MXO Black History Month Celebration: Event Listing 2019

Posted January 30th 2019


Carter Godwin Woodson was born on December 19, 1875 in New Canton, in Buckingham County, Virginia, to parents who were formerly enslaved. He was instrumental in bringing professional recognition to the study of African American history during a period when most historians held the opinion that African Americans were a people without history.

He founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in September 1915 and a journal to chronicle the history and advancements of African Americans. To draw greater attention to the contributions and achievements of African Americans to civilization, he and others founded Negro History Week in 1926. He chose the week to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14, whose lives and work supported freedom, equality, and citizenship for African Americans. This celebration and remembrance would later evolve into Black History Month, celebrated nationally beginning in the mid-1970s. Years later many referred to Woodson as the “Father of Negro History.”

The association today sets the theme for Black History Month and serves as a resource for local, state, and international branches to help promote greater knowledge of African American history through programs of education, research, and publishing.

Born to a poor family, Woodson supported himself by working in the coalmines of Kentucky. As a result, he was unable to enroll in high school until he was 20. After graduating in less than two years, he taught high school, wrote articles, studied at home and abroad, and went on to earn a doctorate in history at Harvard University in 1912; at the time, only the second African American to receive a Harvard doctorate. His predecessor was the eminent scholar, W.E.B. DuBois.

His organization, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, encouraged scholars to engage in the intensive study of the past as it related to Africans and their descendants through the world. In 1916, Woodson edited the first issue of the association’s principal scholarly publication, The Journal of Negro History (now the Journal of African American History), which, under his direction, remained an important historical periodical for more than 30 years. Woodson served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and head of the graduate faculty at Howard University, Washington, D.C. (1919-20), and was dean at West Virginia State College in Institute, West Virginia (1920-22).

Important works by Woodson include the widely consulted college text The Negro in Our History (1922; 10th ed., 1962); The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861 (1915); A Century of Negro Migration (1918), and The Miseducation of the Negro (1933). He was at work on a projected six-volume Encyclopedia Africana at the time of his death. Woodson died on April 3, 1950, in Washington, D.C.


February 1st through February 28th

Black History Month 2019  45th Annual Black History Month Flag Raising

Feb 9th-Cleveland City Hall Rotunda

Click HERE for more info.


Karamua House And The Musical Theater Project Presents ‘The Impact of Shuffle Along

Written by Bill Rudman

Directed  by Bill Rudman and Tony F. Sias

Feb 7th –Feb 10th

It was one of the most significant musicals of the 20th century: a show written and performed entirely by African Americans; a show with exuberant songs by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle (including the mega-hit “I’m Just Wild About Harry”); the show that brought the Harlem Renaissance to the musical stage; and the first show that allowed black theatergoers to watch from the orchestra after so many years of segregated seating. George Gershwin, Fanny Brice and other luminaries of white musical theater gathered at Shuffle Along to see what they could learn from its ragtime music and spirited dancing, and the answer was: a lot. Two years ago, writer and director George C. Wolfe created a Broadway musical about this 1921 trailblazer; now it’s time for TMTP and Cleveland’s historic Karamu House to take our turn with a new multi-media concert.

 Jelliffe Theatre  Karamu House, 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106. Click HERE for dates, times and admission prices.

Karamu House ’27 Wagons Full Of Cotton’

Written by Tennessee Williams

Directed  by Latecia Wilson

Feb 14th -Mar 10th

Set during the Great Depression, in the midst of the oppressive Mississippi Blue Mountain summer heat, business has not been going well for a cotton gin owner and his young wife.   In a desperate attempt to rescue himself from his financial woes, he sets fire to his neighbor’s thriving plantation. Unable to prove the act of arson, the neighbor seeks revenge in the most unconventional of ways.

Karamu House ‘This Property Is Condemned’

Written by Tennessee Williams

Directed  by Latecia Wilson

Feb 14th -Mar 10th

A chance encounter between two young people along a Mississippi railroad amidst the Great Depression leaves them both exposed in ways unimaginable.  The young woman’s passionate account of her fragmented family somehow captivates the nervous young man’s curiosity, leaving him wanting more than just a little conversation.

Arena Theatre, Karamu House, 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106. Click HERE for dates, times and admission prices.

Karamu House Comedy Show

Concert Hall

Feb 16th

Witness some of Cleveland’s funniest, as they remind us that joy and laughter are all around if we just take the time to see it.

