"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it..." - George Santayana
As the next four years loom heavy ahead of us, it is important - imperative even - that we remember those words as we enter this February. Though Black history is American history, Black History Month is a time dedicated to celebrating the achievements of Blacks and the central role they play in United States history, as well as a time for those who were displaced by the diaspora to reconnect with their communities. Started in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson as Negro History Week (typically observed on the second week in February), in 1976, the month of Febraury was re-cristened as Black History Month; since then countries like Canada and the United Kingdom have recognized it as such.
From low-cost museum entry to special programming, Philadelphia is bursting with Black History and organizations that celebrate the achievements of Black Americans not only this month but every month. PFG strongly encourages you to take this time to immerse yourself in what is a very rich and vibrant history with the list of events below.
The Annenburg Center is hosting a monthly film series dedicated to Martin's Scorsese's groundbreaking docu-series The Blues. “Our goal never was to produce the definitive work on the blues,” Scorsese said. “It was, from the start, to create highly personal and impressionistic films as seen through the eyes of the most creative directors around with a passion for this music.” A post show discussion will precede each screening; the last one is March 1st, don't miss it! This event is free, but pre-registration is required.
Check out these other Black History Month events all across the city!