Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month

Each year beginning on February 1st, an entire month of events are planned nationwide honoring the history and contributions of African Americans. Many in person events have been canceled due to the pandemic. Please share how you honor and celebrate Black History Month.

How do you honor and celebrate Black History Month? Your story may be shared on NBC 7 News!

Here are ways you can celebrate virtually.

UC San Diego's Free Virtual 19th Annual Black History Month Celebration - Friday February 26th. 4-6pm. Register Here

Celebrate San DiegoBlack History & Heritage is a new project of the San Diego History Center. More than an exhibition with a limited life span, this initiative is multi-layered and has life in the physical, the digital, as well as the SDHC permanent collection to be shared and studied for generations to come. Check back here and through our social media channels to experience (and contribute) to this shared journey.

Poway OnStage’s Virtual Field Trip celebrating Black History Month, Jazzy Ash will introduce students to the musical stylings of zydeco, jazz, blues and swing in her energetic and engaging concert. She draws out the roots of West African song traditions, rhythms and games. Extension activities include interactive Instrument Match game, a storybook reading and a visual art lesson. Free to San Diego County residents and schools. To register, visit online.

Black History Month: February Events at USD. Black History Month events that delve into issues and celebrate and recognize greatness, excellence and legacies that live within the Black community — on- and off-campus. Note that certain events offered by the Black Student Resource Commons can be found on their website under the event calendar and/or on Instagram (@usdbsrc). For more information click here.

San Diego Public Library will host two virtual events with author and historian Anne C. Bailey:

  • Reconciling 1619 and 1776 in American History: The Debate over the Soul of a Nation at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25 — in collaboration with the University of San Diego, the author will discuss the concept of “living history” and connecting events of the past to current and contemporary issues
  • And the NY Times 1619 Project and Why Slavery Matters at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 — in collaboration with San Diego Unified School District, students will have an interactive discussion with the author.

To register for the author events and for more information on the library’s Black History Month programs and library card, visit

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