More info available here.



2019 Greater Cleveland Leaders’ Luncheon on Education – Cleveland

Feb 15th

Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key-1360 West Mall Dr

This year, the 4th annual Greater Cleveland Leaders Luncheon on Education kicks off the new year celebrating the 75th anniversary of UNCF. More information available here.


Akron Leaders Luncheon on Education

Feb 22nd

Greystone Hall 103 S. High Street Akron, OH 44308

The UNCF Leaders Luncheon will serve as part of the UNCF Annual Campaign in Akron, and allows UNCF to serve as a valued community resource for our children in need of financial support in order to pay for college. More information available here.


Cleveland Movie Premier

‘Sincerely Brenda’

Feb 17th 2p

Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore

More information available here.


Shaker Arts Council

Conversations in Courage

Feb 22nd

Tri-C East-Simon and Rose Mandel Theater

A Staged Reading of The MeetingA fictional conversation between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Starring Peter Lawson Jones as Malcolm X and Greg White as Martin Luther King Jr.Directed by Monica Lee Boone. More information available here.


Ensemble Theatre-Cleveland Heights

At Last

Feb 22nd -Mar 3rd

The play, written by Dr. Mary E. Weems as a musical tribute to Michelle Obama and ten extraordinary African-American female artists. More information available here.


Cleveland Public Libraries

We are celebrating African American History Month throughout February with a variety of programming, music and events at Main Library and branches with special focus on education and educators.

“African American History Month is a special time at CPL,” said Felton Thomas jr. , Director of CPL. “It’s an opportunity to both celebrate and reflect, and this year we are looking forward to a month full of dynamic speakers, phenomenal musicians, and insightful and engaging programs at Main Library and throughout our branches.”  Click HERE for event listing.


East Cleveland Library

Flying Home Series: Jerome Jennings

Feb 17th

The Flying Home series, sponsored in large part by the George Gund Foundation, is a special concert series featuring former Tri-C students now making their mark as jazz performers across the United States. More info available here.

Djapo Performance

Feb 20th

Djapo Cultural Arts Institute is dedicated to celebrating and preserving African Dance & Drumming.  More information available here.


Cuyahoga Community College Metro

Gospel Celebration

Feb 21st 12-1:30p

Metro Campus


Cuyahoga Community College Eastern

5th Annual African American Read In- Radical Self-Love

Feb 14th

Eastern Campus

“Radical Self-Love” is the theme for the 2019 African American Read-In hosted by Tri-C Eastern Campus. Sponsored by National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). More info available here.

Feb 14th



Color Full Cabaret

Feb 25th

Featuring the Baldwin Wallace Musical Theatre Department’s students of color.  More info available here.


Rock Hall: Black History Month Celebration

All Month Long

The Rock Hall’s annual Black History Month celebration is a cornerstone of its programming and outreach, recognizing the extraordinary contributions that African- Americans have made to rock & roll music. Since 1996, highlights have included conversations with Solomon Burke, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Ruth Brown, Al Green, Bobby Womack, Chuck D, Rahiem, and Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Month long activities and more info available here.


Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court Student Art Display Celebrating Black History Month 2019

Feb 1st-Feb 28th

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court is celebrating Black History Month with a display by local artists on the first floor of the downtown Justice Center.

Justice Center 1200 Ontario, Cleveland Ohio 44113

More info available here.


Western Reserve Historical Society

Black History on Tap: Living Legends

Feb 16th

Explore the rich history of Cleveland’s African American community. We’ll be learning about the impressive  individuals who pioneered in the fine arts, music, and theatre throughout our city’s history. Celebrate their legacies with contemporary performances and an exclusive look at our collections.

10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.

Click HERE for details.


Cleveland Cavaliers

Empowering and Inspiring. One Generation to the Next

Feb 2nd -Feb 23rd

Quicken Loans Arena

The Cleveland Cavaliers Annual Black Heritage Celebration (BHC) is the Cavs expanded salute to Black History Month in February, recognizes the remarkable accomplishments of African American icons and lesser known contributors who have paved the path for future generations.

More info available here.


Open Access at the Cleveland Museum of Art: Open Access To The World

Available Online and Ongoing

At the Cleveland Museum of Art, Open Access means the public now has the ability to  share, collaborate, remix, and reuse images of many as 30,000 public- domain artworks from the CMA’s world-renowned collection of art for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

More info available here.


