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Museums, Events and Performances Celebrate Black History Month in Metro D.C.


Black History Month is an annual celebration of the important contributions of African Americans to our nation’s history that has been observed every February since 1976.

Because BeechTree is located so close to all of the D.C. area’s educational and performance venues, residents here are given great access to the many events and enrichment opportunities that will be available throughout the month.

Whether you’re interested in theatre, dance, music, visual arts or the spoken word, the D.C. metro area is home to a wide variety of Black History Month events to choose from. One of our favorites is the “Living the Dream...Singing the Dream” performance by the Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. On the National Mall, the newly-opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture also offers an expansive selection of exhibits, stories and events.

Even closer to home, Prince George’s County is continuing its tradition of celebrating Black History Month as well. This year, the Montpelier Arts Center is highlighting the importance of music in African American culture with “How We Got Over: A History of Black Sacred Music Traditions.” The exhibit is running through the end of the month and is free for attendees of all ages.

You can also learn more about African American history and culture without having to leave home at all. Once again, WDCW-TV is presenting “Living Black History,” featuring documentaries and original locally produced programming all month long.

Be sure to check out the full calendar of events, exhibits and happenings throughout the month!