Black History Month

The development of Black History Month began in 1915. Inspired by a 3-week celebration of Black history following the emancipation of slavery, Carter G. Woodson decided to form an organization to promote the scientific study of Black life and history. This organization created "Negro History Week" in 1926 to celebrate the contributions of Black people to the advance of human civilization.

This week of celebration gradually expanded to a month-long celebration. Black History Month has been endorsed by the President every year since the 1970s, but it was celebrated widely as early as the 1940s.

The celebration of Black history was never intended to be confined to just one week or one month. Black History Month is a time of acknowledgement, reflection, and inspiration for the continuous contributions of the Black community to the history and culture of the United States and the world. 

The City of New Brighton invites its residents to take time to explore the different events in the metro area and find ways to honor the contributions of Black Americans as it is prominently weaved through the fabric of American history.

Civil Rights Movement - people marching and holding signs

In recognizing the profound impact of significant Black historical figures, the City of New Brighton acknowledges the complexity of American history and its roots in racism and colonialism. 

Senga Nengudi once said, "Being born Black in America is a political act." As such, the list of Black Americans who have lived extraordinary lives that continue to shape our country is truly endless. 

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The Black Market

The Black Market meets every month to highlight Black businesses, food, and culture. Their Black History Month Celebration event is happening on Feb. 10, 2024, from 2-6pm at The Case Building. There will be over 60 vendors, artists, community organizations, and makers. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public, but purchasing a (free) ticket is recommended.

four Black people with the text The Black Market. Eat. Shop. Vibe. Connect.

Sounds of Blackness

Sounds of Blackness is a vocal and instrumental ensemble from the Twin Cities, who perform music from several genres of music including gospel, R&B, soul, and jazz. They will be playing on Feb. 15, 2024, 6:30pm at the Minnetonka Community Center. You may purchase tickets starting Feb. 1st at 10am (limit 2 tickets per order). A sensory room will be available for guests that need it. 

many Black musicians in a portrait

Film Screening

Film screening flyerBrooklyn Park and Brooklyn center are hosting a film screening and moderated conversation with award-winning journalist Dawn Stevens. Come watch and discuss "Stand: In the Blink of an Eye" with Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the Community Activity Center starting at 4:30 PM. Additionally, the flyer provides contact information for folks who want to learn more or receive the information in other languages.