Feb 1, 2023 - Things to Do

Black History Month events in Columbus

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Today kicks off Black History Month, an opportunity to celebrate and educate about Black heritage and culture.

Some activities to put on your calendar:

🧭 Book a trip with Columbus Black History Tours to explore landmarks with a local historian, or use this online guide to plan your own route.

  • Available upon request.

📚 Learn about the Underground Railroad's local impact at area library branches.

ğŸŽžï¸ Recognize the pioneers of African American cinema at Gateway Film Center, with a reception before the feature presentation.

  • 5:30pm Feb. 3, "The Scar of Shame" (1929); 5:30pm March 3, "Birthright" (1938). $12.50.

ğŸŽ» Listen to youth ensemble Urban Strings play music by African American composers at area library branches.

ğŸŽ¶ Enjoy a performance by the Columbus Cultural Orchestra at the Columbus Museum of Art.

  • 2-3:30pm Feb. 12. Free!

🍿 Watch movies celebrating Black joy at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington.

ğŸŽ¨ Honor local artist Aminah Robinson at the King Arts Complex with art activities and workshops for all ages.

📍 Discuss the harmful history of discriminatory redlining in Columbus at the Main Library with a panel of researchers and advocates.

  • 1-2:30pm Feb. 18. Free!

🫖 Visit the Tea Room at the Ohio History Center, a cultural forum, to learn about the African American Tea Ceremony that began in the 19th century.

  • 11am-1:30pm Feb. 18. $25.

🌍 Join a weeklong celebration of unity, the theme of this year's African American Heritage Festival at Ohio State University.

  • Feb. 23-March 5. Free!

ğŸŽ¥ Watch a documentary highlighting local artists amid civil unrest, "As a Matter of Black," and join filmmaker Donte Woods-Spikes afterwards for a discussion.

  • 1-3pm Feb. 26 at the Ohio History Center. $15.
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