Hickory – February is Black History Month, which is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.Celebrate Black History Month

In celebration of this month, there are several events organized by the City for all people of all ages to enjoy and pay tribute to the African American heritage and culture.

Family Game Night: Black History Jeopardy
Thursday, February 17 | 6-7 p.m. | Ridgeview Branch Library
Bring your family and friends to the library to compete against one another in a game of Jeopardy. Come ready to learn and have fun. The winning team will leave with a prize. Limited to 30 people – first come, first served.

Jazz & The Civil Rights Movement Virtual Presentation
Monday, February 21 | 2-3 p.m. | Zoom
Jazz flautist and jazz history expert Galen Abdur-Razzaq will provide an evening of entertainment and education. Learn about the history of Jazz and its role in the Civil Rights Movement at this program that is part lecture, part musical performance. Galen studied at the Berklee College of Music and holds a master’s degree in Performing Arts and Education from Rutgers University. He is a riveting speaker who has performed about the history of jazz at colleges and universities for over 30 years. A recording artist, composer, arranger, and educator, his performance portfolio includes such greats as Billy Taylor, Sonny Phillips, Gwen Guthrie, Jimmy Heath, Melba Moore, and Sun Ra. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

2nd Annual Living Wax Museum
Saturday, February 26 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Ridgeview Recreation Center
Explore visual displays and meet important historical figures in African American history such as Maya Angelou, Kobe Bryant, Malcolm X, Satchel Paige, and more. For more information, please contact Todder Clark at nclark@hickorync.gov or call 828-324-8007.

All programs are free and open to the public. For additional details on these and other upcoming events in the City of Hickory, please visit www.HickoryNC.gov.