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It’s Black History Month! Here are a few ways to celebrate.

Here are seven great events to celebrate and honor Black History Month, for everyone from movie buffs to outdoors lovers. We also want to recommend a trip to the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum if you haven’t been recently.

Saturday, Feb. 9

African American Firsts in Baltimore County

Learn more about some of the county’s pioneers and trailblazers. Can’t make this event? Check the online calendar for other events throughout the month. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 1-3 p.m. Free. friendsofbenjaminbanneker.com

Sunday, Feb. 10

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Black History Month

Bring your laptop and become a Wikipedia editor for a day. Experts will be on hand to help with articles on African-American and Baltimore industry. Novices welcome. Advance registration recommended. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 12:30-3 p.m. Free. thebmi.org

Monday, Feb. 11 – Saturday, Feb. 16

Emancipation Proclamation Family Activities
Are there any history buffs in your family? If so, don’t miss your chance to view the original Emancipation Proclamation and learn more about this important document through hands-on discovery with your family and friends. National Archives, D.C., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. archives.gov

Saturday, Feb. 16

The History of the NAACP: The Baltimore Connection

This is a jam-packed afternoon that includes a film screening of “Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & The NAACP” and a living history performance of activist Juanita Jackson Mitchell. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, noon. Included with admission. lewismuseum.org

Walking Tour of Annapolis

This two-hour tour highlights the achievements of African Americans in our state capital and includes highlights, such as the Kunta-Kinte Alex Haley Memorial and the Thurgood Marshall Memorial. Historic Annapolis, 1 p.m. $20, adults, $10 kids over three. annapolistours.com

Monday, Feb. 17

Voices from the Past: Sissieretta Jones
This annual Black History Month series will team up with the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) to dedicate and remember the legacies of lesser known Black musicians, starting with Sissieretta Jones, who is best known as one of the first African Americans to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1892. Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel, MD, 4 p.m. Free. pgparks.com/2143/Montpelier-Arts-Center

Sunday, Feb. 24

Hampton National Historic Site Tour

Step back in time and find out what life was like in the 1800s on this former plantation. Tour includes the overseer’s house and slave quarters and is told through the perspective of the African Americans and indentured servants who worked there. Hampton National Historic Site, 1-3:30 p.m. Free. nps.gov/hamp

About Baltimore's Child

When Adranisha Stephens isn’t chasing down a story, she is traveling, blogging, photographing or spending time with family and friends. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Frostburg State University and a master’s degree in journalism/digital storytelling from American University.

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