There is a wave of creative ways to experience Black History month this year. From socially distanced events, murals to visit and virtual tours, there’s Black History in Philadelphia to experience.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
Two exhibits that are available virtually, along with its permanent collection. Through His Eyes: Youth Activism in the Civil Rights Era in Philadelphia is an assortment of photographs of Black youth that bring attention to young activists who weren’t recognized during the civil rights movement. Secondly, Works by nine artists in Rendering Justice are part of a collaboration with Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Reimagining Reentry program. “The partnership examines the criminal justice system and supports formerly incarcerated artists.”
Are you a Foodie?
James Beard Award-winning food writer and Michael W. Twitty, a culinary historian will be diving into a discussion virtually about his book “The Cooking Gene.” The book examines Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry.
Wednesday February 3rd, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Up for a Movie Discussion?
“Marshall.” Haven’t seen the movie Marshall yet? Be sure to watch it and join in the virtual discussion of the movie. Former Pennsylvania prosecutor, A. Nicole Phillips, will be offering a descriptive understanding into the film. Thurgood Marshall was the nation’s first Black Supreme Court Justice. He litigated for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
The Abington Township Public Library is offering online copies of the movie for viewing.
Tuesday February 7, 8 p.m. Streamed from Abington Township Public Library
St. Peter Claver Catholic Church
Do you want to learn more about the achievements Black Americans have made to the USA? Take this walking tour to explore 20 plaques representing individual’s right here in Philadelphia. The tour is starting at St. Peter Claver Church, the first Roman Catholic Church for Black citizens in Philadelphia.
Sunday February 7, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. St. Peter Claver Catholic Church Historical Marker, 1200 Lombard Street, 215-758-5536
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Michelle Cann will be performing Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement. Listen to the music composed by the first Black woman to gain national attention as a classical composer. Although most of Price’s music was overlooked in her time, you can experience her composition live streamed online as a Digital Stage.
Friday February 18-25
Mural Arts Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has put together a walking tour. In celebration of Black History month you can tour Center City neighborhoods with a professional tour guide. The murals feature iconic African American figures, civic heroes and insightful social justice issues. You’ll be able to learn the stories that are behind each work of art, the mural making process as well as learn about the artists.
Sunday February 21, 2 p.m.
Mural Arts Program has covered all bases. If you’re not feeling like taking a walk, get in on their one hour virtual tour. A tour guide will take you through different Philadelphia neighborhoods over a zoom webinar platform.
Wednesday February 24, 6p.m.