There’s so much to do in the city this February to celebrate Black History Month, with music, poetry, special programming (like History After Hours!), and more. Get exploring today.
1. Before the Fifteenth at the National Constitution Center
The What: The inaugural event, Before the Fifteenth, takes an in-depth look at the fight for freedom and equality that began in the 1850s and continued to the passage of the 15th Amendment.
The Where: 525 Arch Street
The When: Feb. 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The Deal: Free; advanced registration is required
2. Black History Month Poetry Slam Series at The Free Library of Philadelphia
The What: The poetry slam is a literacy, cultural, and social session for all ages in which the community has the opportunity to read their favorite Pan African works. Refreshments will be served.
The Where: 5325 Overbrook Avenue
The When: Feb. 4 at 4 p.m.
The Deal: Free
3. Campus Philly College Night at the African American Museum of Philadelphia
The What: Explore the four exhibition galleries designed to inspire and educate, promote dialogue, and foster community.
The Where: 701 Arch Street
The When: Feb. 21 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Deal: Free with your student ID
4. Secret Codes of Slaves & the Underground Railroad at the Bristol Cultural & Historical Foundation
The What: Program titled “Secret Codes of Slaves & the Underground Railroad” presented by Linda Salley, President of the African American Museum of Bucks. Light refreshment to follow the program.
The Where: 321 Cedar Street
The When: Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
The Deal: Free with your student ID
5. Black Lives Matter Philly Week of Action Benefit Show at World Cafe Live
The What: This concert features African American performing artists in a celebration of Black Joy and Activism in Philadelphia. It’s an opportunity to celebrate what public education truly means for Philly youth, families, and communities.
The Where: The Lounge at World Cafe Live
The When: Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
The Deal: $15
6. Poetic Musings on Toni Morrison at The Free Library of Philadelphia
The What: Philadelphia Poet Laureate Trapeta B. Mayson will discuss the impact of Toni Morrison’s work on African-American women writers and explore the themes of race, class, and gender in Morrison’s work.
The Where: The Rosenbach
The When: Feb. 4 at 12:30 p.m.
The Deal: Free; advanced registration is recommended
7. Aretha: Respect at the Kimmel Center with The Philly POPS
The What: The Philly POPS welcomes back conductor Byron Stripling as we pay R-E-S-P-E-C-T with the dynamic combination of Broadway Powerhouse Capathia Jenkins and Grammy-Nominated R&B Singer Ryan Shaw.
The Where: 300 S Broad Street
The When: Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. & Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.
The Deal: Get $10 tickets through KimmelSTIX
8. Student Black History Trivia Challenge at The Franklin Institute
The What: Cheer on the student-led teams as they answer questions celebrating the rich history of African Americans in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Plus, test your own knowledge during audience-only challenges for a chance to win special prizes and giveaways!
The Where: 222 N 20th Street
The When: Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Deal: Included with general admission
9. History After Hours: Black History Untold at the Museum of the American Revolution
The What: The Museum is proud to host the world premiere of the third season of the acclaimed series “Black History Untold,” as it explores “Revolution” in the context of Black history.
The Where: 101 S 3rd Street
The When: Feb. 11 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
The Deal: Get $10 tickets