Black History Month is dedicated to African Americans and the celebration of our country’s history. Since 1976, every February has been designated as Black History Month. This year, 2020, is also the 100-year anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. This movement highlighted the contribution made by the Black community to the world of art and music. Next month, we’ll be highlighting a few women of the Harlem Renaissance. For now, below are some local, fun activities for Black History month.
Black History Month in the Adventure Garden
Enjoy this ethnobotanical tour of plants indigenous to Africa while attending the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden’s Discovery Center this month. Don’t miss this innovative set of activities that celebrate Black History Month. This activity is meant to draw connections between plants and the black culture to teach this story from a new angle. Stop by weekday afternoons or all day weekends now through March 1st.
This fast paced, interactive class engages babies and toddlers with creative dance movements. Children will be dancing, drumming and singing with joy! Parents and guardians should come ready to play and participate! *Recommended for ages 3 years and up.
This event will showcase and honor Black artists that ignited political and social change during their time. You will have the opportunity to even create some of your own pieces inspired by theirs! We will be focusing on the Jazz Age, the Harlem Renaissance, and the post-war years. This event will take place on February 27th at the Hansborough Recreation Center.
Consider attending this engaging lecture at Roger Morris Park on the 27th. Learn about the architecture and its importance during the jazz age by architect and historian, John Reddick. Enjoy learning about local early twentieth-century designs, including the Roger Morris Apartment and Colonial Park & Pool, and the architecture of Harlem and the work of African American architect, Vertner Tandy.
This exhibit seeks to acknowledge and reconsider the complex relationship between enslaved Black people, nature, and the colonial environment. The exhibit will focus on five plants—cotton, the peacock flower, rice, the peanut, and the vanilla orchid.