Charlotte-area Black History Month events, programs

CHARLOTTE — Each February we honor and celebrate the achievements of Black Americans for Black History Month. Special events, performances, and programs are held throughout Charlotte during the month.

Here’s a list of events taking place for Black History Month in 2023:

Feb. 18 A Celebration of Black History: Past, Present, Future

Join the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa and the Gaston County Museum for a program at 12 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 611 Ray Street in Kings Mountain. The keynote speaker will be Dorothy Counts-Scoggins. Link

Feb. 25 — African American Heritage Festival at Charlotte Museum of History

Learn about regional Historically Black Colleges and Universities through performances, panels, and a college fair. There will also be local vendors and special tours of the Alexander Homesite. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Link

Feb. 26 — 2023 North Carolina Black Heritage Festival at Cabarrus Arena & Events Center

The festival will feature crafts, performances, art, giveaways, and more than 100 Black-owned businesses. 1 to 5 p.m. Free admission, $7 to park. Link

The Independent Picture House at 4237 Raleigh Street is hosting a Black Film Series in February. Tickets cost $8. See the schedule below. Link

Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. — “Destination: Planet Negro!”

Feb. 18 at 7:20 p.m. — “The Watermelon Woman”

Feb. 24 at 7:20 p.m. — “Eve’s Bayou”

Feb. 25 at 7:20 p.m. — “Ganja & Hess”

The Town of Huntersville Parks & Recreation Department will host a different Black History Month Program each Monday in February. The programs are free to attend. See the schedule below. Link

Feb. 20 at 2:30 p.m. — Performance by Drums 4 Life at David B. Waymer Recreation Center

Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. — Black History bingo and trivia at David B. Waymer Recreation Center

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture will host programs throughout the month. See the schedule below:

Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. — “Men of Change: As we Journey Through” contemporary dance performance at the Charlotte Ballet Center for Dance at 701 North Tryon St. $15-$20. Link

Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. — Celebrating 50 Years of Hip Hop with The Come Up discussions and book signing. Admission is free. Link

Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Jazz concert featuring the Camille Thurman Quintet. $65. Link

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