February is Black History Month, and with it comes many different events and programming all around the country, as well as right here in our own backyard. One of the biggest, if not the biggest celebration all month long will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Crocker Art Museum (216 O St.) when they host the Black History Month Celebration Family Festival. The event is free and runs from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and will feature a plethora of performances, hands-on experiences, mini-talks, film shorts and more. Performers and participants include Thrive Choir, The BlyueRose Dance Project, Julian Dixon and his Tuba Time Tunnel, storyteller Diane Ferlatte, author Dr. Halifu Osumare, playwright Ginger Rutland and a special presentation of Deborah Pittman’s Small Shoulders/Big Dreams II. Peruse through goods at the The Black and Beautiful Artisans Marketplace, experience Sacramento Regional Transit’s “Rosa Parks Bus,” and see a Nappy Hair Live Exhibition curated by Sacred Crowns Hair Salon. For more info, check out Crockerart.org or call (916) 808-7000.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 8 of issue #284 (Jan. 30 – Feb. 13, 2019)**