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5 Free Black History Month Events to Attend in D.C. this Month

By Clarice Metzger, Life+Style Editor (@_itsClarice)

Photo via: National Portrait Gallery

It’s that time of the year again to celebrate all that it means to be black AND proud. Black History Month is a time of learning and reflection and is celebrated here in Washington, D.C., in many different ways. From theatre and dance to arts and culture events, here are a list of five Black History Month events to commemorate, honor and focus on the history and contributions that African-Americans have made to the United States.

Feb. 10: The Legacy of Harriet Tubman

D.C. Public Library (Shaw) will be hosting an event to tell the story of Harriet Tubman with reenactor Cortenia Smith.

4200 Kansas Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20011

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Feb. 16: Chocolate City—A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital

The book, Chocolate City tells the story of race and democracy in our nation’s capital—which has oftentimes served as a national battleground for contentious issues—but also tells the story of the city’s rich history of local activism as citizens struggle to make their voices heard. Professors and authors Chris Asch and George Derek will sign books after the event.

700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20408

Feb. 17-18: Celebrate Frederick Douglass

While his actual birthdate is unknown, this year marks Frederick Douglass’ 200th birthday, and the National Historic Site will be throwing a big party to entertain along with open house tours.

1411 W St. SE

Washington, D.C. 20020

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Feb. 24: FREED (Female RE-Enactors of Distinction)

The ladies of FREED will depict the lives and contributions of black women of the Civil War era at D.C. Public Library (Tenleytown). FREED is an auxiliary organization of the African-American Civil War Museum.

4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20016

Feb. 24: Portrait Story Days—Rosa Parks

Hear the story of Rosa Parks while creating art inspired by her in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

8th St. NW & F St. NW

Washington D.C. 20001

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