Celebrate Black History Month with family-friendly events 

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.

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

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
9816 Caroline St., phone
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.

Jazz and Poetry presented by Jazz Education
This free series takes place a various neighborhood libraries and is aimed at tweens ages 9 to 12. Drummer Bubbha Thomas and his band perform popular jazz from the 1930s to 2000. There are opportunities for children to participate and interact.

3-4 p.m. Feb. 2, 2017
Pleasantville Neighborhood Library

10:30 a.m. Feb. 7, 2017
Vinson Neighborhood Library

10 a.m. Feb. 15, 2017
Lakewood Neighborhood Library

10:30 a.m. Feb. 16, 2017
Heights Neighborhood Library

10 a.m. Feb. 21, 2017
McCrane-Kashmere Gardens Neighborhood Library

1:30 p.m. Feb. 23, 2017
Young Neighborhood Library

West African Film Festival
The West African Film Festival will screen films by and about West Africa throughout the month on the following dates. Visit link for tickets.

12 p.m. Feb. 3, 2017
Third-floor auditorium, Harmony Public Schools, 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S., 77099

12 p.m.  Feb. 8, 2017
Garden Room, UH-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd.

12 p.m. Feb. 11
HCC Media Arts & Technology Center of Excellence, Alief-Hayes Campus, 2811 Hayes Rd., 77082

12 p.m. Feb. 16, 2017
Robertson Auditorium, University of Houston-Downtown, 1 Main St, 77002

12 p.m. Feb. 22, 2017
Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Building, Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne St., Rm 114, 77004

Freedom Writers
See this popular movie with teen appeal.
1 p.m. Feb. 4, 2017
Bracewell Neighborhood Library

Preschool Storytime
Stories, songs, and activities that help prepare young children for school
10 a.m. Feb. 7, 2017
McCrane-Kashmere Gardens Neighborhood Library

10:30 a.m. Feb. 7
Johnson Neighborhood Library

Teen Craft
Get crafty with other teens ages 13-18
4 p.m. Feb. 7, 2017
McCrane-Kashmere Gardens Neighborhood Library

Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis
UH African American Studies presents this documentary bio pic about civil rights hero and congressional leader John Lewis
6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 2017
UH Student Center South Theatre

Toddler Story Time
Stories, songs, and activities to help develop toddlers’ social, motor, and literacy skills. Intended for children ages 18-36 months
10:30 a.m. Feb. 8, 2017
Bracewell Neighborhood Library

The Blind Side
Movie for teens
5:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 2017
Johnson Neighborhood Library

Celebrate Black History Month at the African American Library
Join Epsilon Chi at the library for a tour and presentation, followed by lunch at This is It Soul Food restaurant. Registration required.
10:30 a.m. Feb. 11, 2017
African American Library at the Gregory School

Clayton Library Lecture Series
Presentation covering DNA tests and how to analyze test results for teens and adults
2 p.m. Feb. 11, 2017
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

Express Children’s Theater Presents the Freedom Train
Join Houston’s oldest multicultural performing arts organization as they present Freedom Train, the story of a mother and son escaping a Texas plantation and traveling to Mexico via the Underground Railroad. This event is free.
11 a.m. Feb. 12, 2017
Houston Public Library, Central Branch, 500 McKinney, 832-393-1313

Teen Craft
Get crafty with other teens ages 13-18
3 p.m. Feb. 13, 2017
Park Place Regional Library

African Rhythms documentary on the World Festival of Negro Arts
Held in Dakar in 1966, this is a showcase of black artists, musicians, and writers.
6:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 2017
UH Student Center South Theatre

Black History Month Gospel Concert Gala
A night of amazing gospel singers presented by Greater Grace Outreach Ministries. Tickets start at $20
7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, 2017
Greater Grace Outreach Church

Clayton Library Lecture Series
Presentation on African-American genealogy and research
10:30 a.m. Feb. 25, 2017
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

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