It only comes around one month a year but is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions that African-Americans have made to American history. From lively panel discussions to musical and dance performances and even cultural programming on TV, Noire MIami has compiled the Ultimate Black History Month guide of things to see and do in Miami. Check back regularly for updates to the event lineup as more events are being added throughout the month.
PBS Black History Month programming
PBS releases a lineup of new shows and online content celebrating the African American experience past, present and future.
- “American Promise” - Monday, Feb 3, 2014, 10pm - 12am
- “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth” - Friday, Feb 7, 9pm - 10:30pm
- “Spies of Mississippi” - Monday, Feb 10, 10pm - 11pm
- Jazz and the Philharmonic - Friday, Feb 28, 9pm - 10:30pm
- Becoming an Artist - Friday, Feb 28, 10:30pm - 11pm
For info: www.pbs.org/about/news/archive/2014/black-history-month
Black History Month “Old Historic Trolley Tours” presented by The Miami Black Heritage Cultural Experience
Every Saturday in the month of February (Feb 1, 8, 15, & 22) - 8:30am - 3:30pm from the Historic Ward Cultural Tourist Center at 249 NW 9th St, Miami.
Sponsored by the Black Hospitality Initiative and the Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida
Cost: Ages 13+ $10; Ages 6-12 is $5 | Tickets: MiamiBlackHistoryTours.eventbrite.com
Info: Petra, email@example.com or call (305) 539-3097, (305) 636-2390
World Erotic Art Museum celebrates Josephine Baker
Through February, 1205 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Learn about the life of the fearless actress and performer Josephine Baker at an exhibit featuring screenings of “Zou Zou” (1934) and “Princess Tam Tam” (1935), two of Baker’s most celebrated films, along with Baker memorabilia and a biographical film tracing her life from her empoverished youth to her spectacular funeral possession in Paris in 1975.
Admission: $15; seniors over 60 (with ID) $14; students (with ID) $13.50. Members free. No one under 18 admitted.
Info: 305-532-9336 or www.weam.com.
Florida Memorial University Homecoming
February 3-9 - FMU, 15800 NW 42nd Ave, Miami Gardens
- Alumni Mix-n-Mingle - Monday, Feb 3, 9pm - Prince J’s Soul Food, 18450 NW 2nd Ave
- Black Executive Exchange Program “BEEP”, Thursday, Feb 6, 9am - 5pm - FMU
- Alumni Fish Fry, Thursday, Feb 6, 8pm - 10pm - FMU A. Chester Robinson Athletic Center
- Alumni & Student BBQ, Friday, Feb 7, 12pm - 2pm - FMU Clock Tower Pavilion
- Homecoming Greek Step Show & Concert ft Doug E Fresh, Melanie Fiona, and Rico Love, Friday, Feb 7, 7pm – 11pm - FMU A. Chester Robinson Athletic Center, Tickets $25 FMU students; $35 non-students
- Alumni Homecoming Presidential Luncheon, Saturday, Feb 8, 12:30pm - 2pm, FMU Smith Conference Center, Tickets $50
Full event lineup: www.fmuniv.edu
Black History Month: Is it still relevant in the 21st Century?
Monday, Feb 3, 6pm - Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave, Room Parker 202, Ft. Lauderdale
Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences presents a discussion led by Professors David Kilroy and Gary Gershman about the continuing relevance of Black History Month remains in the twenty-first century.
Info: David Kilroy at 954-262-8021 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Affairs Advisory Board Black History Month Kickoff
Tuesday, Feb 4, 12:30pm - Stephen P. Clark Government Center (lobby), 111 NW 1st St
Live Music with Positively Africa
Tuesday, Feb 4, 10:30am - 11:30am - Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Celebrate Black History Month and attend a lively and enchanting duo who will perform songs, movement, and demonstrate authentic instruments. Free and open to the public. Call 954-262-5477 for more information.
Soweto Gospel Choir
Wednesday, Feb 5, 8:30pm - Adrienne Arsht Center Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd
Experience a powerful tribute to Nelson Mandela by the two-time Grammy Award-winning spectacle of soulful voices, enticingly colorful clothing, and magnificent choreography. As ambassadors of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 organization, which advocates for social justice and AIDS awareness, the choir continues to inspire hope, praise and worship world-wide.
