Black History Month is upon us, and there are so many enriching and eye-opening virtual Black History Month events you can participate in, learn from, and enjoy. Attending these online experiences is not only a way to pay tribute to and learn more about the accomplishments of past trailblazers, but also to support and celebrate Black voices and businesses. Whether you choose an online guided tour of New York City’s historical Harlem neighborhood — where famous musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald and Marvin Gaye performed — or sign up for a Black History Month-themed yoga or cooking class, there’s something for everyone to experience.
If you're looking to immerse yourself in the history that surrounds this month, the online exhibitions, collections, and resources provided virtually by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will bring you on a journey to learn more about Carter G. Woodson, the historian known as the Father of Black History Month, and why he chose to honor the accomplishments of Black people in February. After completing your virtual visit at the Smithsonian, you can tune into an impactful monologue festival, where you’ll hear the personal stories of Black female playwrights.
Celebrating Black History Month virtually is a change in comparison to previous years, as you might traditionally attend in-person screenings, parades, or festivals with friends and family. Fortunately, these online events will bring a great variety of meaningful and educational experiences right into your home so you can be aware, involved, and inspired — today, and every day moving forward.