Events Observing Black History Month in #RochMN

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February is Black History Month. During this month we celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and recognize the roles that they have played in US history. The theme for 2020 is “African Americans and the Vote.” This year is the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment, giving black men the right to vote. For more on the history of the month, check here: Black History Month – History

*We will continue to update this list with events as we hear about them. Know of an event not on this list? Drop it in the comments below!*

We’ve complied some events for you and your family to celebrate this month!

Ongoing
Traveling While Black Exhibit
History Center of Olmsted County
1195 West Circle Drive SW, Rochester, MN

This exhibit outlines challenges that were faced by black travelers in the fifties. Learn the impact of discrimination on Rochester and it’s black residents. 

February 1
The MET: Porgy and Bess 11:55am
Marcus Theatre – Rochester Cinema +IMAX
4340 Maine Ave SE, Rochester, MN

One of America’s favorite operas returns to the MET for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. 

February 6
Embodied Knowing “A Spoken Word Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion” 6:30pm
Mayo Civic Center, 2nd Floor SW Lobby

In celebration of Black History Month 2020, poets/storytellers/spoken word artists Frank Sentwali, Danny Solis, and Pam Whitfield offer their own reflections on the human body and how it makes visible illness, health and well-being.

February 22
Ebony Night 5pm
RCTC College Center Cafeteria
851 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN

A celebration of African and African American culture.  There will be free food and fun activities to celebrate our roots by coming together to appreciate each other’s cultural backgrounds.

February 23
TCM: The Color Purple 5pm
Marcus Theatre – Rochester Cinema + IMAX
4340 Maine Ave SE, Rochester, MN

Academy Award® winner Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey star in director Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple. In honor of Black History Month, this classic film returns to cinemas and includes exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies.

February 26
VIP Humanize My Hoodie with Q&A 6:00pm
Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse
619 6th Ave NW, Rochester MN

This 30 minute documentary captures the journey of two black men trying to survive in a world that doesn’t appreciate their Black skin. This biopic highlights the Jason’s and Andre’s childhoods, adulthoods, and their Road to New York Fashion Week. In addition, there will be a Q & A following the screening with Andre’ Wright and Jason Sole.

If you are interested in venturing out of Rochester, here are some other events going on:

Ongoing
Black History Month at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

Celebrate the exceptional historical and creative cultural contributions made by African American artists with exhibitions, events, tours, and more this February at Mia.

February 7
5th Annual Cities United Black History Month event, 9am-1pm
North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN

The day will include a musical tribute, keynote address and breakout sessions.

February 16, 22, 23, 28
Ruby: The Story of Ruby Bridges
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Depicted in a famous painting by Norman Rockwell, Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to attend an all-white school in Louisiana. Following the landmark ruling Brown v. Board of Education, the six-year-old youngster courageously withstood threats and discrimination on a daily basis in pursuit of education. This musical draws inspiration from classic American tunes for a powerful story of overcoming adversity.

*We will continue to update this list with events as we hear about them. Know of an event not on this list? Drop it in the comments below!*

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