Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada and, more recently, has been observed in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Black History Month is a time for learning, growing, and connecting with people through culture. If you want to learn and explore more African American history, here are a few tips.
The Howard County Center of African American Culture curates a rich treasure trove of historical artifacts, memorabilia, and other resources that tell the incredible story of the African American experience and contributions in Howard County and throughout the state of Maryland, with strong ties back to the African Diaspora. The Center is located at 5434 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD. Learn about the rich history of blacks in Howard County and view artifacts, vintage clothing, and materials that tell a story of struggle, excellence, and survival. The HCCAAC is available for tours by appointment only by calling 410-715-1921.
To learn more or schedule a tour, visit the website here.
The Harriet Tubman Cultural Center is hosting the 2nd Annual Black History Fest 2024, a free celebratory community event with fun activities, performances, and exhibits on Saturday, February 24. This in-person event celebrates the rich history and culture of the Black community. Immerse yourself in a day filled with engaging activities, live performances, and thought-provoking exhibits.
For more Black History Month events in Howard County, click here.
Visit the Maryland Tourism site and journey through Maryland to honor the lives of American heroes. Celebrate the people, the progress, the art, and the inspiration of these African-American stories in Maryland. The tourism site has activities throughout the State where you can celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans to our state, our culture, and our future.
Visit the Harriett Tubman Underground Railroad State Park, take a driving tour on the Eastern Shore of sites important in the life of Frederick Douglas, or join in on activities at your local church or community center.
Howard County Library Recommended Books:
What is on your list to read, listen, and watch for Black History Month this February? We have got some recommendations if you do not know where to start. Take a look at this list of movies, music, cookbooks, children’s titles, fiction, and more.
THRIVE AT COLUMBIA TOWN CENTER
Town Center is one of the ten villages of Columbia, Maryland. Our Village offices are located in Historic Oakland, one of the most beautiful historic buildings in Howard County. In the heart of Columbia, Town Center’s residents enjoy living in an urban community in a suburban setting with close proximity to all Columbia amenities, attractions, and cultural activities. Visit us to learn more about our community at 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD 21044. Call us at 410-730-4744 or visit our website https://www.columbiatowncenter.org/