Celebrating Black History Month 2019
February 25, 2019
BY MIA SIMON
Many people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds call Dallas-Fort Worth home. In an effort to celebrate our growing community’s diversity, each month, we will focus on a different nationally-recognized cultural awareness month. February is Black History Month, so we’ve compiled a list of organizations that honor and highlight African-American culture and history here in Dallas!
The African-American Museum of Dallas
Fun fact: Fair Park doesn’t shut down after the State Fair comes to an end. Year-round, you can visit the buildings that make up historic Fair Park, including the African-American Museum of Dallas. The Museum is the home to exhibits that celebrate African-American culture. Make sure to check out the website to see when they are holding a special event after-hours, or hosting a lecture during the day. You can schedule a tour of the facility or visit during their normal business hours.
3536 Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75210 | website
Black Academy of Arts and Letters
Right next to the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in downtown Dallas, you’ll find the Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL). Guests who visit can tour the facility’s exhibits that highlight African-American art and history. The Black Academy of Arts and Letters also hosts events and performances throughout the year. If you sign up for a membership, you can get early entrance to the performances! There are educational opportunities for children interested in the fine arts, too. In fact, the TBAAL site says Dallas native Erykah Badu took advantage of the opportunities offered here, and it helped “launch” her career. So essentially, this place has the potential to develop legends!
650 S Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202 | website
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
The Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) is comprised of talented, diverse dancers who perform all over the Metroplex. Using dance as a platform, the DBDT website notes that the men and women who make up the arts program hope to “reach diverse communities” and bring people of different backgrounds closer together. Though the group has a company residency at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, you can find upcoming performances in places including Richardson and Fort Worth—so you can catch them at a place near you! DBDT also has a dance academy that offers classes for adults and children.
2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX 75201 | website
Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce
Business leaders will find likeminded professionals within the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce. It has been a staple In North Texas since the chapter was founded more than 90 years ago. The executive team hosts meetings, conferences, seminars, and social events throughout the year to help members network and hopefully grow their respective businesses. The educational opportunities also help business owners sharpen their leadership skills. To learn more about the chamber and how to become a member, visit the website below.
2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Suite 104, Dallas, Texas 75215 | website
Marty McDonald created Boss Women Media in 2016 “as a personal need to connect with women who desired more. She wanted to be around women who desired more from there 9-5 jobs. After great success from the first brunch in May 2016, she knew there was a need for women to collaborate together.” Boss Women features several events throughout the year that include network opportunities to engage in your community!
Dallas-Fort Worth Urban League Young Professionals
This organization is comprised of young professionals who are interested in civic engagement and social justice advocacy. Members of Dallas-Fort Worth Urban League Young Professionals (DFWULYP) interact with community organizers and leaders and discuss ways they can create change. For example, DFWULYP members worked together to register hundreds of people to vote before the 2018 midterm elections. You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about getting plugged into this group.