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February is Black History Month, and North Texas is full of fascinating places where you can connect with African American culture.
A 10-minute walk from Downtown Plano Station, at 12th Street and I Avenue, take in the spectacular, 75-foot-long mosaic Tracks of Our Past and Future. The imaginative tribute to the Douglass Community recognizes Plano's first black resident.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) continues its Cultural Awareness series with exuberant performances Feb. 14-16. Celebrate with DBDT as its phenomenal dancers move your spirit to the music of Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Duke Ellington and others. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer and choreographer Hope Boykin's world premiere weaves spoken word and movement on the stage of the Wyly Theatre, a six-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.
The African American Museum is the only institution of its kind in the Southwest, boasting one of the largest African American folk art collections in the country. Through March 1, donít miss The Kinsey Collection, which celebrates the artists, writers and activists of the Harlem Renaissance. The fine art and artifacts belong to Bernard Kinsey, who paved the way for greater equality in the workplace. This glimpse into another time is just a few steps from Fair Park Station.
Texas Black Academy of Arts and Letters commemorates Black History Month with Rhythm and Soul - Soul of a People. Featuring Atlanta Dance Connection, the performances showcase the splendor of modern African American dance. Catch the annual event Feb. 21-22 at the academy's Naomi Bruton Main Stage - near the corner of Akard and Canton streets in downtown Dallas. It's a five-minute walk from Convention Center Station.
The Irving Black Arts Council celebrates all month with its Black History Month Exhibition at the Irving Arts Center. The organization's popular yearly event features local artists, theatrical performances and the unveiling of the Black Heritage Postage Stamp. A special celebration will happen Feb. 23. Get to the Irving Arts Center by catching Bus Route 401 from North Lake College Station.