February Black History Month events
Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to United States history. Created in 1926 as a week-long celebration by African American historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson, it expanded to a month-long series of events in 1976. The National Black History Month theme for 2016 is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.”
Bridge to the Ballot
The Bloomington Human Rights Commission and the League of Women Voters host "Bridge to the Ballot: Teaching the Selma-to-Montgomery Legacy and the Voting Rights Act of 1965." The evening features a screening of the "Bridge to the Ballot" film followed by a panel discussion. The film tells the story of the courageous students, teachers and activists who lead the nonviolent fight to win voting rights for African Americans in the South. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested.
Bloomington Civil Plaza
1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd.
Bloomington, MN 55431
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016, 7:00 pm
For more information: 952-563-4944, TTY 952-563-4933, reservations@BloomingtonMN.gov
St. Paul Public Schools National African American Parent Involvement Day
National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) is a day for parents to come to their child's school, see what their day is like and to support their child's educational future.
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
For more information: http://www.spps.org/naapid
Black and White Exhibit
Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story behind the prints within the exhibition and their presence in the museum’s collection links Minnesota’s Swedish-Lutheran heritage, the University’s art faculty, and the history of apartheid in South Africa.
Weisman Art Museum: Carlson Gallery
Exhibit continues through February 14
For more information: http://www.weisman.umn.edu/event/black-white
Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota
During the decades of segregation in Major League Baseball, black ballplayers in Minnesota were relegated to semipro leagues, barnstorming clubs and loose organizations of all-black teams, many of which are lost to history. Join Frank M. White, the son of one of those players, as he covers the history of Minnesota's African American ballplayers who navigated denial, hardship and segregation for the love of the game. Event is free and open to the public. More information.
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
University of St. Thomas Black History Month activites
Diversity Film Series: Dark Girls
The film series screens the documentary, Dark Girls. Dark Girls goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world.
Tuesday, February 9, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
For more information: http://www.stthomas.edu/studentdiversity/events/bhmfilmseries.html
Black History Month Culture Stew
James Mite presents his research on “Kendrick Lamar: The New Gold Standard of Hip-Hop? A Critical Look at Authenticity in Rap Music.”
Thursday, Feb. 25th at 12:00
For more information: http://www.stthomas.edu/studentdiversity/events/2016bhmculturestew.html
And Still We Rise - Black History Month Discussion
Dr. Tanya Gladney will lead a discussion on the “Intersectionality of Black Women.”
Thursday, Feb. 25th at 5:30 p.m
For more information: http://www.stthomas.edu/studentdiversity/events/2016bhmandstillwerise.html
Minnesota State University Mankato Black History Month Events
February 1: Black History Month Opening Celebration
February 10: Black History Month Panel Discussion
February 17: Black History Month Large Lecture
For more information: https://www.mnsu.edu/cultdiv/activities/
Tuesday, February 16, all day
Web Sites and Resources Related to Black History
- African American Civil Rights Movement by The Minnesota History Center
- NAACP: Black History Month
- Black History from National Archives
- African American Odyssey by The Library of Congress
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Black History Teaching Resources by the Smithsonian Institute
- Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights Black History Month information