By Joel Furches
As a city, Baltimore has a long and proud African American heritage, being the home city of a number of significant leaders in the fight for civil rights, and being a main stop in the underground railroad. So it stands to reason that there are few places in the nation more suited for the celebration of Black History Month.
Rooted Bible Fellowship
1605 Waltman Road
Edgewood, MD 21040
On February 24, Rooted Bible Fellowship will be the sight of a truly breathtaking celebration of black heritage and history in its “This Means War” event. Show up at 8 a.m. to enjoy a breakfast, and stay for the service which starts at 9 a.m. Special guests include Mentionables speaker Adam Coleman who will be presenting on the topic of the history of the African American Civil War, followed by the truly spectacular Cardinal Shehan Choir straight out of Baltimore. Other Churches from Baltimore will also be in attendance.
The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
1601 E. North Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21213
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum opened its doors in 1983, and is pretty much a one-stop shop to look into the life-like face of practically every influential African American in U.S. history. No other site will transport you directly into black history and culture in the way that the Great Blacks In Wax Museum will.
Black Panther Advance Movie Premier Extravaganza
3545 Belair Road
Baltimore MD 21213
To reduce black history to abolition and civil rights is to vastly overlook societal and cultural advances made on every front, including comic books. The Black Panther was one of the first and most successful black superheroes in comics, premiering back in 1966. The character recently graced the big screen in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. This year, Black Panther gets his own movie, which is set to be a box office smash. The movie is highly anticipated for many reasons: among them is its almost exclusively black cast.
In celebration of Black History Month, the Belair-Edson Neighborhood Inc. and the Morgan Community Mile have joined forces to bring you the Black Panther Advance Movie Premier Extravaganza on February 15th. Receive red carpet treatment and photo ops with characters in costume as you enjoy an advanced screening for what is set to be both a landmark film, and the smash hit of 2018. Visit the eventbrite page for screening locations.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is a bastion of Black History no matter what time of year you visit. For a number of years, the Lewis Museum has collected and distributed information about great African American residents of Maryland stretching back through the years. This includes not just famous black Marylanders, but the sum total of black culture in Maryland as it has evolved and changed over the years.
This February 18th, the Lewis Museum will be screening the film Tell Them We Are Rising – The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. Attend the film at its 2 p.m. screening time and witness the story of historically black colleges and university and the role they have played in building and changing this nation over the last 150 years. Following the film, stay for a conversation with the film’s co-producer, Stacey Holman.
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park
1417 Thames St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Baltimore became great on the decks of the ships that harbored there. Being one of the prime trading ports on the East Coast, Baltimore controlled much of the cargo of early America. The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made and are making to the rich seafaring tradition of Maryland. Attend for classes, exhibits, rides and projects for adults and children.