Guide to Gwinnett

​Celebrate Black History Month in Gwinnett

Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to United States history. It was first created as a week-long celebration in 1926, and became a month-long celebration in 1976. It takes place in the month of February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

There is a lot to be celebrated in this historic month, including the founding of the NAACP and famous firsts in the African American community. And in Gwinnett, there are several ways you can acknowledge these achievements.

The Rise of the Civil Rights Film Series, Feb 17 and Feb 24 @ Gwinnett County Public Library
Enjoy a film screening followed by a discussion surrounding the plight of the Civil Rights Movement. See Southside of You on February 17 and Selma on February 24.

Black History Month Exhibit, Through Feb 28 @ OneStop Centerville
Enjoy a self-guided visit to this exhibit that celebrates various contributions and accomplishments.

Greenwood Culture Fest, Feb 17 @ Lucky Shoals Park
Grab some food, have some fun, and celebrate the future during this event.

The August Wilson Project, Various Feb dates @ Belfry Playhouse at Norcross Presbyterian Church
See staged readings of August Wilson's "Century Plays", followed by a talkback session focusing on black history in Atlanta.

Eternal Pursuit: The Black Experience, Feb 20 @ Peachtree Corners City hall
This group exhibition will showcase artwork that explores the black experience.

Black History Month Celebration, Feb 27 @ Gwinnett Justice & Administration Center
Part of the Gwinnett bicentennial celebration, this event will feature speakers, cultural performances, and a proclamation reading by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.

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