Black History Month 2024

The Railroad in Our Backyard:  A History of the Underground Railroad in Kennett Square

Friday 2/23/24 at 12:00 Noon
Hill Pavilion, Room 131
Food provided!!!
Zoom link (this is primarily for NBC faculty, staff, and students. If you are in Philly, we ask you please attend in person, even if you can’t stay for the whole hour):

Meeting ID: 947 8316 5875
Passcode: 412615

Unity in the Community, Black History Health Awareness Fair


Oh Freedom!  Black Gospel in the Civil Rights Movement

February 29, 2024

Smilow Auditorium

A Guide to Black History Month

Walking Tours, Showcases and Theater


Makuu, The Black Cultural Center at The University of Pennsylvania



Visit Makuu, The Black Cultural Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Black History

Black History Daily

Penn Today, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Are Civil Rights Enough

During the 23rd annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture in Social Justice, PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts addressed this question in a conversation with Marcia Chatelain of Africana studies.

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Black History Month 2024, A Call to Action. 

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As we kick off another February of Black Excellence and Joy, I must admit from the jump that I feel out-of-sorts. The world is quite complicated these days, with global conflicts, climate change, the ongoing minimization of diversity efforts, and another pending presidential election that feels simultaneously like the plot of a Star Wars trilogy and a Tubi flick that nobody’s watching. It’s wild out here. And if the present wasn’t bad enough, I’m now also listening to Michael Harriot’s Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America on my morning commutes. I highly recommend it (Michael does too!), but it certainly can put a dampener on your day, depending on the topic (today was the organized terror known as lynching, which occurred in the thousands for all kinds of reasons including keeping Black people away from the polls, retaliation for Black Excellence, and a basic denial of Black peoples’ rights to exist).

So, in a nutshell, I’ve been asking myself maybe more often that I normally do, “what do we do with all of this?”

It feels like there’s more at stake this time. And while we have the capacity to do more, to leverage our resources and opportunities for a far greater good than the simple incremental gains we’re often led to believe are so far off, I fear that we don’t have the will, nor the attention span, to actually get it done. I’m naming this not to put my pessimistic foot forward, but to make it plain, and hopefully sound whatever alarm makes the most sense to you and bring forth action. (This is also a foreshadowing for my future piece on how what we’re now calling “AI” will probably figure out that we are our own worst enemy, and the planet’s too, if it hasn’t already).

What stuck with me today from Harriot’s book was the idea that even in the aftermath of mass lynchings and other terroristic scare tactics, Black people organized and persevered. What has not been done to us? What have we not had to overcome? And yet, here we are. Still dreaming eternal dreams.

My hope is that the students I get the privilege to work with — on campus, in the classroom, and through TEJP and Higher Learning — stay inspired to go beyond society’s expectations and create new possibilities for us to be enriched in the many ways that enrichment can happen. We deserve that. But we can’t wait on it. We have to take it. That’s what history has shown me thus far, and what the world reminds me daily. This Black History Month — all 29 days of it — learn something new, reflect on past lessons, connect with people, and commit to making the kind of history that can save us all.

Brian Peterson

CNN Opinion

Why I'm going to keep teach truth about racism in America.

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Penn Arts & Sciences:  Africana Studies

Contemporary Black Excellence in Leadership Workshop, February 2nd Session at 4:00. 

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A Milestone Achievement: Celebrating the Successful Induction Ceremony of UPenn's National Society of Black Women in Medicine


In a recent and remarkable gathering, the University of Pennsylvania's chapter of The National Society of Black Women in Medicine celebrated a significant milestone – the successful induction of their 2024-2025 class. As we reflect on this event, it's evident that it was not only a ceremony but a vibrant testament to the strides being made in diversifying the medical field.

The event was a spectacular success, marked by a stunning display of unity and ambition. The attendees embraced the recommended black and pink dress code, creating an atmosphere filled with elegance and style. The mood board, provided earlier, inspired a beautiful array of outfits that perfectly captured the spirit of the occasion.

One of the highlights of the ceremony was the inspiring keynote address delivered by Dr. Claudette Nnemdi Gbemudu-Jatto, an Internal Medicine Clinician at Matto Internal Medicine and Wellness. Her words resonated deeply with the audience, offering both wisdom and motivation. Dr. Gbemudu-Jatto's journey and achievements served as a powerful example for the new inductees, illustrating the possibilities that await them in their medical careers.