For tickets: www.arshtcenter.org/Tickets/Calendar/2013-2014-Season/Live-at-Knight/Soweto-Gospel-Choir
HistoryMiami‘s Museum Forum “Civil Rights in Miami”
Wednesday, Feb 5, 6pm - 7pm - North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St, Miami
Panelists: H.T. Smith, Dr. Enid Pinkney, Thelma Gibson, and Garth Reeves, Sr.
Take part in a fascinating panel discussion with local pioneers in civil rights. This is a perfect opportunity to understand the history of civil rights and connect the dots between the past and current civil rights issues. Presented by HistoryMiami in partnership with the Miami-Dade Public Library System with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners.
Info: (305) 375-1492 and www.historymiami.org
Black History Month Celebration & Film Screening: “The Black Miami”
Thursday, Feb 6, 7pm - The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Complex, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Sponsored by Commissioner Audrey Edmonson (District 3)
For info: (305) 636-2390 or visit Theblackarchives.org or email email@example.com
“Lyric Live” at The Historic Lyric Theater Complex “Amateur Night at its Best”
Friday, Feb 7, 7pm - Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Presented by The Black Archives History & Research Foundation
Cost: $10 - $25; Details: (305) 636-2390 and Theblackarchives.org
Miami Beach Celebrates Black History
Friday, Feb 7, 6:30pm - 8pm - North Shore Park Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave
Learn, honor, and be part of the annual celebration of achievements by black African Americans who have fought for freedom and equality, despite adversity, throughout American history. After-school members from North Shore Park Youth Center and Fairway Park will perform a variety of dances, recite poems and sing songs of some of the greatest hits by African American artists, and an arts and crafts exhibit will be on display.
For info: North Shore Park and Youth Center at (305) 861-3616
Black Heritage Festival
Saturday, Feb 8, 12pm - 4pm - Betty Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St, Miami Gardens
Sponsored by Commissioner Barbara Jordan (District 1) and Mayor Oliver Gilbert of Miami Gardens
8th Annual Gospel Explosion and Soul Food Tasting
Saturday, Feb 8, 5pm - 9pm - MDC North Campus, Lehman Theater, 11380 NW 27 Ave, Building 5
Part of the Campus’ month-long Black History Month celebration, the popular Gospel Explosion will feature the inspirational talents of local choirs, solo singers and praise dancers from the tri-county area. Free and open to the public.
Black History Parade/Festival
Saturday, Feb 8, 10am - Starts at South Miami City Hall, 130 Sunset Drive
Route begins on 59th Place (Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd) and ending at 5800 SW 66 Street Bethel-Gibson Community Center (Murray Park)
Black History Month Celebratory Event
Saturday, Feb 8, 10am - 6pm - Miramar Cultural Arts Center ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar
Features arts and crafts, workshops, performances, soul foods and guest speakers, including actress JoMarie Peyton, WPLG news anchor Calvin Hughes and WTVJ news anchor Jawan Strader plus Martin Luther King, Jr. “I have a Dream Wall” on which you can leave messages, quotes, drawings, poems and stories.
Black History Month Panel Discussion with Bishop Victor T. Curry
Tuesday, Feb 11, 11am - 1pm - MDC North Campus, 11380 NW 27 Ave, Room 2151, Building 2
Presented by Miami Dade College North Campus, the panel discussion will explore the significant role that African-American churches played during the Civil Rights movement. Bishop Victor T. Curry, pastor of the New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International in Opa-Locka, will serve on the panel and broadcast it live on his gospel radio station, WMBM. Guest panelists include Pastor Caesar Lamb of the Spirit of Christ Church and Dr. Phyllis Baker, a retired MDC faculty member.
