Each February, DART celebrates Black History Month. Join DART as we honor the cultural history of African Americans and their contributions to society. North Texas is full of DARTable ways to connect with African American culture. Get on board and check them out!
An Evening with Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra of Houston honors the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, while celebrating its influence and legacy. Musical selections will pay homage to some of hip-hop’s popular artists like David Laundry, Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith. The show takes place on Feb. 3 at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters, and is presented by the African American Museum. The venue is walkable from Convention Center Station on the Red and Blue lines.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre is one of our region’s cultural gems. On Feb. 9-10, see the esteemed company’s Cultural Awareness program, which features two world premieres: Postmortem by Hana Delong, and Falling into Place by Alisia Johnson. The program is rounded out by His Grace, choreographed by Christopher L. Huggins, and Odetta, choreographed by Matthew Rushing. Wyly Theatre, a few blocks from Pearl/Arts District Station on all four DART Rail lines. It’s also walkable from the M-Line trolley.
In Conversation with Ernie McMillan is a dialog between the veteran human rights activist and Jerry Hawkins, executive director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation. The two will discuss McMillan’s new memoir, as well as his many years of social and political activism. The conversation takes place Feb. 17 at The Sixth Floor Museum, near West End Station on all four DART Rail lines. The museum also hosts an online student webinar, President Kennedy and the Civil Rights Movement, on Feb. 13. And, in conjunction with the Presidential Primary Sources Project, the museum presents Civil Rights to Human Rights: JFK, MLK and RFK, which you can view here.
Black Superhero Day at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library is a great event for kids. Learn all about Black superheroes from Black Panther to Storm. The event takes place on Feb. 18, and it has themed activities for the whole family including various superhero STEM activities. The library is less than a half-mile from Akard Station on all four DART Rail lines.
Black History Month Program is presented by Garland’s Carver Senior Center at the Granville Arts Center. The program takes place on Feb. 23 from 9 a.m.-noon. The venue is right next to the Blue Line’s Granville Arts Center.
Festival of Black Dance: Rhythm and Soul of a People brings the Atlanta Dance Connection together with the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Dance Ensemble for two evenings of contemporary and modern dance from Feb. 23-24. The events take place at the Naomi Bruton Main Stage of the Black Academy of Arts and Letters. That’s walkable from Convention Center Station on the Red and Blue lines.
Hidden History DFW’s Black History Tour couldn’t be more DARTable – it departs directly from J.B. Jackson, Jr. Transit Center, which is adjacent to MLK, Jr. Station on the Green Line. The three-hour tour visits more than 20 historic sites tracing the African American journey in Dallas. The next tour is Feb. 24; follow the link above to reserve your spot.
Introspection! Annual Black History Month Exhibition is the Irving Black Arts Council’s yearly celebration, this time displaying works from five area artists: George Cephus, Jacqueline Jackson, Mikayla Magee, Jeffrey Morris, Willie Powell and Lakeem Wilson. See the exhibit through Feb. 28 at the Irving Arts Center, accessible by Bus Route 229 departing from Dallas College North Lake Campus Station.
Jas Mardis, award-winning fabric artist and leather pyrography portrait artist, returns in a dual exhibition honoring Black History Month to be held at the ArtCentre of Plano and the Plano African American Museum. The ArtCentre will exhibit “First Squares and Old Crowns,” and the Plano African American Museum will feature a collection of eight (8) quilts that Mardis has gathered for the “I Witness: Protest and Race Quilts.” Both venues are a short walk from Downtown Plano Station.