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Best Places to Celebrate BLACK History

As we all know, there is an enormous controversy taking place right now, and many people are filled with rage, anguish, distress, grief, and an overabundance of responses that have developed due to current circumstances. Many lives were lost over the years, may it be during the Civil Rights era with historical figures like Martin Luther King, Jr or George Floyd from more recent times, these lives should not have died in vain. The phrase ‘Black Lives Matters’ associates with racism, minoritism, separatism, or many other -isms’, and thousands of people protested from the USA, UK and all across the globe, within the ‘Black lives matter’ movement, lining the streets for racial equality and to pay tribute to the people who lost their lives. We should open our minds to be part of this movement, and never stop supporting this cause as it’s far from over. The perfect start to that is to learn the beauty of the black culture and endure their rich history, and there is no better way to experience this in the best places to celebrate BLACK history in the USA.

What are the Best Places to Celebrate BLACK history and culture? 

Many people in the USA and around the globe are encouraged to marvel on monuments, tour museums, and historical sites, that’s dedicated to the contributions and tributes of Blacks, from war service, slavery and cultural significance. These foundations promote knowledge while praising the lives of Black Americans. Consider making a trip to the best places to celebrate black history where you can learn about African American heritage in the USA.

National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Introduced in November 2016, the Smithsonian museum in Washington is an exclusive national museum dedicated exclusively to African-American life, history, and culture, and is a wonderful place to celebrate black history. Articles on exhibition include Chuck Berry’s Cadillac, Harriet Tubman’s prayer shawl, and protest signs from the Black Lives Matter movement. It also showcases narratives and points of the rest of the museum, to give visitors a taste of traditional meals from the diaspora at the Sweet Home Cafe. 

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and The Museum of Mississippi History

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These museums endeavours a significant look at the state’s interesting history, especially during the time of Jim Crow exclusion laws in the 20th century. The Civil Rights Museum, in particular, shows how Mississippi frequently served as a prime organizing ground for the movement. Rallies such as the ‘Freedom Rides’, ‘Black Lives Matter’ and other forms of revolution against discrimination often started in Mississippi, making this one of the best places to celebrate black history.

African Meeting House

The African meeting house was a place of worship and was built in the early 1800s, situated in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighbourhood, is one of the oldest historically Black churches in the country, and an ideal place to place to celebrate black history. The meeting house served as a church, school, and meeting place where members of the Black community in Boston held gatherings during the abolition of slavery movement in the 19th century.

Suggested Read: Boston Travel Guide

Historic Flatbush by the Municipal Arts Society

Get to know one of most historic black neighbourhoods, in Brooklyn Flatbush. A significant place where one can celebrate black history with art at the Municipal Art Society of New York. Traversing the transformation of the area from rustic to a “concrete jungle.” 

Beale Street Historic District

This neighbourhood in Memphis is the birthplace for some of the most enjoyable jazz, blues, and R&B music. Great musicians such as Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, and Muddy Waters played at famous clubs.

Harrison House

This place is a wonderful place to celebrate black history. Harrison House, was built in 1942, was one of many boarding houses that Sammy Davis Jr, Pearl Bailey, Nat King Cole, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson and other black entertainers were hosted and worked in Las Vegas casinos.

Museum of the African Diaspora 

The Museum of the African Diaspora is located in San Francisco Bay area and plays an essential role in the local arts community. The museum is placed as one of the few museums in the world centred solely on African Diaspora culture and on conferring the deep cultural heritage of the African people and descendants around the world.

Harriet Tubman Historical Park

Harriet Tubman was a slave who became a leader of the ‘Underground Railroad’, and one of the most iconic women in history. The land encircling her home in upstate New York was named a national park in 2017, securing its legacy. What makes her special is that she would go back many times after escaping slavery to help other slaves gain freedom, showing us that this is one of the best places to celebrate black history.

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