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Things to Do for Black History Month in Atlanta (including some you’ve never thought of)

Things to Do for Black History Month in Atlanta (including some you've never thought of)

Many venues supply discounted admission or plan particular programming throughout February, to spotlight the historical past and contributions of African People. We’ve put collectively an inventory of enjoyable issues to do throughout Black Historical past Month, and can proceed so as to add gadgets as we discover them — so examine again typically.

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In Atlanta, the collaborating websites are: (maintain scrolling for more information on every one!)


Attend the Black Historical past Month Parade in Downtown Atlanta

Saturday, February 23, 2019
1 p.m. to Four p.m.

This annual parade takes place within the historic Candy Auburn district of downtown Atlanta. The parade begins at Harm Park. A number of the greatest viewing locations are:

  • Alongside Peachtree Middle Ave.
  • Close to the Intersection of Peachtree St. and Marietta St. (Close to 5 Factors MARTA Station)
  • Alongside Marietta St., between Woodruff Park and Centennial Olympic Park

View a map of the parade route.
View the MARTA information to getting there.

The official route is as follows:

  • Parade begins at Harm Park, close to the intersection of Gilmer St. and Peachtree Middle Ave.
  • Proceeds south on Peachtree Middle Ave. for 2 blocks to Decatur St.
  • Turns proper (west) on Decatur St., which then turns into Marietta St.
  • Proceeds down a number of blocks of Marietta St. to Baker St.
  • Turns proper (east) on Baker St. and enters Centennial Olympic Park on the north entrance (between Baker St. and Centennial Olympic Park Dr.)

The parade is free to attend.


Go to The APEX Museum

Tuesday via Saturday, 10 a.m. to five p.m.
Grownup admission $7

APEX is an acronym for African-American Panoramic Expertise. The mission of the APEX Museum is to precisely interpret and current historical past from an African-American perspective. Everlasting reveals embrace Candy Auburn, Ladies in STEM, The Georgia Negro, and extra. A brand new exhibit is dedicated to Black Inventors. And through February, the museum is presenting work by African-American artist James Brooks.

The APEX Museum is presenting paintings by James Brooks in the course of the month of February.


A brand new exhibit on the APEX Museum highlights the contributions of black inventors.


Tour the Herndon Residence Museum

Excursions provided on the prime of every hour, on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and three p.m.
Adults $10
Seniors, college students, and army $7

Accomplished in 1910, the Herndon House was the residence of Alonzo Herndon, Atlanta’s first black millionaire. Herndon was a former slave who turned a barber after the Civil Struggle; he invested his revenue in actual property and later based the Atlanta Life Insurance coverage Firm, situated in Candy Auburn.  The home is a two-story, 15-room mansion within the French Beaux-Arts fashion. No reservation is required to take a tour. For extra info, see the Herndon House Museum web site.

The Herndon Mansion was residence to Atlanta’s first black millionaire. (Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia contributor Keizers, beneath a artistic commons license.)


Dine on Soul Meals at Paschal’s Restaurant

Monday — Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday brunch 11 a.m. to Four p.m.
Sunday dinner 5 to 9 p.m.

Paschal’s Restaurant was the unofficial headquarters of the Civil Rights Motion, and Martin Luther King was incessantly seen there.

Paschal’s Restaurant was a standard assembly place for civil rights leaders, together with Martin Luther King. It has moved from its unique location to a spot at 180 Northside Drive, however the partitions are nonetheless lined with framed pictures of influential leaders from the previous. You’ll be able to learn a timeline of Paschal’s historical past on its web site. This restaurant is legendary for its fried hen.


Go to and Study About Atlanta’s South-View Cemetery

Open every day, 9 a.m. to five p.m.
1990 Jonesboro Rd. SE

South-View Cemetery has a wealthy historical past, although it isn’t almost as well-known as Oakland Cemetery. It was chartered after the Civil Struggle by former slaves, who have been prohibited from laying their family members to relaxation in white cemeteries. Martin Luther King was initially buried in South-View, earlier than being moved to the grounds on the King Middle. South-View is Georgia’s oldest and arguably most historic African-American cemetery. You’ll be able to go to it and take a self-guided strolling or driving tour.

