As the birthplace of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a stronghold of the Civil Rights Movement, and the home of the late Congressman John Lewis—not to mention the scores of historic sites and personal accounts of black history on nearly every corner—Atlanta’s an awesome spot to be during Black History Month. Keep reading for our favorite ways to celebrate, honor, and learn with your kids, below.
African American Burial Ground Tours at Historic Oakland Cemetery
Throughout February, Historic Oakland Foundation hosts free guided walking tours of Oakland Cemetery’s historic African American Burial Grounds, with stops at the final resting places of a few Atlanta pioneers, including Carrie Steele Logan, founder of Atlanta’s first orphanage for African American children; William Finch, one of Atlanta’s first African American city councilmen; Bishop Wesley John Gaines and Julia A. Gaines, pastor and First Lady of Big Bethel A.M.E. Church; and Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first African American mayor. While the tour is free, donations are greatly appreciated and will be designated specifically for the ongoing restoration of the historic African American Burial Grounds. Registration is required. Here's the scoop.
248 Oakland Ave, SE
Hours: Feb. 6, 20 & 21 at 1 p.m.
Participate in a Tree Tribute to Congressman John Lewis
Honoring a life-long legacy of public service, a living tree tribute is being created in memorial to the late Congressman John Lewis in Freedom Park. Hundreds of blooming plants, including over 300 blooming trees, colorful flowering shrubs, and fields of daffodils will be planted in the first phase of a multi-year project. A 3-day volunteer planting project is scheduled for February 19, 20, and 21, ending on Sunday, which would have been John Lewis’s 81st birthday. Volunteers who wish to participate in the tree planting are required to register in advance. Find out more here.
Moreland Ave. NE & North Ave. NE
Hours: Feb. 19, 20 & 21 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Admission: Free, but registration is required
Pick Up Crafts from Select Fulton Co. Public Libraries
Hours: Curbside hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Mon. &Tues., and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wed.-Sat.
City of Roswell Celebrates Black History with Paint Love
Celebrate Black History Month weekly in Roswell during the month of February with a visual arts series for kids ages 7-10. Learn about the life and work of a modern Black artist and complete a creative project based on his or her style. Paint Love’s unique model incorporates social emotional learning skills into each project, so each session will teach an emotional regulation exercise to help fight stress in creative ways. Each session will also incorporate a community-building element by giving participants an opportunity to contribute to the collaborative mural project honoring Roswell Roots to be displayed at City Hall. Here's what you need to know.
Workshops available at Roswell Visual Arts Center and Art Center West
10495 Woodstock Rd.
1355 Woodstock Rd.
Hours: Multiple dates and times; see website for specifics
African American History Celebration in Kennesaw
2829 Cherokee St. NW
Hours: Feb. 20 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free, but RSVP required
Virtual Laser Light Show by Fernbank Science Center
Don’t miss Fernbank Science Center’s musical tribute and laser light show in honor of Black History Month—now available virtually instead of in the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium at Fernbank Science Center. Laser images depict noteworthy events in Black History, and is set to music by U2. This will get you where you need to go.
Hours: Virtual event; anytime
Visit The National Center for Civil & Human Rights
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights believes in justice and dignity for all, and the power of people to make this idea real. They inspire visitors with immersive exhibitions, dynamic events and conversations, and engagement and education/training programs. Be sure to download their “Across Generations” intergenerational conversation starter for you to use on your visit.
100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW
Hours: Thurs., Fri., & Sun. 12–5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $16 per person
Visit the MLK National Historical Park
What do you know about the Civil Rights Movement? Learn something new about the people from the past—famous and not so famous— who played a part in the movement. The Visitor Center, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Freedom Hall are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Birth Home is open for ranger-led tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Fire Station No. 6 is staffed by park volunteers and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when volunteers are available. All sites are free to the public.
450 Auburn Ave., NE
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Note: In accordance with guidance from the CDC and recommendations from public health authorities, all buildings within the park are temporarily closed. Visitors are welcomed to park and take a self-guided tour of our campus until further notice. Click here for more details.
Celebrate Black History Month at The Children's Museum
Celebrate Black History Month with the Children's Museum of Atlanta. During your visit, stop by the Stage, Science Bar, and Creativity Café to learn about prominent African Americans in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and art. You'll find interactive story times, hands-on activities, and exciting experiments all month long.
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, closed Wed.
Admission: $18.95 per person over age 1
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