Celebrate Black History Month

The River City has plenty of opportunities to learn more about Black history all month long.

Racial Justice Faith Week
Jan. 29-Feb. 4
Organized by BRIDGE, faith leaders share messages of racial justice and equity during faith services. There also will be a Community Prayer Service at the University of Evansville’s Neu Chapel, at 2 p.m. Feb. 4, including music, prayer, and reflection.

True Black History Museum
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 2, University of Southern Indiana Rice Library, 8600 University Blvd.
This traveling act, “A Tribute to the African American Journey,” stops at USI to share a journey through artifacts from the African American experience and achievements throughout history. This display is free to attend.

Celebrating Local Black Leaders
11 a..m. Feb. 2; 1 p.m. Feb. 9; noon Feb. 16; 3 p.m. Feb. 23, Children’s Museum of Evansville, 22 S.E. Fifth St.
Learn more from local Black leaders about what they do and why they do it. There also will be a related craft or activity. Free with paid general admission, $15.

Fall in Love with the Arts
5-6 p.m. Feb. 2, 9, and 16, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library East Auditorium, 840 E. Chandler Ave.
EVPL invites local Black artists Zion, Nana Wing, and Mario Warren to share their talents and experiences.

Art Appreciation and Creation: Jean-Michel Basquiat
1:30-3 p.m. Feb. 3, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Stringtown Meeting Room, 2100 Stringtown Road
Become immersed in the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat and get inspired by creating your own work.

History of Women of Color in the Junior League
1 p.m. Feb. 4, Evansville African American Museum, 579 Sondra Matthews Way (S. Garvin St.)
Start with a social hour, then listen to a presentation from Zena Martin –– former president of the Junior League of London and Junior League of Atlanta board member –– about women of color in the Junior League.

Our Story Once the Doors Open
5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Central Browning Event Rooms, 200 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
This award-winning documentary chronicles the experiences of Black students at the University of Evansville. A discussion with the filmmakers follows the screening.

Kahoot!: Celebrating Black History Month
2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Henderson County Public Library Teaching Computer Lap, 101 S. Main St.
Learn more about the influential Black men and women who helped shape regional and national futures. Registration required, limited space.

Black History Month Showcase
5 p.m. Feb. 10, Harrison High School, 211 Fielding Road
Watch Harrison Warrior’s men’s basketball and support local Black-owned businesses. Pay $6 for the game and showcase tickets.

Black History Film Showing: Is That Black Enough For You?!?
5 p.m. Feb. 12, University of Southern Indiana Wright Administration Building, 8600 University Blvd.
Explore African American’s contributions to film and pop culture from the earliest days of cinema with commentary from Samuel Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Whoopi Goldberg, Zendaya, and more. This screening is free to attend.

Black History Month Event
11 a.m. Feb. 15, Henderson Community College Preston Arts Center Stagg Room, 2660 S. Green St., Henderson, Kentucky
Guest speaker David Ragland from the University of Evansville will help celebrate Black History Month

Malcolm X: His Life, Legacy and Misconceptions
6-8 p.m. Feb. 16, Evansville African American Museum, 579 Sondra Matthews Way (S. Garvin St.)
A lecture will be delivered by Umar Faruq and Faraji Garth with a discussion and Q&A afterward. This event is free and open to the public.

Evansville African American Heritage Urban Trail
10 a.m. Feb. 17, Evansville African American Museum, 579 Sondra Matthews Way (S. Garvin St.)
A part of the Evansville Trails Coalition Trailblazer 2024 Winter Urban Hikes.

Black History Month Unity Choir
6 p.m. Feb. 18, Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St.
The Evansville African American Museum presents a regional mass choir, under the leadership of the Rev. James Hamler, with the theme of “Promoting Generational Unity.”

Do the Right Thing
5-7 p.m. Feb. 19, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library West, 2000 W. Franklin St.
Explore the modern indie classics and celebrate Black History Month by watching this Spike Lee classic.

Black Wax Museum
12:15-1:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Room 107, 3501 N. First Ave.
Experience this live wax museum and storytelling based on influential figures from Black history with Ivy Tech Student Diversity.

Celebrating Black History Month
noon Feb. 22, Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Bower-Suhrheinrich Visual Arts Center, 3501 N. First Ave.
Hosted by Ivy Tech Student Diversity, this year’s keynote speaker is newly elected Evansville City Council member Courtney Johnson.

Dr. John M. Caldwell Lecture Series Award Presentation and Lecture
noon-2 p.m. Feb. 24, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Central, 200 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Lana Burton, community leader and co-founder of the Evansville African American Museum, will be honored with the Dr. John M Caldwell Lecture Series Award. There also will be a presentation and lecture. This event is free to attend.

Black & White Charity Ball
8 p.m. Feb. 24, Evansville Country Club, 3810 Stringtown Road
A collaboration between the University of Evansville’s Black Student Union and Young & Established will have a live DJ, cash bars, hors d’oeuvres, and picture booths plus a silent auction, half pot, and more. Tickets are $40 per person

The Trailblazer Black History Month
9-10 a.m. Feb. 25, St. John’s East, 7000 Lincoln Ave.
Ted McCreary, founder and CEO of the Southern Indiana Mentoring Academy, will speak before worship services.

“Let’s Go to Big Mama’s House”
1:30-3 p.m. Feb. 25, University of Evansville Eatery, 1800 Lincoln Ave.
UE’s Center of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Eatery collaborate for an end of Black History Month Celebration. This fellowship dining experience is open to the public and costs $12.08 per person.

When African Americans in Evansville Said “No”
6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 26, Willard Public Library Browning Gallery, 21 First Ave.
Stan Schmitt, an assistant with the Special Collections Department at Willard and a Vanderburgh County Historian, will discuss instances when Evansville’s Black community refused to accept segregation.

Celebration of Hip Hop Then & Now
6 p.m. Feb. 28, University of Evansville Eykamp Hall 251, 1800 Lincoln Ave.
Manon Voice, professor of Music at Butler University, will be featured in a celebration to close out Black History Month.

“I am Not My Hair”
11 a.m. Feb. 29, University of Evansville Eykamp Hall 251, 1800 Lincoln Ave.
This lunch and learn session will shine a spotlight on women of color in academia with a panelist discussion on FREEdom through their hair while in higher education settings. This event is free to attend but registration is required.

Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti joined Tucker Publishing Group in September 2022 as a staff writer. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2020 with a bachelors degree in English. A Connecticut native, Maggie has ridden horses for 15 years and has hunt seat competition experience on the East Coast.

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