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Family Events for Black History Month

The month of February is recognized nationwide as Black History Month. Our families celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Americans throughout the year. However, February presents the most plentiful month for events. We browsed local resources and compiled a list of fantastic events and programs your family can attend.

*Free Event

February 1, 2020
Black Heritage Celebration of the Arts 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
Millwood High School
6718 North MLK Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

The Mansion OKC Black History Month Read Aloud Celebration 12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m.*
The Mansion OKC
3101 Northeast 50th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73121

Excerpt readings from published books, magazines and newspapers which mention the Slaughter & Randolph families, Deep Deuce & other prominent Black Oklahomans. Live Jazz performed by Johann Kimbro & Friends. Light Hors d’oeuvres.

February 3, 2020
History Speaks Civil Rights Lecture: Raymond Santana of the Central Park Five 7 p.m.*
Oklahoma Christian University
Garvey Center
2501 E. Memorial Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73013

History Speaks welcomes Raymond Santana, one of the wrongfully convicted ‘Central Park Five’ now known as the ‘Exonerated Five.’

February 5, 2020
Cowgirls of Color 10:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Oklahoma City, OK

The inspiring Cowgirls of Color, an all-black, all-female rodeo team, will lead roping, lassoing, saddling up, and activity stations for students throughout the Museum.

February 6, 2020
History Alive! James Armistead Lafayette 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Presentation of Colonial Williamsburg’s Stephen Seals in a portrayal of James Armistead Lafayette, an enslaved African American who served the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War

February 8, 2020
Celebrating Black History Month 3 p.m.
Rose State Community Learning Center
6191 Hudiburg Drive,
Midwest City, Oklahoma 73110

Filmmaker Marlon Ladd will be discussing Tulsa 21

February 9, 2020
African American Read In – Road Tripping Through Oklahoma’s Black Towns 2 p.m. – 3 p.m
Norman Public Library West
300 Norman Center Ct
Norman, OK 73072

Take a road trip through Oklahoma’s Black towns and settlements and discover the diverse cultural history of Oklahoma. Oklahoma blues and jazz musician Selby Minner will perform musical selections.

February 10, 2020
Celebrating Black History Month 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Rose State Community Learning Center
6191 Hudiburg Drive,
Midwest City, Oklahoma 73110

Filmmaker Marlon Ladd will be discussing Bass Reeves

February 15, 2020
Oklahoma African American Family Film Festival 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.*
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

This event will include a presentation of videos, films and, raw, unedited footage documenting the history and culture of the African American experience in Oklahoma. The event will also feature Oklahoma filmmakers and films pertaining to the Sooner State.

Historically Speaking: Tulsa Race Massacre 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.*
Downtown Library
300 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Join local historian, Bruce Fisher, to learn about the full story with recorded first hand accounts from survivors.

February 16, 2020
OKC Black Author Expo 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Glass Lounge
5929 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

An event to highlight and introduce local Black authors.

February 17, 2020
Black History Live! Museum 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.*
Urban League Of Greater Oklahoma City
3900 N. Martin Luther King Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Living museum experience featuring accomplishments of civil rights leaders and famous African American Oklahomans.

Ailey II – The Next Generation of Dance 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Black Liberated Arts Center
Visual and Performing Arts Center at OCCC
7777 S May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73159

World-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s junior company will perform African-American modern dance choreography.

February 20, 2020
Black History Fair 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.*
Douglass High School Commons Area
900 N Martin Luther King Drive
Oklahoma City, OK

View tri-fold presentations on events, people, and places that had or have something to do with African Americans. Presented by Douglass High School students.

February 22, 2020
Women of Color Art Showcase 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Heart Studios
1605 E. 2nd St. Suite 1
Edmond, OK 73034

An event to enjoy the work of talented local artists. Tickets are available through Heart Studios, and proceeds from ticket sales go toward youth art programs.

February 23, 2020
Crowns Tea 2 p.m – 4 p.m.*
Norman Public Library Central
103 W Acres St
Norman, OK 73069

2020 marks the 16th Annual Crowns Tea, a community event based on the book, “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats” by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. Event includes book reading and tea service. Attendees are invited to wear a hat in celebration as there will be the opportunity to have your portrait taken after the program.

February 28, 2020
Deep Greenwood – Hidden Truth of Black Wall Street Play 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Frederick Douglass High School
900 North Martin Luther King Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

Stage Performance revealing the true experience of Black Wallstreet and the Tulsa Massacre of 1921.

February 29, 2020
2020 Black! Bold! Beautiful! BOB Bazaar 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
NJOY Natural
Nick Harroz-Midwest City Community Center
200 N. Midwest Blvd
Midwest City, Oklahoma 73110

Multiple Dates / All Month
OKC Black Restaurant Weeks Times vary; seek link.*
February 1 – 29
Multiple Locations

A city-wide celebration of Black-owned restaurants, chefs, food trucks, and caterers in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area.

PBS Film Series: The African Americans Times vary; see link.*
February 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10
Ralph Ellison Library
2000 NE 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking six-part documentary series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” Each date features part from the series.

OKC Thunder Black Heritage Contest
February 1 – February 14, 2020

The OKC Thunder Black Heritage Creative Contest is open to students in grades 9 – 12 who are currently enrolled in an accredited public, private, parochial or home school in Oklahoma. Students may submit a visual arts piece describing/depicting an inspiring experience, moment or individual in black history, and how they have been personally influenced.

 

 

 

 

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