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Where to Celebrate Black History Month in Denver

Musical performances, exhibits, and tours to celebrate African-American history in Colorado.

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Black History Month celebrates the vital contributions of African American people and events in U.S. History. Throughout the month of February, Denver offers a variety of educational, kid-friendly ways to celebrate the history of African-American culture in Colorado. Here’s a sampling of local events to share with the family.

Me & The Dream Exhibit

Cherry Creek Shopping Center
3000 E. First Ave., Denver

See an exhibit that celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr. The exhibit features rare photographs and memorabilia documenting the life and family of King and his visits to Denver, plus historical events leading up to Colorado’s adoption of the official King holiday. On display in the Grand Court through February 28. Free.

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Souls of the Soil Recital

Denver Public Library – Blair Caldwell African American Research Library
2401 Welton St., Denver

Listen to the voices of jazz vocalist Erica Papillion-Posey and Denver Philharmonic Orchestra member Christiana McMullen as they perform musical works that highlight the contributions of female African-American performers and composers. February 16, 2-4 p.m. Free.

African-Americans in the West

History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver

Join Terri Gentry, volunteer docent at the Black American West Museum, as she highlights the westward migration of African-Americans and the contributions of black cowboys, educators, entrepreneurs, homesteaders, miners, and medical and military trailblazers in U.S. history. February 25, 1-2 p.m. Included with price of admission.

Black Music Matters 2.0

History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver

The Vocal Coalition, who work to affirm the dignity of all cultures and their music by supporting young musicians, present a special atrium concert featuring students and other local contemporary musicians. The two-hour event tells the black experience from Africa to Colorado through music, narration, and dance. February 28, 7-9 p.m. Free with admission.

 

Learn more about African American history and culture with these books celebrating Black History Month or these about the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

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