Celebrating Black History in Houston

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February is Black History Month!

Houston Spotlight
February 1, 2016
Black History Month

Photo credit: Vineyard Justice Network

Black History Month is observed annually in the month of February. During this month, we honor important individuals, groups, and events in African-American history. As a culturally diverse city, Houston offers its community many ways to celebrate Black History Month. Below are a few of our favorites.

Fences at the Ensemble Theatre

Photo credit: The Ensemble Theatre

Where: 3535 Main St., Houston, TX 77002 | When: January 28th through February 28th, 2016

Fences is set in the 1950s. The piece explores the evolving African-American experience and examines race relations. It tells the story of Troy Maxson, a black man living in an America where to be proud and black brought pressures that could crush a man. This powerful and dramatically compelling work won August Wilson the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award. For show times, see the link above.

Buffalo Soldier National Museum GalaPhoto credit: Wikipedia

Where: 3816 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004 | When: Friday, February 26th, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 10PM

The Buffalo Solider National Museum will host its 16th annual gala this year. The Buffalo Solider National Museum is the only museum in the United States that is solely dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier. The exhibits feature African Americans who served in the American military from the Revolutionary War to the current day.

African-American History at the LibraryPhoto credit: Guidry News

Where: Harris County Public Libraries | When: February 1st through 29th, 2016

All of Harris County Public Library’s branches have programs planned for Black History Month. The events in Houston will include African-American storytime, African instrument-crafting, African dance, a soul food potluck, and more. For specific where and when information on these events, see the link above.

Black History Month at the University of HoustonPhoto credit: Ebony Ancestry

Where: 4800 Calhoun Rd., Houston, TX 77004 | When: February 1st through 29th, 2016

The University of Houston’s African-American Studies department will be hosting several events throughout the month of February to educate the community about African-American history. These events will include informational sessions on African-American historic preservation, Blacks in higher education, historically black college newspapers as primary sources, and much more. For specific where and when information on these events, see the link above.

African-American Library at The Gregory SchoolPhoto credit: Chron

Where: 1300 Victor St., Houston, TX 77019 | When: Monday through Thursday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM

The African American Library at the Gregory School is housed in the Edgar M. Gregory School, which served as the first public school for African Americans in Houston. One of the few African American libraries in the country, the Gregory School serves as a resource to preserve, promote, and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans in Houston.

Voices of the Civil Rights MovementPhoto credit: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement includes all of the personal accounts of America’s Civil Rights Movement collected in Comcast’s His Dream, Our Stories project. Those firsthand stories are presented HERE against the stirring backdrop of key Moments in Civil Rights History, a collaboration with the Equal Justice Initiative, and the late civil rights activist D’Army Bailey. Add your story to the project HERE.


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