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10 Things to Do in Dallas During Black History Month 2019

African Americans hold a unique and rich place in U.S. history, as well as Dallas' history. In celebration of Black History Month, here are a few ways to discover more about the history and achievements of African Americans this month.

Devon Yarbrough
Posted on Jan 24, 2019

1. View the "Black Beauty Glitz and Glamour" exhibit at the South Dallas Cultural Center starting Feb. 2. The free exhibit includes designers Patrick Wright and Pucci Lisenbee's never-before-seen fashion collection, and also highlights the beauty of historic and iconic African American women.
2. Catch a movie at the Texas Theatre's Black Filmmaker Series throughout the entire month! Catch classic black films like "House Party" on Feb. 2, "Body and Soul" on Feb. 9 or "Black Panther" on Feb. 10.
3. See Dallas Black Dance Theatre's Cultural Awareness Series at the Wyly Theater on Feb. 15-17. Featuring dancing, poetry and more – this event is a great way to celebrate black culture.
4. Learn more about Civil Rights leader Malcolm X by watching "Malcolm X: An Overwhelming Influence on the Black Power Movement" on Feb. 19 at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. This powerful documentary brings the full story of Malcolm X's role in the Civil Rights movement and a fantastic opportunity to learn about black history.
5. Take a self-guided tour of Civil Rights Historical Landmarks in Dallas, produced by VisitDallas. See some of the most significant African American landmarks and archives, such as Millermore Mansion, the Juneteenth Document and Freedman's Cemetery.
6. Join the discussion after watching the screening of "Daughters of the Dust" on Feb. 21 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. The must-see film was the first feature film directed by a black woman and an inspiration for Beyoncé's album, Lemonade. 
7. Go to the 15th Annual Weekend Festival of Black Dance: Rhythm & Soul of a People on Feb. 22-23. Enjoy an evening of African, contemporary and modern dance performed by the popular dance companies Kankouran West African Dance Company and Atlanta Dance connection.
8. Attend the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon on Feb. 23 at the African American Museum. The induction ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. and honors athletes and coaches who have made noteworthy contributions to the African American community.
9. Enjoy black culture at the Pan-African Connection Bookstore's Sunday Drum Circle. This event is free and a fun experience for all.
10. Party with Dallasite singer, Erykah Badu, at Another Badu Birthday on Feb. 23 at the Bomb Factory. The annual birthday celebration includes performances by Badu and other special guests.