Celebrate Black History Month with MRP!

February 17, 2022 | Blog, Resources

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history originally established as a week-long celebration in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. MRP will be joining this historic celebration the entire month of February through various programming that includes weekly employee spotlights recognizing Black MRP employees for their excellence.

In addition, the company will also be viewing “Self Made,” a docuseries inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker, an African American washerwoman who rose from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire.

If you’re in the Philadelphia area, and wish to explore the Black History in our city, check out the programs below offered both virtually and around Philly. For more information follow this link for details on how to participate and make a difference this year:

February 11, 12 & 27, 2022
Black History Month at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
Germantown’s Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion celebrates Black History Month with a set of one-act plays written and directed by Shav’on Smith: Tea with Frederick Douglass and A Life in Three Dresses (February 11 and 12, 2022). Later in the month, a docent-led tour takes guests through the historic house and focuses on the stories of 19th-century Black intellectuals and artisans (February 27, 2022).
Where: Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street

February 15 & 24, 2022
Black History Month Virtual Tours from Mural Arts Philadelphia
(Virtually) travel through Center City Philadelphia to discover and learn more about public art representing iconic Black figures and social justice issues. A tour guide leads the “walk,” accompanied by special guests. (Love the tour? Book a private excursion to see it in person.)
Where: Virtually [https://www.muralarts.org/tours/]

All February 2022
Black History Month at the Betsy Ross House
Throughout the month, the pint-size home of the famed flag maker offers free programming on weekends that celebrates the contributions of Black Americans throughout history. On the first Saturday of the month, visitors can “meet” Francis Harper and hear first-hand accounts of the abolitionist’s life (February 5, 2022). Then, on subsequent Saturdays, Reverend Richard Allen talks about his journey from enslaved person to powerful religious leader and abolitionist (February 12, 19 and 26, 2022). On Sundays throughout the month, Once Upon A Nation’s award-winning storytellers share short, interactive and little-known tales about Black Americans through history (February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2022).
Where: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street

Black History Month from the Kimmel Center
A full season of in-person and online programming celebrating the heritage, culture and accomplishments of African Americans kicks off when soprano singer Angel Blue transports concertgoers to Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Samuel Barber’s dream-like depiction of the world through the eyes of a child (February 3, 2022). Music lovers can also groove to the sounds of MOTOWN! with a performance from the Philly POPS (February 18 to 20, 2022) and listen to jazz vocalist Laurin Talese perform songs from her upcoming release, Museum Of Living Stories (February 19, 2022). To feel inspired any time, plug in headphones and listen to the Kimmel Center’s Celebrating Black History Month playlist.
Where: Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street

Black History Month at the Penn Museum
In partnership with the National Marian Anderson Museum & Historical Society, the Penn Museum honors famed opera singer and Philadelphia native Marian Anderson during Black History Month. The Letters event features personal correspondence between Anderson and her husband, complete with accompanying music (February 13, 2022). Museumgoers can also view Anderson’s stunning merlot velvet gown in the Stories We Wear exhibition currently on view. Lastly, the Between the Lines virtual book club reads Marian Anderson’s 1956 autobiography (February 7, 21 and 28, 2022).
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

Black History Month at The African American Museum in Philadelphia
From the beginning of the month through the end, The African American Museum’s calendar is packed with musical performances, movies, readings, living history presentations and artistic activities in honor of Black History Month. Highlights include the Hip-Hop Jazz Musicology experience with Text Rich Ali (February 5, 2022), virtual film screenings, sets by Clef Club musicians (February 6, 13 and 20, 2022), living history performances featuring Revolutionary War hero Ned Hector (February 12 and 26, 2022), art activities inspired by architect Julian Francis Abele (February 12, 2022) and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman (February 26, 2022) and so much more.
Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street

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