The induction of the new class was the heart of the ceremony. Each inductee was welcomed with enthusiasm and support, marking the beginning of their journey in this esteemed organization. The sense of community and shared purpose was palpable as these talented young women stepped into their roles, ready to make their mark in medicine. As we look back at this event, it's clear that the UPenn chapter of The National Society of Black Women in Medicine is not just about celebrating milestones but also about creating a platform for continuous growth and representation in medicine. This successful induction ceremony was a step towards a future where diversity in healthcare is not just an aspiration but a reality.

The success of this event is a beacon of hope and inspiration, not just for the members of the society but for the entire UPenn community and beyond. It's a vivid reminder of the power of unity, determination, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. We eagerly anticipate the] remarkable contributions these new inductees will make to the medical field and look forward to the continued success of The National Society of Black Women in Medicine at UPenn.

Penn Today, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The times and life of W.E.B. Du Bois at Penn

In 1896, Du Bois was appointed an assistant instructor at Penn and began his investigation of the Seventh Ward of Philadelphia—research that he would turn into his groundbreaking work, “The Philadelphia Negro.”

Campus Philly

10 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Philly

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Bring a Group of Friends to The Colored Girls Museum

The What: The Colored Girls Museum is a memoir museum which honors the stories, experiences, and history of ordinary Colored Girls. The museum is headquartered in the historic neighborhood of Germantown. It is equal parts research facility, exhibition space, gathering place, and think tank for the African Diaspora.

The Where: 4613 Newhall Street

The When: Tours are made by appointment for groups of 10 or more

The Deal: $10 for students


The What:  Grab a group of four of your friends for a virtual Black History Month trivia game. The Black History Month Trivia Challenge is a fundraiser dedicated to celebrating contributions from members of the African Diaspora to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! Think you know your history? The winning team will take home a trophy and the title as the Black History Challenge winners to carry into next year’s event!

The Where: Virtual

The When: February 27 from 2-4pm

The Deal: $20 per team

Catch a Performance with the Kimmel Cultural Campus

The What: Join The Kimmel in celebrating the accomplishments, heritage, and artistic contributions of Black artists in the world of performing arts with a variety of performances and shows throughout the month of February and beyond! Performances include Opera Philadelphia: Save the Boys, Dancin’ In The Streets: The Music of MOTOWN, and more.

The Where: Locations vary on the Kimmel Cultural Campus

The When: View the full schedule here.

The Deal: Prices vary

African American Museum of Philadelphia:

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New BHM 2024 Main Graphic

General Admission

Thursday February 1st 10:00am - Sunday March 3rd 5:00pm

WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU! Thank you for choosing to purchase your ticket online prior to your visit with us. Museums are special places for us to learn about important objects, events, and ideas. Here ...

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Black History Month Lecture with Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries

Thursday February 8th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Free to General Public with registration Complimentary Admission in partnership with TD Bank In honor of the Black History theme, notable scholar Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries will address the legacy of Af ...


New Hidden In Plain Site

Hidden in Plain Sight: Afro-Indigenous Influence on Arts & Culture

Saturday February 17th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Included with General Admission Free for AAMP Members! Leaning into the theme of African Americans and the Arts, the Museum is deep-diving into the under-told origins of staple African American artist ...


New Unearthing Our Layers

Black History Month Creative Writing Workshop with Lyrispect- “ Unearthing Our Layers”

Sunday February 18th 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Included with General Admission Free for AAMP Members! Our Director of Programming, Nina “Lyrispect” Ball will lead participants through a 90-minute immersive workshop that explores creative expressio ...


New Black History Heroes

Black History Heroes Day

Sunday February 25th 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Included with General Admission Free for AAMP Members! Stand tall and proud to celebrate Black History Month with AAMP's first youth costume party. On Sunday, February 18th, AAMP invites our youngest


New Space Race

Space Race Film Screening and Talkback

Thursday February 29th 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Included with General Admission Free for AAMP Members! THE SPACE RACE weaves together the stories of Black astronauts seeking to break the bonds of social injustice to reach for the stars, including G ...


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Museum of the American Revolution

The What: Explore the stories of unsung Revolutionaries at the Museum of American Revolution this month. Their full lineup includes activations in the Museum’s galleries, special exhibitions and events, and daily programming! They have something for everyone, including a “Meet James Forten” performance and panel discussion, forums, Read the Revolution Speaker Series, pop-up gallery talks, and so much more!

The Where: Virtual and in-person events available (101 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106)

The When: Dates and times vary—view the full schedule here.

