Black History Month, or African-American History Month, is an annual month of observance when individuals and events that helped the movement for equality for African-Americans in the United States is celebrated. In commemoration of Black History Month, Houston is hosting several events throughout the month of February.
Event: I <3 Spike Lee: Spike Lee Movie
Host: Houston Public Library (HPL)
When: Several dates in February 2019
Where: Several participating libraries
Event Description: “A month-long celebration of a trailblazing filmmaker is now showing at a library near you. Enjoy popcorn, candy, and giveaways!”
For specific dates, locations and movies being shown, click here.
Event: AFRO X Festival
Host: Houston Public Library
When: February 23, 2019, 1 p.m.
Where: Northwest Multi-Service Center, 9720 Spaulding Street, Houston, Texas 77016
Event Description: “Come to the Houston Public Library’s first expo celebrating the life and culture of African Americans in Houston. See live demonstrations, attend workshops, get free health screenings and meet a variety of community organizations and vendors.”
Event: Black Speculative Art Movement (BSAM)
Host: Artivism Community Art Supply
When: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Houston Museum of African American Culture, 4807 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004
Cost: Donation + Tax
Event Description: “The Black Speculative Arts Movement is ‘a monthly Afrofuturism, black comics, film, and arts convention held at multiple colleges universities, museums, and other venues across the United States, Canada, and abroad.’ The conference aims at ‘facilitating the interaction between the community of artists, scholars, writers, film makers, and community workers focused on the Afro-future’.”
To purchase tickets for this event, click here.
Event: 22nd Annual Jazz Festival
Host: University of Houston
When: February 22 and 23, 2019,7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Moores Opera House, 3333 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77004
Cost: Adults $15; alumni, senior, staff $12; student $10. To purchase tickets, click here.
Event description: “The Moores School of Music presents the 22nd Annual Moores School Jazz Festival, an adjudicated event that features middle school and high school jazz ensembles from around the state of Texas. The festival will start on Friday and will include performances by the award winning Moores School of Music Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Noe Marmolejo’”.
Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC)
Hours: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (closed Monday, Tuesday & Sunday)
Where: 4807 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004
Cost: General admission is free but donations are accepted.
About the museum: “The Houston Museum of African American Culture is a museum whose mission is to ‘collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the material and intellectual culture of Africans and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest and the African Diaspora for current and future generations.”
For more information about HMAAC, click here.
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM)
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (free admission on Thursday, 1 – 5 p.m.); Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: 3816 Caroline St., Houston, Texas, 77004
Cost: General admission is $10 per adult; $5 per student senior 60+ and military; free for children 5 and under.
About: “BSNM is the only museum dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier in defense of the United States of America from the Revolutionary War to present.
For more information about BSNM, click here.
Throughout the month of February, we will also be sharing blog stories of YES Prep teachers and students as well as featuring prominent African-American historical figures and scholarships specifically for African-American students on our social media platforms.