Celebrate Black History Month

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February is Black History Month, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in Greater Miami & Miami Beach. From jazz festivals and cultural exhibitions to a visit to a historically Black neighborhood or a local beach with deep roots with Miami’s Black community, read on for how to celebrate Black History Month in Miami.

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Take a nature & history tour at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park

Tour Historic Virginia Key Beach Park

Throughout February

Pay a visit to Historic Virginia Key Beach Park during Black History Month to experience what was once the only beach in Miami where Black people were welcome during segregation. Officially opened in 1945 as “a Dade County Park for the exclusive use of Negroes,” it became a thriving community gathering place for swimming and recreation. While it was once only accessible by boat, today you can easily reach the park via the Rickenbacker Causeway. Free nature and history tours are held on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can also download the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park app for a virtual, self-guided tour.

Order My Steps: There Are No Answers Here, Move On

Throughout February

Liberty City born artist Roscoè B. Thické III will mount his debut solo exhibition at Oolite Arts on Lincoln Road with “ORDER MY STEPS: There are no answers here, move on” on February 10. Free and open to the public, the exhibition explores the intersection of two deaths in Liberty City’s “Pork ‘n Bean” housing project through photography and will run through May 15.

Black Awareness Month

Throughout February

The University of Miami’s Multicultural Student Affairs’ United Black Students will produce a variety of events throughout February for Black Awareness Month. With the theme of “Keep the Fire Alive,” programming will fan the flames of the fight for racial justice that were sparked during the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. Held at various locations throughout campus, as well as virtually online, events include panel discussions, community service and networking events.

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Don't miss the Lyric Live All Star Show

Lyric Live All Stars

February 4, 2022

Make your way to the Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex in Historic Overtown on Friday, February 4 for the Lyric Live All Star Show. As the annual culmination of the monthly amateur night showcase, performers will go head-to-head to determine who’s the best-of-the-best. Each performer won a monthly showcase, and one will walk away with the title of Season 7 All Star Winner. The event is hosted by comedian Chello. The audience and celebrity judges will decide the final verdict. Season 7 contestants include Branden Mack, Mary Herring Bloodsaw, Alluring Attack, James Jackson, Bauldy Sharpe, Danny Ferguson Jr. and Ronnie J.

Miami Half Marathon Shakeout 5K

February 5, 2022

On the Saturday before the Miami Half Marathon, The Running Edge 305 will host a 5K run through Historic Overtown, one of Miami’s traditionally Black communities. Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 5, the Miami Half Marathon Shakeout 5K will commence at Gibson Park and wind its way through the neighborhood’s landmarks, with stops to share local history. Afterward, runners will gather at Lil GreenHouse Grill, a local Black-owned restaurant, for an authentic taste of the neighborhood.

Heritage Fest: Mind, Body & Soul

February 5, 2022

Head to Thomson Plaza at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Miami on Saturday, February 5 for the third annual Heritage Fest, a celebration of Miami’s African Diaspora. The 2022 theme is “Mind, Body and Soul,” and the day will include a konpa dance workshop by KOTR Dance as well as a yoga class. With headlining performances by Delou Africa and Kaylan Arnold, this free, fun-filled and family-friendly festival will also have food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, and a salon by the Heritage Project discussing race, intimacy and expression in dance.

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Don't miss Pérez Art Museum Miami’s Art + Soul gala, photo by Angel Valentin

Art + Soul

February 5, 2022

The Pérez Art Museum Miami’s ninth annual Art + Soul gala will take place the evening of Saturday, February 5 at the museum in Downtown Miami to raise money for the Fund For Black Art. The lavish event will include a seated dinner, cocktails, music, dancing and art under the stars. It will also celebrate this year’s honoree, actor and comedian David Alan Grier, of “In Living Color” fame, who also happens to be an avid art collector. While tickets to the seated dinner start at $1,000, guests can also purchase $75 tickets for access after 10 p.m. for cocktails, dessert and revelry.

Black Health & Wellness Fair

February 9, 2022

Miami Dade College will host a free Black Health & Wellness Fair at their Wolfson campus in Downtown Miami from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair will feature health screenings, healthcare vendors and a yoga session at noon.

Take and Make Craft: We Love Black History Month Bracelets

February 9, 16, 23, 2022

Head to the Take and Make Craft event at Pinecrest Branch Library any Wednesday in February and pick up a free “take-and-make” craft kit to celebrate Black History Month. Children ages five to 12 will be given a We Love Black History Month Bracelet kit containing materials to create red, black and green bracelets representing the pan-African flag, as well as a list of recommended children’s books for Black History Month.