In line with South-View Cemetery’s web site, greater than 70,00zero individuals are interred in its rolling 200 acres.


Go to the Hammonds Home Museum of African-American Artwork

Wednesday – Friday, 10:00 am to six:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Grownup admission $7
College students $5
Beneath age 12 FREE

The Hammonds Home Museum is situated in a Victorian-era home in Atlanta’s West Finish. It’s dedicated to fantastic artwork created by individuals of African descent. The everlasting assortment incorporates greater than 350 works courting from the mid-19th century, created by artists from America, Africa, and the Caribbean. It’s situated at 503 Peeples St SW.


Hammonds House Museum

The Hammonds Home Museum, in Atlanta’s West Finish, is devoted to wonderful artwork created by individuals of African descent.


Information Hour, by Leroy Campbell, is on show on the Hammonds Home Museum


See a Play at Kenny Leon’s True Colours Theatre Firm

Tony-award profitable stage director Kenny Leon based True Colours Theatre Firm in 2002. The imaginative and prescient was to proceed the wealthy custom of black storytelling, whereas offering alternatives for African-American playwrights and performers. At present on the stage is a play titled Skeleton Crew, which runs from February 12th to March 10th. It tells the story of manufacturing unit staff in Detroit through the Nice Recession in 2008, as they share their hopes and goals and band collectively as household. For a restricted time, you should purchase half-price tickets for $20 by way of a Goldstar deal. The play is being staged on the Southwest Arts Middle in Atlanta.

True Colours Theatre Firm celebrates a wealthy custom of black storytelling.


Take the Youngsters to the Youngsters’s Museum of Atlanta for Particular Actions

Particular packages are free with a paid admission (see museum hours and costs right here)

All via February, particular actions on the Youngsters’s Museum of Atlanta will spotlight African-American historical past.  Particular programming for Black Historical past Month can be included in:

  • Music & motion
  • Storytime
  • Artwork studio tasks
  • Science Bar
  • Construct-it lab tasks

NOTE: Wednesday, February 13th is Household Free Day on the Youngsters’s Museum.
For info on the way to register for a free, interactive session, see the museum’s web site.


Attend the Roswell Roots Pageant of Black Historical past & Tradition

In the course of the month of February, the town of Roswell will function a collection of particular reveals and occasions dedicated to black historical past and tradition. Lots of them are free, together with library story hours, artwork reveals, and musical performances. You possibly can view an entire calendar of occasions on Roswell’s metropolis web site.


  • FREE artwork exhibit highlighting black artists
    Roswell Metropolis Corridor
    Monday — Friday, 9 a.m. to five p.m.
    Jan 28th through Feb 28th
  • FREE: third Annual Roswell Roots Arts Pageant
    Roswell Doubletree Lodge
    1075 Holcomb Bridge Rd.
    Saturday, February 23 — 10 a.m. to Four p.m.
    Unique artwork and handmade gadgets by Atlanta artists
    and craftsmen will probably be obtainable for buy


Be a part of within the Gwinnett County Black Historical past Month Celebration

Thursday, February 21 from 6 p.m. to eight:30 p.m.

Gwinnett Justice & Administration Middle
75 Langley Drive
1st Flooring Atrium

Gwinnett County is becoming a member of forces with the United Ebony Society for its annual Black Historical past Month Celebration. This FREE occasion options performances, audio system, and shows. Should you’d wish to attend, please register on-line with Eventbrite.

The 2018 Gwinnett County Black Historical past Month Reception


Take a FREE Tour of Martin Luther King’s Childhood Residence

Every day, from 10 a.m. to Four p.m.

It may be tough to get a spot on this 30-minute tour of the house the place MLK spent the primary 12 years of his life. Excursions are restricted to 15 individuals and are crammed on a first-come, first-served foundation on the day of the tour. There are not any advance reservations. The primary tour is at 10 a.m. and the final tour of the day begins at Four p.m.

