By Vyllorya Evans

The DC Black History Celebration Committee (DCBHCC) will mark Black History Month 2024 with the theme Black Artist as Activist. The public is invited to join the kickoff event on Saturday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m. at Westminster Church, 400 I Street SW. 

The keynote speaker for the event is Tom Porter, Former Executive Director of Martin L. King Center. The program will include recognition of Sharon Scott, Karan Cornish-Adebiyi, Rev. Tony Montley, Nana Malaya Rucker, Brenda Sayles, Susan Woodard, Robert Vanzant, and remarks from Dr. Frank Smith, Director and Founder African American Civil War Museum. DC Councilmembers are also invited to make remarks.

In addition, a 2024 Black History Month Activity Guide will be available in February on DCBHCC is honored to offer a guide to events for the DMV for Black History Month. Also, the 47th edition of the Black Seeds Historical and Educational Calendar will be available during the kickoff. 

Chuck Hicks is the Founder and Director of the DCBHCC which recognizes and celebrates the contributions of the African American community in art, literature, politics, and education throughout the year. Hicks stated, “that Black History is important because it’s not just for African Americans, it’s for everyone. In spite of oppression, continue to resist.”

For more information on the DCBHCC Kick-Off email:

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