The Deal: Prices vary

Smith Memorial Playground

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At Smith Memorial Playground, Philadelphians can celebrate Black History Month in Philadelphia with their new exhibit ‘Leaders and Legends of Philadelphia.’ A kickoff for the showcase will take place this Monday, Feb. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and this free, family-friendly event honors the contributions of local African American leaders across a wide range of fields, the release notes. 

The exhibit, which features educational displays focusing on each honoree’s life and achievements, will be on display until Feb. 29. As the release also notes ‘Leaders and Legends’ has been installed on Smith’s 6 ½ acre playground and is free to the public. Visits to the exhibit are welcome during Smith’s visiting hours, Tuesdays through Sundays between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Red Owl Tavern

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To commemorate this month, Red Owl Tavern will be serving up a special menu crafted collaboratively by Chefs Ron Hicks, Phillip Kizer, Morgan Revell, and Rasheen Young. The offerings will be at the venue throughout February and will feature dishes like pan-fried salmon cakes served with fries and cajun aioli, a milk chocolate parfait with peanut butter mousse, crushed pretzels and salted butter brittle, and a Southern chicken cassoulet boasting smoked chicken, black-eyed peas and braised collards.

As the release states, a portion of proceeds from these limited-time menus will benefit Farmer Jawn, a Black-woman-owned 128-acre working farm with a mission to educate and reintroduce farming into the lifestyles of urban people, in order to cultivate physical, social, and environmental health, while building a model that enables regenerative organic food production by and for underserved communities.

Museum of the American Revolution

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The Old City establishment will be honoring Black History Month in Philadelphia with a series of different events and activations. Highlights include First-Person Theatrical Performances where Philadelphians can meet Elizabeth Freeman, a Massachusetts woman who sued for her freedom from enslavement – and won, Gallery Highlight Tours that dive into Black voices of the Revolution, discovery carts, pop-up talks, take-home crafts and more.   A full list of events can be found online.


Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia

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This month, Hyatt will be featuring their Black History Month Showcase constructed by a mix of some of Philadelphia’s most talented Black artists, whose work has been curated by local art curator Ginger Rudolph featuring textiles, paintings, photography, illustrations, and sculptures.

To complement the exhibit, there will also be a “Hear the Makers” discussion panel on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. with Philadelphia Inquirer lifestyle reporter Elizabeth Wellington, plus Rudolph as well as featured artists Caff Adeus, Devon Harrison, Jillian M Rock, and Steven CW Taylor. More information can be found online.


Please Touch Museum

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Locals can head to the Please Touch Museum to celebrate Black History Month in Philadelphia this week for their First Wednesday activation. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Philadelphians can explore the venue with discounted tickets at $2 per visitor from 4 to 7 p.m. As the release notes, this month’s programming for the museum will also be geared towards celebrating Black history, with an interactive African dance performance by the Living Arts Dance Studio and a captivating show by music educator and entertainer Mister Boom Boom.

Free Library of Philadelphia

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In honor of Black History Month, Musicopia is partnering with the Free Library of Philadelphia to share a special edition of its popular Bucket Drumming program, a release notes. Dates for the program (Feb. 5, 14, 20 and 26) will take place at different libraries around the city (check online for exact locations.)

Geared towards children ages 5 to 12, this program will be led by Musicopia Teaching Artist Leon Jordan, Sr. and it will explore one of the most intuitive forms of music making: percussion. Genres explores during the workshop will include jazz, Caribbean, traditional classical, and current pop.

Constitution Center

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Throughout Black History Month, the Center recognizes extraordinary African Americans throughout the nation’s history. Celebrate Black History Month by viewing our exhibits featuring some of the many African Americans who transformed constitutional history—including Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, Robert Smalls, and Sojourner Truth—to better understand the long fight for freedom and equality.

Civic Stories: The Four Harriets of History Program

Throughout the Day, Grand Hall Lobby

Artifact Spotlight: Emancipation Proclamation

Throughout the Day, Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality

Artifact Spotlight: 54th Massachusetts Regiment

Throughout the Day, Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality

Artifact Spotlight: March on Washington Pennant

Throughout the Day, First Amendment Gallery

Artifact Spotlight: AKA Sorority Suffrage Letter

Throughout the Day, The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote

Freedom Fighters Story Corner

Offered weekends, Annenberg Lobby

Self-Guided African American Artifact Tour

Trading Stories Craft

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Grand Hall Lobby


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Roger Lee Dance Black History Celebration

Roger Lee believes that Black History Month should not only be a look back on African American history, but a celebration of what’s happening now. To do this he’s choreographed an interpretive performance inspired by the ways his dancers view and celebrate black history. Should be a powerful performance. February 6th-7th, 8pm, Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street.

