February is Black History Month, and Memphis has museums, events, volunteer opportunities and more for you to get involved with and celebrate the month.
"I AM A MAN" March
In the spirit of Dr. King, and to honor the Sanitation Workers of 1968, you are invited to gather at City Hall to commemorate the I AM A MAN marches. Enjoy live entertainment, speakers and fellowship at this once in a lifetime experience. Special guest Angela Rye, CNN Political Commentator & Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
Registration begins at 9 am, March begins at 10 am.
Location: Begins at City Hall (125 N. Main St.) to Clayborn Temple
Click here to Register for FREE.
- No cars or trucks
- You will receive an email with instructions for line up
- Completing this registration form does not guarantee entry.
- Deadline is February 16, 2018
Visit a Museum
Located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Museum chronicles key episodes of the American civil rights movement and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally, through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.
Location: 450 Mulberry
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 9 am – 5
Sun 1 – 5 pm.
Seniors & Students w/ID $14.00
Children 4–17 years $12.00
3 and under Free
Secret tunnels and trap doors evoke a period before the Civil War when this house was a stop on the underground railroad used by runaway slaves in their quest for freedom. The house is filled with 19th-century furnishings and artifacts from slavery days. Visit the Underground Slave Hideaway. This Antebellum home reveals secrets of the Underground Railroad!
Location: 826 N. Second St.
Adults: $6, Students $4 (4-17)
Located on world-famous Beale Street, the collection houses over one million images that cover Civil Rights, Memphis Music, Negro Baseball Leagues, Beale Street, Memphis History & Politics plus African-American Social Life. 60 Years of Images.
Location: 333 Beale Street
Tuesday - Thursday: 12 - 10 PM
Friday & Saturday: 12 - 11 PM
Sunday: 12 - 9 PM
Adults - $10.00
Students &Seniors - $7.00
More museums to explore in Downtown:
Tour Impactful Murals in Downtown
Downtown's public art is more than paint on a wall. Take a trip around the city and see all of the meaninful artwork throughout all parts of Downtown.
A list of murals you should definitely visit for Black History Month:
"The Sound of Memphis" Mural
A Note for Hope
I Am A Man
History of Civil Rights in Memphis
Hope Will Lead Us There
Living in Community
I Am Free Mural
Rendezvous Alley Mural
The Artery Murals in Barboro Alley
Upstanders Mural - Facing History and Ourselves
Check out our Mural Guide for a full list of Downtown public art with photos and locations!
See Theater, Dance, and other Performances
Feb. 13 - 18, 2018 @ The Orpheum Theatre
With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story.
Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. It's the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls "one of the greatest revivals ever." Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph!
Feb. 2 - 3, 2018 @ The Orpheum Theatre
Now more than ever, we need the power of dance to bring us all together, connected by our common humanity. Engage your emotions when Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater returns with contemporary works that touch on timely topics and the beloved classic Revelations, Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece that fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.
Feb. 4 @ 2:30pm @ Cannon Center for Performing Arts
Collage honors the legacy and contributions of giants and pioneers, from past to present. RISE showcases the company’s sheer athleticism and emotional conviction through powerful, historically inspired performances. RISE also features the company’s professional dancers performing alongside Collage’s dance stars of tomorrow.
On February 8th join the Art Village Gallery for their screening of Sankofa. Which is a film directed by an Ethiopian filmmaker, Haile Gerima. The film shows the importance of not having people of African descent drift far away from their African roots.
On February 17th join the Art Village Gallery for their Panel Discussion “Lost Roots.” The panel is in partnership with the University of Memphis African Student Association and will be about the disconnect between Africans and African-Americans.
On February 24th join the Art Village Gallery for an evening of art and poetry. The event feature various poets and artists throughout the city of Memphis along with a live African Jazz Ensemble.
City Tasting Tours: A Tour of Tasteabilities
Join A Tour of Possibilities, and let the tour guides be your "conductor" and take you on a journey through Memphis, which is eye-opening, enlightening as well as entertaining!
Some of the sites on this one-of-a-kind tour include: Slave Haven, Historic Mason Temple, The National Civil Rights Museum/Lorraine Motel, Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
The richness of Memphis' history is often one of this city's best kept secrets. Let's explore "the rest of the story". The possibilities are endless!
You will then hop off that Soul Train line and enjoy delicious and generous tastings from 3 authentically Memphis restaurants all a short walk from each other. We will embrace southern cuisines and Memphis food culture with Cristina of City Tasting Tours that make Memphis a great place to live and visit.
Tickets are $75 each
Tours are on Saturdays
St. Jude Spirit of the Dream
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 @ 6-10pm
Join us for Spirit of the Dream, the ultimate party taking place during Black History Month to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans in building the St. Jude legacy. This year, as Memphis recognizes the 50th anniversary of the loss of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we will present the Spirit of the Dream Award to a recipient who upholds Dr. King's dream and champions the lifesaving mission of St. Jude and its founder, Danny Thomas.
All proceeds from this unique event help continue the St. Jude mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®
Location: Domino's Event Center (262 Danny Thomas Place)