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From art to music to food, a rich array of Black History Month events in South Florida







Tuesday starts Black History Month, an annual observance every February to recognize the contributions of African Americans in U.S. history, in the arts, in business, in culinary arts, in education, in medicine, in politics and many other fields.

Throughout South Florida, there is an extensive calendar of events, including art exhibitions, concerts, dance, food events, storytelling.

Here is a sample of all that you can do and enjoy during South Florida’s tribute to Black History Month:

Feb. 1

60 Years of Black Art: Works by Dillard Center for The Arts’ AP students. The exhibit represents themes of equality from the perspective of students at the school that was instrumental in overturning segregation laws in the City of Fort Lauderdale 51 years ago. The exhibit opens at the New River Inn building of History Fort Lauderdale, 231 SW Second Ave. Open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with docent guided tours daily at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $7 for students (through age 22 with a valid student ID). Admission is free for members, military and children 6 and under. For information, call 954-463-4431 or visit historyfortlauderdale.org. Runs all month.

“60 Years Of Black Art” is a fine art exhibit featuring works for show and sale from Dillard Center for the Arts’ Advanced Placement students at the New River Inn from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28.
“60 Years Of Black Art” is a fine art exhibit featuring works for show and sale from Dillard Center for the Arts’ Advanced Placement students at the New River Inn from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28.

Noir Reverberations: A Night of the Music and Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: Poet Kevin Young (Andrew W. Mellon director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and Poetry Editor for The New Yorker) and Dr. Tammy Kernodle (distinguished professor of musicology at Miami University of Ohio) explore themes of the Harlem Renaissance through music and poetry. The Ambassador Chorale of Florida Memorial University joins the New World Symphony to perform. Pre-concert poetry reading hosted by O, Miami. 6:30 p.m., New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. $10-$25. https://bit.ly/3reF1NE.

NAACP & Florida Memorial University present Project Live: Mental Health & Our Youth: 7 p.m., Florida Memorial University, Lehman Auditorium, 15800 NW 42nd Ave., Miami Gardens. Free.

Feb. 2

Black History Month’s Opening Ceremony Celebration: Music by the Junkanoo band, food and art exhibit; noon-1 p.m., Miami Dade College, Hialeah Campus, Student Life lobby, 1780 W. 49th St., Hialeah. Free.

Kids’ Craft Club Face Mask Craft: Create and decorate a face mask in celebration of the Maasai culture of Africa. Materials will be provided. 6:30-7 p.m. Sunset Branch Library, 10855 SW 72nd St., Masks are required. Social distancing is encouraged. Open to all ages. Free. 305-270-6368.

Purvis Young Day: 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Streaming on Instagram @blackcollectorsgallery. Young, a Miami artist known for turning discarded objects he found in his Overtown neighborhood into art, has had his works featured in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other museums and galleries.

Feb. 3

“Too Black, Too Fast.” An art exhibition showcasing the history of Black jockeys in thoroughbred horse racing. Runs through Feb. 20 at Historic Ward Rooming House, 249 NW Ninth St., Miami. Presented by Hampton Art Lovers and Pegasus World Cup. To select a date, click here

Feb. 4

Lyric Live All Star Show, Season 7: Hosted by Chello Davis. Live music by Jody Hill & Deep Fried Funk Band. Featuring the Season 6 winners, guest judges and Showtyme Junkanoo. 8-11 p.m., Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW Second Ave. Tickets at Lyricliveallstars.eventbrite.com

Black Affairs Advisory Board’s Black History Month Kickoff: Unveiling of “Black Health & Wellness,” a photo exhibit featuring Black Miami medical professionals; 11:30 a.m., Stephen P. Clark Government Center Lobby, 111 NW First St., Miami. Free. Runs all month.

Tween Black History Month Trivia (in person): Test your knowledge of Black history. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hallandale Beach Branch Library, 300 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach. For information, call 954-357-6380.

Sunshine Jazz Organization presents Carole Ann Taylor in Concert: 7:30-10 p.m., Sandrell Rivers Theater, 6103 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. $16 per person. Visit www.Sunshinejazz.org.

Vibe After Five: First Friday Black Vendors Market, featuring music, food, happy hour and hookah, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., The Urban, 1000 NW Second Ave. Call 305-397-7637.

