Black History Month is observed every February to celebrate the achievements of African Americans through history. Historian, Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded “Negro History Week” in 1926. He chose to celebrate the week in February because it is the birth month of abolitionist and activist, Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. The name was changed and the week switched to a month of events in 1976. Atlanta is the capital of the Civil Rights movement and is central to celebrations throughout the month with the pinnacle event being the Black History Month Parade on Saturday, February 22nd.
There are many Civil Rights attractions in the Atlanta area that you can visit to celebrate with events during Black History Month (and throughout the year). The Sweet Auburn Historic District is the center of many of the Civil Rights activities. The Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site is located in this neighborhood. There are many great cafes and coffee shops in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. You can also stop at the African American Panoramic Experience (APEX) Museum, where it is Black History Month every day. You can also visit the Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries is the home to the nation’s largest collection of fine art by African Americans. You can also visit other notable sites such as the High Museum of Art which houses the most significant collections of Civil Rights photography from Rosa Parks to the March on Washington D.C. Lastly, stop by the Spelman College Fine Arts, which holds the only museum in the country that emphasizes art created by and about women of the African Diaspora.
There will be special programming at the Atlanta History Center including a special event on February 8th called “Struggles and Strides-Early Fight for Civil Rights. The highlight of Black History Month in Atlanta is The Black History Month Parade on Saturday, February 22nd on Auburn Ave in the Sweet Auburn District in Atlanta. The parade kicks off at noon. The parade celebrates the culture, heritage, history and accomplishments of Black Americans in the United States and across the globe. The parade has marching bands, performers, entertainers, politicians, floats and fun for the entire family. The musicians will range from R&B to rock to jazz. For other events, see your local attractions for other events celebrating Black History Month in the Atlanta area.