The District of Columbia’s city government is one of many principalities celebrating Black History Month, to the chagrin of people like entertainment personality Stacy Dash. The District celebrates the achievements of the American spirit through African American history throughout the month of February. Numerous events, activities, and remembrances are held; and with so many going on, below is is just a snippet of city-organized events.
The Martin Luther King National Memorial is expected to continue to be a huge draw among residents and visitors alike. Throughout the month, park rangers are on hand to give a highlighted overview of historic facts about MLK.
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has free programs lined up through the month of February. These programs will focus on acknowledging and celebrating what accomplishments in art, music, politics, and literature by African Americans
The DC Public Library will also offer a bevy of events and activities across the District, ranging from art exhibits, jazz concerts, theoretical workshops, and of course book discussions.
The National Museum of American History is the location for the
Smithsonian Black History Month Family Day Celebration. As of yet, a date hasn’t been set but the time has: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The event is an all day affair where participants hear some great music, check out drama performances, and arts and crafts for the kiddies.
Visitors came come to the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum and learn more about the US Colored Troops during the US Civil War. Visitors can also learn more about freedom and independence in the Washington DC area for African-Americans before the Civil War and after. The memorial is the only one in the United States to honor Colored Troops (USCT) who served in the Civil War.
And one of the more celebrated events is the Frederick Douglass Birthday Event held just before Valentine’s Day (February 12-13). The National Park Service will have events at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the Anacostia Playhouse, the Anacostia Arts Center, and the Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center.
One organization, the Alzheimer’s Association, is using February to highlight the work of Solomon Carter Fuller, M.D., the first known black psychiatrist in America and an early pioneer in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Dr. Fuller worked with Dr. Alois Alzheimer, identifying the disease we now know as Alzheimer’s.