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Celebrating Black History Month Near BeechTree

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Black History Month has been observed by Americans every February since 1976 as a way to celebrate the important contributions of African Americans to our nation’s history. And thanks to its many educational venues and opportunities for enrichment, the D.C. area offers its residents special access to a number of exhibits, educational programs and events to participate in throughout the month.

The D.C. metro area is home to a wide variety of Black History Month events that range from theater and visual arts performances to musical tributes and forums. You could enjoy the annual Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs concert or a tribute to the music of B.B. King and celebrate the contributions of African-American culture in a musical setting. Or you could find enrichment at an expert panel discussion or one of the many art exhibits in the area.

Closer to home, Prince George’s County is kicking off its Black History Month celebration with a public reception for its Black History Month exhibition on Saturday, February 6. Just one of many events happening at the Montpelier Arts Center, the free, month-long exhibition titled “Narrative in Black Identity” celebrates heritage and identity through painting and photography. Baltimore-based artists will help visitors understand the importance of history in contemporary times.

Bring your kids to one of four local libraries throughout the month to experience hands-on programs that explore black history in Maryland and Prince George’s County. These free events are presented by Montpelier Mansion educators and are open to all ages.

Click here to learn more about Black History Month, and be sure to check out the full events calendar for even more about events and happenings in our area.

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