Five Ways To Celebrate Black History Month At The African American Museum In Philadelphia

Movie nights, new exhibitions and more...

One of the best places to celebrate Black History Month in Philadelphia must be the African American Museum, an attraction that celebrates the lives, accomplishments and legacy of African-Americans in Philadelphia.

Throughout Black History Month — February — the museum hosts a slew of great events that range from movie screenings to exhibition openings.

Check out our picks for special events at the African American Museum this February.

Roots at 40: Screening and Discussion

This Wednesday night, the African American Museum hosts a discussion and screening of the first episode of the reimagined Roots series, a remake of the 1977 show of the same name. After the screening, guests can stick around for a discussion with some of the members of the creative team from the Roots revamp.

Roots at 40: Screening and Discussion

When:Wednesday, February 1, 5:30 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.aampmuseum.org

Opening Reception: Church of Broken Pieces & Harlem, USA at AAMP

On Thursday, February 2, the museum opens its latest exhibitions; Shawn Theodore: Church of Broken Pieces and Dawoud Bey: Harlem, USA with a free opening reception complete with wine, light bites and the chance to be one of the first to view these fascinating exhibits.

Opening Reception: Church of Broken Pieces & Harlem, USA at AAMP

When:Thursday, February 2, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

www.aampmuseum.org

Films at AAMP: Black Girl and Merkato

African American MuseumPhoto by M. Edlow for African American Museum in Philadelphia

On Friday, February 3, the African American Museum’s recurring free film series returns with two movie screenings that explore black life across the world. The night kicks off with a screening of Black Girl, a 1966 film about a Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white couple. After Black Girl, the museum hosts a screening of Merkato, a documentary by a Philadelphia-based filmmaker about Africa’s largest open-air market and the people who work and shop there. The screenings are free but attendees are asked to RSVP.

Films at AAMP: Black Girl and Merkato

When:Friday, February 3, 6-9 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free

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Dawoud Bey: Harlem, U.S.A. at The African American Museum in Philadelphia

African-American photographer Dawoud Bey takes visitors on a photographic journey through the history-rich neighborhood of Harlem in the museum's second new photography exhibition. Bey's first solo exhibition that originally debuted in 1979 at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Dawoud Bey: Harlem, U.S.A. features 25 black-and-white photographs that seek to showcase the diversity of the neighborhood and the residents within it. The exhibition runs through April 2.

Dawoud Bey: Harlem, U.S.A. at The African American Museum in Philadelphia

When:Through April 2
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Included in the price of admission

www.aampmuseum.org

Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action

African American MuseumPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Through April 23, the African American Museum hosts Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action, a special traveling exhibition presented by the American Friends Service Committee. The interactive exhibition explores the power of nonviolent protest relating to current-day issues like prison reform, discrimination, immigrant rights, the economy and more.

Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action

When:Through April 23
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Included in the price of admission

www.aampmuseum.org

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