Free and open to the public. For info: 305-237-1061
Historic Virginia Key Presents The Black History Month Drive-in Films: Red Tails
Wednesday, Feb 12, doors open 6:45pm, movie starts 8pm - 11pm - Blue Starlite Beach at Virginia Key, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr, Miami
3rd Annual “South Dade Gospel Fest”
Sunday, Feb 16, 5pm - South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St, Cutler Bay
Sponsored by Commissioners Lynda Bell (District 8) and Dennis C. Moss (District 9)
Tickets: $5 adults; Ages 17 & under $1
Info: (305) 375-4606 and www.miamidade.gov/baab
African Art Exhibit “Civil Rights for All—The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964”
Thursday, Feb 20, 5:30pm - 8:30pm - 200 South Biscayne Blvd, Suite 4900
Featuring U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer and art exhibit curated by Babacar M’Bow of Multitudes Gallery. Sponsored by the Caribbean Bar
Association and White & Case, LLP. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Umoja A Black History Month Celebration
Thursday, Feb 20, 6:30pm - 9pm - N’Namdi Contemporary, 177 NW 23rd St
A La Mode Boutique in partnership with Inimitable Events, Fierce Simplicity, and N’Namdi Contemporary Gallery present “ Umoja.” Umoja is the Swahili word for unity and is the day routed around the principle of striving to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race. The evening will feature a showcase of African American art, literature, music, dance, culture, live vocal performances, spoken word, a live band, and more. Refreshments provided.
Cost: $5; Ticktes: shopalamodeboutique.ticketleap.com/umojanow
Genesis: The Idea of Origin in Haitian History
Friday, Feb 21, 5pm - 8pm - Haitian American Historical Museum & Archives, 645 NE 127th St, North Miami
Featuring Osemwegie Ebohon Royal Collection of Bronze from Benin
Info: (786) 597-6100 or www.haitianhistory.org
Macy’s Celebrates Black History Month: Eras of Black Style
Saturday, Feb 22, 2pm - Macy’s Aventura, 19501 Biscayne Blvd
Join us in saluting ten decades of culture defining African American Style with an "in conversation" discussion featuring journalist and style expert Constance White, singer/actress Demetria McKinney, and hosted by Neki Mohan. Following the discussion enjoy a special reception and fabulous fashion! Plus, with any $50 or more purchase during the event receive your exclusive preview copy of Constance White presents the Queens & Kings of Style!
Black Heritage Festival: Passport to the African Diaspora
Saturday, Feb 22, 12pm - 5pm - Gwen Cherry NFL/YET Center, 7090 NW 22nd Ave
Sponsored by Commissioner Jean Monestime (District 2)
Info: (305) 694-2779
Spirit of Uganda
Saturday, Feb 22, 7pm, Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach
To the melodic tones of standing drums, dramatic choreography, and gorgeous call-and-response vocals, The Spirit Of Uganda brings to life the sounds and movements of East Africa. Ambassadors for Uganda’s 2.4 million orphans, the company’s 22 vibrant performers, ages 8 to 18, personify the resilience and promise of Africa’s next generation while promoting awareness of Uganda’s dual crises – AIDS and civil war.
Purchase tickets at www.kravis.org using promo code EOECITIES and enjoy a pre-show reception.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Sunday, Feb 23, 2pm - Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd
Reception following the show hosted by South Florida Black Alumni Alliance, Howard University Alumni Association, Hampton University Alumni, Spelman College National Alumnae Association, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Morehouse College Alumni Association, Florida International University Black Alumni Chapter
Tickets available at ArshtCenter.org; promo code EOECITIES for discounted tickets and reception invite.
Historic Virginia Key Presents The Black History Month Drive-in Films: The Butler
Wednesday, Feb 26, doors open 6:45pm, movie starts 8pm - 11pm - Blue Starlite Beach at Virginia Key, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr, Miami
10th Annual delancyHill Black History Month Celebration
Thursday, Feb 27, 6pm
Info: (786) 777-0184 and www.delancyhill.com
Historic Virginia Key Presents The Black History Month Drive-in Films: Remember the Titans
Thursday, Feb 27, doors open 6:45pm, movie starts 8pm - 11pm - Blue Starlite Beach at Virginia Key, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr, Miami
Historic Virginia Key Presents The Black History Month Drive-in Films: Remember the Titans
Friday, Feb 28, doors open 6:45pm, movie starts 8pm - 11pm - Blue Starlite Beach at Virginia Key, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr, Miami
Soweto Gospel Choir. Photo: Lorenzo Di Nozzi