It's almost impossible to talk about black history in America without mentioning Atlanta.
Over the years, the city has become the home of record-breaking musicians, athletes, civil rights leaders, entrepreneurs and artists. Throughout February, there is no shortage of events to help you celebrate Black History Month all around the greater Atlanta area. Here are a few events you don't want to miss:
Gwinnett County Public Library - Lilburn Branch
4817 Church St., Lilburn
Morehouse College’s Dr. Tanya Clark informs guests about the Afrofuturism genre — the fusion of science and technology with traditional black culture and lore. Join the discussion on Saturday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m.
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atlanta
Throughout the month of February, the Children's Museum of Atlanta will host Black History Month programs each day. The events include a mini musical and a lessons on important history makers.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $13 to $19. The museum is closed on Wednesdays.
Butler Street CDC (Formerly Butler Street YMCA)
22 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr. NE, Atlanta
On Saturday, Feb. 22, RunWithE and Movers and Pacers ATL are sponsoring the Historic Sweet Auburn Black History Kids Running Tour. You can register online for free. The event will feature lessons about the history of the area as well as food, soft drinks and a DJ courtesy of Hip Hop Gives Back. The festivities from from 9:30 a.m.-noon.
Washington Park Branch Library
1116 Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr., Atlanta
If you're looking for a hands-on activity for youngsters, the Washington Park Branch Library is hosting a fun and educational event for children ages 7-12 on Wednesday, February 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program will teach children about the contributions of African Americans throughout history and include crafts and reading during the event.
Gwinnett Justice & Administration Center
75 Langley Dr., 1st Floor, Atrium, Lawrenceville
Gwinnett County is joining forces with the United Ebony Society for its annual Black History Month Celebration from 5:30 p.m.to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. This free event features performances, speakers and presentations. Attendees are encouraged to register online.
84 Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta
On the first and third Saturday of each month, you can take the Downtown History Tour known as Atlanta from the Ashes. Learn all about Atlanta's ties to the Civil Rights Movement, the growth of Coca Cola and other interesting facts about the Woodruff Park area.
This event is free, but attendees must register online. The tour runs from noon to 1 p.m.
100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta
PNC Bank is hosting a free event celebrating African Americans in the arts from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. You can register and learn more online.
Macy's Lenox Square Mall First Floor
3393 Peachtree Rd Ne Ste 8480 NE, Atlanta
Stop by the beauty department of Macy’s Feb. 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a discussion about the power and history of black people and culture. Visitors can also learn about trends in black women’s hair.
Various locations around Roswell.
Each year, the City of Roswell becomes the home of one of the largest Black History Month celebrations in Georgia. The event is described as a way to share in African American history while discovering more about the heritage, art, food and contributions that define the culture.
The festival features different events all throughout the month of February. Full details, including schedules and locations, can be found on the City of Roswell website.
135 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta
At the APEX museum, every month is Black History Month. Exhibits include Sweet Auburn Street Pride, Women in Stem, The Georgia Negro and Africa: The Untold Story exhibits.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Admission ranges from $5 to $7.
Courtyard Marriott Decatur
130 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur
City of Decatur and Decatur Business Association's annual Black History Program will be moderated by actor Louis Gossett Jr., who appeared in the 1977 minseries “Roots.” Beginning at 6 p.m. on February 25, Gossett will chat about his role on “Watchmen” and host a conversation about ) black commerce and his foundation. Space is limited and tickets are required.
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