During the month of February, Black History Month is celebrated. This month-long tribute is considered to be a time of recognition and respect towards the African American individuals who have made major contributions to our society. Many people, places of business and organizations hold special events to honor this time and bring together people from all walks of life to provide both education and inspiration by teaching the history of the past and how it affects the present.
The Black History Month Festival
333 S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
www.springspreserve.orgDate: Feb. 16
The Black History Month Festival is an event with a diverse line-up that the entire family can enjoy. It is hosted by the Springs Preserve and celebrates the positive impact that African Americans have made on the history of Las Vegas. There are many variations of food, drinks, music and performances to thrill and entertain those in attendance. An exhibit of photography, fire truck tours and other artistic endeavors will also be readily available. Not only will these activities be amusing, they will also be educational by sharing memorabilia from the past and promoting interest in the arts related to the culture.
Las Vegas World Famous Gospel Brunch
House of Blues
3950 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
www.houseofblues.comUnity, faith-based music and family dinners were always of importance in traditional African American households. The Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues combines many of these elements on a routine basis. This weekly event happens on Sundays and appeals to a very diverse crowd of all ages and ethnicities from around the city and the world. Gospel music performances are delivered from a renowned live choir. Also, a buffet compromised of deliciously soulful and hearty foods is open to allow everyone to eat.
10th Annual Black History Celebration & Gospel Fest
200 S. Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV 89012
www.hendersonlive.comDates: Feb. 15-16 and 22-23
The 10th Annual Black History Celebration & Gospel Fest is back to deliver great music while paying homage to Black History Month. Over the course of two weekends, local performers and a musical revue will take the stage. This revue is an interesting way to learn the history of Motown, which is a significant part of African American culture. Hit songs from the era will also be sung by talented locals. Fun activities for families that are related to black history are provided as an interesting way to share cultural values with every age group. Food will also be included.
UNLV Jazz Ensemble I and Special Guests
Alta Ham Fine Arts
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89119
www.unlv.eduDate: Feb. 12
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is known for hosting events that live up to the highest of standards. Black History Month is no exception, and the music department is celebrating the culture musically with jazz and special guests. The Jazz Ensemble I is well cultured and award winning and the special guests are often just as impressive. Like many other events at UNLV, this one is open to both students and the general public.
www.lvccld.orgOne of the best ways to show respect for any holiday is by understanding it and sharing the knowledge. Among the most thorough, yet sometimes overlooked, methods of learning is by going to the library. During the month of February, libraries throughout the city will host different events on various dates to educate Las Vegans on many topics that are related to African American history. Being taught the history of genres such as music and film while contributing to cultural understanding and camaraderie, or just being educated from materials given for self-learning, makes a library one of the best places to visit during Black History Month.
Princella Talley is a freelance writer and photographer living in Las Vegas. Along with writing for
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