Celebrate Black History Month in CLE
Destination Cleveland recommends experiences throughout region to observe Black History Month
CLEVELAND (Jan. 25, 2018) - During Black History Month 2018, residents can take a moment to pay tribute to African-Americans from Cleveland and around the country who helped to create positive change and innovation in the city and beyond. Throughout the month of February, Destination Cleveland encourages people of all races, background, ethnicities and creeds to explore the city's rich diversity.
Cleveland History Center
the Cleveland History Center, residents can learn about the
African-American Clevelanders whose work benefited the city, such as Garrett
Morgan, the inventor of the electric traffic light and the gas mask. Locals can
even see a replica of Morgan's first-three-position traffic light on display. At
the new Carl & Louis Stokes Making
residents can learn about the achievements and legacies of Cleveland Mayor Carl
Stokes, the first African-American mayor of a major city, and his brother
Congressman Louis Stokes. The Cleveland History Center will also be hosting "Black History on Tap: My Corner
which will celebrate some of Cleveland's historic African-American communities,
including the Hough, Glenville, Central and Cudell neighborhoods.
- 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland
- Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
- Event: Black History on Tap: My Corner of Cleveland: Saturday, Feb. 10, 1 - 4 p.m.
in Cleveland's Fairfax neighborhood, the Karamu
House is the
oldest African-American theater in the nation, and the century-old theater
company boasts notable alums like Langston Hughes, Ruby Dee and Robert
Guillame. As a part of its 2017-2018 season, Karamu House will produce the
regional premiere of the show "Sassy Mamas," a romantic comedy that focuses on
three women of a certain age who end up pursuing much younger men.
- 2355 E 89th St., Cleveland
- "Sassy Mamas" runs from February 8 - March 4
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate Black History
Month throughout February with different special events. Locals can listen to
2016 Inductee DJ Yella of N.W.A. and Lil Eazy-E discuss their careers,
influences and impact as a part of the "Hall of Fame Series." A question and answer session and DJ demonstration will
follow the interview. Residents can also go to a screening of the hip-hop documentary
"Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," which was directed and produced by
Ice-T. Clevelanders can participate in an interactive technology seminar with BLK Hack, a creative group
aimed at educating African-Americans about technology and startup
- 1100 E 9th St., Cleveland
- Hours: Sunday - Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- For more information on specific dates and times for special events please visit rockhall.com
Cleveland Cavaliers will continue their Black
Heritage Celebrations at various February home games. On February 3, the team
will remember and recognize the first African-Americans in the NBA, both on the
court and in the front office. At the February 22 game, the Cavs will honor
African-American women who helped to shape the country we live in today. Finally
on February 25, the team will spotlight African-Americans who have made
contributions in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and
- 1 Center Court, Cleveland
Signature Black Heritage Celebration theme
nights: Saturday, February 3; Thursday, February 22;
and Sunday, February 25
Cleveland Public Library
Throughout February the Cleveland Public Library will be hosting
different programs for Black History Month. Some of the events at the main branch
include a visit from author Angie
a performance by Jah Messengers, and book readings and discussions. Other Cleveland
Public Library branches will offer programs on Black History cinema and a Black
History Month scavenger hunt for kids.
- For Cleveland Public Library locations and event information, visit www.cpl.org
International Women's Air and Space Museum
can enjoy "Dinner with a Slice of History" at the International Women's Air and
Space Museum. The
special event for Black History Month will feature a presentation about the
career of local pilot Stephanie Johnson who became the first African-American
female captain for Delta Air Lines in September 2016.
- Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N. Marginal Road, Cleveland
- Friday, February 2, 6:30 p.m.
Cleveland Play House
Residents can grab a front row seat to music
history in the making at the Cleveland Play House's production of
"Marie and Rosetta." The show centers on singers Marie Knight and Sister
Rosetta Tharpe, who was just named a 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Early
Influence Inductee. The two "challenge one another on music, life and The
Almighty" throughout a show full of spectacular performances.
- Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
- "Marie and Rosetta" runs until February 11.
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Various Cuyahoga County Public Library branches will be offering
Black History month-related programming throughout February. Residents can
choose to learn about the history of the
Underground Railroad in Ohio; listen to music from the civil rights
Muszikat-Shalom; discuss books like "Fences" and "Hidden Figures;"
or celebrate with the Ecumenical
Disciple Choir performance of African-American gospel music and spirituals.
- Please visit cuyahogalibrary.org for more information on events at different branches throughout the region
For more Black History Month events or to learn more about new attractions and activities or Destination Cleveland, please visit thisiscleveland.com, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our channels on YouTube and Pinterest.
DON'T FORGET: Destination Cleveland's Concierge Team is also available to help residents and their visiting family and friends explore the region. Contact our team through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, live chat at thisiscleveland.com or stop in the Cleveland Visitors Center (334 Euclid Ave., Cleveland) Mon. - Sat., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. to plan your adventure.
ABOUT DESTINATION CLEVELAND: Destination Cleveland is Cleveland's convention and visitors bureau. This private, non-profit organization's mission is to drive economic impact and stimulate community vitality for Greater Cleveland through leisure and business travel. Cleveland welcomes 18 million visitors annually. For more information, visit thisiscleveland.com.