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Celebrate Black History Month in Orlando

Happy Black History Month, Orlando.

We’ve got a few ideas on how to celebrate, including film screenings, art shows, and an old-school skate night.

The Bros in Convo Initiative is inviting their friends to a screening of “Free Harriet”. The film follows the life and incredible true story of Harriet Tubman. It’s showing at Regal Cinemas in Waterford Lakes on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Meet the mother-daughter duo behind February’s photography exhibit, “Black Mary: An Homage to Black Feminine Magic” on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The exhibit, on display at the Orlando Public Library, reimagines Mary Poppins as a modern-day black woman and we are here for that. 👏

Then, on Saturday, Feb. 15, Bros in Convo is hosting a Hip-hop and R&B skate night at AstroSkate off Goldenrod Road and they’re asking you to dress in your best cultural attire for the occasion. Tickets are $10.

Don’t miss a special screening of “Marching Forward” on Sunday, Feb. 16. The documentary explores the race relations in Orlando during the 1960s and how a love for music united the bands of two high schools: Jones and Edgewater. The evening is presented by the Orange County Regional History Center and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

Head to the Bronze Kingdom Saturday, Feb. 29 for the 5th Annual Black History Month Arts Festival. There will be art, music, dance, and food celebrating black culture and the diaspora through the arts.

For non-time-sensitive events, here’s our suggestions on how to spend a day in Parramore, including a stop in at the Wells’Built Museum.

Lastly and most importantly, keep Black History Month going year-round.

Late last year, we asked readers to name their favorite black-owned businesses in Orlando and then we pulled them together in this list. Know someone we should add? Send us an email: [email protected], subject line: Favorite black-owned business.