Black History Month, or African-American History Month, takes place each year throughout the month of February to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of prominent African-American leaders, activists, public figures and more. Black History Month is filled with specially curated programs and exhibits, art and movie viewings and celebrations of African-American culture and influence throughout the United States.
In New Orleans, African American influence and culture runs deeps. From its Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) like Dillard and Xavier University, to its neighborhoods like Treme and Central City filled with avenues and boulevards dedicated to local leaders and public figures, and city attractions like Congo Square that tell stories of New Orleans’ past. Even nightclubs and restaurants carry out the traditions started by various African-American pioneers–New Orleans is a city that embraces the African American culture and contributions.
Across the U.S, people celebrate Black History Month in many ways during the month of February. In New Orleans, our celebrations are different. Our celebrations are in the form of walking tours throughout the city that tell the stories of where we’ve been and where we’re going. Our celebrations can be found in the paintings and artwork in Studio Be, which explores “Ephemeral Eternal” blackness. And our celebrations take place on Second Line Sundays, at the Black-owned businesses along Bayou Road and beyond, and within the neighborhood jazz clubs and bars.
Whether it’s February or September, take the time to explore and learn more about African American history and culture with the resources here.
Take a tour, grab a bite, attend a festival or enjoy a night out - New Orleans culture is centered around Black history and heritage. Click here to view the New Orleans Black History Itinerary.