African-American achievements, culture, and heritage are worth celebrating year-round, but this month, take a moment to honor the black community of Baltimore and beyond at one of these special events. In light of recent social unrest here and around the country, use them as a reminder of the leaps and bounds America has made, but also how far we have left to go.
FEB. 5 // AQUARIUM’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION
National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St. 5-8 p.m. Free-$19.95. 410-576-3800. Join the National Aquarium in celebrating African-American heritage with an evening of music, performance, and family fun.
FEB. 6 // MORGAN STATE CHOIR CONCERT
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. 3 p.m. $25-30. 443-263-1800. The renowned Morgan State Choir performs traditional African-American spirituals and gospel music in its “Rejoicing in the Spirit” concert.
FEB. 6 // BOOKLOVER’S BREAKFAST
Marriot Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna St. 8:30 a.m. Free. 410-396-5430. The Enoch Pratt Free Library’s 28th bibliophile breakfast features Edward Lewis, co-founder of Essence magazine and author of The Man From Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women.
FEB. 8-29 // BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT THE B&O
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free-$18. 410-752-2490. This new exhibit celebrates African-American contributions to the American railroad industry.
FEB. 11-14 // THE MEETING
Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $22. 410-752-8558. Jeff Stetson’s compelling play depicts the supposed meeting of two civil-rights icons, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
FEB. 25 // SWIMMING IN DARK WATERS
Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 7:30 p.m. $22.50-32.50. 301-600-2828. Performers such as Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Bhi Bhiman explore the rich history of protest songs in the South.
FEB. 27 // ETHNIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE
An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St. 8 & 9:30 p.m. $20-23. 410-385-2638. This acclaimed jazz trio hits the stage with drums, kalimba, reeds, and trumpets for their 12th annual Black History Month celebration.
FEB. 27-MAR. 5 // BLACK HISTORY MONTH STUDENT COMPETITION & ART EXHIBITION
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. 410-276-1651. Now in its sixth year, the Amalie Rothschild Gallery features accomplished artworks by East Baltimore public school students that depict the history of African-Americans in Baltimore City.