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Monday, Feb. 1 - Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021

Philadelphia Celebrates Black History Month

Celebrating the many contributions African Americans have made throughout history.

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Monday, Feb. 1 - Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021

Black History Month encourages us to recognize the contributions of African Americans. From its beginnings as a week-long recognition by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926, Black History Month has grown to include opportunities for education, reflection, and celebration. Since 1976, each U.S. president has formally designated the occasion.

This year, celebrating the contributions and achievements of Black Americans feels more necessary than ever. As we look back on a year of COVID-19, mass social justice protests in response to the killings of Black people by police, a contentious election, and a tenuous transfer of power, we know that issues of racial discrimination and oppression still permeate everyday life—especially for Black Americans.

All month long, we’ll share activities, events, and reflections that celebrate Black history, and particularly, the history of Black Philadelphians. Watch our calendar for an event near you, and share with your friends, family, and colleagues.


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