Friday, February 1, 2019

8 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 1:39 PM

click to enlarge "LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART" FILM  SCREENSHOT
  • "Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart" film screenshot
February is Black History Month, and there are myriad events planned throughout Cleveland in celebration, including blockbuster movie nights, basketball games, panel discussions and one-woman shows. Here are eight worthy Cleveland events to check out.

Black Panther screenings
Feb. 1-7
AMC Theaters
Marvel's Oscar-nominated phenomenon is coming back to the big screen for free for select showings in celebration. The AMC Theater in Solon will be offering showtimes at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Find out more here.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, multiple events
1100 East Ninth St.
The Rock Hall is going all out this year, with special exhibits and programs that includes a screening of the documentary Marley (Bob Marley, that is) and a panel discussion about the music industry in Cleveland. Find the whole list here.



Dinner with a Slice of History
Feb. 15
1501 North Marginal Rd.
The International Women's Air and Space Museum at Burke Lakefront Airport is hosting a dinner and one-woman show, starting at 6:30 p.m. The performance, by Gigi Coleman, depicts her aunt Bessie Coleman's journey to eventually become the first African-American woman to obtain a pilot's license. Purchase tickets here.

Black Baseball Chronology
Feb. 9
6601 Lexington Ave.
The Baseball Heritage Museum hosts this event, which chronicles the history of African-Americans in American Baseball. The presentation, which begins at 1 p.m., includes a discussion of the history of African-Americans and baseball in Cleveland. Register for the free event here.

45th Annual Black History Month Flag Raising
Feb. 9
601 Lakeside Ave.
Ring in Black History Month by attending this celebration on the front steps of City Hall. The raising of the red, black and green flag starts at noon. Find out more here.

Black History on Tap: Living Legends
Feb. 16
10825 East Blvd.
Learn about the history of Cleveland's African-American community, with a special focus on trailblazers of fine arts, music and theater. The event, starting at the Western Reserve Historical Society at 1 p.m., includes both access to museum's collections and special performances. Find tickets, which can include drinks, here.

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart screening
Feb. 20
2355 East 89th St.
The Karamu House presents this documentary about the first African-American woman to write a play performed on Broadway, A Raisin in the Sun. Tickets are free and doors open at 6 p.m. Register here.

The Cavaliers Black Heritage Celebration
1 Center Ct.
The Cavs began their 15th annual celebration of black heritage on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and will continue throughout February, with games celebrating historically black colleges and universities, local African-American chefs and Aretha Franklin, respectively. They're also hosting a workshop on sports marketing for diverse professionals with the Marcus Graham Project. Find more about the line-up here.

Bonus:
African-Americans in Cleveland, a self-guided tour
The Cleveland Historical Team has curated a list of 23 significant Cleveland spots, each accompanied by an article detailing the place's history with the African-American community. Find the list here.

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