Maryland Black History Month Events

During the month of February, museums and organizations throughout the state are honoring African American culture and African Americans' contributions to U.S. society throughout history.

Celebrate Black History Month by attending tours, informational programs, musueum exhibits, cultural performances, hands-on activities, and other exciting events.

Many of the programs offered are free!

Check out all the events going on in Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington DC, and other places throughout Maryland.

Some events may fill up quickly. Remember to register in advance and call ahead to verify.

Updating for 2019 - check back for more!


Black History Month Events for the Whole Family

Annual Black History Month Exhibition: Moving Out, Moving In, Moving Up - 2019
Jan 21-Feb 28. Migration has been a defining characteristic of the Black experience in the United States since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the American colonies in the early 1600s. This exhibit explores the factors spurring black migration and immigration as well as the resulting changes in society on the national, regional, and local levels. Free. Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel.

Celebrate Black History Month at the B&O - 2019
Feb. 1-28. The B&O Railroad Museum celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the railroad industry. Learn about these men and women who filled vital jobs along the B&O Railroad's line and understand how significant social issues, such as segregation, affected railroading. $12-20. Mon.-Sat., 10am-4pm; Sun. 11am-4pm. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore.

Black History Hall of Fame - 2019
Feb. 2. Presented by Bright Star Theater. Maya Angelou, Aretha Franklin, Mae Jemison, the Buffalo Soldiers…these are just some of the famous people that come to life in this celebration of Black History. Free. 2pm-3pm. Bowie Library.

Impact of Black Music During the Great Migration - 2019
Feb. 2. Three panelists discuss the impact music had on African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance. The panelists utilize the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s 2019 Black History Month theme, “Black Migrations.” Free. 1pm-2:30pm. Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel.

North by Night: More Heroes of the Underground Railroad - 2019
Feb. 6. Follow the journey of brave men and women who risked it all to travel north and help others escape the terrors of slavery. Meet people with familiar names and many more who have gone largely unnoticed by history. This show features William Still, Sojourner Truth, William Lloyd Garrison, and others. 10:30am. All ages welcome. $5/person. Harmony Hall Arts Center, Fort Washington.

Teen Zone: Power of Story, Storytelling Workshop Series - 2019
Feb. 4. In this Storytelling Workshop series, Storyteller Maisha Atrice Ayodele will introduce teens to the history of the African-American Incorporated Towns and the art of storytelling. Ages 13-18. Free. 7pm-8pm. Oxon Hill.

Crafternoon: African American Artists - 2019
Feb. 5. Come join us for an hour of afternoon crafting. Make and take something fun home. Parents are welcome to participate too! Ages 5-12. (Skill level 5-8.) Space is limited to the first 15 children. Free. 4pm-5pm. Bowie.

Honoring Emily Saunders Plummer - 2019
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Feb. 10. Join us for this Black History Month program that brings the story of Emily Saunders Plummer to life, and celebrates her entry into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame with an illustrated lecture by Dr. Leigh Ryan. 1:30pm. Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park. 301-864-0420,

Black History Month Concert - 2019
Feb. 10. The United States Naval Academy Gospel Choir is an upbeat inspirational musical ensemble. Comprised of midshipmen from various places, races, and creeds, the Gospel Choir is reflective of the diverse interests and ethnicities within the Brigade of Midshipmen. Their common bond is musical talent and a passion to praise through song. 4pm. $19. USNA Chapel, Annapolis.

Picturing Frederick Douglass - 2019
​Celebrate Frederick Douglass' birthday with an engaging lecture given by Dr. John Stauffer, Harvard University professor and author of Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American. Free (registration required). 6 p.m. Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis.

The History of the NAACP: The Baltimore Connection - 2019
Feb. 16. Enjoy a living history performance, film and talk about the NAACP and its leaders from the Jim Crow and Civil Rights era. See a living history performance of activist Juanita Jackson Mitchell, hear a lecture on the Baltimore branch by Professor Prudence Cumberbatch and conclude with a film screening of Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & The NAACP (57 min). Noon. $8. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore.

African-American Heritage Tour - 2019
Feb. 16. Family-friendly tour explores the history and culture of Maryland's African-American community. Reservations required. $10-20. 1-3pm. City Dock, Annapolis.

Voices From the Past: Sissieretta Jones - 2019
Feb. 17. Sissieretta Jones was the first African American to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1892. This Black History program is dedicated to the legacy of little known Black musicians, featuring music by a Washington National Opera soprano and narration from a historical perspective. Free. 4pm-5:30pm. Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel.

African American Inventors and Innovators - 2019
Feb. 21. Join us to explore African American inventors and innovators who changed the world as we know it today. Free. 6-8pm. South Bowie Library.

Meet Dr. King - 2019
Feb. 27. “Meet Dr. King” is an excellent introduction to the life and work of one of America’s most influential men, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This Bright Star Theatre show is perfect for younger audiences and serves to introduce students to major concepts of Black History such as freedom, integration, and equality. 10am. $8/person. Publick Playhouse, Cheverly.


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