Your greatest guess for getting a tour spot? Arrive early within the day, join an empty time slot, and be ready to attend a number of hours — you’ll be able to spend the time visiting the opposite MLK points of interest and historic landmarks close by.


The MLK start home is open to guests by means of excursions which are led by Nationwide Park Service rangers.


Go to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Nationwide Historic Park

Day by day, 9 a.m. to five p.m.
Admission and parking is free

The MLK Nationwide Historic Park consists of numerous venues inside a couple of blocks of one another.

When you park within the free guests’ lot, you possibly can start your self-guided tour by following the Civil Rights Stroll of Fame to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Nationwide Historic Website Customer Middle, the place you possibly can decide up info, watch a video, and browse the reveals. Different MLK-related websites close by embrace:

  • The Worldwide World Peace Rose Backyard
  • Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • The King Middle outside campus, the place the crypt of Dr. and Mrs. King is situated, together with the everlasting flame and a reflecting pool
  • The King Middle (collections and reveals)
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church

Dr. and Mrs. King are laid to relaxation on the King Middle’s outside campus.


Attend a Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Providers on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Worship on Wednesday service weekly at 7 p.m.

Every Sunday, guests from across the neighborhood and across the globe attend providers at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The church has an open-door coverage and welcomes anybody who needs to go to.

Visit Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on MLK Day

Photograph courtesy of Flickr consumer Counse, underneath a Artistic Commons license.


Take pleasure in FREE Admission to the Middle for Civil and Human Rights

Because of a beneficiant grant from the Coca-Cola Basis, admission to the Nationwide Middle for Civil and Human Rights is FREE from January 28 by means of February 28, 2019. This makes the museum extremely accessible all by means of Black Historical past Month. Grownup admission is often $20, so in case you’ve been wanting to go to this hometown landmark, now’s your probability. The middle is downtown, close to Centennial Olympic Park.
NOTE: Despite the fact that admission is free, you want a complimentary ticket for a selected date and time. See our article for extra info.

The Middle for Civil and Human Rights provides FREE admission all through the month of February.


Take a FREE Guided Tour of Oakland Cemetery’s African-American Grounds

In February, the Historic Oakland Basis is internet hosting FREE guided strolling excursions of Oakland Cemetery’s African American Grounds. On these walks, the guides inform fascinating tales that remember the lives of black heroes and heroines who’ve lengthy gone unrecognized, in addition to these with acquainted names. The hour-long excursions start at Oakland Cemetery’s Bell Tower, and will probably be provided on:

  • Thursday, February 7 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 12 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 16 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 23 at 1:00 p.m.

Ollivette Allison was government director of the Carrie Steele-Pitts House (the primary orphanage for African-American youngsters) from 1976 till 2009. It’s been estimated that she cared for greater than 5,00zero youngsters on the orphanage.


Wander By means of the Atlanta College Middle Historic District

The Atlanta College Middle District includes a gaggle of the nation’s most necessary establishments of upper studying for African People. This nationwide historic landmark in Southwest Atlanta consists of Morehouse School, Spelman School, Clark Atlanta College, and Morehouse Faculty of Drugs. Many civil rights motion leaders, together with Martin Luther King, Jr., attended these faculties, which have been a progressive pressure amongst Atlanta’s black group.

Benjamin Mays was a former sharecropper’s son who made the monumental rise to president of Morehouse School, the place he’s laid to relaxation. He’s credited with laying the mental foundations of the Civil Rights Motion.  (Photograph made obtainable by way of the Artistic Commons Common Public Area Dedication)


third Annual Roswell Roots Arts Pageant


February 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am-Four:00 pm


third Annual Roswell Roots Arts Pageant

The place

Roswell Doubletree Lodge, 1075 Holcomb Bridge Rd.


Roswell Doubletree Lodge, 1075 Holcomb Bridge Rd.

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