2017 Black History Month Around Texas

Wondering how different communities around Texas are celebrating Black History Month? Check these out!

Do you know of any other events happening in your town? Let us know at bookfest@texasbookfestival.org. 

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I Am Not Your Negro // Alamo Drafthouse – South Lamar, Austin // February 02, 2017, 7 p.m.

A special screening presented by soulciti and Capital City Black Film FestivalI AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is an adaptation of writing by author James Baldwin that posits that the more things change in American race relations the more they stay the same. Directed by Raoul Peck, starring Samuel L. Jackson.

15th Annual African American History Month Program & Reception // City of Lubbock Texas Library, Patterson Branch Library, 1836 Parkway Drive, Lubbock, TX 79403 // February 04, 2017, 2 p.m.

Poetry reading by Estacado High students. Reception to follow. All ages welcome.

Black Composers Concert // Austin Chamber Music Center // St. Andrew’s Upper School, 5901 Southwest Parkway, Austin, TX 78735 // February 11, 2017, 7 pm

Featuring Rochelle Sennet, piano; Igor Kalnin, violin; James Rodriquez, baritone; Icy Simpson-Monroe, soprano; Artina McCain, piano; Martin McCain, bass trombone

University of Houston Events // University of Houston // various times throughout the month

UH is hosting many rich, cultural programs throughout the month. Here’s a selection of their events. For a full list of events, dates, and times, visit their website.

Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis Documentary // February 07, 2017, 6:30 pm, Student Center South Theater

African Rhythms documentary about the World Festival of Negro Arts // February 13, 2017, 6:30 pm, Student Center South Theater

The Wilmington Ten discussion and book signing // February 16, 2017, 11:30 am, Agnes Arnold Hall, room 210

Fort Worth Library Events // Tandy Lecture Hall, Fort Worth Library, 500 W. Third St., Fort Worth, TX // various times throughout the month

Check out all the awesome events hosted by the Fort Worth Library throughout the month! Just a few of the noted events include:

The History of the Lake Cuomo Community, Presented by: Gayle W. Hanson, Texas Historical and Ancestry Researchers

Living Museum: “Ain’t I a Woman”, a one-woman show about Sojourner Truth

Jazzy Giants, a celebration of of Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie

And many more! Visit their website for a full list of events, dates, and times.

Texas Lutheran University // 1000 West Court Street, Seguin, Texas // various times throughout the month

TLU is hosting a variety of events throughout the month. Check these out, and visit their website for a full roster:

Social Justice Night: Black Panthers, Vanguard Revolution // Dunne Conference Center, Tschoepe Hall // February 09, 2017, 7 pm

Sexual Assault and the African-American Community // Alumni Student Center, Graf Lounge // February 23, 2017, 8 pm

LBJ Presidential Library // 2313 Red River Street, Austin, TX // 10th floor Atrium // February 21, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

“Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis” Screening and Discussion. Panelists include: Kathleen Dowdey, Film Director; Nelson Linder, President of the NAACP’s Austin Chapter; and Dr. Tasha Philpot, Associate Professor of Government at The University of Texas at Austin and a scholar of black congressional history.

Do you have something else to add to this list? We’d love to hear them! Email us your ideas at bookfest@texasbookfestival.org.