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Black History Month: Events in Denver and Colorado

Celebrate Black History Month across Colorado this February with exhibits, presentations, lectures, talks and film screenings.

DENVER — February is Black History Month and there are dozens of events going on around Colorado in honor of the occasion.

Since 1976, the month is a time to celebrate achievements by African Americans and for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history.

Do you have an event you want to add? Email alexander.kirk@9news.com.

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Friday, Feb. 7

Decades of Love Concert

DENVER — The evening concert at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College will serve as a fundraiser for a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the campus courtyard.

The History of African American Music

NORTHGLENN — The Colorado Black Arts Festival and the SOURCE Theater Company on Friday, Feb 7 for a show that covers the period from the 1600s to the early 1900s, taking the audience on a musical journey from slavery to prohibition with slave music, field hollers, work songs, lullabies, spirituals, songs of the Underground Railroad, ragtime and the blues provide a compelling soundtrack to U.S. history. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the DL Parsons Theatre (inside the Northglenn Recreation Center).

Saturday, Feb. 8

Black Women Lead, Empower, Aspire, Dedicate Summit

DENVER — University of Denver’s Center for Multicultural Excellence is hosting the 5th Annual Black Women Lead, Empower, Aspire and Dedicate summit from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at DU's Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science. This year’s theme is centered around black women’s civic engagement.

Active Minds: Civil Rights Act

DENVER — "Active Minds" will examine the Civil Rights Act more than 50 years later and evaluate its impact on civil rights in the United States today. This talk at Denver's Central Library runs from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Madam C.J. Walker's Growing Rich Re-Enactment

DENVER — Historical re-enactor Lonnie McCabe brings the story of Madam C.J. Walker to life (at 1 p.m. at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library) by reliving her time in Denver during 1905. Born the daughter of former enslaved Africans, Walker became one of the first American self-made female millionaires through her ingenuity and business savvy.

Sunday, Feb. 9

Screening of 'Thunder Soul'

DENVER — In Thunder Soul, a documentary film released in 2010, alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for their beloved bandleader, who turned the struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s.

Screening of 'When They See Us'

BOULDER — The NAACP Boulder County, in partnership with the Korey Wise Innocence Project and the Museum of Boulder, will screen an episode of Ava DuVernay's When They See Us each Sunday in February. Screenings will be followed by a presentation or discussion panel.

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Tuesday, Feb. 11

Screening of 'Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier' 

DENVER — The documentary Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier will be screened at History Colorado Center after a reception at 5:30 p.m. The members-only screening offers viewers the opportunity to learn about unsung heroes in the space race.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Bold Women. Change History.

DENVER — Best-selling author and Emory University professor Carol Anderson will explore the impact of gerrymandering, poll closures and the purging of voter rolls on voting rights and democracy at 7 p.m. at History Colorado Center.

Friday, Feb. 14

The New Faces of Representation

DENVER — Learn what political scientists have discovered about what the new faces of representation mean for American politics moving forward at this 2 p.m. event at Denver's Eugene Field Branch Library.

The History of African American Music

BROOMFIELD — Friday's collaboration between the Colorado Black Arts Festival and the Source Theater Company covers the period from the 1600's to the early 1900's, taking the audience on a musical journey from slavery to prohibition. The program begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Broomfield Arts at 3 Community Park Rd. Tickets are available online here.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Diversity Storytime: Celebrating Black History Month 

LONGMONT — Celebrate Black History Month with stories that highlight African-American authors and illustrators. You’ll see treasured favorites and brand new titles. This event was first published by MileHighontheCheap.com

Black History Month Storytime

DENVER — Second Star to the Right Books at 1545 S. Pearl St. will have a special storytime where James Brunt will be reading books written by authors of color and featuring African-American characters. All ages are welcome.

Madam C.J. Walker's Growing Rich Re-Enactment 

DENVER — Historical re-enactor Lonnie McCabe brings the story of Madam C.J. Walker to life (at 2 p.m. at Denver's Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library) by reliving her time in Denver during 1905. Born the daughter of former enslaved Africans, Walker became one of the first American self-made female millionaires through her ingenuity and business savvy.

Lift Ev'ry Voice: An LGBTQ Black History Month Celebration

DENVER — The Center on Colfax’s official Black History Month Celebration is Saturday, Feb. 15 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with black-identified speakers, an open mic opportunity for community members to share their experiences, and a space for allies to reflect upon their identity, experience with race, and ways to be allies.

Sunday, Feb. 17 

Screening of 'When They See Us'

BOULDER — The NAACP Boulder County, in partnership with the Korey Wise Innocence Project and the Museum of Boulder, will screen an episode of Ava DuVernay's When They See Us each Sunday in February. Screenings will be followed by a presentation or discussion panel.

Thursday, Feb. 20

EFP Black History Month Celebration

DENVER — The Emerging Filmmakers Project (EFP) will host a night of poetry, music, and speakers beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Denver's Bug Theatre to honor the artistic contribution of Colorado's African American creators. Film screenings will begin at 8 p.m.

Dr. Tracie L. Keesee Recognition

DENVER — The Denver Police Museum, Denver Police Department, and Blair-Caldwell Library will recognize Dr. Tracie L. Keesee for her outstanding service to the Citizens of the City and County of Denver in a ceremony at Denver's Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. A reception will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dr. Keesee is a 25-year veteran of the Denver Police Department and a role model for future generations.

