February is Black History Month, and there are lots of events and activites around Columbus honoring the significance and celebrating the achievements by Black Americans in U.S. history.
Columbus Metropolitan Library Celebrates Black History Month from February 1, 2019 – February 28, 2019 with a variety of programs throughout our 23 locations, including an event focused on our My History Columbus African-American Collection. Check out the complete schedule featuring storytelling, poetry, music, art and history. Kids ages 7 and up will love the Black Panther Dance Class offered at multiple locations throughout the month!
In celebration of Black History Month, the Ohio History Connection invites you to take part in special programming at two of its historic sites: the Ohio History Center in Columbus and the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center in Wilberforce. All activities are free with museum admission unless noted otherwise. There are 10 events held in Columbus, including exhibits, discussions, film, and more. See the whole schedule for both locations here.
The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a special exhibition and free historical performances each Tuesday at noon. Stop by to check out the Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks: Children’s Art Exhibition during open hours, or on Tuesdays for the performances in the Atrium. See details here
Westerville Central HS Black History Month Celebration: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 7-9 pm. $5 admission support future programming. See Facebook event page for details.
Columbus City Council Celebration of Black History: Council is dedicating a ceremony to acknowledge the achievements and contributions of African Americans in defining America’s Opportunity City on Friday, February 15 at 11 a.m. at City Council Chambers. See details here.
The Office of Black Catholic Ministries encourages all members of the Diocese of Columbus to join with the more than 3 million African American Catholics in the United States in learning more about the many contributions Black Catholics have made to the growth and expansion of our faith. They have stories and educational infomation available on the website.
The Ohio State Univeristy Office of Student Life Multicultural Center is hosting a variety of discussions and gatherings, including food events, dancing, business meet & greets, performances and more. If you are a student or want to pass the information on to a student, check out the schedule here.
Free Ride with Lyft! To celebrate Black History Month, Lyft is offering a free ride up to $10 (or $10 off) to or from black history museums and relevant cultural sites around the country in February.
To take advantage of this offer in Columbus, use the promo code BHMCMH19. Participating sites in Columbus are King Arts Complex and Ohio History Center.