We hope y’all are having a fantastic Black History Month
There are plenty of things to do to celebrate Black History Month. Make sure to check out some of these events in the ATL, exclusively for Black History Month. However, some of these activities are available all year round. From must-see exhibitions to touching tributes to our influential history, keep scrolling for some inspiring ideas to honor Black History Month.
1-3. Support Black-owned businesses
There are so many incredible Black-owned businesses in the ATL. From some fun entertainment venues to markets, and beyond. Check out our recent round up of Black-owned businesses, or a few of our recommendations below.
- Black Wall Street Market – a market in Stonecrest with a mission to increase the size and number of minority and women-owned businesses.
- Nourish & Bloom – The world’s first Black-owned autonomous grocery market in Trilith, with robot helpers!
- For Keeps Books – Downtown bookstore with Black rare & classic literature
4. Visit the Black Currency exhibition
This unmissable exhibit is a true celebration of Black excellence, and Black success in the ATL. The exhibition in on display inside Future Gallery. The gallery and exhibition is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.
5-6. 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 (@thelossprevention shot by @cyndilaine_imagines), located at 219 Auburn Ave
7. Visit the APEX Museum
For a deeper understanding of Black history, make sure to visit the APEX Museum this February, and beyond. 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.
8-11. Eat or drink at Black-owned restaurants & bars
There’s no better time to support Black-owned businesses than Black History Month. However, take note of your favorites and keep on googling, to keep on supporting Black-owned Atlanta throughout the year. Make sure you check out our round up of Black-owned restaurants in Atlanta, or a few recommendations for the weekend below.
- Bar Vegan – Bar with theatrical cocktails and vegan cheesesteaks in Ponce City Market
- The Busy Bee Café – Beloved & award-winning eatery
- Pin & Proper – Football and bowling collide at this fun gaming center
- Toast on Lenox – Unmissable brunch spot in Buckhead
12. The Obama Portraits Tour
The iconic Obama Portraits have been at the High Museum of Art throughout Black History Month, and will be on display until March 20, 2022. Get incredible insight on the Presidential portrait process, and get up close and personal to the stunning portraits of Barack & Michelle Obama.
13. Check out the Spirit of 17 mural project
Murals are popping up around Atlanta thanks to this awesome mural project organized by Atlanta United. 17 ATL trailblazers are honored in an epic project that’s turning our city into a giant art gallery, all of which is done by Atlantan artist. Click here for more information.
14-15. Check out ATL monuments honoring Black History
Delving into Atlanta’s rich Black history is an excellent way to celebrate and honor Black History Month. Our city is an epicenter for the Civil Rights Movement, which is evident when you fine comb through our epic monuments and landmarks nestled throughout the city. Click here for the full round-up, or check out a couple recommendations below.
- Martin Luther King – The newest statue honoring MLK (pictured above by @skydbproductions) located near the Mercedes Benz Stadium.
- Herndon House – opulent two-story mansion near the Atlanta University Center was built by Atlanta’s first black millionaire.
Feautured Image: Photo by Ronny Sison on Unsplash