23rd Annual African American Children’s Book Fair

Bring the kids and let them explore the aisles of books at the African American children’s book fair. The fair will also include appearances by authors and illustrators of some of the works within. February 7th, 11am – 3pm, Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden Street

And They Sang a Hymn

Hymns have been part of the African American church since the 1800s, but, inevitably, time has changed the way they were sung—until now. Hear the Drexel University Gospel Choir take it back to the way they were as they perform “gospelized” versions of beloved hymns, which accompaniment from the Drexel Jazztet. February 7th, 5pm-7pm, free, Mandell Theater, 3141 Chestnut Street.

Searching for the Life of Harriet Hemings

Learn all about Harriet Hemings, who is thought to be the child of Thomas Jefferson and his rumored African American love Sally Hemmings. This presentation, led by Catherine Kerrison of Villanova University, will take you through Harriet’s experience as a fugitive slave who eventually made her way to freedom in Philadelphia. February 8th, 2pm, Mercer Museum and Fronthill Castle, 84 South Pine Street, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

In honor of Black History Month, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will bring their infection, old-school soul sounds to the Kimmel Center. February 13th, 8pm, $45-$65, Kimmel Center for the performing arts, 300 South Broad Street.

Irvin Mayfleld performs with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra on TK.

Irvin Mayfleld performs with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra on February 17th. | Photo by Wikipedia Commons

Fat Tuesday Celebration: Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Kill two birds with one stone: Celebrate Fat Tuesday and Black History Month with a performance by Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. February 17th, 7:30, $29-$69, Kimmel Center for the performing arts, 300 South Broad Street.

Screening and Panel Discussion: Mr. Civil Rights

WHYY hosts an advanced screening of Mick Couette’s Mr. Civil Rights Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP. Stick around after the film for a panel discussion about Marshall’s legacy. The event is free but you must register to attend. February 18th, 5:30-8pm, WHYY, 150 North 6th Street.


Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela

As part of its African Roots series, the Annenberg Center welcomes South African freedom fighters and musical icons Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela. February 21st, 8pm, $30-70, Annenberg Center Live, 3680 Walnut Street.


Neil deGrasse Tyson will host an evening of discussion at TK on TK.

Neil deGrasse Tyson will host an evening of discussion at Kimmel Center on February 25th. | Photo by Wikipedia Commons


Botswana and the Art of the Kalahari

This exhibit will feature artists from Botswana at the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Gallery. There will be baskets, paintings, and prints to show traditional African work by contemporary artists. February 22nd – March 14th, 3pm-5pm, Free, Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne.


An Evening with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Award-winning astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson—and host of Fox’s Cosmos—will lead guests through a captivating discussion on all things space exploration and science. February 25th, 7:30pm, Kimmel Center for the performing arts, 300 South Broad Street.


Celebration of African Cultures

Soak in the culture of the African diaspora through an afternoon of drum and dance classes, storytelling, arts and crafts, food, and games at the Penn Museum. February 28th, 11am – 4pm, $10-$15, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street.

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Grand Opening of the Black Heritage Stamps Exhibit - Feb. 2

The Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York will kick off the grand opening of this limited-time exhibit this coming Friday. Local philatelist Thomas Nichols will lend his collection to the library from February 1-29 in the Martin Library’s atrium. Attendees will have the opportunity to discover more about the people featured on the stamps, as well as the chance to design a personal stamp on paper or digitally. The grand opening is free and open to all ages, and there will be puzzles and other activities for babies through Pre-K.

Appell Center for the Performing Arts- Black History Month Film Series - Feb. 4-23

Throughout February, the Appell Center, located at 50 N. George St. in York will hold a free movie screening to highlight different stories across Black history. In collaboration with four prominent York County community members curate a selection of films to showcase. The movies being featured, as well as the times and curators, are listed below. Each show will begin with short remarks from each curator about why it was chosen and the hopes of showing these films to the York community.

Feb 4 – Hidden Figures – selected by Helen Tafesse

Feb 9 – Queen and Slim – selected by Richard Craighead

Feb 18 – Selma – selected by Samantha Dorm

Feb 23 – A Man Called Adam – selected by Jeff Kirkland

Gamut Theatre: The Jackson Rooming House - Feb. 10-25

Written by Sharia Benn and J. Clark Nicholson, the Gamut Theatre, 15 North 4th Street, will showcase this production on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during February. The play focuses on the story of a group of youths who are trying to find the perfect “burger” and end up making their way to midtown Harrisburg. During their journey, they encounter people who start to tell them more about the stories surrounding the Jackson Rooming House, a Black-owned haven above Forster Street. As the group delves deeper into their journey they learn more about Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Lewis and several other black musicians and people who traveled through the area and stayed at the Jackson Rooming House. Tickets are “Pick Your Price” or choose a price for your budget. More information regarding show times and prices can be found in the link above.

