CLEVELAND (WOIO) - February is Black History Month, and there’s plenty of free, virtual ways to learn about and celebrate Black history and culture.
Karamu House, the oldest African-American theater in the U.S., is hosting virtual events throughout the month.
In partnership with The Musical Theater Program, Karamu House is showing a multimedia concert of Shuffle Along, one of the first-ever Broadway productions written and performed by an all-Black cast. “The Impact of Shuffle Along” celebrates the musical’s 100 year anniversary with songs and rarely seen video clips.
You can watch the performance for free all month long on Karamu House’s website. You’ll have to create an account to watch.
Karamu House is also holding virtual live events every Friday as parts of its year-round In The Tradition program series.
Topics for February include a poetry workshop, an African Dance workshop and line dancing.
Karamu’s theaters remain closed because of the pandemic.
Playhouse Square is hosting a virtual performance of Stono by Step Afrika! from Feb. 1 through Feb. 14.
The 35 minute show originates from the story of 20 enslaved Africans who began an insurrection in 1739 on the banks of the Stono River in Africa. Waving flags and beating drums, the enslaved Africans marched south towards Spanish Florida, hoping for freedom.
The rebellion was eventually suppressed, and Africans lost their right to use their drums in the Negro Act of 1740. That’s when they started using their bodies as instruments instead. Stono celebrates that spirit of resistance and activism.
Tickets to Stono are free, but registration is required.
The Ohio Statehouse is partnering with the nonprofit We’ve Known Rivers to present free virtual events at noon every Tuesday in February.
The first event is Feb. 2 and is about the Tuskegee Airmen.
The City of Cleveland is centering its virtual Black History Month programs around the theme of “Strengthening Black Families Through the Quest for Equity and Equality.”
All events will be livestreamed on WebEx, and some will be broadcast live on the City of Cleveland’s Facebook page.