Black History Month

Courtesy of Sen. John Heinz History Center

Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month, the Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz History Center’s African American Program will present several programs throughout February in collaboration with community partners. Programs include:

  • Smithsonian Channel Documentary Screening: “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom,” 6 to 8:15 p.m. Feb. 19, at Heinz History Center. In the 1930s, a black postal carrier named Victor Green published a book to help African Americans navigate safe passage across America. The documentary explores some of the segregated nation’s safe havens and notorious “sundown towns” and shines a light on stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph. A panel discussion will follow. The film will make its television premiere on Feb. 25 on the Smithsonian Channel. This program is free, but preregistration is required at
  • From Slavery to Freedom Film Series: “Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power,” 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20, at the Carnegie Library – Homewood Branch, 7101 Hamilton Ave. The film series examines themes from the History Center’s award-winning exhibition. Part of the 2019 film series, “Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power” is an electrifying look at an historically erased leader that provides a thought-provoking examination of black radicalism and resistance and serves as a launching pad for the study of black liberation philosophies. Admission is free.
  • Black History Month Lecture: Black Power and Black Politics of the 1960s-’70s, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28, at the Heinz History Center. Leonard Moore, Ph.D. will speak on the topic of black power and black politics of the 1960s and ’70s. Admission is free, but does not include access to museum exhibitions. Register online at

In addition to Black History Month programs, long-term exhibits highlighting African American history are on display daily within the History Center’s six floors of exhibitions.

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