Black History Month events scheduled around the city 

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the richness of African-American culture and recognize the central role of African Americans in U.S. history, as well as the numerous contributions African-Americans have made to society. HISD’s 2018 theme, “African Americans in Times of War,” commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I and recognizes the participation of African Americans in all U.S. wars.

Below are some ways to celebrate Black History Month in Houston.

See a parade

Third Annual African American History Parade

8-11 a.m. Feb. 17, 2018, downtown at Texas and Hamilton streets near Minute Maid Park

This year’s theme is African-Americans in Time of War showcasing African-American inventors, produced by the Houston Sun community newsletter.

See a performance

And, And, And—Stammering: An Interview: at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art from 12-2 p.m. on Feb. 4.

PAUSE” with Kam Franklin and Lisa E. Harris, who fuse song and spoken word in an interactive performance at Discovery Green’s Brown Promenade, 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 9. Free

Visit a museum

Houston Museum of African American Culture

4807 Caroline St., Houston 77004, 713-526-1015

Free admission at all times

This month, the museum is hosting an exhibition about Sandra Bland, the motorist who was arrested for a minor traffic violation in 2015 and ended up dying in custody. The show runs from Feb. 3-28. The HMAAC was founded to collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the culture of Africans and African Americans not only in Houston but also the state of Texas and the southwest. It features rotating exhibitions in three gallery spaces, as well as a film-viewing area.

Community Artists’ Collective

4101 San Jacinto, Ste. 116, Houston 77004, 713-523-1616

Free admission at all times

The collective was founded 30 years ago to meet the needs of African American artists and women in particular. They have rotating exhibitions, educational programs, after-school programs, Saturday classes, and specialized workshops in many of the creative arts. The current exhibition is “Catch on Fire: Works by Ashley Washington” through Feb. 23.

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

9816 Caroline St., Houston 77004, 713-942-8920

Free admission from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of African-American soldiers. It houses the largest repository of African-American military history in the world.

Visit the Houston Public Library

The African American Library at the Gregory School

This is a special collections library within the Houston Public Library system. They serve as a resource to preserve, promote, and celebrate the history and culture of African-Americans.

Special event: “Over Time: Documenting Life in the Fourth Ward 1880s to 1980s”

6-8 p.m. Feb. 1, 2018

Special exhibition: “Chasing Perfection: The Legacy of Architect John S. Chase” through June 2

Chase was the first African-American to enroll at the University of Texas and the first licensed African-American architect in Texas.

Write On! Teen Program

Get your creative juices flowing as you explore the art of creative writing

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 3, 2018

Central Library Downtown

Preschool Story Time

Stories, songs, and activities related to Black History Month

12-1 p.m. Feb. 10, 2018

HPL Express Discovery Green

Screening of “I am not your Negro”

Documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson uses James Baldwin’s words to illuminate the pervasiveness of American racism and the effort to curtail it.

1-3 p.m. Feb. 10, 2018, at the Collier Branch, 6200 Pinemont

2-4 p.m. Feb. 17, 2018, at Gregory School Reading Room

Limited seating so RSVP to 832-393-1440

Bright Star Theater presents Frederick Douglass

Children from age 5 on are invited to experience the powerful story of the life and legacy of abolitionist, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglass on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

11 a.m-12 p.m. Feb. 24, 2018, at Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library

2-3 p.m. Feb. 24, 2018, at the Gregory School’s African-American Library

4-5 p.m. Feb. 24, 2018, at Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library

Visit an area college or university

University of Houston Black History Month Celebration

Events include panel discussions, documentaries, celebrations, and speakers.

See a documentary 

This is our Home, it is not for Sale” by Jon Schwartz will be shown at Houston Public Library’s Gregory School’s African-American Library. Schwartz will speak about the film, which will be shown at 6 p.m. on Feb. 22 and at 1 p.m. on Feb. 24. It is recommended for young adults, ages 18-35. Free.

Death by Delivery,” a documentary by Nelafar Hedayat on why African-American women are dying during childbirth at four times the rate of other women in the U.S. Includes a panel discussion with State Rep. Shawn Thierry. 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 20 at Texas Southern University’s Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, 3100 Cleburne.

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