Feb. 5

Victory Stride: The Orchestral Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance: Before a free 7:30 Wallcast performance of music by the great composers of the Harlem Renaissance at the New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach, take in a discussion at 6:30 p.m. in the Truist Pavilion at the center with FIU professor Shawn Christian and WPHL faculty fellow Nathaniel Cadle. Go to https://www.nws.edu/events-tickets/wallcast-concerts-and-park-events/

Cirque Zuma Zuma: Described as an African-style Cirque du Soleil, this African Circus includes limbo artists from Egypt, African dancers, traditional gumboot performers, Zuma Zuma acrobats, Gabonese tumblers, contortionists from South Africa, percussionists from Zimbabwe and South African vocalists; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $40-$45; Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura.

NMB Bites: Free food samples from North Miami Beach restaurants and a musical performance by the Let’s Groove Tonight Band. Sen. Gwen Margolis Amphitheater, 16501 NE 16th Ave., North Miami Beach. 305-787-6053.

At “NMB Bites: Celebrating Black History Month,” the residents and visitors of the city of North Miami Beach will enjoy free food samples from local restaurants and a special musical performance by the Let’s Groove Tonight Band at the Senator Gwen Margolis Amphitheater starting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 5.
At “NMB Bites: Celebrating Black History Month,” the residents and visitors of the city of North Miami Beach will enjoy free food samples from local restaurants and a special musical performance by the Let’s Groove Tonight Band at the Senator Gwen Margolis Amphitheater starting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 5.

Celebrating Black Life, History and Culture: Stories and activities for children and their families. Masks are required. Social distancing is encouraged. Space is limited; 3-4:30 p.m., Arcola Lakes Branch Library, 8240 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. Free. 305-694-2707. Also on Feb. 19.

Heritage Fest 2022 Mind, Body and Soul: Free family activities. Performances by local artists, food vendors and music; 3 p.m., Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Free. www.arshtcenter.org.

Miami Half Marathon Shakeout 5K: The Running Edge 305 hosts a morning 5k run/walk to highlight historic Overtown, Miami’s oldest Black community; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Gibson Park, 350 NW 13th St., Miami. Free. https://bit.ly/3KSBZqp.

Perez Art Museum’s Ninth Anniversary “Art + Soul” Fundraiser: Featuring art collector David Alan Grier; 6:30 p.m., Pérez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets: $75 to $10,000. Proof of vaccination required. Call 786-345-5674 or visit www.pamm.org.

Third Bi-Annual “The Art of a Spiritual”: Concert showcasing the technical complexity of the Negro Spiritual; 7 p.m., African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami. $30. Call 305-638-6771 or visit www.ahcacmiami.org.

Black History Month Puppet Show: Two shows based on African stories — “Tug, Tug, Tug” and “How the Elephant Got Its Trunk.” Outdoors. 3:30-4 p.m., Kendale Lakes Branch Library, 15205 SW 88th St. Free.

Feb. 6

“Vakans:” Premiere of the film directed by Dominque Telemaque. Cocktail hour at 5 p.m., showtime is 7 p.m., Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59 Terr., Miami. $40-$50. 786-499-3601.

Feb. 7

“The Violin Conspiracy”: An Evening with Brendan Slocumb and Edward Kastenmeier: Book discussion about a Black classical musician’s desperate quest to recover his lost violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world. Sponsored by Books & Books and Miami Book Fair. Free virtual event; 7 p.m. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3ocJSgH.

Feb. 9

Take and Make Craft — We Love Black History Month Bracelets: Kits contain materials to create red, black and green bracelets. Plus a list of recommended children’s books. Free. Ages 5-12. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 111th St., Pinecrest. Call 305-668-4571 for information.

Black Health & Wellness Fair: Health screening, health care vendors, yoga session at noon. MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free parking at 500 NE Second Ave., Building 7. Free. Call 305-237-7753.

