Black History Month

91.5 Jazz and More is proud to celebrate Black History Month and highlight local events that recognize, honor and empower all individuals from historically marginalized backgrounds.

  • ** Monday – Friday Obsidian & Neon: Building Black Life and Identity in Las Vegas – Photographic Exhibit by photojournalist Jeff Scheid at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery featuring portraits and narratives of the communities most notable African-American leaders in culture, politics, business and community outreach. 8am – 5pm PST (excluding holidays) Location: Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery 500 S. Grand Central Park, Las Vegas, Nevada 8915
  • ** February “DISCOVERY Children’s Museum” – Guests can learn all about Black History Month and enjoy special crafting sessions as well as educational activities surrounding the Harlem Renaissance, the history of African American migration and more.
  • ** Thursday Feb. 7 Lives on the Line: Civil Rights Legacy at Summerlin Library at 7:30 pm.  Free Admission
  • ** Thursday Feb. 7 “Goodtime Catfish Fry” – Fried fish, fixing and fun at the Doolittle Senior Center at 11am.  Register at (702) 229-6125
  •  ** Friday Feb. 8 “A Night of Expression 4” Youth Talent Showcase – Extend the Dream, Reaching Greatness through our youth will showcase young singers, dancers and practitioners of spoken word at the Charleston Highs Arts Center at 7pm.  Free and open to the public.
  • ** Friday Feb. 8 “Old Time Gospel Melody” – Doolittle Never Too Late Gospel Cortex singers host a luncheon at Derfelt Senior Center, 3343 W. Washington Ave.  For more information call (702) 229-6601
  • ** Saturday Feb. 9 “Dive In Movie Pride” – The 2007 PG-rated film “Pride” – the 1974 Philadelphia true story of a black swim team and its mentors at the Marcus Foster Recreational Center at 7:30 pm.  For more information call (702) 229-6309
  • ** Friday & Saturday Feb 8 & 9 Heart & Soul – Presented by West Dance Theatre.  The show features a multicultural five-star Dance Company and is free to the public. There are two showtimes each night: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. New photo exhibits titled “Sharing the History of Black Firefighters in Southern Nevada at West Las Vegas Library Theater in the Doolittle Senior Center.  Meet local firefighters from 10 am to 5:30 pm Feb. 9.
  • ** Saturday Feb 9 The Hate You Give – showing the story of an African-American teen who witnessed a tragic incident at 2pm.
  • ** Saturday Feb 9 “Broadway in the H.O.O.D.” – From 2pm to 7pm at the Smith Center with Baby Mahaila, Mrs. Charity “Tina” Leeper and the Las Vegas combined Choir for Myron’s Cabaret Jazz first ever concert, with influential gospel artists.
  • ** Saturday – Friday Feb. 9 – 15  “Mirandy and Brother Wind”  – Museum guests will listen to the beautiful story and design a painting inspired by nature at Toddler Town.
  • ** Saturday – Friday Feb. 9 – 15 “Young at Art” – DISCOVERY welcome guests to explore the lively works of Harlem Renaissance artist Archibald Motley and create your own musical works of art.
  • ** Saturday – Friday Feb. 9 – 15 “Patents Pending” – Guests are invited to observe the history and migration of African American people across the US.
  • ** Saturday Feb. 10th the Doolittle Senior Center for hosts a new photo exhibit called “Sharing the History of Black Firefighters in Southern Nevada.” Meet local firefighters from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • ** Monday February 11th, UNLV hosts a MOCA Movie Night. Join the UNLV Men of Color Alliance as they watch and discuss the intersections of masculinity, ethnic ambiguity, police brutality and other hot topics. The event begins at 5:30pm in the Tonopah Center Conference Room.
  • ** Tuesday Feb. 12 “Celebration of African-American History and Heritage” – Hosted by the Doolittle Senior Center at 11am.  Brunch will be served by calling (702) 229-6125
  • ** Tuesday Feb. 12 “Doolittle Senior Center 40th Annual Mid-Day Inspirational Showcase & Luncheon” – Free annual showcase featuring singers, dancers, poets and guest speakers followed by a soul food luncheon.  Free and open to the public.  Submit your Black History Month context entry on or before Feb. 15 for the “Heart of Black History Contest”.  First, second and third place winners from each division will present their submission at the luncheon.  For more information or to RSVP call (702) 229-6125.
