Black History Month Events

African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture and other forms of cultural expression, African Americans have used their creativity, resilience and talent to preserve and tell the story of cultural heritage and to empower and inspire generations.  Through our Art Takeover: A Cradle of Creativity, we are shining a light on the indelible mark African Americans have made on the arts.


February 16, 10:00 a.m.
African American Military History Museum, 305 East Sixth Street
Storytime with a Soldier
Storytime is a great experience for kids in pre-K through 2nd grade. They will interact with a uniformed military veteran who will read an art themed book. Children will have a chance to ask questions, take a picture with the veteran and tour the museum. It is a fun event that explores the world of art and teaches children to appreciate our military and those that serve. Reservation is required.

February 10, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Eureka School, 410 East Sixth Street
Performing Art Showcase
Youth and young adults from the greater Hattiesburg area and across the state of Mississippi will showcase artistry through dance, drama, song and spoken word.

February 10, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
African American Military History Museum, 305 East Sixth Street
Valentines for Veterans Art
Children of all ages are invited to come to the African American Military History Museum and create a valentine card or piece of art for our Valentines for Veterans Children Art Showcase. The artwork will be on display February 14 – March 2 (Wednesdays – Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and (Saturdays 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

February 12, 4:00 p.m.
Eureka School, 410 East Sixth Street
Common Read: School Clothes
This will be the final book discussion of Jarvis R. Givens’ book School Clothes: A Collective Memoir of Black Student Witness.  The book documents the experiences of black children, bearing witness to their experiences of acquiring an education against the odds. Givens is professor of education and faculty affiliate in the Department of African and African American studies at Harvard University.

February 14 – March 2 (Wednesdays-Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) (Saturdays 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
African American Military History Museum, 305 East Sixth Street
Valentines for Veterans Art Showcase
A display of children’s art honoring and celebrating military service members.

February 17, 11:00 a.m.
Eureka School, 410 East Sixth Street
Alkebulan Music Philosophy (AMP)
An inclusive, hands-on cultural and creative musical experience, which engages people in the positive spirit of African music through drums and dance. This event is sponsored in part by FestivalSouth, an Artie event.

February 24, 1:00 p.m.
African American Military History Museum, 305 East Sixth Street
Majazztic Rhythms and Melodies: Exploring African American Contributions to Jazz and Afrofuturism
Attendees will embark on a transformative journey through the cultural and musical heritage of African Americans in the context of jazz and Afrofuturism through engaging storytelling, visuals, and live music performances by Hunter Miles Davis, musician and interpretive ranger and operational leadership facilitator and Jade Perdue vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and ranger with the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

All events are free and open to the public.



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