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Celebrate Black History Month in Las Vegas

Posted at 1:50 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 18:00:35-05

February is Black History Month. Celebrate the achievements of African-Americans with these events around Las Vegas.

City Council to Celebrate Black History Month
The City Council will recognize the winners of the annual C.J. Watson Black History Month Essay Contest at the Wednesday, Feb. 17, City Council meeting that will begin at 9 a.m. in City Hall council chambers, located at 495 S. Main St.

Watson is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and currently plays for the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow, annually presents awards to the winners of Watson’s essay contest as part of the city’s Black History Month celebrations.
In addition the City Council will welcome lion dancers who will perform as part of Chinese New Year festivities. Councilman Stavros S. Anthony will welcome local representatives from the city’s growing Chinese community.

Finally, Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman will recognize the city’s Employee of the Month.

Stellar Gospel Music Awards
Celebrate music of some today's top Gospel Artists. Nominees include Erica Campbell, Tasha Cobbs and Richard Smallwood. Feb. 20. The Orleans Arena.

Black History Month Festival
The Springs Preserve is celebrating the contributions of African-Americans to our community with music, food and dance at our annual Black History Month Festival. Enjoy live music and dance performances, food from local soul food restaurants, a historic black Las Vegas photo exhibit, and activities for the kids including arts and crafts, carnival games and face-painting.

Visit the West Las Vegas Library
This library is full of literature on the black culture. You can find books on just about any historical figure at this wonderful library. This library has been around for years, and is a stable in the black community.

Staying at home? Watch these movies on Netflix with your family to commemorate Black History Month.

Have a Black History Month event to add to this list? Send a press release to rebecca.lewis@ktnv.com