Black History Month Events, February 2021


February 11, 2021 | by Emma Olson

Events Honoring Black History Month in February 2021

Looking for ways to engage with Black History Month during Covid? Check the list below for a variety of virtual events to celebrate Black stories, figures, contributions, and organizations.

Free community yoga during the month of February in honor of Black History Month! In honor of Black History Month, MVP will share its live stream platform with the BIPOC community at large by offering free classes Monday through Friday 9-10:00am CST throughout February. Register here.   

Black History Month virtual performance series by the South Chicago Dance Theater: Saturday, February 20, 7-8pm CST. General admission tickets are $10. Learn more and get tickets here.

STEPRox Virtual Black Film Festival and Discussion:

  • Saturday, February 13, 6-8:00pm: Join others for a viewing of the film “13th”, an academy award winning documentary released in 2016, named after the 13th amendment.
  • Saturday, February 27, 6-8:00pm: Viewers will watch “Son of Patricia” from comedian Trevor Noah. Noah is an award-winning comedian from Soweto, South Africa. In 2015, Noah was named the host of “The Daily Show” and his autobiography “Born A Crime” became a New York Times bestseller.

Register for this free event here.

Black & Proud II: The funniest, queerest & Blackest comedians across the nation come together to celebrate Black History Month in joy! Friday, February 19, 10-11:00pm CST. Register here.

Heritage and History Month events at the Smithsonian: Register to attend online for vibrant performances, lectures, and family activities that celebrate our rich cultural heritage and help us understand our shared history. View the full list for Black History Month here.

Black History Month Virtual Concert: Preserving and Persevering recognizes that one of the most underappreciated contributions to American music is the African sound and spirit. Chicago Children’s Choir’s 2021 Black History Month concert explores how the power of Black music has been the cultural key in both preserving African traditions in America and in helping millions persevere in the face of racial injustice. All are invited to tune in to the free livestream on our Facebook and YouTube channels on Thursday, February 25 at 7PM CT.

Black History Month Virtual Family Storytime with the Berwyn Public Library: On February 23, Celebrate black history and achievements with these beautiful tales of black heroes and identity. Registration is required. Please sign up by calling 708-795-8000, extension 3088, or online at this website.

Virtual Black Abolitionist Tour of London: Learn how African Americans activists travelled to the British Isles during the 19th century, to educate audiences about the brutalities of slavery, to write and publish their narratives, raise money to legally purchase themselves or family members, or to settle and work. Learn more and register here.

“Who I Am,” a celebration of African American Heritage, is a free Theatre West production on YouTube that features seven actor-writers sharing their personal stories and life lessons from parents and grandparents, and “what it means to be Black in America in the face of 2020’s call to action.” Click here to watch “Who I Am” on Theater West’s YouTube channel.

From NAACP: 28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

For ways to celebrate Black History Month by supporting Black businesses and nonprofits or visiting Chicago landmarks memorializing famous Black figures and moments in history, check out this list from Do312.