Philly To-Do: Black History Month

Take advantage of the many events Philadelphia has to offer including performances, workshops, and discussions to stay entertained, enlightened, and most importantly, engaged. Below are some events and activities that celebrate the importance of Black History Month tailored around a college student’s budget.

February 3:  Films at AAMP: Black Girl + Merkato

AAMP is where you want to be for Black History Month. In continuation of their screening events, AAMP will be screening the 1966 classic Black Girl which chronicles the life of a young Senegalese woman who struggles with life in France working for a wealthy white couple. Following this screening comes an original documentary film by Philadelphia filmmaker Sosena Solomon titled Merkato. Merkato explores Africa’s largest open-air market in Ethiopia, covering the ethos of the community. Once again, the screening event is open to the public and free with RSVP. Doors open at 6pm, with the films scheduled to start at 7pm.


February 8: PHILADANCO – The Great Mix, Jazz and Dance @ The Merriam Theater

Dance your way over to the Merriam Theater, then sit back and admire this performance by PHILADANCO. The dance ensemble pays tribute to jazz icons with music from Earth Wind and Fire. Get there early, as doors open at 11:00 AM. The event is also free to the public.


February 20: The Story of We the People @ The National Constitution Center

Thanks to the good folks at TD Bank, the events are FREE on President’s Day. There are 4 main exhibitions at the Constitution Center starting with the Breaking Barriers Show. Breaking Barriers is an interactive exhibit which delves into the lives of notable African Americans such as Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and Bessie Coleman. Next is, Decoding The Document: Emancipation Proclamation Workshop. Get a closer look at the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendment that only the Constitution Center can provide. Pickup a flier and get started on the African American History Self-Guided Tour. The tour highlights important moments throughout African American history, including artifacts from President Obama’s inauguration. Finish with the Giant Game Board Activity which tests your knowledge of African American history!

The events run through the month of February, however admission on President’s Day is completely free, so don’t miss this opportunity!


February 25African Cultures Day @ the Penn Museum

Experience the entire gamut of African culture at the Penn Museum. African Cultures Day at the Penn Museum is filled with a slew of activities, from performances, and crafts, to games and interactive explorations. Admission to the museum is $10 for Students with ID, starting at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM!


February 28Black History Untold @ WHYY Studios

As Black History Month comes to a close, it’s important to not only reflect on the culture of black history, but to also revel in the present and future of black culture. Join WHYY as they bring their Black History Untold series to an end. If you’re not familiar with the series, Black History Untold uncovers the full story of black history through the lens of local black leaders. Through personal essays these leaders share their thoughts on black happiness. The event will include live entertainment, a panel discussion, and networking opportunities from 5:30pm to 7:45pm with a reduced price of $10 for Students with college ID!