February is Black History Month and, from parades to galas, there is no shortage of events honoring and celebrating African-Americans in Atlanta. Here are five events you'll want to add to your calendar.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH STORIES:
- 6 must-see Atlanta landmarks for Black History Month
- 3 national monuments honor civil rights history
- The legacy of President Barack Obama
1960NOW: Conversation With Sheila Pree Bright
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, February 3. Event is free and takes place at the Center for Civil and Human Rights at 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. in Downtown Atlanta. Join the Center for an intimate conversation with artist and photographer Sheila Pree Bright as she shares her newest collection entitled: 1960Now. After the welcome reception, hear firsthand how Sheila captures the spirit of today’s social justice movements in her photographs. Conversation will be moderated by esteemed professor Dr. Michael Simanga.
Legacy Ball at Spring Hall at Global Forum (Doraville)
7 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri., Feb. 10 $20-$75. The Legacy Ball Atlanta, 7130 Buford Hwy. Suite A-100, is an annual event in commemoration of the dance history, style, class and elegance of Detroit-style ballroom dancing. The commitment in Atlanta is to preserve the history and style of dance as it was danced years ago. Visit www.lba2017.eventbrite.com for tickets and reservations.
Spark Saturday: Culture Through Rhythm and Movement
12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sat., Feb. 11. Event takes place at the Center for Civil and Human Rights at 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. in Downtown Atlanta. February’s SPARK Saturday teaches youth about African American culture through rhythm and movement! Bring your youth to experience how today’s music and dance movements are inspired by African traditions. Courtesy of Ford Motor Company, all youth under 18 years of age receive FREE admission to the Center for Civil and Human Rights on SPARK Saturdays.
Black History Laser Tribute
7 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 16; 3 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 17; 3 p.m., Sat., Feb. 18. $5-$7. Fernbank Museum, 156 Heaton Park Dr., Atlanta. The Black History Laser Tribute is a musical retrospective featuring toe-tapping songs from legends Louie Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. Later, it evolves into a powerful tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Black History Month Parade (Atlanta)
1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 25. Free. The parade begins at the King Center National Park and ends at Woodruff Park with a post parade ceremony. The largest celebration of Black History Month in America, this parade features marching bands, entertainers, dignitaries and more. The event honors the history and accomplishments of black people in America. The parade begins near the corner of Auburn Ave. and Jackson St. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District and continues to Woodruff Park for festivities.
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