Black History Month

Black History Month is observed every February to celebrate the accomplishments of Black and African Americans. It is an opportunity to recognize the many ways Black history, culture, leadership, and innovation have influenced all facets of life in the United States. 

Learn about the origins of Black History Month

National Theme 2024

African Americans and the Arts

This year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History has themed the 2024 celebration as African Americans and the Arts which highlights the many impacts Black Americans have had on visual arts, music, cultural movements, and more. 

The arts can play an important role in improving health outcomes at the individual and community level. Arts-based strategies can contribute to greater social cohesion, cultural connection, health equity, and community well-being. Interventions to help people get the social and community support they need are critical for improving health and well-being.

In honor of this year’s national theme, the Office Of Minority Health Knowledge Center has developed a reading list focused on the connection between art and wellness in Black communities.

Register now!

The Collective Power of Black Voices in Healing and Providing Hope to African American Communities

The African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence will celebrate Black History Month with a panel of African American men sharing their stories of resiliency and strength to overcome adverse and traumatic experiences. Through these collective stories, you will find the Power needed to Heal and have Hope.
February 15th 10:30am-12:30pm Pacific TimeClick here to register.

Be sure to also view past recorded webinars from the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence!

Local Happenings!

Culture Without Borders: Celebrate Black History
Saturday, February 24, 2:00-4:00pm
Maidu Community Center, Roseville
For ages 6-13; Travel the globe with the City of Roseville! Explore culture through art with Culture Without Borders. Celebrate Black History this February with music, dance, and art. Special guest Fenix Drum & Dance bring the beat and spin tales. Drop-ins welcome. Parent participation required. Click here to register.

BMR Sacramento Black History Month Walk/Run
Saturday, February 24, 8:00am-12:00pm
Sacramento REI, 1790 Expo Pkwy, Sacramento

In partnership with REI Sacramento, Black Men Run Sacramento presents the Black History Month Family 2.23k/5k Run/Walk! We welcome walkers and runners to choose whichever distance works for you and your family! Net proceeds go to the Greater Sacramento Urban League. The first 100 registrants will receive a medal! The race starts and ends at REI Sacramento. Click here to register.

36th annual Sacramento Black History Month Expo
February 23rd-25th, 11:00am-6:00pm
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, Sacramento 
FREE and open to the public. Explore new opportunities for careers, business, health, families, while meeting over 100 exhibitors with information and resources to celebrate Black History in Sacramento. Click here for more information and to register. Gala tickets also available for purchase.

Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press
Through March 24, 2024
California Museum, Sacramento 
This exhibition features over 40 fine art prints by contemporary African American artists like Martin Puryear, Kerry James Marshall, Lava Thomas, the Gee’s Bend Quilters, among others who have helped to shape the contemporary art conversation in the Bay Area and beyond. Local Roseville resident, Alesha Martinez, through her work at a California-based municipal art gallery, helped organize the exhibition and secured 22 venues across the country for its display! You will find the exhibition on the 2nd floor next to Signature exhibitions such as the Unity Center and Women Inspire.


Health Disparities in the Black Community: Past & Present

Nearly 19% of Black and African Americans adults report being in fair or poor health, compared to 10% of Asian Americans; 13.6% of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders; 13.6% of white Americans; and 16% of Hispanic/Latinos.

In this video, PBS looks at the historic reasons for distrust of medical establishment in the Black community as well as why these huge health disparities still exist.


Join @NMAAHC in celebrating @ASALH 2024’s official #BlackHistoryMonth theme, African Americans and the Arts.

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