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January 28, 2015

14 ways to celebrate Black History Month

Activities, discussions and concerts are planned throughout month

Events Black History Month
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Kimmel Center/for PhillyVoice

Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs at the Kimmel Center Feb. 2.

February is Black History Month and the cultural institutions of Philadelphia are holding events all month which celebrate black culture and heroes, discuss contemporary issues and explore the past. Be sure to check out the activities all over the city, ranging from family fun days to academic discussions.

Sundays on Stage: Griots in Concert

As part of the Free Library's Sunday concert series, Linda Humes and master drummer Sanga will tell African and Caribbean diaspora stories in the griot storytelling tradition.

Sunday, February 1
2 p.m. | Free admission
Central Library
1901 Vine St.
(215) 686-5322

Underground Railroad in Philadelphia

Learn about how Philadelphia was connected to the Underground Railroad in the 18th and 19th centuries from an Independence National Historic Park ranger.

Sundays February 1 and 8, and Saturday February 7
3-3:30 p.m. | Free admission
Independence Visitor Center Theater
1 N. Independence Mall West
(215) 965-2305

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

This a capella group from South Africa is an international sensation which just won its fourth Grammy in 2014. Don't miss this celebration of South African history. 

Monday, February 2
7:30 p.m. | $35-65
The Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad St. 
(215) 893-1999

A Taste of African Heritage

Learn about foods that have their roots in African heritage in this wellness series that explores the healthy living lifestyle of African-American ancestry. 

Tuesdays February 3 and 10
6 p.m. | Free with pre-registration
Central Library Culinary Literacy Center
1901 Vine St.
(215) 686-5322

Celebrating Black History Month

Every weekend during February, explore black and African-American life through fun activities like scavenger hunts and crafts around the National Liberty Museum.

Saturday, February 7 through Sunday, March 1
10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Free with museum admission ($2-7)
National Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut St.
(215) 925-2800

Searching for the Life of Harriet Hemings

Join Villanova University scholar Catherine Kerrison for a presentation exploring the life of a woman believed to be the offspring of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings who escaped from slavery to Philadelphia.

Sunday, February 8
2 p.m. | Free with museum admission ($6-12)
Mercer Museum
84 S. Pine St., Doylestown, PA
(215) 345-0210

Children's Drum Circle

The little ones can learn all about percussion instruments from all over the world with musician Ali Richardson, who will lead them in a ceremonial drum circle.

Monday, February 9
4:30 p.m. | Free
Eastwick Library
2851 Island Ave.
(215) 685-4170

Family Fun Day at the National Constitution Center

Join a free day of activities including craft stations, story times, an Emancipation Proclamation document workshop, an African-American History self-guided tour, and more.

Monday, February 16
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Free admission
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
(215) 409-6600

Where the Ancestors Slumber

Learn about the complicated history of early African-American burial grounds and cemeteries, how they relate to Philly history and their archaeological preservation.

Saturday, February 21
1 p.m. | Free admission, RSVP requested
Stenton Historic House
4601 N. 18th St.
(215) 329-7312

Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela: 20 Years of Freedom

South African musical icons will take the Annenberg stage to celebrate the country's 20th anniversary of democracy. They'll play their own hit songs as well as South African freedom songs.

Saturday, February 21
8 p.m. | $30-70
Zellerbach Theatre at the Annenberg Center
3680 Walnut St.
(215) 898-3900

Film Screening: "42"

Check out this screening of biographical film "42," which tells the story of Jackie Robinson, the first black to compete in Major League Baseball, as played by Chadwick Boseman. 

Wednesday, February 25
5 p.m. | Free admission
Wynnefield Library
5325 Overbrook Ave.
(215) 685-0298

Creating the Criminal: A Film Screening & Discussion of Slavery By Another Name

AAMP will show clips from PBS documentary "Slavery By Another Name" and hold a discussion on African-American criminality. This is part of a four-part series of documentaries called "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle."

Thursday, February 26
6-7:30 p.m. | Free admission
African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St.
(215) 574-0380

Macy's Family Fun Day at AAMP: Trains!

In conjunction with One Book, One Philadelphia, families will explore the role trains and railroads have played in African-American life through stories, arts and crafts.

Saturday, February 28
10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Free with museum admission ($10-14)
African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St.
(215) 574-0380

I Am Not My Hair!

The founder of the Philadelphia Beauty Showcase National Historic Museum Shirley Randleman discusses local beauty industry pioneers and the state of the African-American hair care industry.

Saturday, February 28
2:30 p.m. | Free admission
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library
125 S. 52nd St.
(215) 685-7433

See more Free Library Black History Month events here.