FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2024
Montgomery County Celebrates African Americans in Arts and Culture for its Annual Black History Program
NORRISTOWN, PA—This February, all Montgomery County residents are invited to celebrate “African Americans and the Arts” as the 2024 theme of Montgomery County’s annual Black History Program. Four events throughout the month focus on the topics of movies, music, hair art, and fashion, culminating in a special in-person celebration at the end of the month.
Three virtual panel discussions will take place on the first three Wednesdays in February from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program will resume in-person for the final event on Wednesday, February 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Human Services Center in the Community Room. The in-person celebration includes live performances followed by lunch.
To register for each virtual event on Zoom visit www.montgomerycountypa.gov/blackhistorymonth. Registration is not required for the in-person celebration.
VIRTUAL PANEL EVENTS
Wednesday, February 7 – Topic: Blacks/African Americans in the Arts – Visual, Movies & Film
Wednesday, February 14 – Topic: The Influence of Black Music & Dance
Wednesday, February 21 – Topic: African Americans Hair Art & Fashion
Wednesday, February 28 – In-person celebration with live performances
“It’s meaningful that this year’s Black History Program is a celebration of the influence of African Americans in American arts and culture. Music, movies, and art are important to all of us, and they create unifying experiences,” said Jamila H. Winder, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “Every year, we bring people from all backgrounds together to learn about and reflect on the African American experience. It’s incredibly important to recognize the rich and remarkable influences these experiences have on our county and our country.”
The annual Black History Program events are hosted by Montgomery County’s Black History Month Committee. This year’s program focuses on the national theme, “African Americans and the Arts,” as established by the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH). During each week of virtual discussions, panelists will be asked questions as it relates to the event theme and weekly topics. There will be a chance for registered participants to ask questions at the event's end.
Affectionately known as the Father of Black History, Historian Carter G. Woodson initiated Black History Week on February 12, 1926, which for many years was celebrated in February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In the mid-1970s, Black History Week expanded to Black History Month.
The month-long celebrations are open to all in the community. The virtual events will be livestreamed on the Health and Human Services Facebook page.
For more information about the program, contact program administration, Lora Gonzalez at 610-278-3677 or Lora.Gonzalez@montgomerycountypa.gov
Media Contact: Megan Alt, Megan.Alt@montgomerycountypa.gov