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GUIDE: Events in 2023 celebrating Black History Month in Northeast Ohio

3News has compiled a list of events happening around Northeast Ohio that honor and celebrate the contributions of African Americans.

CLEVELAND — Black History Month is officially here, and Northeast Ohio has many ways to celebrate throughout the month of February. 

Throughout the weeks ahead, many organizations in Northeast Ohio will celebrate and honor the contributions and impacts Black people have made in America. 

3News has compiled a list of ways to celebrate Black History Month, which you can see below. As more events are announced, 3News will update this list. 

Cuyahoga County 

Cleveland Cavaliers 19th Annual Black Heritage Celebration

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers will kick off their multi-week Black Heritage Celebration on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. against the Detroit Pistons.

During home games in February, the Cavs will celebrate and showcase Black excellence in the areas of Economic Empowerment, Education, Mentorship and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The team will recognize these efforts through halftime performances, in-game recognitions, special video presentations, as well as on team social media channels, Cavs.com, in TV and radio game broadcasts and shows.

50th Annual Black History Month Flag Raising 

  • Saturday, Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Cleveland City Hall 

Cleveland Pops Orchestra celebrates Black History Month 

  • Friday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. 
  • Severance Hall
  • Tickets on sale HERE

The Cleveland Pops and Pops Chorus join forces with Broadway and jazz singer, Aisha de Haas in celebration of Black History Month.  

History on Tap: A celebration of Black Culture

  • Thursday, Feb. 23, 5-8 p.m. 
  • Cleveland History Center
  • Tickets on sale HERE 

Join us for happy hour at the Cleveland History Center to celebrate Black History Month with our History on Tap event! Focusing on the life and works of Allen E. Cole and the ongoing perspective of black culture through art in Cleveland, we will host interdisciplinary artists from Cleveland’s ever-expanding visual arts community.

Collaboration in the CMA's African Art Galleries

  • Tuesday, Feb. 7, 12 p.m. 
  • Cleveland Museum of Art 
  • Free: Tickets are required and can be downloaded HERE

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Celebrates the Sounds of Black History Throughout February

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating all of February with virtual events and programs that honor African Americans' contributions to rock & roll music. 

At the museum, fans can also visit the “It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment" exhibit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., which invites guests to listen and amplify.

Rock Hall is also hosting Sounds of Black History, which includes the following performances: 

  • Feb. 11 at 1:00 p.m.
    • Live Music with Woda
    • PNC Stage
  • Feb. 16, 7 p.m. 

Black History Month: The Cleveland Connection in Art

  • Saturday, Feb. 18, 10-11 a.m. 
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library Orange Branch
  •  Registration required 

Learn about Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell, local artists from Cleveland, and create a mixed media artwork in the style of their art.

2023 African American Read-In at Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus

  • Thursday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
  • Eastern Campus Performing Arts Center, Mandel Lobby in Highland Hills
  • Free admission 

Join us for the 2023 African American Read-In at Eastern Campus -- a celebration of African American literature in honor of Black History Month. This is a national program founded by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and hosted by East Liberal Arts, Student Engagement and Black American Council.

CTSC Spotlights local and national Black history makers 

  • Every Thursday in February, 12-1 p.m. via Zoom
    • Feb. 2: Joel Bervell, a social media medical educator and medical student 
    • Feb. 9: Randy Vince, Jr., MD, the inaugural Minority Men’s Health Director for the UH Cutler Center for Men 
    • Feb. 16: Michelle Browder, an activist, artist, and owner of More Than Tours 
    • Feb. 23: Linda Bradley, MD, a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and Director of Center of Menstrual Disorders and Hysteroscopic Services at the Cleveland Clinic 
  • Register HERE 

Join us as we recognize Black History Month with four exceptional health equity champions.

Lake County 

Black History Month Event 

  • Saturday, Feb. 25, 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Lake County History Center 
  • Free admission, tickets are available HERE 

It will be an event celebrating the past, present and future. We will explore the past with African drumming and the present with spoken words. We will also examine the future and discuss black economics.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The video at the top of the story previously aired on 3News on Feb. 1, 2023

Portage County 

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration featuring speaker Bernice A. King 

Note: A full list of events happening during Black History Month at Kent State University can be found HERE.

Stark County

Meet the Author: Kathy Schulz & the Underground Railroad in Ohio

  • Monday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. 
  • Massillon Public Library
  • Free admission, register for the event HERE  

Summit County 

Black History Month Concert 

  • Monday, Feb. 27, 7:30-9 p.m. 
  • Guzzetta Recital Hall at the University of Akron 

Student and faculty soloists and ensembles perform works by African-American composers.  

EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on Feb. 28, 2022. 

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