House of Blues

Marsha Ambrosius NYLA Tour

Feb 7th 2019

Special guest Elle Varner More info available here.



Sophisticated Soul Tour

Lalah Hathaway, Raheem Devaughn and Lyfe Jennings

Feb 14th Valentines Day

Connor Palace Theatre

Celebrate the season of love with Lalah Hathaway, five-time Grammy Award winner and daughter of the legendary Donny Hathaway, as she performs an all-new show, Sophisticated Soul, at Connor Palace in Cleveland on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The special Valentine’s Day performance will showcase Hathaway’s irrepressible and boundary-defying voice, complemented by special guests Raheem Devaughn and Lyfe Jennings, as she performs selections from her eighth studio album “honestly” and many more.

More info here.

More info here.

Cupid in the CLE! Featuring Jiggs Whigham and Evelyn Wright

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra

Feb 15th

Ohio Theatre

Our annual Valentine’s Day shows are among our most popular every year. This year we’re pairing the incomparable trombonist Jiggs Whigham with beloved CJO vocalist Evelyn Wright. Jiggs has had an incredible career starting at age 17 with Glenn Miller, time with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, countless recordings and positions as a leader, performer and professor in Germany. And of course, no one can render a ballad and also swing as hard as Evelyn. For more info click here.


EJ Thomas Hall

Gospel Meets Symphony – Akron Symphony

Feb 23rd

The Akron Symphony Orchestra and the powerful voices of the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir come together for an inspired community celebration. It is one of Northeast Ohio’s proudest and most enduring musical traditions. This performance, which has created numerous memories since its debut in 1994, promises to deliver something new, fresh and homegrown.. EJ Thomas Hall 198 Hill St., Akron; 330-972-7595.  More info available here.


Kent State University

Black History Month

Month of February

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S history. Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life, which initiated the first variation of Black History month, titled, Negro History Week in 1926 during the second week of February. In 1970 according to the Kent Stater, Kent State University began observance of Black History Month, however, it was not until 1976 that every president designated the month of February as Black History Month. HERE is the full BHM listing. Free to the public.


Bowling Green State University

Black History Month Kickoff: The Black Art Experience (B.A.E)

Feb 1st Kick off

The Black Art Experience (BAE) is a collaborative effort between the Multicultural Affairs and the COMO (the Council of Multicultural Organizations), will be the kickoff event for Black History Month 2019. This year the City of BG Human Relations Commission is also a sponsor. BGSU African American students will display their artwork in several mediums. Art pieces can include small and large-scale paintings, digital art, photography, fashion/clothing design, sculptures and pencil drawings. Dance and vocal performances will round out the event.

Bowling Green University will celebrate Black History the entire month of February.  Full event listing here.


Oberlin College Black History Month Celebration

Month of February

Black History Month at Oberlin, recognized since 1967, has helped to foster greater awareness of the history, politics, culture, and economics of the African diaspora. Our annual celebration features prominent civic and political leaders, scholars, and musicians of African descent, as well as events in arts, literature, and performance aesthetics that make our observance more enriching.

Admission is free. Click HERE for event listings.

Oberlin & Cleveland Opera Theater Winter Term Opera: Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up

Feb 4th

Oberlin Winter Term Opera: Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up. A haunting tale of a family’s pursuit of the American Dream in the shadow of Civil War Nebraska. Cleveland Opera Theater hosts the post-performance talkback and reception as part of its {NOW} Festival. Wilder Main Lounge, Oberlin College, Oberlin. More info here. Free, but tickets required.


National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Cincinnati Ohio– Invisible: Slavery Today

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center presents exhibits featuring Nelson Mandela, Emmett Till, Rosa Parks and more in the month of February.

Click HERE for more information.


The King Art Complex Columbus Ohio

Elijah Pierce Gallery

Feb 2019

Elijah Pierce was born to a former slave in Baldwin, Mississippi and began to carve at an early age when his father gave him a pocket knife. He developed a hobby for woodcarving and began carving wooden farm animals and other figurines from wood scraps he found. In his teens Pierce had taken an interest in barbering. He learned the trade from a barbershop in his hometown and decided to make it a career. He moved to Columbus in 1923 to be with his wife Cornelia and opened a barbershop on East Long Street after her death in 1951.  Click HERE for more info.


Black History Month at the Ohio Statehouse, Columbus Ohio

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a special art exhibit and free historical performance each Tuesday at noon.  Click HERE for more Black History Month event details.


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