As we should all be aware, February marks an exceptionally important time of remembrance: Black History Month. While Utah might not seem like it has a wealth of ties to famous African American inventors, leaders and historical figures, there is more than one way to celebrate in Salt Lake City. Here are some of our favorites:
Evening in Harlem
Taking place on February 7th at 6PM, Evening in Harlem is a recognition of the Harlem Renaissance. ABC4 describes:
“The Harlem Renaissance was an intellectual, social, and artistic explosion for African-Americans centered in Harlem, New York, spanning the 1920s.
Wallace Henry Thurman was an American novelist active during the Harlem Renaissance, and was born in Salt Lake City in 1902 and moved to Harlem in 1925.
This year’s Evening in Harlem is the first fundraising event for the Utah African-American Chamber of Commerce Foundation and will introduce the Utah Black Success Center: a platform to develop more Black community, business, corporate and government leaders to further elevate Utah’s growing diversity.”
This event will be held at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. You can find more information about this event here.
Black History Month Concert Series
Hosted by the Utah African American Chamber of Commerce, the Black History Month Concert Series is free and open to the public. It features local artists and is a celebration of excellence in the community.
The mission statement is one of power and inspiration: “Excellence in the Community creates more and better performance opportunities for Utah’s finest musicians. Communities are enhanced as people come together to recognize and experience the accomplishments of deserving artists. Our programs foster social, economic and community development. Music to match the mountains.”
You can learn more about this concert series and the artists on the event page.
Black History Month at the University of Utah
From artwork for children, to film screenings and poetry slams, there is something for everyone on the University of Utah calendar of events for Black History Month.
Whether or not you’re able to make it out to any of these events, we hope you’re able to have a meaningful Black History Month! We further hope that you can take the time to reach out to new cultures, and appreciate some of the great figures in our African American communities throughout history.
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