Black History Month is an annual celebration across the country of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
Black History Month is celebrated every February in the United States. In 1976, it was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial.
The city of Las Vegas invites the community to celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events Jan. 16-March 5, 2022. Here is a list of events happening around the Las Vegas area in honor of Black History Month.
Peace Week 2022: Extending the Dream Celebration- Sunday, Jan. 16, 3 to 5 p.m. Peace Week 2022 will honor, pay tribute and celebrate the life, legacy and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Inspiring the Movement through Change”- Free and open to the public. West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
“A Focus on Portraits,” an African American Heritage Exhibition- Jan. 20-April 14, 2022, Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. closed Friday-Sunday and holidays. The annual African American Heritage Exhibition this year will focus on portraiture, featuring the work of several local Las Vegas artists. Curated by the visual arts staff of the city of Las Vegas, this year’s exhibition includes work from established artists previously exhibited, as well as new artists who are exhibiting for the first time with the city of Las Vegas. Free and open to the public, Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery, 495 S. Main St., second floor.
Stay Prepared for School Fair and Health Fair- Saturday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m. Grade school children will have the opportunity to receive school supplies and other resources to prepare them for success in the second half of the school year. Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, refreshments, face painting and more. Free and open to the public. Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St.
Discovery Children’s Museum– In honor of Black History Month, DISCOVERY has activities and crafts that will teach your little ones about the Civil Rights Movement, African American art history, and much more! These events run February 5th through March 4th, please see the event link for daily detail. Free parking is always available in the garage located next to the museum. Be sure to get your parking ticket validated as you enter! You’re also welcome to pack a lunch or purchase food in our DISCOVERY store so you can stay and play ALL DAY.
Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance 6th Annual Conference: This is a virtual event. Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 24-25, 8 a.m. to noon each day. The Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is hosting a two-day virtual conference with national experts, legislators, school administrators, law enforcement, educators, social services providers, clinicians, advocates and other community stakeholders. Online registration is required at https://cityoflasvegas.link/
African American Trailblazer Service Awards- Tuesday, Feb. 1, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Join in honoring African American leaders in the Las Vegas community that have made significant contributions to the vibrant fabric of the city. Free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance RSVP is required. Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers, 495 S. Main St., second floor.
Good Time Catfish Fry- Thursday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. Register in advance to enjoy this old-fashioned fish fry — a time to gather, socialize and enjoy food that nourishes the soul. Space is limited. Cost: $10 lunch per person. Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St.
“Second Annual Sharing the History of Black Firefighters in Southern Nevada”- Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. Presented by the Westside School Alumni, this is a multi-jurisdictional celebration of the contributions Black firefighters have made to the Las Vegas valley. Included are a 30-minute educational forum, unveiling of the historic photo exhibit and unguided tour of the photo gallery. Refreshments will be served during the forum. Free and open to the public. Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St.
Heart of Black History Contest- Entries due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. Grab your pen, your computer, paint brush or any other media and submit your entry into the 2022 Black History Month essay/media contest. Be creative! Write an essay, create a storyboard, diorama, painting, PowerPoint or any other creative idea to share your view. Pick a person from Black history who has inspired you the most and highlight him/her. Storyboards can be 30” x 40” (standard foamboard size). If you choose to create a PowerPoint, please submit it on a flash drive. Submit your Heart of Black History Contest entry by Friday, Feb. 18, before 5 p.m. First-, second- and third-place winners will be awarded in each division. Free and open to the public. East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. For more information and entry form, call the center at 702-229-1515.
Springs Preserve– This year, the Springs Preserve is back, and bringing you the 13th annual Black History Month Celebration,Saturday, February 19th from 10am-4pm. Enjoy spectacular music and dance performances, fun and educational activities for kids, and captivating speakers and demonstrations for the whole family. Reservations are required. Tickets sold in advance ONLINE ONLY. Limited attendance.
Black Weekend 2022: Kemet In The Desert – Lecture Series Reloaded- Friday-Saturday, Feb. 18-19, 7 p.m. Dr. Jollie Harris will be the keynote speaker Friday evening on the topic “God’s Way to Heal a Virus.” Saturday’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Anthony “Tony” Browder addressing “Remembering the Giants: John Henrik Clarke, Frances Cress Welsing, Asa G. Hillard and Patricia Newton.” There will also be a special tribute to Dr. Runoko Rashidi. The event is held in honor of Kemet in the Desert founder Franklyn G. Verley III. Free and open to the public. West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
Please feel free to let me know about any Black History Month events I may have missed in the comments below.
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Discovery Children’s Museum
West Las Vegas Library
Doolittle Community Center
Las Vegas City Hall
Doolittle Senior Center