Black History Month: Events for the Week of February 4 – 10th

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Happy Black History Month from all of us at Villa di Maria! We are excited to share events right here in St. Louis to celebrate black history throughout the month of February. While there are numerous resources and special events throughout the year to celebrate and educate ourselves and our children specifically on black history, the month of February presents additional, exciting opportunities.Singer, Dancer, Spy? A Spotlight on Josephine Baker
February 6th, 5 – 6pm
St. Louis Public Library, Barr branch: 1701 S. Jefferson Ave.
Children will learn about St. Louis native Josephine Baker and her involvement in World War II as a spy for France. 

Make Music Not War
February 6th, 4:30 – 5:30pm
St. Louis Public Library, Schlafly branch: 225 N. Euclid Ave.
Create your own instruments to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Hellfighters Regimental Band.

The Step Team Showcase
February 7th, 3pm
The Touhill Performing Arts Center
This annual event by Associated Black Collegians showcases high school and middle school step teams competing. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 the day of the show. 

Batter Up: The Story of Black Baseball in St. Louis
February 8, 7 pm
Missouri History Museum
Steve Pona, founder of the St. Louis Baseball Historical Society, will dig deep into the history of black baseball in St. Louis to present a sweeping view of the city through the lens of one of its most important industries.

Ferguson 365: An Exclusive Screening and Q&A 
February 9, 6:30-8:30 pm (most appropriate for teens/adults)
The Stage at KDHX
KDHX, ArchCity Defenders, and Maverick Media Group present an exclusive screening of Ferguson 365, and Q&A with filmmaker Chris Phillips and ArchCity’s Executive Director Blake Strode about the underlying and unlawful policies and practices in St. Louis that not only devastated thousands of families but sparked an ongoing movement for civil rights.

Non-event resources

Book guide: African-American History for Younger Children

PBS Black History Month Line Up – Tune in all month long on 9 PBS for documentaries, performances, and special programs celebrating black history.

Consider joining We Stories May cohort by signing up now!