At Your Service Cafe- A Night at Tiana’s Palace - Feb. 13

This fun-filled event hosted by the At Your Service Cafe, 5951 Raspberry Ln., in Harrisburg will offer Disney tunes, jazz music and a fun-themed night. The cafe will also offer fun activities for children attending. The event is set to run from 2-8 p.m. and more information about the cafe and their events can be found in the link above.

Wake Up America: An Evening with Dr. Keisha Blain, Ruth Richardson and Taifa Smith Butler - Feb. 15

The Midtown Book Scholar, 1302 North 3rd Street, in Harrisburg is hosting this event for a discussion and signing of Dr. Keisha Blain’s new anthology “Wake Up America: Black Women on the Future of Democracy, from 6-7 p.m. The event hopes to highlight the efforts of Dr. Blain, with a panel discussion including other renowned black scholars alongside Dickinson College professor Say Burgin. The event is free and open to the public, but they do ask if patrons want to take part in the signing to purchase their copy of Dr. Blain’s book, from The Midtown Book Scholar.

The Drunk Black History Show - Feb. 17

Hosted at the World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, in Philadelphia this comedy special is a fun way to learn more about the many pioneers in black history. This display of “drunk anecdotes” as described by the Cafe will highlight a few prominent black historical figures. The event will open its doors to the public at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. with comedian Gordon Baker-Bone as the show’s official host. Baker-Bone is a New Jersey native and has been featured on AXS TV’s Gotham Live and was voted one of Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People in 2016. The site does recommend that seating be reserved ahead of time and tickets are $20.

The Arts at Millersville: Shadows of the 60′s: A Tribute to Motown’s Super Groups - Feb. 24

Honoring the likes of music legends like The Supremes and Marvin Gaye, this tribute will showcase the music these groups and artists have made over the several decades of their careers. According to the Arts at Millersville site, the singers participating “were chosen for their embodiment of the spirit, style and excitement of the original artists in concert” to provide a similar experience to seeing these performers live. If you listen closely attendees will feel like they are “attending a live Motown concert.” Doors open at 7 with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 and Millersville students can receive one free ticket with a valid MU ID. More information about tickets can be found in the link above.

Shop at Black Owned Business

Among Philadelphia’s great collection of Black-owned businesses is Dope Botanicals. This modern herbal a’plant’ecary, specializes in plant-based wellness in Rittenhouse Square. The urban apothecary, offers visitors everything from tonics and teas to delicious smoothies and drinks.

Bookworms will want to inch their way over to Harriett’s Bookshop in Fishtown, which celebrates female writers, activists, and artists. Don’t miss Hakim’s Bookstore & Gift Shop in West Philadelphia, one of the country’s oldest Black-owned bookstores, founded in the 1950s. Or experience the welcoming ambiance of Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books in Germantown. They provide thoughtfully curated book selection, high-quality coffee, and community-driven events converge.

If you need a place to stay, consider Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast Inn. The Inn offers several suites designed to celebrate Philadelphia’s music legacy in a historic 1880s manor in West Philadelphia.

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Dine at Black-owned restaurants

Philadelphia’s Black-owned restaurants, cafes, and bakeries offer dynamic flavors and showcase the city’s diversity. Good Karma Café in Center City or Bower Café which has locations in University City and Washington Square West. Bower Café —which has locations in University City and Washington Square West — sources the highest quality beans for their coffee and serves open-faced sandwiches.

Later, savor a menu filled with Southern favorites at Booker’s Restaurant and Bar in West Philadelphia. Or enjoy Southern-style cooking with a side of jazz at SOUTH Jazz Kitchen just north of City Hall. Another essential soul food stop is Ma Lessie’s Chicken & Waffles in Reading Terminal Market.

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South Jazz Kitchen. Photo by J. Ryan for the PHLCVB.

Looking for more historic activities in Philadelphia? Visit our things to do page for more exciting excursions. If you’re planning an event in Philadelphia, learn more about bringing diverse initiatives to your events from our PHL Diversity division.

Wharton Coalition for Equity and Opportunity (CEO)

Wharton CEO launched a podcast series:  A partnership on Sirius XM and Kowledge at Wharton for Black History Month.  Our first podcast episode "How Does Your Financial wellbeing shape your health?"   Click here.