Black History Month, which takes place in February, honours the generations of African Americans who fought for full citizenship rights in the US. There is a full calendar of events from Miami to Fort Lauderdale, including an Afro-Caribbean music festival, a step dance performance, a vegan soul food festival, and kid-friendly activities.
Here is just a glimpse of what you can do and see during Black History Month in South Florida:
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Feb. 1: The Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater, 17011 NE 19th Ave., North Miami Beach, will host the city’s second annual “Night of Excellence to Celebrate Black History Month” from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The 2023 Men in Media Honorees will be honoured for their remarkable accomplishments in television at this year’s Night of Excellence, which will also honour young people from North Miami Beach. Admission is free. Visit nightofexcellence2023.eventbrite.com to make an RSVP.
Feb. 1–28: The Scott Galvin Community Center, 1600 NE 126th St., North Miami, will host “The Gaze Africana: An Show of African Greatness,” a celebration of African excellence, featuring a contemporary visual art exhibit, live performances, seminars, and more. The business is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Please RSVP at afrikin.art.
Feb. 4: The “Heritage Fest 2023: Black Resistance” honours the African diaspora’s fortitude and bravery in the face of injustice that has existed for a long time and continues to this day. The Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, will host the free festival beginning at 3 p.m. It will include a dance workshop, children’s book readings, a vendor marketplace, community mural painting, and performances by Victoria Blue and the Rev. Melvin Dawson & The Genesis Fellowship Delegation. Visit arshtcenter.org. to make an RSVP.
Feb. 7: Etienne Charles and the Frost Studio Jazz Band will celebrate Black History Month by honouring the contributions that Black people have made to the cultural fabric of the Americas. The Gusman Concert Hall at the University of Miami, 1314 Miller Drive, in Coral Gables, will host the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets start at $20, senior tickets at $16, and kid tickets at $10. Visit events.miami.edu to buy tickets. Frost Studio Jazz Band.jpg
Feb. 8: Dr. Samantha Ege, a musicologist and pianist, discusses noteworthy piano-centered works by influential Black composers such Amanda Aldridge, Harry T. Burleigh, and Robert Nathaniel Dett in “Transatlantic Conversations: Black Renaissance Pianism across the Pond British.” The Truist Pavilion at the New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach, is where it begins at 7:30 p.m. A $25 ticket costs. Visit nws.edu/events-tickets to get tickets.
Feb. 10: Join the Creative Spot for “Black History Gala: Loving the Culture,” a celebration of Black History Month that will include dancing and food. The Creative Spot, 1222 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, will host this event on February 11 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. It costs $60 to enter. Visit eventbrite.com/e/black-history-gala-loving-the-culture-tickets-487311992287.
Feb. 17 take part in a screening of the film “Hidden Figures” at the Miami-Dade Public Library System. The film tells the tale of three female African-American mathematicians who contributed crucial calculations to NASA’s space race against the Soviet Union while contending with the sexist and racist presumptions of their white coworkers. The Miami Beach Regional Library, located at 227 22nd St. in Miami Beach, will host the viewing party from 3 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit mdpls.org/event/7759210 to learn more.
Feb. 18: Florida Memorial University’s Albert E. & Sadie B. Smith Conference Center, 15800 NW 42nd Ave., Miami Gardens, will host the sixth annual “Black History Gospel Music Brunch and Awards.” This yearly celebration of gospel music’s history and tradition, which begins at 9 a.m., is put on by the Miami-Dade Alliance of Gospel Music Professionals in recognition of local heroes. It costs $50 to enter. Please visit mdagmp.com/events-2 for additional details.
Feb. 23-26: The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, located at 812 NW Second Avenue in Miami, will host the 26th Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival, which will feature “Continuing the Legacy of Jazz,” a chance for middle school, high school, college, and band directors to participate and engage with professional jazz musicians. The price of a ticket range from $15 to $225. Visit meltonmustafajazzfestival.com. for additional details.
Feb. 24-26: The sixth annual Soul Vegan Food festival may be what you’re searching for if you’re into food. The concert-filled event will take place at 101 Seventh St. in Miami Beach. The price of admission might range from free and $50. Visit soulveganfestival.com. to get tickets.
The Miramar Cultural Center, located at 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar, will host a Black History Month Clergy Luncheon and Prayer Service on February 1. The event is open to the public. Admission is free. Visit miramarfl.gov/794/Special-Events to RSVP.
The Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 NW Ninth Ct., Pompano Beach, will be celebrating Black History Month on February 3 with a running video presentation, crafts, and black heritage art from 1 pm to 6 pm. Admission is free. Visit broward.libnet.info/events. for additional details.
The Black History Month Trivia will be held at the Sunrise Dan Pearl Library Branch, located at 10500 West Oakland Park Boulevard, on Sunday, February 4, from 2 to 3 p.m. Test your knowledge of historical facts pertaining to Black people. Admission is free. Visit broward.libnet.info/events. for additional details.
On February 5 “Step Afrika!” combines traditional West and Southern African dances with percussion-based dance forms popularised by traditionally African-American fraternities and sororities. The Lillian S. Wells Hall at The Parker, located at 707 Northeast Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale, is where it begins at 6 o’clock. Tickets cost between $25 and $40. Visit parkerplayhouse.com/events/detail/step-afrika-2023. for more information and to buy tickets. Theater-Tour-Header-400—300-px.png
The Miramar Branch Library and Education Center, 2050 Civic Center Pl., Miramar, will host a dance and storytelling performance on February 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. to commemorate Black History Month. Admission is free. Visit broward.libnet.info/events. for additional details.
The Afro Carib Festival is the place to be on February 25 if you enjoy live music. Jacob Forever, Koffee, J. Perry, and Tekno are some of the artists. The Miramar Amphitheater, located at 16801 Miramar Pkwy in Miramar, will host this event from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The price of a ticket is $25 to $125. visit afrocaribfestmiramar.com.
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