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Friday, Feb. 21

Dr. Justina L. Ford Mural Dedication

DENVER — Connect for Health Colorado will hold a mural dedication to celebrate medical pioneer and community physician Dr. Justina L. Ford. The mural, located on the side of the U.S. Bank on 27th and Welton St. in Five Points, depicts the legacy of Dr. Ford. Residents whose lives have been touched by Dr. Ford are invited to honor her by signing a board, which will later be gifted to the Black American West Museum & Heritage Center.

Saturday, Feb. 22 

Black History Month Film Festival

DENVER — The Black American West Museum & Heritage Center will hold its 26th annual Black History Month Film Festival on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 29. The event is free, family- friendly, educational and open to all.

Talking With Kids About Race in Current Events & Children’s Media

DENVER — In this discussion-based workshop at Denver's Sam Gary Branch Library, adults will explore their own messages about race and discuss strategies that engage children in meaningful dialogue. The talk will be facilitated by members of Denver Public Library’s Read from 2 p.m to 4 p.m.

Black Genealogy Search Group: Writers’ Group

DENVER —  A Black Genealogy Search Group Writers' Group will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Denver's Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library to help attendees become better at capturing, organizing and compiling information that can be shared with different audiences.

Sunday, Feb. 23

Family Free Day: Celebrating Black History Month

PARKER — Parker Arts Culture and Events Center has an afternoon of free fun planned from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with crafts for kids, an art exhibit reception, and entertainment by comedian Sam Adams, DSA Youth Jazz Ensemble, Black American West Museum & Heritage Center, and Stafford Hunter Jazz Quartet.  

Screening of 'When They See Us'

BOULDER — The NAACP Boulder County, in partnership with the Korey Wise Innocence Project and the Museum of Boulder, will screen an episode of Ava DuVernay's When They See Us each Sunday in February. Screenings will be followed by a presentation or discussion panel.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Active Minds: Civil Rights Act 

DENVER — "Active Minds" will examine the Civil Rights Act more than 50 years later and evaluate its impact on civil rights in the United States today. This talk at Denver's Sam Gary Branch Library begins at 6:30 p.m.

Rhapsody in Black

NORTHGLENN — Cleo Parker Robinson Dance brings Rhapsody in Black to the DL Parsons Theatre (inside the Northglenn Recreation Center) on Thursday, Feb. 27 and Friday, Feb. 28. The show articulates the African American influence in Paris through literature, music, and dance. From Josephine Baker to James Baldwin, Rhapsody in Black explores complex relationships, heartbreak, the joy of discovery and thriving art in an environment of acceptance.

Black History Live: Rosa Parks

CENTENNIAL — Learn about the life and work of Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks through her own words. Becky Stone portrays Rosa Parks and shares stories of her involvement with the Civil Rights Movement as well as her work for women’s rights. Part of Colorado Humanities' Black History Live tour, this living history portrayal will give insight into how and why Rosa Parks prepared for her pivotal act of resistance. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Centennial's Koelbel Library.

Friday, Feb. 28 

Rhapsody in Black

NORTHGLENN — Cleo Parker Robinson Dance brings Rhapsody in Black to the DL Parsons Theatre (inside the Northglenn Recreation Center) on Thursday, Feb. 27 and Friday, Feb. 28. The show articulates the African American influence in Paris through literature, music, and dance. From Josephine Baker to James Baldwin, Rhapsody in Black explores complex relationships, heartbreak, the joy of discovery and thriving art in an environment of acceptance.

Decades of Love Concert 

DENVER — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College will celebrate Black History Month with Decades of Love, a free concert on Friday, Feb. 28. The event will serve as a fundraiser for a statue of Dr. King at the college's courtyard. A dinner begins at 7 p.m. followed by the concert from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 19535 E. 46th Ave. Tickets are free, but registration is required online here.

Black History Live: Rosa Parks

DENVER & LITTLETON — Learn about the life and work of Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks through her own words. Becky Stone portrays Rosa Parks and shares stories of her involvement with the Civil Rights Movement as well as her work for women’s rights. Part of Colorado Humanities' Black History Live tour, this living history portrayal will give insight into how and why Rosa Parks prepared for her pivotal act of resistance. The event begins at 10 a.m. at Denver's Windsor Gardens Community Center and at 2 p.m. at Littleton's Bemis Public Library.

Sunday, Feb. 29

Black History Month Film Festival

DENVER — The Black American West Museum & Heritage Center will hold its 26th annual Black History Month Film Festival on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 29. The event is free, family- friendly, educational and open to all.

Black History Live: Rosa Parks

AURORA — Learn about the life and work of Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks through her own words. Becky Stone portrays Rosa Parks and shares stories of her involvement with the Civil Rights Movement as well as her work for women’s rights. Part of Colorado Humanities' Black History Live tour, this living history portrayal will give insight into how and why Rosa Parks prepared for her pivotal act of resistance. The event begins at 10 a.m. at Aurora Central Library and at 12:30 p.m. at Community College of Aurora's CentreTech campus. Admission to the 10 a.m. event is free, but registration is needed at AuroraLibrary.org.




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