February is an important month: National Black History Month! If you would like to participate and learn more about black history in the US, here are five free ways to do so in DC this Black History Month.
If you’re a history buff, you’ll enjoy DC’s African American History Museum. Located on the Mall by the Washington Monument, this museum celebrates the lives, works, and contributions of black Americans throughout US history. The museum will be hosting many Black History Month events for all of February. Or, try visiting the African American Civil War Memorial and museum, located at the 10th Street exit of the U Street-Cardozo Metro station. The museum features artifacts and replicas of what soldiers used in the Civil War, including uniforms and guns. The museum also offers a registry for those descendants of the African-American troops who served in the fight for their freedom.
Another option for history – and art – lovers is the free Black History Month Lecture offered by the US Capitol Historical Society, Clark Mills and Philip Reed: The Master-Slave Collaboration that Culminated in Freedom. This free, midday lecture will discuss the complex relationship between enslaved assistant Philip Reed to his master Clark Mills, and Reed’s biography and work, including the statue that sits atop the US Capitol, Freedom. The lecture will take place at 200 Maryland Avenue NE on February 12 at noon.
Of course, there are other events, as well. The Raney Moss Group Foundation is hosting its annual Black History Month Program on Unsung Heroes both in the DC metro area and at local HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities). In addition to this, the Cleveland Park Library will host an LGBTQ+ -inclusive event starring Rayceen Pendarvis, celebrating diversity, culture, and the arts. The event will take place February 20 from 5:00PM-8:30PM.