Parades, celebrations, and exciting exhibitions dominate the stellar line-up of events for Black History Month in Atlanta
Atlanta’s getting ready for another stand-out Black History Month. There are several events happening across the metro area, so we thought we’d help you out and break down BHM in the ATL. Here are some recommendations for Black History Month this February.
1-2. Check out our landmarks honoring Black history
Atlanta is an epicenter for the Civil Rights Movement which is inspiringly evident, even after a short walk around our city center. Check out a couple of recommendations, or check out our self-guided tour of Atlanta’s rich Black history.
- Martin Luther King, Jr National Park – Several points of interest at this historical park, including The King Center, and the house where our hometown hero was born
- Auburn Avenue – If you visit the MLK National Park, stop by the heart of black enterprise and the civil rights movement, featuring Ebenezer Baptist Church & Atlanta Daily World, the first black daily newspaper ever published.
3. Visit the APEX Museum
For a deeper understanding of Black history, make sure to visit the APEX Museum this February. Located in the historic Auburn Avenue area of Atlanta, this museum connects the world with various pieces of African American history. There are so many inspiring stories to discover at this insightful addition to Atlanta’s extensive list of museums.
4-6. These enchanting Candlelight concerts
The Candlelight concert series are honoring Black History Month with a beautifully curated selection of intimate concerts, that’ll pay tribute to the influential sounds of African American music. Honoring some of the greatest musicians of all time, check out the full line-up of Candlelight’s Black History Month concerts:
- Candlelight: Jazz and the Black Experience at St James Live
- Candlelight: Jazz and the Black Experience
- Candlelight: Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and the Birth of Soul
7. Visit the National Center for Civil & Human Rights
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a museum dedicated to the achievements of the civil rights movement. They always host incredible programming over Black History Month. Explore exhibitions dedicated to Atlanta’s influential role in the Civil Rights Movement. Check out our round-up of spectacular art exhibitions to check out this Black History Month.
8. Sip & Trap at Atlanta’s Trap Museum
Learn about the art behind the music at the Trap Music Museum. Created by superstar rapper T.I., this immersive museum became the first hip-hop museum ever to celebrate the reality of southern-based trap music. It pays homage to other rap legends like 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, and more!
This arts & culture festival is taking over Roswell for Black History Month. Roswell Roots will be hosting art exhibitions, poetry slams, seminars, and more. Click here to find out everything you need to know about the festival.
10-13. Support Black-owned Atlanta
Black History Month is a great time to support Black-owned businesses in Atlanta. Check out our round-up of incredible Black-owned restaurants in the ATL, or a few recommendations below.
- Nourish & Bloom – New Black-owned, autonomous grocery market in Trilith, a world’s first!
- Busy Bee Café – Authentic southern cuisine on M.L.K. Jr Drive
- Slutty Vegan – Beloved vegan burger joint with several locations
- Anna’s BBQ – Delicious BBQ spot, reopening their dine-in service for Black History Month in Kirkwood
14-15. Check out the touching ATL tributes to John Lewis
There are several tributes to the late congressman John Lewis nestled around Atlanta, honoring his inspiring influence in the Civil Rights Movement, and his actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States. Make sure you check these out over Black History Month.
- The Flowering Forest in Freedom Park – Thousands of flowers and three hundred trees will bloom for the first time this year. This stunning floral tribute will bloom every year on John Lewis’ birthday
- John Lewis Mural – Pictured above, located at 219 Auburn Ave