Arts & Culture

Celebrate Black History Month in Dallas

The contributions of African Americans have been invaluable to American society and the Dallas community. This month we honor leaders in the black community, every day heroes and highlight how their work and achievements have impacted the world.

Jamina Tribbett
Posted on Feb 1, 2018

While there is no blueprint for how to celebrate Black History Month, there are plenty of things to do and places to visit to learn something new in Dallas. 


1. It's your last chance to see The Color Purple, at the Music Hall at Fair Park through Feb. 4. The Tony Award-winning musical is based on the book by Alice Walker, which follows a young woman living in rural Georgia in the early 1900s.

2. See Yellowman at the South Dallas Cultural Center between Feb. 1-11. This powerful two-person play explores colorism and the destructiveness of self-hatred.

3. Attend a free showing of a Black History Month movie on Feb. 3 at the Dallas Public Library-J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. The movie highlights a pivotal point in the Civil Rights Movement.

4. Celebrate black culture at the Pan-African Connection Bookstore for the Sankofa Circle Launch Party on Feb. 3. The bookstore introduces its new Sankofa Circle book club with live drumming, children's activities, spoken word, African art, a panel discussion and more.

5. Uncover Dallas' rich history with the DFW African American Tours every Saturday through the month of February, beginning Feb. 3. This three-hour tour will explore more than 20 historic sites and trace the African American experience following the Civil War through the formation of Deep Ellum and how the Southern Dallas migration changed the face of the city forever.

6. Attend a free community cooking class at the Juanita Craft Recreation Center every Tuesday, Feb. 6-March 13. Learn the rich history and healthy roots of traditional African cuisine, learn basic skills and get hands-on experience preparing home-cooked meals.

7. Learn about the first African American to be appointed to the Supreme Court at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center's production of Thurgood by George Stevens Jr. See this dramatic retelling of Thurgood Marshall's life through Feb. 7-25.

8. Treat yourself to a night of poetry at a Poetry Smash #4: A Poet's Caress on Feb. 8 at the Clarence Muse Café Theater at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters in Downtown Dallas.

9. Head to the George W. Bush Library Presidential Library and Museum the 3rd Annual Art Past and Present: From a Black Artist's Perspective, a special art exhibit on display from Feb. 9-22.

10. Step inside the South Dallas Cultural Center Music Lounge on Feb. 10 for a soulful and intimate experience. The Music Lounge is a new series of informal gatherings highlighting music genres birthed from the African American culture.

11. Take the kids on a family field trip to the Commemorative Air Force on Feb. 10 to see the free RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit. The exhibit teaches young people about the Tuskegee Airmen and provides opportunities to get hands-on with history.

12. Explore the free Affirmations gallery exhibit at the South Dallas Cultural Center, on display from Feb. 10-March 24. The exhibit features work from female artists of color and examines themes of identity, faith, religion and the soul.

13. Attend a powerful presentation called "African American Heroism and America's Racial Past" at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture on Feb. 12. The event features Dallas ER doctor and National Geographic photographer Dr. Jeff Gusky. Gusky who shares the amazing and sobering story of two heroes Freddie Stowers and Burton Holmes who were unjustly denied the Medal of Honor in WWI.

14. Visit the African American Museum at Fair Park on Feb. 15 for a lecture about Sutton E. Griggs and "The Hindered Hand". The lecture will be given by Dr. John Gruesser, Ph.D, editor of the scholarly edition of "The Hindered Hand", Griggs biographer and professor of English at Kean University.

15. Celebrate Black History Month by attending a panel discussion on leadership at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center on Feb. 16. The panel will feature some of Dallas' most distinguished businessmen and focus on how their backgrounds shaped their careers.

16. See the Dallas Black Dance Theatre's Cultural Awareness series at the Wyly Theatre on Feb. 16-18. The performance combines dance, poetry and a live Second Line brass band to honor the 12-year-anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

17. Catch a classic black film at the Texas Theatre as it presents its Black Cinematheque Filmmaker Series throughout the month of February. Enjoy movies like Boyz n the Hood on Feb. 10, Super Fly on Feb. 17, Malcolm X on Feb. 24 and more. Admission is only $1!

18. Enjoy a free concert at the South Dallas Cultural Center on Feb. 17. The South Dallas Concert Choir presents their Annual Black History Program highlighting traditions of black culture.

19. Celebrate with a Dallas queen at Erykah Badu Presents: Bless you Bruja! Another Badu Birthday at the Bomb Factory on Feb. 23. Badu's annual birthday jam features her performing live, surprises and special guests.