Being the birthplace of the civil rights movement and home to heroes like Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis, you know Atlanta has more than enough ways to celebrate Black History Month. Whether you’re interested in appreciating black art, connecting with others in the community, or supporting black businesses, there’s a surefire way for you to honor the history Atlanta is built upon.
Arts / History
Black History Month African Print Pop Up
Shop from a wide range of stylish, African-inspired women’s wear, including maxi skirts, dresses, trousers, headwraps, and more, all made in Nigeria. Jewelry from South Africa designed by Bukhosi will also be available to buy. Owner and creative director of Besida African, Sophia, will be onsite to give styling tips and answer questions.
Feb. 2, 11am-6pm
BIO BIO The Beauty Place
(75 John Wesley Dobbs Ave)
Black History Month Black Art Expo
No better way to celebrate Black History Month than by supporting black artists from Atlanta! Join Cascade United Methodist Church all month long for their exposition of local black artists!
Feb. 2 through Mar. 1, 7am-2:30pm daily
Cascade United Methodist Church (3144 Cascade Rd SW)
Black Is … Black Ain’t
A free screening of the documentary Black Is … Black Ain’t by filmmaker Marlon Riggs. While the film rejoices in Black diversity, many speakers bare their pain at having been silenced or excluded because they were perceived as “not Black enough” or conversely “too Black.” The film marshals a powerful critique of sexism, patriarchy, homophobia, colorism and cultural nationalism in the Black family, church, and other Black institutions.
Feb 3, 7pm-10pm
Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (101 Auburn Ave NE)
The King of Vibes Roy Ayers with Opening DJ Mixmaster Mitch
The “King of Vibes” Roy Ayers returns to Atlanta just in time for Black History Month! At 79 years old, the jazz funk legend continues to tour the world spreading sunshine through his classic catalog of hit songs. Classix 102.9 FM DJ Mixmaster Mitch will get the party started with other local music celebrities. Guests can also expect live art and a commemorative bottle of Roy Ayers wine.
In a world where to some black lives matter is a movement and to others it’s nothing more than a simple hashtag, Daniel is a senior in high school whose friend was recently killed by a police officer. To keep Daniel safe, his mother sends him to live with his aunt in the suburbs. Daniel quickly finds out that no matter where he lives, he is still a black male and there are certain things that he cannot do. This moving and informative drama is appropriate for all ages and races.
Take a historic journey as the Eta Omega Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. presents an afternoon of reflection, honoring African American history that is not often told.
Feb. 15, 2pm-4pm
Fulton County Library System: Wolf CreekBranch
(3100 Enon Rd SW)
A Marvelous Black Boy Art Show
This art exhibit displaying the work of all black male artists using varying forms of media is aimed toward celebrating black men, the strength in their diversity, and the power in unity. Live art from 30+ spectacular black male artists will be accompanied by live music, performances, vendors, and food and drinks. 21+.
Feb 20 8pm-11:30pm
360 Collaborative Space
(500 Bishop St Suite E-5)
Tickets: Eventbrite and at the door
2020 Sweet Auburn District BHM Kids Running Tour
Get educated and get fit at the same time! Go for a run with the little ones and honor Black History Month together by learning more about Atlanta’s historical significance. Ages 7 and older are welcome to this free event, and food, drinks, and DJ entertainment courtesy of Hip Hop Gives Back will be provided after the tour. Registration is mandatory.
Feb. 22, 9:30am-12pm
Butler Street YMCA (22 Jesse Hill Jr Dr)
The Real Black History: Unsung Heroes and Sheroes
Veteran revolutionary activist/scholar/organizers Mwalimu Baruti, Professor Griff, and Klonji Jama Changa deliver powerful lessons and introductions to some of the most necessary freedom fighters from the continent of Afrika to the Afrikan Diaspora.
Feb 22, 2pm-6pm
Westview Maker Space
(1554 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW)
Activism / Community
KIPP Soul Academy Open House and Black History Month Celebration
Celebrate the launch of Black History Month with speakers and performances from Atlanta locals. If you have little ones, you will also have the opportunity to learn more about KIPP Soul Academy, a free public charter middle school opening this fall to rising fifth and sixth graders.
A Paradigm Shift 2.0: Black Women Confronting HIV, Health and Social Justice
This national two-day summit focuses on the continued impact of HIV/Aids on Black women, hosted by the Sankofa Collaborative. The Sankofa Collaborative is determined to boldly address and ultimately reduce the incidence of HIV by adapting a women-centered approach to HIV behavioral and biomedical intervention; providing a forum to interact and strengthen coping skills, share experiences, and discuss effective strategies to promote the health of Black women affected through research, policy, advocacy and social justice.
Feb. 6 at 8am through Feb. 7 at 6pm
Loudermilk Conference Center
(40 Courtland St NE)
Black Business Expo 2020
This free event open to black small business owners, entrepreneurs, an those dedicated to supporting black business will be filled with great networking opportunities, shopping, food, entertainment, resources, live music, and speeches from some of Atlanta’s most dedicated community leaders. The first 100 guests will also get a bonus swag bag filled with samples, coupons, and other giveaways from local Atlanta businesses.
Feb. 15, 1pm-4pm
(2841 Greenbriar Parkway SW)
Black Women Speak
This is a safe space and event curated for black women to come together and have an open dialogue about topics and societal issues affecting them in America. The topic will be Black Women and Our Relationships with Each Other
Feb. 16, 2pm-5pm
252 Walker St SW Unit B
Celebrating Black Business: Networking Event
This is Atlanta’s fastest-growing network even for black professionals and business owners. Connect with black business owners, find great organizations for black professionals, enjoy free tastings from local black caterers, bakers, and chefs, and so much more!
Feb. 27, 6pm-9pm
Power Brunch: All Black Experience
Close out Black History Month with brunch and great conversation. The Power Brunch was conceptualized with the intent to empower, educate, & inspire those in attendance. Enjoy complimentary cocktails at the open bar, brunch, live music and art, and a panel of industry experts who will be providing resources and advice to help you boss up your life.
Feb. 29, 11:30am-3pm
MET Atlanta (680 Murphy Ave SW)
ALL OF (our) LOVE
This is an interactive holistic wellness workshop for queer women of color, designed to offer participants an opportunity to rest and recharge while building wholesome relationships. The event will feature live numerology and chakra readings, a mimosa/kombucha bar, breakfast bites, and much more.