Diversity in the Workplace: An Afternoon with Bärí A. Williams and Jerusha Stewart

February 10, 2022

Presented by Books & Books and Miami Book Fair, author Bärí A. Williams will host Diversity in the Workplace: An Afternoon with Bärí A. Williams and Jerusha Stewart and discuss her new book “Diversity in the Workplace: Eye-Opening Interviews to Jumpstart Conversations about Identity, Privilege and Bias” in a free virtual event on Crowdcast February 10 at 3 p.m. Centered on 25 interviews with trailblazers fighting inequality, the book examines marginalized communities in modern day work dynamics and the managers working to correct the imbalance.

Seeding, Equity & Entrepreneurship

February 10, 2022

Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management will host a Seeding, Equity & Entrepreneurship networking event for diverse hospitality professionals in honor of Black History Month February 10 at 6 p.m. The event will include an entrepreneurs panel discussion, dinner, cocktails, a fireside chat, artist showcase and the opportunity to mix and mingle.

Soul Vegan Festival

February 12, 2022

Presented by local food blogger The Hungry Black Man, the Soul Vegan Festival returns to Lummus Park on Ocean Drive in South Beach for its fifth annual celebration on Saturday, February 12. The festival will highlight plant-based African American and Caribbean cuisine created by Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s most talented chefs. The $20 price of admission includes tastings, a children’s play zone and entertainment such as DJ battles with Chicago vs. Miami, Detroit vs. Atlanta and Houston vs. DC. Delicious vegan food, drinks and other products will be available for sale.

The Shrine at Red Rooster

February 12, 2022

Bringing the sounds of the African diaspora to the Pool Room at Red Rooster Overtown, The Shrine is a musical experience fusing the sounds of the Caribbean with Afrobeats, Amapiano Kompa and more. Come to dance and for the good vibes on February 12 starting at 9 p.m. African goods by Ankara Delights will also be on sale.

Creative Soul Photography

February 13, 2022

The Historic Hampton House will host an opening reception on February 13 at noon for a new exhibit featuring Creative Soul Photography by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt. The husband and wife duo are renowned for their portrait photography of children and their AfroArt series showcasing the beauty and versatility of afro hair.

History Makers: Create Art like Amalia Amaki

February 17, 2022

Come out to the Miami Springs Branch Library on February 17 at 4:30 p.m. for an afternoon of arts and crafts inspired by the mixed media works of artist Amalia Amaki. At History Makers: Create Art like Amalia Amaki, you’ll learn about the life and work of this African American artist, art historian, educator, film critic and curator while creating your own mixed media masterpiece.

Black Is Black Ain't

February 19, 2022

Paying homage to a 1995 documentary of the same name by Marlon Riggs, Black Is Black Ain’t is a community exhibition at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens dedicated to “the historic narratives of what blackness is and what it ain’t.” Presented by the EATN Project, the event on Saturday, February 19 will feature local musical talent, poets and writers. It will also commemorate the addition of new Black literary works to the campus library, including Brandon Vega’s “Ghetto Conscious: Evolution of a Rebel.”

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

February 25-26, 2022

The groundbreaking Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center February 25 and 26 with new and classic works, including founder Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, “Revelations.”

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Celebrate the best in Miami jazz

Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival Weekend

February 25-27, 2022

Head to the Lyric Theater in Historic Overtown for the 25th annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival Weekend. Named for the late jazz trumpeter and composer, the festival is a celebration of the best in Miami jazz. With performances by GRAMMY Award winning Saxophonist Kirk Whalum and Grammy Award winning artists Dr. Ed Calle and John Daversa, this year’s lineup also features Etienne Charles, Bobby Watson, Curtis Lundy and many more. The weekend includes social mixers on the plaza, workshops and an All-Star College Jazz Concert featuring the Broward College Jazz Band, Florida Memorial University Jazz and the University of Miami Jazz Combo.

Let’s Walk Miami Gardens

February 26, 2022

In honor of both Black History Month and American Heart Month, the Let’s Walk Miami Gardens health walk on Saturday, February 26 is designed to bring the community together to move and improve physical and mental health. Rise and shine bright and early and head to the track at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens for a morning of movement and community beginning at 7 a.m. Additional walks are scheduled for May and September.

Family Storytime and Arts & Crafts

February 26, 2022

Head to the Arcola Lakes Branch Library for Family Storytime and Arts & Crafts in celebration of Black History Month on February 26 at 3 p.m.

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