  • ** Wednesday Feb. 13 “A Night of Culture, Entertainment & Special Events” – Hosted by Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly in the Reynolds Grand Lobby at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
  • ** Friday & Saturday Feb. 15 & 16 “No Place to Be Somebody” – A dark comedy about a black bartender in New York City who attempts to outwit a white mobster syndicate at 7pm at the West Las Vegas Library at 2pm on Feb. 17.
  • ** Saturday Feb. 16 “Black History Month Festival” – Live music, dance performances, soul food, cultural art and gift items, historic Black Las Vegas photo exhibit, activities for kids including arts, crafts, carnivals games, face painting and more at the Springs Preserve.
  • ** Feb. 16 “Sankofa Conversations: Continuing the Journey” – Unique workshop consisting of book discussions and dialogue using the past to understand issues impacting the African American community for today and tomorrow.  Free and open to the public at the West Las Vegas Arts Center at 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.  For more information call (702) 229-ARTS or visit www.artslasvegas.org.
  • ** Saturday Feb. 16 “Family and Friends Paint Night” – The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada at 2pm.
  • ** Tuesday Feb. 19 “No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks” – Manual Cinema is featuring the live performance film company, comprised of Ivy League practitioners with professional credits at Disney and Pixar.  “No Blues Memories” will feature a screenplay by Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall and music by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods.  The first African American to be reflecting the civil rights activism of the 1960’s.  The production will be performed by Manual Cinema’s signature combination of shadow puppets, actors in silhouette and live music.  For more information visit www.artslavegas.org or call (702) 229-ARTS.
  • **Friday Feb. 22 – Sunday Feb. 24 18th Annual Taste & Sounds of Soul Festival – The Largest Black History Month Festival in Nevada!  Over 40 food vendors and cultural gift vendors offering goods.  Free to the public with on-going entertainment and the best tail-gate Deejays in Nevada @ The Boulevard Mall
  • ** Friday Feb. 22 – Sunday Feb. 24 Best Short Films – Century Suncoast & South Point at 7pm
  • ** Saturday Feb. 23 “Stepping Straight out of Africa into Las Vegas Gala 2019” – Arizona Charlies Decatur at 8pm
  • **Friday Feb. 23 Black History Month Mixed Media Contest – The City of Las Vegas is hosting a mixed media contest for local students.  Proposals can be submitted on or before 5pm PST Friday, Feb. 15.  First, second, and third place winners from each division will have an opportunity to present their submission at future events.  “The Heart of Black History Contest” Luncheon will be Feb. 23 at 2pm.  All participants of the contest will be recognized and the winners will be announce at the banquet.  For more information contact (702) 229-1515 or download entry form here: www.tinyurl.com/y7knjfzr
  • ** Saturday Feb. 23 “Historic Westside School” – Tour starts at 10am, however space is limited so registration is required.  West Washington Ave.
  •  ** Saturday Feb. 23 “Tour of Berkley Square” – Tour the first neighborhood in Nevada designed by acclaimed architect Paul R Williams specifically for African Americans at 2pm.  Admission is free.  Brochures for self-guided tour available at NPF office.
  • ** Saturday Feb. 23 “The Night of the Negro Spiritual” – Headliner Mr. E.C. Adams with local gospel choirs, spoken-word artists, leading community performers, monologue performances that give voice to the struggle of black people at West Las Vegas Library.
  • ** Saturday Feb. 23 “An American Story: Race Amity and the Other Tradition” – Hosted at Baha’is Las Vegas on West Oakey Blvd.  The documentary will be introduced by Martha Elliot with the National Center for Race Amity followed by a Q&A session and refreshments.  The event is free and open to the public.
  • ** Sunday Feb. 24 “Opera Las Vegas” – Honoring and celebrating the African American operatic legacy and the triumph enjoyed by beloved singers, conductors, and composers at 2pm at the West Las Vegas Library for free.
  • ** Thursday Feb. 24 Oscar Screenings –  BlacKKKlansman, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book,  A Star is Born and Vice will be playing at various theaters throughout the valley.
  • ** Thursday Feb. 28 Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings – The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada 6pm FREE