February is Black History Month!

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration and recognition of African Americans who have paved the way to change and equality. and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

To show support, the month of February has been dedicated to celebrating Black history and honor pivotal African American civil rights activists such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman to name a few.

For more information, check out Black History Month 2024: Facts, Theme & Origins | HISTORY.

Events:

Boston Black History Month Film Series

In honor of Black History Month, theaters in the Greater Boston area will be putting on a series from February 7th-February 21st to educate, raise awareness, and shed light to the struggles that African Americans faced throughout U.S. history. Theaters participating in this series include Showcase Cinema de Lux at Legacy Place in Dedham and Randolph.

The movie schedule goes as follows:

  • February 7th at 7pm: “Harriet” – This film tells the story of the inspirational life of Hariet Tubman.
  • February 11th at 4pm: “Malcom X” – This film traces the path of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader from a small-time gangster to his ministry that eventually led to assassination.
  • February 14th at 7pm: “Loving” – This film shows the hardships of an interracial couple in the 1960s and the Supreme Court’s decision to protect interracial marriages going forward.
  • February 18th at 4pm: “Selma” – This film shows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts to secure equal voting rights and a glimpse at his march in 1965 from Selma to Montgomery Alabama.
  • February 21st at 7pm: “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am” – True story that discusses the life and ways in which her work reflects themes of race and American History.