Here’s where to celebrate Black History Month in metro Atlanta

Lance Wheeler, Director of Exhibitions at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights museum in Atlanta, places pieces for the new exhibit "Now Is the Time: Remembering the Legacy of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," on Thursday, 11, 2023. The show will open today ahead of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebrations. Miguel Martinez /

Celebrate Black History Month in Atlanta, a city that honors and showcases the contributions of Black history and culture year-round. In February, the city comes even more alive with exciting events, music, and activities honoring its African American community and civil rights leaders.

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From a visit to the King Center to supporting a Black-owned business, don’t miss out on these must-visit local attractions, events, and tours for a mix of education and inspiration.

Learn about the legacy of famous civil rights leaders at these museums

Step back in time and discover the impactful civil rights leaders, game-changers, and influential figures of Atlanta! Celebrate their legacy and learn about their mark on the city and nation by visiting these historical hotspots.

  • APEX Museum: Step back in time at the APEX Museum, Atlanta’s oldest Black History Museum! With diverse exhibits that change every quarter, you’ll never run out of reasons to visit.
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights: Get ready to have a blast while learning and celebrating Black History Month at The Center.
  • National College Football Hall of Fame: Get ready for a touchdown celebration of Black History Month at the National College Football Hall of Fame! Don’t miss the special display dedicated to the legendary coach, Eddie Robinson. Score big with a BOGO ticket offer for students at historically Black colleges and universities.
  • Hammonds House Museum: This museum is a treasure trove of fine art created by talented artists of African descent. With a permanent collection boasting over 350 pieces, dating back to the mid-19th century, you’ll be able to admire works by artists from America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Don’t miss this opportunity to step into history, located at 503 Peeples St SW.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. historic sites: Indoor tours of the MLK Visitor Center and Birth Home have resumed with COVID-19 safety measures in place. Visit Rev. and Mrs. King’s tomb with its eternal flame and the MLK World Peace Rose Garden. More sites and information can be found at
  • High Museum of Art: Catch Deana Lawson’s photography (through Feb. 19) which examines and subverts traditional Black identity/body depictions. Her work blends family albums, studio portraits, staged tableaux, documentaries, and appropriated images.

View new Black History Month murals in Dunwoody

Check out the art explosion at Brook Run Park! From Feb. 1 - 28, stunning new murals will be on display for your viewing pleasure. Artists include Chiomma Hall, LeMarques McClide, and Brea Te’Ann.

Support Black-owned businesses

Atlanta boasts numerous renowned Black-owned restaurants, shops, and pop-ups. During Black History Month, take the opportunity to visit one or more. Our top picks include:

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  • Atlanta Black Expo: On Saturday, Feb. 11, listen to inspiring speakers, do some shopping, enjoy delicious food and drinks, participate in fun family activities, inspire the kids, and enjoy so much more at the Atlanta Black Expo.
  • The Village Retail: This retail shop showcases products from Black business owners, including jewelry, clothing, home decor, accessories, and wellness items.
  • For Keeps Books: Located on the bustling Auburn Ave, this book nirvana offers the rarest and most classic books from Black authors around.

Have fun at these events and festivals

  • Roswell Roots: Immerse yourself in a month-long tribute to Black history and culture, through a series of programs, events, and activities designed to raise awareness and bring the community together. Get ready to discover, learn, and have fun!
  • Gwinnett’s Black Heritage Night: Be entertained with cultural performances, tantalize your taste buds with soulful food, feast your eyes on beautiful exhibits, and so much more! Grab your free ticket now on Eventbrite.
  • Blackout Market and Open Mic Night: A free and vibrant tribute to culture, creativity, and commerce. With amazing local talent and Black-owned businesses taking center stage, and delicious food to enjoy, this Gwinnett event is a must-attend for Black History Month!

Attend a service at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Every Sunday, Ebenezer Baptist Church opens its doors to guests near and far! With an open-door policy that embraces everyone, it’s a weekly gathering where visitors from all walks of life come together to celebrate. A virtual service is also available.

Get in on the fun with free activities at Dekalb Public Libraries

Celebrate the rich and vibrant heritage of Black history with a jam-packed month of FREE events at select libraries in Dekalb County! Get ready for a fun-filled adventure with activities like dance performances, a scavenger hunt, movie screenings and more.

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