Feb. 10

Roscoé B. Thické III Reflects on a Lifetime of Community and Family: Curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace, the exhibition highlights a rich body of work centered around the Pork ’n’ Beans Projects in Liberty City. Thické’s body of work chronicles the life span of the housing project where he grew up and that of his late grandmother. Open by appointment only, through May 15, noon to 5 p.m., Oolite Arts, 924 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Free. https://oolitearts.org

Diversity in the Workplace: An Afternoon with Bärí A. Williams and Jerusha Stewart: Book discussion focused on a modern workday dynamic for members of marginalized communities and managers looking to equalize an imbalance. Free virtual event presented by Books & Books and Miami Book Fair. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3IVcT8f.

Seeding, Equity & Entrepreneurship: Network and mingle among hospitality leaders with dinner and signature cocktails; 6-9:30 p.m., Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Florida International University, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami. $95. https://bit.ly/3Hl4hYc.

Feb. 12

Inauguration of ‘Immortalizing a New Generation” exhibit: Featuring photographs by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt. Sponsored by the Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board Heritage Planning Committee & The Historic Hampton House; 1-3 p.m., Historic Hampton House, 4240 NW 27th Ave., Miami. Call 305-638-5800 or 305-375-4606 or visit www.historichamptonhouse.org.

The Shrine: Afrobeats. Kompa. Caribbean Vibes. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Rooster Overtown, 920 NW Second Ave., Miami. Free. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-shrine-tickets-251683160107?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_cid=bffd3948cf&mc_eid=7a535f551b

Feb. 17

History Makers: Create Art Like Amalia Amaki: Create an art piece using mixed media supplies and learn about her life and work. Masks required. Social distancing encouraged. For ages 12-18; 4:30-5:30 p.m., Miami Springs Branch Library, 401 Westward Dr., Miami Springs. Free. 305-805-3811.

Feb. 18

A Celebration of Black Judges: 10 a.m.-noon; Broward County Central Courthouse — Jack B. Tuter Ceremonial Courtroom 17150, 201 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. Free; parking is validated. https://bit.ly/3odXTKY.

Feb. 19

Black Is Black Ain’t, Ghetto Conscious Exhibition: Celebrating independent local Black authors. The event pays homage to “Black Is Black Ain’t,” a documentary released in 1995 by Marlon Riggs. The event is presented by E.A.T.N. and Miami-Dade County. Noon to 3 p.m., St. Thomas University, 16401 NW 37th Ave., Miami Gardens. Free.

“Black is Black Ain’t” is a one-day exhibition showcasing local musical talent, dancers, poets and writers at St. Thomas University starting at 12 p.m. on Feb. 19.
“Black is Black Ain’t” is a one-day exhibition showcasing local musical talent, dancers, poets and writers at St. Thomas University starting at 12 p.m. on Feb. 19.

Feb. 24

Reggae Icon Awards 2022: Black History Meets Reggae: 6:30-10:30 p.m., Miramar Cultural Center Banquet Hall, 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar. Free. https://caribbeanriddims.com/event/brunch/.

The “Reggae Icon Awards 2022” will be at the Civic Center Place in Miramar starting at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24.
The “Reggae Icon Awards 2022” will be at the Civic Center Place in Miramar starting at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24.

Feb. 25

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: The groundbreaking dance company returns with new and classic works, including founder Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, “Revelations’’; 8 p.m., through Feb. 26; $25-$125; Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

Alvin Ailey’s masterful 1960 ballet “Revelations” has been said to be the most widely seen modern dance work in the world. Ailey died in 1989 at age 58. Eric N. Hong/Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Alvin Ailey’s masterful 1960 ballet “Revelations” has been said to be the most widely seen modern dance work in the world. Ailey died in 1989 at age 58. Eric N. Hong/Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

25th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival: Sponsored by The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida; Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, 812 NW Second Ave., Miami. $15-$225. www.meltonmustafajazzfestival.com

Feb. 26

Afro Carib Festival: Performers include Reggae star Protoje, Afro B and EIX; 7-11 p.m. Tickets at Ticketmaster, $15-$45; Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater, 16801 Miramar Pkwy., Miramar.

Celebrating Black Life, History and Culture: Outdoor event with stories and activities for children and their families. Masks are required. Social distancing is encouraged. Space is limited; 3-3:30 p.m., Arcola Lakes Branch Library, 8240 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. Free. 305-694-2707.