As a city with rich ties to the Civil Rights Movement, Birmingham is not short of places to visit or events to commemorate the role African American leaders have played in U.S. history. Keep reading for ways to celebrate this legacy in the Magic City.

Visit these Birmingham Landmarks

Learn about Birmingham’s role in the Civil Rights Movement at these historic landmarks around the Magic City—dive in and learn about the oppression and victories of African Americans.

Events to Celebrate Black History Month

1. A Celebration of Black History | Alabama Symphony Orchestra

As the opening of Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s “Momentum Symposium for Future Music Professionals,” the Celebration of Black History program will include a narration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail and Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.

Plus, there will be food trucks on site after the show.

2. Birmingham Black Male Summit

This conference is for Black men and community partners while simultaneously catering to middle and high school students.

It’s a chance to be part of an influential experience that will help shape the lives of the Greater Birmingham communities during Black History Month—expect breakout sessions, group conversations and fellowship.

3. African Necklace Making | Titusville Library

Grab the kiddos, put your creativity hat on and head to Titusville Library to make African necklaces.

4. Fairfield Black Art Collective Roots and Renaissance-Themed Gallery | Miles College

Miles College has curated an on-campus Black Art gallery installation after the success of last year’s inaugural show.

Titled “Roots and Renaissance: An African American Journey Through Art,” this gallery explores the journey of African American heritage and allows visitors to witness the creativity and power of people who faced hardships with grace and strength. Plus, you’ll find work made by artists reigning from Fairfield, Birmingham and surrounding areas.

5. A.G. Gaston Conference

The A.G. Gaston Conference is back for its 20th year! This annual conference is dedicated to connecting business owners and community leaders who believe in African American empowerment. Expect a top-notch lineup of speakers (George Fraser, Natalie Cofield and Mel Gravely) discussing how to inspire the next generation.

6. 44th annual Heritage Festival

Anniston Museums and Gardens is hosting the 44th annual Heritage Festival: Words that Lift the Soul.

This unique celebration of Black History is made complete with an Oration Competition for youth, a performance by K.B. Solomon, local vendors and a tour of the Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum.

7. Black History Month Pop-Up Line Dance Class

Where else can you have an afternoon full of dance, and get a complimentary glass of wine? Join Tanneka Coleman in a Black History Month-inspired pop-up line dance class.

8. Pure Black Essence: 8th Annual Black History Month Gala

Join this annual, highly anticipated celebration of Black history and culture. The attire is semi-formal: pearl white, white, silver or black. Come dressed to impress, stay for new friends and dance the night away at Birmingham-Southern College.

Original story written by Callie Morrison, edited by Callie Puryear, and published at

Photo credit: Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau