Celebrations around the City: Black History Month

There are so many opportunities to celebrate Black History Month in Cleveland. Whether you want to educate, celebrate, or reflect - here's a round up of that city's events throughout the month. 

There are so many opportunities to celebrate Black History Month in Cleveland. Whether you want to educate, celebrate, or reflect - here's a round up of that city's events throughout the month. 

All events in orange are free!

Watch Black Panther in theaters with no ticket charge  - February 1-7 
AMC Theatres are showing Black Panther for free of charge February 1-7. While this deal is being offered at four Ohio locations, the closest one to Cleveland is the AMC in Solon. Free showings are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are required. 

Watch Marley: A Film by Kevin MacDonald at the Rock Hall - February 6
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is showing the Bob Marley documentary that features rare footage and never before seen performances of the music legend. Learn more about Marley's role in music and the social and political environment.

Musical Theatre: The Impact of Shuffle Along - February 7-10
The Karamu House is hosting The Impact of Shuffle Along, a shown written and performed entirely by African Americans and brings the Harlem Renaissance to the musical stage. This was the first show that allowed black theatergoers to watch a show from orchestra seating after years of segregated seating.

Watch Cleveland's own on film - February 12
The Cleveland Public Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the film Uptight, filmed on the east side of the city. Cleveland attorney and author of Ballots and Bullets: Black Power Politics and Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland, James Robenalt, will lead a panel discussion after the film.

Watch a woman of the Big Stage on screen - February 20
The Karamu House is showing Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, a documentary about the first African American woman to write a play performed on Broadway, A Raisin in the Sun.

Black History Month Baazar - February 6
Hosted by the City of Cleveland, vendors will be selling everything from gifts to apparel at City Hall.

Shop African Fashions - February 23
African Fashions Pop up shop is coming back to Cleveland. Our Pop ups shops are the place where you can enjoy a large collection of bold and vibrant African outfits, accessories, and fabrics. We will be showcasing unique designs for men, women and children.


Cle & The Civil War - February 6
During this Cleveland Sessions panel, acclaimed history professor and author, Kelly D. Mezurek shares her extensive knowledge of the Civil War Era with rich details culled from private letters and files. Mezurek’s book For Their Own Cause is the first comprehensive history of the 27th United States Colored Troops (USCT), Northern Union black soldiers and their families during and after the Civil War.

City Hall Flag Raising - February 9
Join Mayer Frank Jackson at the City Hall Rotunda for the 45th annual Black History Month raising of he Pan African flag. Speeches and performances to follow.

Author visit: Anthony Ray Hinton - February 9
After spending 30 years on death row for crimes he did not commit, Anthony Ray Hinton is now the author of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Hinton speaks widely on prison reform, the power of faith, and forgiveness.

Baseball Chronology in the Black Community - February 9
Learn about the involvement of African Americans and people of color in American baseball. While there is evidence of inclusion during the early days of organized baseball; racial segregation became the norm near the turn of the century in what was referred to as a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ excluding Black players from the highest levels of the game. Re-integration of the national pastime occurred in 1947 when Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers – NL) and Larry Doby (Cleveland Indians – AL) appeared in games.

Dinner with a Slice of History - February 15
Gigi Coleman, great niece of Bessie Coleman, will be featured at the museum's “Dinner with a Slice of History.” Gigi Coleman will teach attendees about the life and legacy of her great aunt, who pioneered aviation as the first African-American woman to get a pilot's license. 

Black History on Tap: Living Legends - February 16
Explore the rich history of Cleveland’s African American community while sipping on some drinks fresh from the tap! Attendees will be learning about the impressive individuals who pioneered in the fine arts, music, and theatre throughout our city’s history. Celebrate their legacies with contemporary performances and an exclusive look at the collections of the Western Reserve Historicla Society.

Cavaliers Celebrate Black Heritage - February 2, 11, 23
The Cavs are hosting series of Black Heritage celebrations this month at home games on Feb. 2, 11 and 23. The team will honor Aretha Franklin and will collaborate with the Marcus Graham Project for a sports marketing workshop for students. 

The City of Cleveland is hosting various events throughout the month. View the city's entire calendar here. 



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  • Erin Zaranec
    published this page in Life in The Land 2019-02-01 18:59:46 -0500