It’s Black History Month! Throughout the years, Delaware has served as a stage for remarkable stories of influential leaders, trailblazers, artists, activists and everyday heroes who have shaped the narrative of Black history in America. Events throughout February encourage us to reflect, commemorate and uplift the voices that have left a lasting mark on the First State.
From captivating exhibits to thought-provoking discussions, these events offer an opportunity for education, empowerment and celebration, inviting individuals of all backgrounds to join in the collective acknowledgment and appreciation of African American history.
Saturday, February 3
Did you know that boats and ships played a significant role in Wilmington’s Underground Railroad? Learn all about this unique piece of American history at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation in Wilmington. Starting at 1 p.m., enjoy crafts and activities for all ages, face painting and tours of “The Rocks” at nearby Fort Christina Park, where freedom seekers met conductors. Later, hear tales of the past from a Harriet Tubman historical reenactor at 2:30 p.m. This event is fun, educational and entirely free for both admission and parking.
1124 East 7th Street, Wilmington | 429-7447
Black History Month Celebration: Delaware Trailblazers at the YMCA
Saturday, February 3
Walnut Street YMCA hosts its annual Black History program celebrating Delaware Trailblazers. Learn about local leaders, enjoy performances and kids activities and shop local black-owned businesses at the pop-up shop. This is a free event, so just show up ready to learn and enjoy.
1000 North Walnut Street, Wilmington
Free Black History Month Tour at the Biggs Museum
Sunday, February 4
In celebration of Black History Month, the Biggs Museum of American Art spotlights five prominent Black artists. Stroll through selected artworks and learn about the artists, their techniques and the cultural significance of the pieces. No registration is required for this free event. Just show up at 2 p.m. ready to partake in meaningful discussions, ask questions and celebrate Black History Month through the scope of art.
406 Federal St, Dover | 674-2111
Thursday, February 15
Youth from the Sankofa Cultural Arts Center will perform traditional African drumming and dancing at the Dover Public Library starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy a showcase of African culture in traditional costumes as part of the eighth annual Citywide Black History Celebration in Dover.
Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover | 736-7030
Saturday, February 24
The renowned Southern Delaware chorale will host a diverse group of artists and performers in its annual Black History Month concert. Enjoy the sounds and history of African Americans and Black musicians from around the world as performed by the Chorale, joined by Cantabile Women’s Chorus, Sussex Tech Bella Voce and other special guests. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.
19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach
“I Still Rise” Black History Month Speaker Series at the Wilmington Public Library
Hear from inspirational Black leaders in a variety of industries from the arts and comedy to activism and psychology. Throughout the month, listen to speakers like dancer Misty Copeland, comedian and actress Amanda Seales, trial lawyer Ben Crump and more. For details on the topics and speakers, check the Wilmington Public Library’s website.
10 East 10th Street, Wilmington | 571-7400
Wednesday-Saturday, all year
To learn about African American history and heritage in the First State, visit the Mitchell Center inside the Delaware History Museum. Conveniently located on North Market Street, the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage offers an expansive exploration of the African American experience from 1639 to now through artifacts, oral history interviews, music and art. A visit to the Mitchell Center is a great way to spend an afternoon in February.
504 N Market St, Wilmington | 656-0637
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