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Eight Things to do in Dallas to Celebrate Black History Month

Enjoy films, dance, music and food to honor African Americans and their contributions and influence on today's society.

David C Justin
Posted on Feb 4, 2020

In honor of Black History Month, here are a few events happening in Dallas that will help you appreciate the history and achievements of African Americans and their impact on our history, culture and society.

  1. Catch the inspirational films in the Black History Month Film Series at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. Based on true events, see these fascinating stories brought to life on the big screen with 42 on Feb. 9 and Selma on Feb. 16.
  2. Head to the South Dallas Cultural Center on Feb. 7 to see A Glimpse of Anni presented by the Beckles Dancing Company. The free show highlights African American dance icons and their influence on modern dance.
  3. Start your day off right on Feb. 8 with the "SOUL OF DFW" Food and Black History Bus Tour. Hop on board a chauffeured bus and visit local landmarks that are part of Dallas' significant African American history. Plus, you make 'surprise' stops at Black-owned restaurants for tastings of their most popular soul foods and desserts.
  4. Return to the South Dallas Cultural Center on Feb. 8 to hear the deep musical culture of New Orleans with Unfaded Brass Band. Performing the big brass sound you expect from the Big Easy and the culture of the Mardi Gras Indians, but with a heavy dose of R&B, funk and soul influences, the Unfaded Brass Band is guaranteed to be captivating and unique.
  5. Celebrate hope with Cultural Awareness, a series of three performances by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre at the Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre. Performing Feb. 14 through 16, your spirit will be moved by "Beams from Heaven," inspired by the legendary music of Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and Patti Labelle. Experience "Reflections in D" by Alvin Ailey and Duke Ellington will be performed to live music, and be the first to witness the world premiere of "On. TOWARD. Press.", a combination of spoken word and dance performed and choreographed by Bessie Award winner Hope Boykin.
  6. Learn about the upstanders who helped change the course of history in the United States at The Fight for Civil Rights in the South, a limited time special exhibit opening Feb. 19 at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. See two history-altering photography exhibits that covered the African American struggle for social equality in the 1960s - Selma to Montgomery: Photographs by Spider Martin and Courage Under Fire: The 1961 Burning of the Freedom Riders Bus by Joseph Postiglione.
  7. Sit in the presence of Texas legends at the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon on Feb. 23 at the African American Museum. Founded in 1996, the institution was established to honor outstanding African American athletes and coaches from every sport.
  8. Enjoy the Afro-Mexican Celebration, A Shared Cultural Journey, presented by Mercado369 and held at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The Feb. 6 event will feature performances, local youth poetry presentations and traditional dance demonstrations.

And if these aren't enough to keep you busy, the Dallas Public Library has an entire month's worth of events scheduled to recognize the African American experience. Enjoy crafts, trivia, movies and music at one of their many branches throughout the city.