Black History Month Events in Rochester, NY in 2022

Black History Month 2022 is in full swingwith events like tribute concerts, educational workshops, museum exhibits and more in Rochester and Western New York throughout the month.

While the recognition of black history and the contribution of community leaders should be celebrated year-round, the focus of the month helps raise awareness of current issues in the black community.

Here is a list of events happening in the Rochester area for Black History Month:

Program of the Museum of Games

Throughout February, the Strong National Museum of Play will celebrate Black History Month with several events such as “renowned theatrical performances, an exhibition of important black history figures envisioned as comic book heroes by local artist Shawn Dunwoody, and a museum-wide quest highlighting artifacts related to history and the game of blacks” according to their website.

Museum events will feature local artists and creators, Shawn Dunwoody, which created Legion of Legends, a comic-book-style take on black historical figures. The Legion of Legends will be on display from February 5-11.

Free mental health webinars

Throughout February, the Rochester Area Community Foundation will host a series of free webinars focused on mental health in Black communities.

The themes and topics for each webinar will vary but will include topics such as the impact of the pandemic, various black populations like seniors and LGBTQ and more.

You can find the recording via a Zoom link on the Rochester Area Community Foundation Facebook page.

  • February 5: Mental health in the black community: historical perspective, cultural values, stigma, suicide prevention and opportunities
  • 12 February : The Impact of the 2 Pandemics: Covid-19 and Racism and Managing Chronic Health Conditions, Loss, Grief and Trauma
  • February 19: Diversity of perspectives and needs: children, black men, seniors, people involved in justice and LGBTQ populations
  • February 26: Social determinants, education, engagement and system change: where are we headed?

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Community Learning Events

SPARC, the Spiritus Anti-Racism Coalition, presents two hybrid events in the Rochester area that will benefit future Minister Franklin Florence Civil Rights Heritage Park, an outdoor Civil Rights Heritage classroom that will be inside Baden Park and the Black Community Focus Fund.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, artist Reenah Golden will present on “Black Women on the Path to Freedom.”

Then, at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 25, SPARC will host “Love & Justice: A Family Affair,” a musical event that will feature black singers like Anthony Dounte Simmons, Montrael, Tiffany Young, Nikko Owens, Jay L and Rev. Myra Brown.

The cost for each event is $25 and will take place at Spiritus Christi Church at 121 Fitzhugh Street North, or online. Registration is at spirituschristi.org.

Concert tribute to R&B and soul artists

On Saturday, February 19, 75 Stutson St., a concert hall located at the same location, will host a tribute concert to Roberta Flack and Danny Hathaway, famous voices of the R&B and Soul genres.

The concert will feature artist Malcom Stokes and The MAStet, a band made up of a mix of local musicians and talent from out of state.

The cost is $30. Event Registration can be found on the 75 Stutson Street Facebook page.

Virtual celebration day

The Memorial Art Gallery is organizing a Facebook Live Stream from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 20, for Black History Month.

The event is expected to include spoken word, poetry, dance and more, according to MAG.

Here is a direct link to the MAG Facebook page: facebook.com/MAGRochester.

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Natalia Rodríguez Medina is a bilingual journalist who covers Puerto Rican and Latino populations for the Democrat and Chronicle in partnership with Report for America. Follow her on Twitter at @nataliarodmed or email him at [email protected]. You can support his work with a tax-deductible donation to Report for America.

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