“Black people are always being short-changed even Black History Month is in February, the shortest month on the calendar”. That’s a line I’ve heard a lot from a variety of Black comedians that can get big laughs from audiences.
The real deal is that in the mid-1920’s Dr. Carter G. Woodson, head of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, established Black History week in February to coincide with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.
It didn’t take to long before it began resonating with educators, communities and civic organizations in the U.S.A. that celebrating achievements of Blacks, was a good thing.
Here’s where you can get a taste of the good things happening in February:
- Cultural Organizations
- Local Events
- Houston Library
Celebrate Black Culture At Organizations In Houston
These are the places I found in Houston where Black history is being presented in a style that will sooth any visual learners in your crew.
The Meeting (Ensemble Theater) by Jeff Stetson
An inventive play depicting the supposed meeting of two of the most influential Black men of modern times: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The two debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems. They both seem to have a willingness to die for their beliefs, but neither are aware of the nearness of that reality.
January 28 - March 2014 Ensemble Theater - Main St
“It’s A Black Thing: Collecting African American Memorabilia”
Objects have meaning, whether positive or negative. Come and observe African American Memorabilia collections. On display are objects with a cultural and/or historical context that provide reflections on the past and the modern African American experience in the USA.
Now-March 1, 2014 African American Library at the Gregory School Victor St
"Following Your African American Roots" with Tony Burroughs
In the post-Civil war Army twenty percent of the cavalry and a large part of the infantry was African American. Learn about highly decorated soldiers from the era and the records that are available to research them.
Friday, February 21, 2014 | 3 PM Buffalo Soldiers National Museum | 3816 Caroline,
It’s easy to see the main focus is still to build awareness of a fundamental truth. African Americans and peoples of African descent may be slighted by by mainstream publications, but they were and still are explorers, inventors and makers of history
The conundrum is that, few if any Black churches or organizations in Houston are having events commemorating Black history month this year. If you or your group are sponsoring a program, let us know about it in the comment section.
More Houston Events On African American HistoryThose are my top 3 Houston events, during Black History month, because each will give you something to take away from them that you can readily apply to everyday life. Even if it’s something as simple as shaping your attitude about how an image on paper can be offensive to someone else.
There are more events to come, a lot more, including the remaining two celebrations that are on our top 5 list. B-T-W don’t leave this page without hitting the like button for MidtownLIVE or browsing through our Event Page's Calendar with family-friendly fairs, festivals and free events in and around Houston that you can attend.
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