As Austin’s Black population has met critical challenges in recent years, its cultural assets continue to underscore the breadth and creativity of the community. The public is invited to share that heritage during Black History Month.
Let Freedom Sing! is the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center’s Black History Month Community Sing-A-Long kicking off the celebration. Learn the words of a special song inspired by the Civil Rights Movement and sing it together on Thursday, Feb. 1, 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Boyd Vance Theater.
The Carver Museum will also host Black History Month Kids Day on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 12 p.m. This family event features crafts, stories, and activities meant to introduce kids and families to the importance of Black History Month.
Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation presents Barbara Jordan Exhibit in honor of Black History Month and relevant to the issues America faces today. The interactive exhibit highlights Barbara Jordan’s significant impact on civil rights legislation, female empowerment and social justice. February also features Barbara Jordan Freedom Week, as designated by the 82nd Texas Legislature. Designed to highlight Jordan’s lifetime of significant contributions to society as a politician, policymaker, activist and educator, the exhibit runs February 19-24 at the Texas State Capitol’s Central Gallery.
On February 20, the Greater Austin Black Chamber will host “Taste of Black Austin: From Field to Table” at Peached Social House, 6-9 p.m. This event will feature an exclusive look at the historical narrative of Black food subsistence, business and entrepreneurship from the plight of the farmer to the plate of the 21st century. Black farmers played an integral role in the founding of the agricultural and food industrial structure of the U.S. This cultural, food, and art exhibition seeks to toast not only Black farmers, but the ways in which their toil has been transformed into American culinary classics.