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Celebrating Black History Month in the D.C. Area

February has been recognized as Black History Month by every American president since it was first designated by Gerald Ford in 1976. The 2015 theme for Black History Month is "A Century of Black Life, History and Culture".

The D.C. area is home to many notable cultural events and institutions that are celebrating Black History Month. You can participate in the celebration, and learn more about the important contributions that African Americans have made to our history, at fun area events.

The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is presenting the musical celebration, “Living the Dream...Singing the Dream” on Sunday, February 22, at 7pm featuring the Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs. The choir’s annual concert with the Choral Arts Chorus, honors the life and legacy of  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Take the kids to the Smithsonian Discovery Theater to learn more about the the history of African American aviators with the show “Bessie & Bill, Black Wings in Flight.” Bessie Coleman flew all over the country as the first licensed African American woman pilot. Bill Powell promoted flying as a new frontier for African Americans.

Learn more about African American history and culture, including the essential contributions of African American women to the civil rights movement, without leaving the house. WDCW-TV is presenting “Living Black History” all month, featuring programs showcasing the contributions of African Americans to American history and culture.