The ultimate guide to Black History Month in the District

The ultimate guide to Black History Month in the District

by L. Denise

Once considered “Chocolate City”, DC is rich in African-American culture and history.  Aside from Harlem, there’s no greater city in which to be for Black History Month.  From musical productions and historic tours to television programs and museum exhibitions, WHW has compiled the ULTIMATE guide to Black History Month in the District.  Enjoy!

TV Specials
bio Channel400 Famous African-Americans, including lawyers/politicians, scientists/educators, activists, artists/writers, athletes, actors/comedians and musicians/singers. (The “Fact of the Day”, photo gallery and crossword puzzles are my favorite.)
History Channel – photo gallery, videos, speeches, timelines
MTV – celebrating Hip-Hop.

Payless ShoeSource – Receive a $5 off $25 coupon when you support Black History Month. Purchase the “I Believe” bracelet for only $3.00. Proceeds benefit the Payless Inspiring Possibilities Scholarship.
Association for the Study of African-American Life and History: purchase 2011 National Black History-themed products

Good reads!
Barnes & Noble – “Meet the Author”, Children’s Storytime and other events celebrating Black History Month. Check your local store for details.
National Urban LeagueEmpowering Communities. Changing Lives…100 Years of the National Urban League and Black America: 1910-2010 coffee table book. (Click here to review a sample e-copy)

Museum/Art Exhibits!
African-American Civil War Memorial & Museum 1816 12th Street, NW – Since January 1999, visitors are able to celebrate Black History all year around. Here’s a brochure outlining resources, events and programs.
TheARC 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE – Free and paid events.
Black History Month Tour Take a four-hour ride through the city and see some of the great historical sites and parks.
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site 1411 W Street, SE (Cedar Hill) – celebrate Frederick Douglass’ 193rd birthday on February 12th. This event is FREE and kid-friendly.
Madam Tussauds Wax Museum 1001 F Street, NW – includes some of America’s great African-Americans in politics, arts, sports and celebrities. (i.e, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Marion Barry, Muhammad Ali, Marvin Gaye, Duke Ellington)
Smithsonian – several Smithsonian museums will host their own Black History Heritage Month celebrations.
United States Navy Memorial 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Busboys & Poets (14th & V Streets, NW; 5th & K Streets, NW; and Shirlington, VA locations) – various events, including celebrating outstanding poet Langston Hughes’ birthday – TODAY – and poetry readings.
Trinity Washington University (faculty and staff) – A showcase of African-American food being offered at Alumnae Hall.

Just outside of DC, we have…
Historic Annapolis Foundation Museum 99 Main Street Annapolis, MD – Black History Month Audio tour
National Great Blacks in Wax Museum 1601-03 East North Avenue Baltimore, MD – exhibitions, events, book/gift shop. Group tours are also available.

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