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5 Must-Attend Events To Celebrate Black History Month In Broward County

Black History Month is here, and that means it’s time to celebrate the achievements, honor the culture and remember the history of African-American people. Here are five events happening throughout Broward County that will educate you and uplift you:  

Rice, Beans & Gumbo: Facts, Fictions and Frictions in Black History

Photo courtesy of Historic Ali Cultural Arts

Experience the art exhibition that walks viewers through a visual journey of African-American people and the different representations of their community throughout history. 

Nigerian artist Adewale Adenle’s goal is to explore the true and false narratives about African-American people and their culture. The exhibit opened at the Historic Ali Cultural Arts on Feb. 3 and will be open to the public through March 29. 

353 MLK Blvd., Pompano Beach; 954.786.7876; aliarts.org

PNC Bank Presents: “The History of Black Gospel Music”

Photo via Facebook/Angela Primm Ministries

PNC Bank has partnered with Hot 105FM, Broward County Library and Friends of The African-American Research Library & Cultural Center to host a free performance by gospel recording artist Angela Primm.

Primm will sing and teach the history of gospel music using her four-octave voice on Feb. 9 at 6:15 p.m. and will meet and greet audience members after the performance. Doors open at 5 p.m.

2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.357.6282; ems.browardlibrary.org

Fourth Annual Black Empowerment Summit

Graphic via Facebook/Black Empowerment Summit

The Fort Lauderdale Community Center will be hosting the fourth annual Black Empowerment Summit at Dillard High School on Feb. 15 and 28 at 6 p.m. The Black Panther-themed event aims to celebrate the beauty, diversity and ingenuity of African people from all around the world.

Guest speaker Dr. Claud Anderson will discuss how to strengthen and empower African-American communities. Guests will also have a chance to win cash and prizes worth as much as $3,000, including “Black Panther” movie tickets. Ticket prices for the event begin at $10.

2501 NW 11th St., Fort Lauderdale;754.242.4778; flccenter.org

New Mount Olive Church Members: Agents of Change

Photo via Facebook/New Mount Olive Baptist Church

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the New Mount Olive Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale is partnering with the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society to present a community conversation with Metropolitan Diversity Theater Company artist and historian Tony Thompson.

The event will be held on Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. and will recognize congregation members who are, were and remain agents of change within the Fort Lauderdale community. Tickets begin at $5.

219 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.463.4431; fortlauderdalehistoricalsociety.org

Shades of Melanin: Black History Month Celebration

Graphic courtesy of Black Professionals Network

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Shades of Melanin party, presented by the Black Professionals Network and Young Professionals Network of Miami. Guests are asked to wear different shades of brown and cream complexions to the event, whose proceeds will benefit HBCU College Bus Tour and "I Got Next" Academy, a professional development workshop for high school students.

The tribute to African Diaspora music will be held on Feb. 23 at Reign Lounge and Restaurant from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.. Tickets begin at $10 and guests will enjoy complimentary bar snacks and two-for-one premium drinks from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music will include R&B, hip-hop, Afrobeat and more. 

9940 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines; mybpnetwork.eventbrite.com

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