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Events Roundup: Here’s how you can celebrate Black History Month virtually in DC

The month will be filled with virtual museum tours, book discussions, a panel focused on prison reform and more.

Frederick Douglass in his study at Cedar Hill, located at 1411 W Street SE in 1885. (Photo by Flickr user Washington Area Spark, used under a Creative Commons license) on Twitter)

Events Roundup is a Technical.ly column in which we highlight events happening in the D.C. area each month. Got a submission? Email us at dc@technical.ly so we can consider it for our next roundup.


It’s Black History Month, which is dedicated to observing Black history, struggle and triumph over the years. Following last summer’s civil unrest and days of protest, this year’s Black History Month feels especially different. Technical.ly did an array of reporting on racial equity, but this is a conversation that has continued well into this year, as job seekers are raising more questions with employers about their diversity and inclusion missions.

Merely 156 years ago, there were still enslaved Black people in the United States. This month is supposed to honor the long history of Black people, as well as highlight how much work still needs to be done. Less than three weeks ago, we welcomed our first Black and woman vice president into the White House, when Kamala Harris took her oath. Black people are still making history. Here’s how you can celebrate them locally:

Here are several more events you can virtually attend to celebrate Black History Month from the comfort of your home:

A Seat at the Table: Prison Reform and Restorative Justice

The National Museum of African American History & Culture is hosting a panel featuring expert speakers, who will discuss race and mass incarceration in the U.S.

  • Thursday, Feb. 4
  • 7 to 9:15 p.m.
  • Register. $35.

Art Afterwords: “Training School for Negro Girls” by Camille Acker

The National Portrait Gallery and DC Public Library are teaming up to host this conversation focused on representation and storytelling. Attendees will analyze Bernard Gotfryd’s portrait of Alice Walker and discuss Camille Acker’s related book, “Training School for Negro Girls.”

Frederick Douglass and Maryland’s Underground Railroad – Livestream Tour

Presented by Washington, DC Culture & History, this virtual tour will take attendees through Frederick Douglass’ historical sites in the region followed by a discussion on the prominent abolitionist’s life.

Diving with a Purpose: Recovering and Reexamining Our Roots

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History will host a discussion featuring divers who are working to preserve Black history by investigating slave ship wreckages and discovering artifacts.

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