We’re now a little over a week into Black History Month, and the festivities are in full swing!

Since 1976, February has been officially recognized as Black History Month, an annual celebration of the renowned achievements of African Americans throughout history.

black history month Our nation’s capital has no shortage of upcoming events commemorating the ways in which African Americans have played a central role in influencing our country’s culture. By looking online, you can find a seemingly infinite list of options available for celebrating Black History Month. Understandably, having to choose just a handful of these events is overwhelming, and it’s no help that February is the shortest month of them all! Here are a few of our favorites:

Portrait Story Days at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

Throughout the month of February, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will be hosting exhibitions on several significant figures in African American history, including Muhammad Ali, Wilma Rudolph, and Rosa Parks. Beginning February 10, guests will hear stories and create their very own art inspired by the individual being recognized. These events are an especially great opportunity for parents to engage children in the tales of those whose contributions helped shape the world we know today.

92nd Annual Black History Luncheon

This year’s luncheon showcases the impact of African American military personnel within the United States Armed Forces and will feature discussions on pertinent topics highlighting the noble contributions African Americans have made in guaranteeing equal liberties to all.

2018 D.C. Black History Month Film Festival

Beginning February 16 at 6 p.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office of African American Affairs will partner with the Urban Film Review to host a two-day motion picture extravaganza at the Lincoln Theatre. This event is an opportunity to support local high school artists exhibiting their talents and joining the community in celebrating African American greatness in film.

The Legacy of Harriet Tubman: A One-Woman Performance by Cortenia Smith

The spirit of Harriet Tubman returns in Cortenia Smith’s performance, hosted at the Petworth Neighborhood Library on February 10. Textbooks are simply incapable of summarizing the immeasurable strength required of a woman risking it all to liberate as many slaves as possible. Smith’s performance casts the spotlight on the attributes of Harriet Tubman that contributed to her work as an abolitionist, including her grace, her faith and, of course, her courage.

Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital

Professors Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove will be discussing topics from their book, "Chocolate City", on February 16th at the William G. McGown Theatre. This program will highlight the role of our nation’s capital as an historic monument for civil rights. Following what is sure to be a tenacious dialogue, the event’s hosts will have a book signing.

"Black Panther" Movie Screenings

Several local organizations are inviting you to join them in celebrating Black History Month by attending premieres and private screenings for what is sure to be Marvel’s latest cinematic success, "Black Panther." Many of these events are putting proceeds towards charitable donations to local nonprofits, while others are offering generous goodie bags to its attendees, or trivia and prizes. Gather your friends or family (or both!) and enjoy an exciting Black History Month event together.black history month Are there any other events you’d recommend for celebrating Black History Month? Let us know in the comments below!

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