Celebrate Black History Month with Us

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February is Black History Month and if you’re planning a trip to Washington, there are plenty of ways to celebrate. Some are special events while others are available all year long.

The National Archives is celebrating Black History month with special programs and document displays including a special display of the Emancipation Proclamation and a conversation with Henry Louis Gates.

Navy Memorial will be offering events highlighting African-American sailors through history, including the crew of the E.S. Newman, the only all-black lifesaving crew in American History; and screenings of “The Odyssey of Captain Healy.”

Visit the house of Frederick Douglass, now a National Park and historic site, to celebrate his birthday on February 14th.

No trip to Washington is complete without visiting U Street, NW. Once known as Black Broadway hosting the likes of Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey and Sarah Vaughn; U Street fell on hard times and is now experiencing a revival. You can find Duke Ellington’s birthplace in Shaw. Head to 13th & U Streets and follow the African American Heritage Trail – a self-guided walking tour of the area. Be sure to stop in some of the restaurants and shops including Ben’s Chili Bowl.

Near the same U Street Metro Station, you’ll find the African American Civil War Memorial – a celebration of the black soldiers that fought for freedom in the war.

If you need any suggestions for other activities, please visit the concierge. Unfortunately we can’t get you an invitation to the President’s concert with John Legend and Jennifer Hudson, but you can watch it on PBS or listen on NPR.

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