PHOENIX — Black History Month, a celebration of the achievements and culture of African Americans in US history, is officially here.
Black History Month lasts the entire month of February.
Here are 5 events to celebrate around the Valley:
February 7: Chandler's Black History Celebration: Roots in Faith, Anchored in Hope - A free community event that celebrates the history, dance, music and more of black history. 2020 marks the "sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War." It will take place at 5 p.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts at 250 North Arizona Avenue in Chandler. More information.
February 8: A celebration of Mesa's Washington Park Community - Starting February 8 through mid-July, you can check out Hallelujah Hats! that celebrates the culture of the "once thriving segregated African American community in Mesa." The exhibit showcases hats, purses, jewelry, old photos, and more. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information.
February 8: Community Health Resource Fair Healthcare in Black History Month - This event is hosted by the West Valley - NAACP Health Committee at the Avondale Community Center at 1007 S 3rd Street in Avondale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is also free to the community. More information.
February 26: Black History Month Empowerment Mixer - It's a fun way to connect with our young professionals in the community in Phoenix. You also have the chance to win $200 worth of classes and workshops at the General Assembly. It will be 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Cross Campus Coworking Space at 175 N Marshall Way #F360 in Scottsdale. Best part - tickets are free! More information.
February 27: Black History Month Celebration of Culture - Tickets into this event at the Orpheum Theatre are free. It includes Truth B. Told as the Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. as the keynote speaker along with a bunch of performances, too. This event will include food trucks available for purchase. More information.