Life-sized 3D characters at The African American Museum in Philadelphia. Photo Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC
It’s the first the February and that means it’s the first day of Black History Month. Philadelphia is filled with African American history and culture. Here are ways to celebrate throughout the month.
Relive history with Octavius Catto and enjoy hearing stories of the past come to life at Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut Streets with free crafts for children making silhouettes in the tradition of the well–known African American artist, Moses Williams. Octavius Catto, a black educator, intellectual, and civil rights activist, became a martyr to racism. Visitors will be enamored by Octavius as he brings to life his front line stories from the country’s first battle for civil rights. The event runs Saturday and Sunday, February 4 – 5, 2 – 5 pm. First 20 children (12 years and younger) will get to meet Catto and experience Liberty 360 in the PECO Theater for FREE. For more info please visit http://www.historicphiladelphia.org
Celebrate Black History Month in February at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating Black History Month this February with special events throughout the neighborhood branches highlighting important Africans and African Americans in history. Enjoy FREE events like crafts, movies, storytime, games and more. For a complete up-to-date schedule of events, visit freelibrary.org.
Black History Month at The National Constitution Center, located at 525 Arch Street on Independence Mall, from Wednesday, February 1 – Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 10a-3p. Visitors to the Center this February can participate in a variety of events in honor of Black History Month. During the Breaking Barriers Show, visitors can examine the lives of Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson, and other extraordinary African Americans throughout history, in order to learn more about the issues they faced and the rights they secured for all Americans. Visitors also can take a closer look at the Center’s rare printing of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, to learn more about its history, the Civil War, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. Guests also can tour the Center’s main exhibition, The Story of We the People, which highlights important moments in black history. For more info please visit http://constitutioncenter.org/
20th Anniversary African American Children’s Book Fair on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 1-3pm at Gymnasium of the Community College of Philadelphia (17th & Spring Garden St). Author and illustrators will make presentations from their books; also games, prizes, promotional give-aways and reading resources will be available. A wide selection of African American books to purchase will be featured at the event. The event for children pre-school to young adult will host a book fair, games, prizes and freebies. Also featuring the NBC10 Reading Circle, PECO, and MCDONALD’S Educator’s Book Program. For more information call (215) 878-BOOK or visit http://theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org/. This event is free and opened to the public.
One Book, One Philadelphia: Running the Road to ABC at African American Museum in Philadelphia (701 Arch St) from 1-3p. Presented by the Free Library of Philadelphia, the goal of One Book, One Philadelphia is to promote reading, literacy and libraries, and to encourage the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book. Join multi-talented storyteller, artist, and historical re-enactor Carla Wiley for an engaging presentation of the young children’s book Running the Road to ABC by Denizé Lauture. Book supply is limited. Books will be distributed to visitors on a first come, first served basis. This event is Free to the public.
Celebrate Black History Month all year round at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) collects and preserves art and artifacts and, through exhibitions and programs, interprets the history and stories of African Americans and those of the African Diaspora. The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans in all its permutations: family life, the Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law and technology. The AAMP currently houses four galleries and an auditorium, each of which offer exhibitions anchored by one of our three dominant themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative. It is located at 701 Arch Street and is open Wednesday thru Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday: 12 Noon – 5 PM.
Receive FREE admission to these participating museums on Saturday Feb 4th and Sunday Feb 5th with your Bank of American cards. Take in the arts of other African American artists. Just present your Bank of America credit or debit card, along with your photo ID.
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- National Constitution Center
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
- The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)
For more information please visit http://museums.bankofamerica.com/
To find these events and more please visit my Events Calendar.