Black Excellence Celebrated in Broward Throughout February

Get Connected to These Resources and Show Your Support for Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated each year during February, and it is an opportunity for all Americans to learn details of our nation’s history that too often are neglected. It’s incredibly important to set aside a month for learning about and spotlighting the rich and varied achievements Black trailblazers and innovators have accomplished in our country.

How can you get active in Black History Month? Immediate examples are:

  • visiting museums or exhibits
  • going to your local library, which is overflowing with amazing works of Black literature, history, and biography
  • contacting your local municipality to ask what events or commemorations it has planned for Black History Month (and usually these events are free)

United Way of Broward County always promotes well-being in our community, and we’re here to help you connect to the extensive activities, events and resources available during Black History Month.

Do you know about African-American Research Library and Cultural Center on Sistrunk Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale? This 60,000-square-foot treasure contains more Black history books written by Black individuals than any other facility in the entire U.S.

One of its many spectacular resources is its interactive map titled Threads, which showcases the rich Black history throughout Broward County. A Broward County Transit GIS analyst created this interactive map in which you can click on each location to learn more about our community’s unique history and then view nearby bus stops and routes that provide service to each site. The historical landmarks include schools, places of worship, social establishments and homes owned/established by prominent Black pioneers who significantly contributed to Broward County since the early 1900s.

For Broward’s celebratory events in 2024, we compiled some of the many ways you can participate in and celebrate Black History Month, and we hope you enjoy the wide range of history, music, art, food, opportunities to form community bonds and more!

February 4, 11, 18, 25
Soulful Sundays
6 pm to 8 pm
Cost: $5
Pompano Beach Cultural Center
50 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

February 1
Sunny Days/Starry Nights with A Spotlight on Color Field Artist Sam Gilliam
11 am to 7 pm
Free and materials are provided for interactive techniques
NSU Art Museum
One East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

February 1
Take N Make Black History Month Activities for Kids
10 am to 6 pm, recommended for kids ages 6 and older
Carver Ranches Library
4735 SW 18th St., West Park, FL 33023

February 3
Urban League Open House and Fun Day
10 am to 2 pm
Free, registration required
560 NW 27th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

February 3
Story Time for Kids
12:15 pm
Blanche Ely House Museum
1500 NW 6th Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

February 9
Soul Fest
6 pm to 10 pm
Jaco Pastorius Park
4000 N. Dixie Hwy., Oakland Park, FL 33334

February 10
Collier City Trail Blazers Exhibit
1 pm
McNair Park
951 NW 27th Ave, Pompano Beach, FL 33069

February 15
Jazz Reflections Concert Featuring Nicole Yarling
7:30 pm
Pompano Beach Cultural Center
50 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

February 16
Black History Month: A Celebration of Our Black Judges
Presented by the 17th Judicial Circuit and Broward County Bar Association
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Free, and parking will be validated
Broward County Central Courthouse, Jack B. Tuter Ceremonial Courtroom 17150
201 SE 6th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

February 17
Black Excellence Parade and Festival
8:30 am to 3 pm
Free, registration required
Vincent Torres Memorial Park
43331 NW 36th St., Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319

February 18
Praise on the Green Gospel Extravaganza
3 pm to 10 pm
Free, registration required
Shirley Branca Park
6900 Miramar Pkwy., Miramar, FL 33023

February 23
Black History Month Family Friday Night Fish Fry
6 pm
Annie Adderly Gillis Park
601 Martin Luther King Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33069

February 24
Freedom Reads: A Banned Book Presentation
Ali Cultural Arts Center
353 Martin Luther King Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

February 25
Black History Month Craft Brunch
Noon to 5 pm
Ali Cultural Arts Center
353 Martin Luther King Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

February 29
Montage: A Film Series Featuring Carmen and Geoffrey
2 pm
Ali Cultural Arts Center
353 Martin Luther King Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

As part of our United Way’s mission to fight for the Health, Education and Financial Prosperity of every resident in Broward County, we honor and celebrate Black history 365 days per year. We create programs supporting and advancing equal access to employment, education, healthcare and housing because we unequivocally believe in a society where ALL can live, work and play free of injustice and discrimination.

By fully embracing inclusion and diversity, together we have the collective power to solve the most acute problems impacting Broward County. Join us by: