A roundup of Black History Month events in Pittsburgh

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Whether you’re looking to celebrate with music, a history lecture, or indulge in food, there’s something for you during Black History Month in Pittsburgh. These events will take place across the city, so you won’t run out of options.

Pan African Association of Graduate and Professional Students Skate Night Social

PANAF GPSA in Pitt will be hosting an evening of roller skating at the Neville Roller Dome in Neville Township on Friday from 5-7 p.m., in honor of Black History Month. The event will last two hours and includes drinks, pizza, skates and music. More so, this skate party is 90s themed, so you can have fun and dress up when you step out in 90s gear.

The event is free, but you must register first.

From Slavery to Freedom” at the Heinz History Center

The Senator John Heinz History Center, located downtown, is an affiliated institute of the Smithsonian of Pittsburgh that offers year-round exhibits of all kinds, primarily focused on the history of Pittsburgh. The Heinz History Center presents this month its exhibit “From Slavery to Freedom,” which is presented by BNY Mellon.

The exhibit covers African American history on the continent, from slavery to abolition to the modern civil rights movement. This is an interactive exhibit that reconstructs some of these historical settings, while showcasing various African and African American artifacts from the era. Student tickets are $9 with valid ID.

August Wilson African American Cultural Center

The legacy of famed Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson is commemorated at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, located downtown. Throughout Black History Month, they will be hosting various events in the spirit of the late playwright’s legacy.

These events cover black artists from all mediums, from music to poetry. “The Vinyl Report” on February 17 at 7 p.m. will spotlight one of Pittsburgh Jazz’s drumming masters, Beaver Harris. There will be a reading of the works of poet Danny Simmons on February 22 at 7 p.m. Or on February 23, you can see Grammy-winning singer and actress Stephanie Mills. Ticket prices for each event vary but must be purchased in advance online.

Heart & Soul live music and wine tasting

Wine isn’t always a way to relax, and during this Black History Month “Heart & Soul Live Music and Wine Tasting” event, you can head to Hazelwood to enjoy drinks and music . Located at “The Wood House”, a historic pub, this event will take place on February 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The wine tasting will take place first at 5:45 p.m. The wine featured will be sourced exclusively from black entrepreneurs from across the country and will be accompanied by a light snack. And as the night goes on, enjoy the music from the local music duo Byron Nash and Jacqueua Mae.

The event is free, but you must register first.

Black Excellence Day

Closing out Black History Month with a celebration here in Pitt is the Black Excellence Bash. This event serves as a conclusion to the K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Programming at Pitt. The party will take place on February 25 and will take place virtually from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

It will also include an awards ceremony honoring members of the community who have made contributions to the “health and wellness” sector. To end the evening on a more cultural note, the Bash announces the winner of this year’s Black Pitt Royal Crown Pageant in partnership with the Black Action Society.

Registration information is to be determined.

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