February is Black History Month, and there are lots of events and activities honoring the significance and celebrating the achievements by Black Americans in U.S. history.
2022 Black History Month
The Ohio Statehouse celebrates Black History Month in February with free historical performances on select Tuesdays at noon. The live performance are 45-minutes, followed by 15 minutes for Q&A. The events are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022
FROM THE HEART, SO MUCH TO DISCOVER: The Heritage of Ohio’s Black Voices. Performance by Lyn Ford, storyteller and author
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022
OF MEMORY AND HISTORY: An Affrilachian Storyteller Speaks. Performance by Lyn Ford, storyteller and author
There is also a 15% discount off food orders at Capitol Cafe HouseTaco on Tuesday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 22, 2022. Patrons may use the promo code 1522 with online orders of $5 minimum.
Our amazing library system celebrates Black History Month in February with a variety of programs, both in-person and virtual. Check out the complete schedule featuring storytelling, poetry, music, art and history.
Register at the events calendar in order to receive links to participate in these programs where registration is required.
Museum and sites that are part of Ohio History Connection are offering Black History Month Programming throughout Ohio. There is in-person and virtual programming available, presented in partnership with several of the organization’s historic sites, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center.
See more details and full offerings on the website.
Rally Point: A Conversation with Black Vetrepreneurs
Saturday, February 5 at 10 am
Join in this virtual Black History Month program to celebrate the determination, perseverance, talent and skill of Black Veterpreneurs. According to the Small Business Administration, black-owned businesses in the U.S. today account for more than $150 billion in revenue and employ close to 1 million people.
Catch a conversation with local black business owners and veterans about how military service impacted their drive to build their business. Special guests include:
- James Howell, U.S. Army Veteran, BK Smokehouse
- Jeff Price, U.S. Army Veteran, PLAN Logistics Solutions
- Sizzle, U.S. Army Veteran, Crafted Culture Brewery
The live program will be on YouTube and Facebook, and will be available for viewing afterwards. Details and links on website.
NVMM is open on President’s Day with $1 admission for all.
The Multicultural Center is hosting a variety of activities for United Black World Month. If you are a student or want to pass the information on to a student, check out the calendar here. which includes book club meetings, speakers, conversations, and more
- 44th African American Heritage Festival: February 26, 2022 – March 6, 2022. The weeklong festival will feature talent and poetry showcases, intriguing cultural awareness programs, and our annual Gospel Fest. This years Festival will return to in-person events and will be filled with passion, excitement and Black culture. All are welcome.
More Black History events…
We’ll be adding more events for Black History Month as we find them. Check back throughout February.
Find more great resources and inspiration about Black History on the Hallmark website.
Cinemark Theaters: A Celebration of Black History, Stories, and Culture
A selection of Black films will be showing at theatres through the month as part of a special engagement. The below movies will be showing at Polaris 18 and XD and Gahanna Cinemark Stoneridge Plaza Movies 16 (movies may not be available at both theatres on each date)
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Columbus City Council presents a celebration of African American history in the success and shaping of Columbus on Friday, February 12 at 12 p.m. via Facebook Live. The theme for 2021 is the Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity.
During the ceremony, Council will honor the Poindexter Awards recipients, named for the Rev. James P. Poindexter, the first black member of the Columbus City Council. See details here.