The month of February marks Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month. This month highlights the achievements and history of the African Diaspora. Black History Month Indianapolis events and activities emphasize the accomplishments and give voice to the history of Black Americans.
Although education and recognition of Black American achievements and history does and should happen throughout the year, the month of February offers a unique celebration with events held around the city of Indianapolis. By honoring the contributions of African Americans, we remember the impact and history of Black Americans in our community.
Indy with Kids invites you and your family to participate in a wide variety of events around the city to celebrate the contributions and history of African Americans in our city.
Places to Visit for Black History Month Indianapolis
Madam Walker Theatre on Indiana Avenue
Around the time that Madam C. J. Walker came to Indianapolis, Indiana Avenue was the hub for African-American culture and business in the city. Madam Walker, America’s first female self-made millionaire, was a pioneering entrepreneur and fervent social activist. The very spot where Madam Walker built her beauty product empire is now the home of the Madam Walker Legacy Center and Madam Walker Theater.
Madam Walker Art at The Alexander Hotel
The Alexander is an upscale hotel located at 333 South Delaware Street in downtown Indianapolis. The hotel is known for its stunning architecture, luxurious rooms, and extensive collections of art pieces. In the second-floor living room, you will find a comb & steel portrait of Madam C.J. Walker, made by African-American Artist and Professor, Sonya Clark.
Kennedy-King Landmark for Peace Monument & MLK Park
On the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, Senator Robert Kennedy delivered a powerful speech about unity and justice. MLK Park now stands on the spot where Senator Kennedy made his historic remarks and the park is home to the Kennedy-King Landmark for Peace Monument. There are many historic markers around the park—the park is part of the National Parks Service, the African American Civil Rights Network—and there is also a playground for the littles.
Crispus Attucks Museum
The Crispus Attucks Museum is housed with the Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet School at 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street in Indianapolis. The high school was opened in 1927 as Indianapolis’ first all-black high school and was named for the Revolutionary War hero, Crispus Attucks. Not only will you learn about the impact of the school, but the museum also honors two centuries of black culture and heritage in Indianapolis and beyond. Visiting and tours are available by appointment only.
Through2Eyes Walking Tour
Through2Eyes is a historical “walk & talk” program offered in various locations around the city, in areas where black history was made and shaped Indianapolis. Storyteller Sampson Levingston leads the walking tours, sharing tales of Indianapolis history often overlooked. His passionate storytelling immediately draws you in, but his knowledge and research of his topics leave you awestruck. Locations, dates, and topics change, but there are usually 3-4 walks each month.
Center for Black Literature & Culture | Indianapolis Public Library
The Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) is located in the Central Library at 40 E St Clair Street in Indianapolis. The CBLC is a place celebrating black culture and heritage, featuring art and information about prominent contributions to black culture, including activism, literature, science, sports, business, and music. The CBLC also hosts many events throughout the year, including Meet the Artists XXXVI—the annual exhibit of local African American artists through February.
Legacy Theater | The Indiana State Museum
Gain insight into the legacies of African-American Hoosiers throughout Indiana’s history as you read and listen to the stories presented in this powerful exhibit at the Indiana State Museum. Journey back to the birth of Indiana as a state and follow the advancement of African Americans on a national level as well as in a more focused, local context. Meet key Black contributors to our state, hear recorded performances of Southern African-American spirituals, and more.
Black History Month Indianapolis Events
City of Lawrence Black History Month Celebration
February 2024, Date and time TBA
Theatre At The Fort
Black History Month Celebration at TCMI
February 1, 2024, 4-8 pm
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Celebrate Black achievements in history, science, art, music, and sports with special Black History Month Indianapolis programming on the first Thursday in February. Participate in the Community Artist Showcase featuring local Black artists. Hear stories of African American inventors from Storyteller in Residence, Portia Jackson. Follow Ruby Bridges’ story through a sound and light show in The Power of Children exhibit or learn about the work of African American chemist and soybean scientist Dr. Percy Julian in the STEM Lab.
Special programming ends at 7:30 p.m.
Meet the Artists XXXVI
January 31-March 23, 2024
Indianapolis Public Library – Central Library
The Indianapolis Public Library African American History Committee in support of The Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library invites you to the 2024 Meet the Artists exhibit. This Black History Month Indianapolis exhibit is free and open to the public during Library hours.
Art & Soul 2024
The Arts Council of Indianapolis
Art & Soul is The Arts Council of Indianapolis’ celebration of Black History Month. This series of daily performances and events are held Tuesday-Saturday. This event is in the Indianapolis Artsgarden annually in February. Stay tuned for more details on the Art & Soul website. For a calendar or performances, visit the Arts Council of Indianapolis website.
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