Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Texas

As February unfolds, vibrant celebrations, events, and activities honor and commemorate Black History Month throughout Texas. As we have the privilege to serve diverse communities across Texas, we want to share opportunities to engage in meaningful ways. Here’s a guide to make this Black History Month an enriching and enlightening experience for the whole family.

  1. Visit the African American Museum in Dallas:

Located in Fair Park, the African American Museum in Dallas is a cultural gem that houses an impressive collection of artifacts, art, and exhibits. During Black History Month, the museum often hosts special events and programs, providing a comprehensive look into the history and contributions of African Americans. On Saturday, February 17, 2024, the museum will be hosting a Family Community Day & African American Read In from 11am to 3pm. This free event is open to your entire family.

  1. Attend Kid’s Day at George Washington Carver Museum in Austin:

The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center, is dedicated to celebrating the global contributions of all Black people. This Black History Month, the museum has designed Kid’s Day at the Carver to educate little ones about the rich history of Black culture. With an emphasis on the 2024 Black History Month theme, African Americans and the Arts, kiddos will get hands-on experience learning about influential Black artists of all disciplines through creative play. This free event will be hosted Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 11am to 3pm.

  1. Explore Black Western Heritage at the Bill Pickett Rodeo in Fort Worth:

The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo celebrates black western heritage and highlights the role of black rodeo cowboys in American history. In this dynamic intersection of culture and sport, attendees can witness awe-inspiring rodeo events that showcase the rich contributions of African Americans to the cowboy tradition. This traveling rodeo will be in Texas 5 times throughout the year, including this Saturday, February 17, 2024.

At-Home Activities:

  1. Cook and Share African American Cuisine:

Celebrate Black History Month by exploring Black culinary heritage. Central Market is hosting a free virtual Cooking School Class featuring the stories and recipes of notable black chef: Chef Kwame Onwuachi. On Thursday, February 29, 2024, experiment with recipes inspired by the diverse flavors and traditions right in your home. 

  1. Consume Black History through Literature and Media:

Last but not least, make learning a lifestyle by consuming Black history and heritage in your home. On a routine trip to your local library you can explore an extensive collection of black literature suitable for all ages. If reading is not your style, you can watch documentaries on Black history across the diaspora with a tap of your fingertips. Learning is a lifelong adventure that is not exclusive to the shortest month of the year.

In North and Central Texas, Black History Month is a time for reflection and an opportunity to actively engage with the rich and diverse heritage of our region. Whether you choose to attend events at cultural institutions or partake in activities from the comfort of your home, February offers a chance to celebrate, learn, and strengthen the bonds of a more inclusive community.