Things to Do in February

I am not by nature a let’s-drive-somewhere-we-haven’t-been-and-sit-with-strangers-while-we-experience-something-new person and so I am very glad for the excellent virtual programming museums and other institutions are offering. In keeping with my 2021 goals, February is very much about Black history and food culture.

Tuesday, February 2
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America
You may have heard terms like “food desert” and “food apartheid,” but do you ever wonder why there are so many fast food outlets in communities of color? In a lecture about her recent book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, Marcia Chatelain examines the history of how McDonald’s pivoted from a mostly suburban brand to one that became a fixture in inner-city communities. Beginning with the fight for civil rights and continuing to the present, Dr. Chatelain looks at the complicated relationship among seemingly disparate forces: the federal government, leaders of the freedom struggle, and a fast-food giant.

Tuesday, February 2
Historically Speaking: Four Hundred Souls – A Conversation with Ibram Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
Renowned scholars Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire have assembled 90 extraordinary writers to document the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present … An extraordinary, moderated discussion featuring editors Kendi and Blain will focus on historic eras such as Slavery, Reconstruction, Segregation, and their sustained impact on the United States.

Saturday, February 6
From the Continent to the Americas: Foodways, Culture and Tradition
This event will feature a panel of authors, chefs and historians who will share their work and discuss the important role that food has played in Black family life throughout the diaspora. Panelists include: Gina Paige, CEO and Founder of African Ancestry; Carla Hall, author and celebrity chef; Stephanie Evans, scholar and author, Georgia State University; and Daphne Maxwell Reid, actor (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) and author of “Grace, Soul and Mother Wit”

Sunday, February 7
Black History Month Dinner Series- Fried Tilapia and Sautéed Cabbage
Celebrate Black History Month with Addie from Seward Coop for Sunday dinner. Learn how to make delicious fried tilapia with coconut oil and sautéed cabbage.

Saturday, February 13
Colonial Chocolate in the Atlantic World
Dr. Leni Sorenson will discuss the history of chocolate in colonial America, and provide a colonial chocolate making cooking demonstration in Stratford’s 18th century [plantation] kitchen.

Saturday, February 16
Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & AbolitionLaunch event for a new historical anthology from transatlantic slavery to the Reconstruction curated by the Schomburg Center. Edited by Dr. Michelle Commander, curator and associate director of the Lapidus Center, with a foreword by then Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young, the anthology weaves together well- and lesser-known documents by abolitionists and highlights materials from Arturo Schomburg’s seed collection.

Sunday, February 21
Black History Month Dinner Series- Stewed Okra & Tomatoes with Bacon

Monday, February 22
Mother Tongue: The Philosophy of Malcolm X
Each year, the Schomburg Centers celebrates the life of Malcolm X during Black History Month … This year, our virtual program will feature a conversation and presentation by Anna Malaika Tubbs, author of The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation and Dr. Michael Sawyer, author of Black Minded: The Political Philosophy of Malcolm X.

Tuesday, February 23
Nourish 101: African Vegan Cooking- Ugandan Rice

Wednesday, February 24
Celebrating What Unites Us! African Heritage Cuisine
African Heritage recipes you can make at home. Featuring Toni Tipton-Martin, community activist, culinary journalist, two-time James Beard Award winning cookbook author, and editor and chief of Cooks Country.

I swear I was not hungry when I compiled this list.