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Black History Month Events: 2021

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Black History Month Events | Teachers & Students | Social Media

We celebrated Black History Month with an array of digital programs. These events put a spotlight on the music of the Civil Rights Movement as well as modern day struggles for equality, the cultural enlightenment of the Harlem Renaissance, and offered experiences for all ages with a “Hip Hop Recess” that moves the body while offering morsels of history about Hip Hop, the dynamic dance form from the 1970’s.

Black History Month Events

Philadanco

Strange Fruit
PHILADANCO!, Kimmel Cultural Campus Resident Company
Streaming FREE on demand starting FEB 1

Strange Fruit is an excerpt from New Fruit, a ballet choreographed by Christopher Huggins, which gives audiences a glimpse into the unchanged landscape of the cycle of sanctioned violence on Black/Brown bodies in America. For more information, click here.

Hip Hop Fundamentals

Hip Hop Fundamentals
Streaming FREE on demand starting FEB 1
This digital program is supported by PNC Arts Alive.

An interactive, virtual performance by Philadelphia dance troupe Hip Hop Fundamentals, passionately driven to inspire audiences of all ages! For more information, click here.

Save the Boys
Opera Philadelphia, Kimmel Cultural Campus Resident Company
FRI, FEB 12 - MAY 31
World Premiere

Opera Philadelphia Composer in Residence and MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey premieres a new work on the Opera Philadelphia Channel inspired by Save the Boys, an 1887 poem by abolitionist, writer and Black women’s rights activist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911). For more information, click here.

Cycles of My Being
Opera Philadelphia, Kimmel Cultural Campus Resident Company
Streaming now through MAY 31

With music by Composer in Residence and MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey, and lyrics by MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes, and vocals by superstar tenor Lawrence Brownlee, Cycles of My Being is a timely song cycle exploring the realities of life as a Black man in America today. For more information, click here.

Teachers and Students

Jazz4Freedom

Jazz4Freedom
Streaming FREE on demand for teachers and classes through February

Typically, welcoming thousands of 4th graders for in-person field trips starting the week of MLK day, and taking place throughout the month of February, the Kimmel’s signature Jazz4Freedom program will now be the first virtual field trip released in the four-part monthly series. In February’s program, students will learn about The Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Movement, and modern-day social heroes while “travelling” to a place and time where African American artistic expression flourished, leaving an indelible impact on American culture and the world.  For more information, click here.

Social Media

Wynton Marsalis plays the trumpetFollow our social media channels to read inspirational quotes from African American artists and cultural leaders as part of our Black History Month celebration.

Spotify Black HIstory Month PlaylistBe sure to check out our Kimmel curated Black History Month Playlist on our Spotify channel celebrating generations of African American artists and musicians.  

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