Celebrate Black History Month in and around St. Louis with a mix of educational, emotional, and even entertaining offerings, from drum and gospel performances to virtual exhibits and wellness talks. Some events are also offered online; Check venue websites for updates.
Missouri History Museum
The Missouri History Museum is bringing back one of its popular exhibits as an online experience. #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis was on view at the Museum (5700 Lindell Boulevard in Forest Park) in 2017 and 2018. Here is a selection of other programs; For more information, see mohistory.org/black-history-month-2022.
“The Legacy of Homer G. Phillips Hospital” • Priscilla Dowden-White will speak about the history of the hospital. She and a group of black medical professionals will speak about their work and the problems they see. This program will take place in the museum and will be broadcast live. (5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., February 17)
“Protests and Progress: St. Louis Neighborhoods” • This History Exploration Days event explores the changes in the neighborhood over the years in times of progress and protest. The activities are designed for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. (10am-2pm 18-19 February)
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“Race, Violence and Justice: The Mink Slide Salon” • Owen K. Woodard will show a clip from his film The Mink Slide and Geoff Ward will speak about racial violence in American history. This program will take place in the museum and will be broadcast live. (5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., February 24)
St. Louis Public Library
Various library branches will host virtual and in-person activities focused on health and well-being in the black community. Learn to manage stress and create a sensory bottle, take home a self-care kit for a day or to relax, attend an online yoga event and listen to a group of performers. For more events, see slpl.bibliocommons.com/events.
St Louis County Library
Branches throughout the St. Louis County Library system will host several virtual and in-person programs, including storytelling, a performance by the Black Rep, genealogy research, artist and author talks and more. For events, see slcl.org/events.
The February program on Nine PBS (KETC) will introduce viewers to pioneering musicians, entrepreneurs and activists. Visit ninepbs.org for the full schedule.
“My Journey With Annie Malone: James Agbara Bryson” • A descendant of Malone—one of America’s first black millionaires—explores her life, which includes building a cosmetology school in St. Louis. (7:00 p.m. February 14)
“John Lewis: Stand in Your Way” • Follow his fight for justice from growing up in the segregated South, through the civil rights movement, to his role in Congress. (9:30 p.m., January 22)
“Muhammad Ali” • A four-part series by Ken Burns tells the story of the three-time heavyweight boxing champion. (9 p.m. Wednesdays, from January 26)
Metro Theater Company
Metro Theater Company presents “Last Stop on Market Street,” a Motown and hip-hop musical adaptation of Matt de la Peña’s Newbery Medal-winning children’s book. Young CJ stays with his nana and learns important lessons about connecting with his community. Theater critic Calvin Wilson continues to interview the show’s director Jacqueline Thompson page 15. (06.-27.02. in the Grandel)
“Drums & Dances of Africa”
Diadie Bathily and Afriky Lolo celebrate history, nature and community in a high-energy performance for elementary and middle school students at the Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard), streaming live. (Feb 10 10am, Feb 11 10:30am, Apr 29 10am)
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and In Unison Chorus honor the music of African American and African traditions with “Lift Every Voice: A Black History Month Celebration” at Powell Hall. The chorus is led by Kevin McBeth, with vocals by
Capathia Jenkins. (7:30 p.m., February 25)
Missouri State Historical Society
“The Role of Black Nurse Activists in Improving the Health of St. Louis” will be explored in a panel discussion on February 17 at 6:30 p.m. Joan Stack, Historical Society Art Curator, presents “Exploring Black Health and Wellness Through a Collection of Historical Images” on February 22 at 3:00 p.m. Both events are free and available after registering on Zoom.
For more information, see shsmo.org/events.