Dallas Attractions Focused on Black Culture
Black Dallas: Where to go to experience Black Culture in Dallas
Museums, performing companies and landmarks are included in this - but there are plenty more! Use our list as your guide as you explore and experience diversity in Dallas.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre is an internationally recognized professional dance company that presents performances from the African American experience. Since the company was founded in 1976, its dancers have performed in 16 countries, including at two Olympics, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Lincoln Center in New York City, and before the Queen of England. DBDT was the first Texas performing arts group to perform in South Africa for Nelson Mandela in 1998.
The African American Museum in Fair Park is the only institution of its kind in the Southwest offering an impressive collection of African and African American art, featuring one of the largest folk art collections in the nation.
Visit a piece of Dallas history at the Freedman's Cemetery Memorial in Uptown. The site was once known as "Freedman's" town, a place where African Americans could gather during the slavery era. With an arched granite gate at the memorial entrance and beautiful bronze statues designed by artist David S. Newton, the site is the burial place of the city's first African American citizens.
The Bishop Arts Theatre Center provides cultural and artistic opportunities to marginalized individuals and use theatre as a platform for social change.
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL) promotes, cultivates and preserves the African and African American performing arts. The organization hosts the annual Riverfront Jazz Festival.
Remembering Black Dallas preserves and promotes African American life, history and culture in Dallas. They also host local bus tours and historical presentations
The landmarks tell the unique story of the Civil Rights Movement in Dallas, which began in 1930s, revealing the footprints all around the city that show the past struggles and progress of African Americans in Dallas. This self-guided tour includes a few highlights and there are many more to experience during your time in Dallas.
Experience the African American culture that embodies Dallas at the South Dallas Cultural Center. The center is well known for its summer programming that includes both adult and kid classes such as Brazilian dance and hip hop poetry. The center also includes a 120-seat box theatre used for movie nights, concerts and dance festivals and the Arthello Beck gallery, a visual arts space that features a different artist each month.
Posted in:Diverse African American Arts & Culture
Last updated on 11/17/2021.
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