Here are 6 Black History Month events to anticipate in Metro Atlanta
As the hub for the Civil Rights Movement and a mecca for Black-owned businesses and talent, Atlanta has much to offer residents and tourists all throughout the month of February. Here are six attractions to look for.
Atlanta Black History and Civil Rights Tour
The tour, listed at $69 per adult and $60 per child, gives visitors a traveling tour througt some of Atlanta’s key landmarks and neighborhoods related to Black history. Scheduled locations include the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Park, Atlanta University Center and the Historic Sweet Auburn District.
All tours meet at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis and are available twice per day, at 9:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. respectively.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
All through the month of February, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta will celebrate the history of Black creators, innovators and artists, and their impact on the city. Activities throughout the museum will allow guests to create their own artwork, sculptures and designs related to Black history.
In addition, young visitors will also have the opportunity to hear stories about African American women and inventors who have inspired change all across the world.
Historic Oakland Cemetery
For five days in February (3, 9, 18, 24 and 25), the cemetery will offer “We Shall Overcome: African American Stories from Civil War to Civil Rights.” The 75-minute guided tour explores the rich lives and legacies of some of Atlanta’s most outstanding African American residents laid to rest. Each tour starts at 10:30 a.m. Spots are limited.
The National Center for Civil & Human Rights
The center will kick off Black History Month on Feb. 3 with two performances by the dance, percussion and vocal ensemble Giwayen Mata. Throughout the month, the center will provide new weekly exhibitions focusing on famous African American history makers and their contributions to society.
Also, on Saturday, Feb. 24, the center will hold a screening of the documentary “The Space Race.” The 2023 film highlights the history of racism within NASA.
The annual festival, now in its 23rd year, returns to the city of Roswell from Jan. 28 to March 6. According to its website, the festival aims to educate, impact, and promote cultural awareness, with programs and events focused on welcoming all community members.
Food and clothing vendors, musical performers and other creative artists will be in attendance throughout the Black History celebration.
Sistah Shop Black History Month Market
The Sistah Shop Market returns to Atlantic Station on the weekends of Feb. 17 and Feb. 24. Located indoors at the Midtown shopping plaza, the cultural gathering will feature over 40 brands of Black women-owned businesses, as well as entertainment, live music and gift giveaways.
The market starts at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m. on both weekends.