As Washington D.C. celebrates Black History month, I believe it is very important to remember not to take the “tourist approach” .This term was explained to me by a teacher a few years ago. When I was turning in a paper on Black History month, she gently reminded me to make each and every month a celebration of Black History. And not to take the “tourist approach”and only celebrate and remember these holidays once a year.
So with that said I ask that we remember to celebrate and honor Black History month not just once a year in the month of February but every month throughout the year.
Here in the nation’s capitol the Smithsonian has a day of celebration this year on February 27th, 2010. This festival includes drama, arts and crafts, music and themed activities. The theme of the day is “Tapestry of Cultural Rhythms”.
Also at the National Archives celebrations will include films and lectures that are open to the public. These activities are available at both the National Archives in D.C. and the National Archives located in College Park, M.D.
At the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum located in D.C. the African American’s fight for freedom and civil rights are looked at. Interesting to note is that this memorial is the only one of its kind in the U.S. that honors Colored Troops (USCT) who have served in the Civil War. There are documents and photos, as well as state of the art audio visual equipment for visitors to learn about this part of American history.
In Old Town Alexandria, Virginia there are some very interesting tours that list sites where African Americas lived, worked and worshiped from 1790 through 1951.
And last but not least at the well known Madame Tussuad’s Wax Museum there are some very interesting going ons. This well known D.C. landmark honors Black History month with the launch of its “Black History Discovery Trail and Scavenger Hunt”. The scavenger hunt runs from February 2nd through March 1st 2010. And best of all its free with the price of admission. Guests will learn about several wax figures of famous African Americans, to include, President Barack Obama, Tyra Banks, Oprah Winfrey and too many more to mention here. This scavenger hunt will be educational, entertaining and fun.
So there you have it several different ways to celebrate Black History month in Washington, D.C. Just remember when the month is over it doesn’t mean Black History is over. So find ways to remember and educate yourself, and your family.