (1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria) from 2-4 p.m., and all are welcome to attend.
- Join the Student Sit-Ins at the Greensboro Lunch Counter– Step back into 1960– meet a Civil Rights activist and get a training based on the actual manual used. Performances last 15 to 20 minutes, and are open to all ages. Daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (except Sunday and Monday) at the American History Museum.
- Drop in for Portrait Story Days– Kids ages 5 and up are welcome to come with their parents and hear a story about Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr. They will also be able to create art to take home! Feb. 24 at the Portrait Gallery from 2-5 p.m.
- To The Mountaintop: Voices of Emancipation–A 30-minute live theater program featuring inspirational museum, images and words of prominent African American leaders about the momentous Emancipation Proclamation. Daily at 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. at the American History Museum’s Flag Hall (except Sunday and Monday).
More February Fun
- Check out a presidential home in Virginia
- Visit one of DC’s story times and count down to spring
- Visit one of these off-the-beaten-path sites, like I’m hoping to do this year
- Send more love to family and friends with these silly Valentine cards
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