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8 cool things to do in Dallas during Black History Month

by Allison Hatfield | February 4, 2020

Black History Month is a time for all to appreciate the history and achievements of black Americans and their impact on our history, culture, and society. Dallas is a great place to celebrate.

Here are eight recommendations from Visit Dallas to immerse yourself in the occasion.

1. See Afro-Mexican Celebration, a Shared Cultural Journey, presented by Mercado369 and held at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The Feb. 6 event will feature performances, youth poetry presentations, and traditional dance demonstrations.

2. Head to the South Dallas Cultural Center on Feb. 7 to see A Glimpse of Anni, presented by the Beckles Dancing Company. The free show highlights African American dance icons and their influence on modern dance.

3. Start your day off right on Feb. 8 with the Soul of DFW Food and Black History Bus Tour. Hop on board a chauffeured bus and visit landmarks that are part of Dallas’ significant African American history. The bus stops at black-owned restaurants for tastings of their most popular soul foods and desserts.

4. Return to the South Dallas Cultural Center on Feb. 8 to hear the sounds of New Orleans with the Unfaded Brass Band. Performing the music you expect from the Big Easy and the culture of the Mardi Gras Indians, but with a heavy dose of R&B, funk, and soul, the Unfaded Brass Band is captivating and unique.

5. Catch the inspirational films 42 on Feb. 9 and Selma on Feb. 16. in the Black History Month Film Series at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.

6. Celebrate hope with Cultural Awareness, a series of three performances by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre at the Wyly Theatre, Feb. 14-16. “Beams From Heaven” is inspired by the music of Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, and Patti LaBelle. “Reflections in D,” by Alvin Ailey and Duke Ellington, will be performed to live music. And the world premiere “On. TOWARD. Press.” is a combination of spoken word and dance choreographed and performed by Bessie Award winner Hope Boykin.

 

The Fight for Civil Rights in the South, Courage Under Fire, photo by Joseph Postiglione

 

7. Learn about the upstanders who helped change the course of history in the United States at The Fight for Civil Rights in the South, a limited-time exhibit opening Feb. 19 at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. Two photography exhibits — Selma to Montgomery: Photographs by Spider Martin and Courage Under Fire: The 1961 Burning of the Freedom Riders Bus, by Joseph Postiglione — explore the African American struggle for social equality in the 1960s.

8. Sit in the presence of Texas legends at the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon on Feb. 23 at the African American Museum. Founded in 1996, the institution was established to honor outstanding black athletes and coaches from every sport.

And if these aren’t enough to keep you busy, the Dallas Public Library has an entire month’s worth of events recognizing the African American experience. Enjoy crafts, trivia, movies, and music at one of its many branches throughout the city.

This list originally appeared at VisitDallas.com. It was adapted and reprinted with permission.

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