Celebrating Black History Month

Black-HistoryBlack History Month is dedicated to reflecting on the rich history and exceptional contributions made by African Americans. There are a variety of ways to share in the celebrations, many in our own backyard. Below is a list of different events, contests and places that you and your family can visit here in North Texas to learn more about the significant roles that African Americans have played in U.S history.

1. Visit the African American Museum:
Delve into rich culture at the African American Museum. Spanning great swaths of history, museum-goers can experience different works of art that relate to the African American Community. Admission is free and there will be a family day on February 9.

African American Museum
3536 Grand Ave., Dallas, TX
214-565-0926

2. 5th Annual Dallas Mavs Black History Month challenge:
This is an excellent opportunity through the South Dallas Cultural Center. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to flex their creative muscles while reflecting on the meaning of equality. Students must submit an artistic project answering the question, “What does equality mean to you?” Three winners will be selected and will receive Mavs prizes as well as recognition during halftime at the Mavs vs. Brooklyn Nets game on Wed, March 20. Click below for applications and more details.

More details: www.dallasculture.org/SDCulturalCenter/
Applications: http://www.nba.com/mavericks/community/educational_programs.html

3. Dallas Black Dance Theatre:
See history through a different lens. The Dallas Black Dance Theatre will be feature a Cultural Awareness Series from February 22-24. The performances will take audiences through time from a “historical dance perspective.” The performances will be held at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.

Click below for tickets and additional information:
http://www.dbdt.com/performances/cultural-awareness-series
4. Black History Month Festival in Arlington
Celebrate African-American culture and history with members of the Arlington community on Saturday, February 28. Scheduled to take place at the Southeast Arlington Library, there will be a number of activities for the whole family including exhibits, performances, storytelling, crafts and so much more. Small children will be able to visit the children’s area throughout the afternoon for special activities.

Click below to see a schedule of the day’s events:
http://www.arlington-tx.gov/news/2015/01/29/black-history-month-festival-2015-southeast-arlington-library/

5.  Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center
Get to know the history in your own backyard. The Bear Creek Community in west Irving is one of the oldest African-American communities in Dallas County. Made up of three museums, the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center tells “the history of the Bear Creek community and of the African-American experience from the time of emancipation of the slaves through the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s-60s”. The center will only be open on Feb. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Click below for more information:
http://cityofirving.org/496/Jackie-Townsell-Bear-Creek-Heritage-Cent

Sources:
http://www.dfwchild.com/features/679/6-Ways-to-Celebrate-Black-History-Month
http://www.nbcdfw.com/contact-us/community/022814Celebrate-Black-History-243000421.html
http://www.dallasweekly.com/news/metro/article_84ec281e-76f2-11e2-ad29-001a4bcf6878.html
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