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Celebrate Black History Month with Local DSM Events

Black History Month 2022

Throughout February, there are many ways to observe and commemorate the impact of Blacks, as well as support Black business owners and find Black history resources. Celebrate Black History Month across Greater Des Moines (DSM) with these downtown, library and regional events.

Downtown Events

Black Love

Mainframe Studios will celebrate Black History Month during their First Friday event from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4. The event is free and open to the public. LEARN MORE>

Step Afrika!

See Step Afrika! at the Des Moines Civic Center. Audiences will see traditional Zulu dance and more. The show is part of the Wellmark Family Series and starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5. LEARN MORE>

Library Events

Black History Month Scavenger Hunt

Take part in a scavenger hunt to celebrate Black History Month at Forest Avenue Library. Win a prize when you find all the times Monday, Feb. 7 through Saturday, Feb. 12. LEARN MORE>

2022 Reading Challenge Movie Club: Hidden Figures

Each month, watch a movie based on a book from one of 12 Reading Challenge categories. This month’s movie will be “Hidden Figures” and the viewing will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10 at Central Library. LEARN MORE>

A Story of Fort Des Moines: Charles Hamilton Houston

Hear about the very first Officers Training Camp for Black men in military history at this community event. The discussion will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20 at West Des Moines Public Library. LEARN MORE>

Brown v. Board of Education Community Event

Hear from community leaders as hey discuss segregation in schools via Zoom. The Urbandale Public Library event will highlight the Brown v. Board of Education case that stated separate schools for blacks and whites are inherently unequal. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 21. LEARN MORE>

Explore Visual Black History

From now until Friday, Feb. 25 see photo books, graphic novels and other visual records of Black history during open hours at Forest Avenue Library. LEARN MORE>

Book Discussion

The Pleasant Hill Library will discuss February’s book pick, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28. LEARN MORE>

Other Regional Events

Jordan House Tours

Friday and Sunday tours of Jordan House, a West Des Moines museum that once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, must be reserved ahead of time. Tours take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. LEARN MORE>

Dr. Vince Lewis – A Lifetime of Commitment

Dr. Vince Lewis reflects on his time during the Vietnam conflict and graduation from Drake University, as well as his career in teaching in the Des Moines Public Schools. Hear about his experience at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum. LEARN MORE>

Celebrating Black History

The Des Moines Art Center will celebrate Black History through music, story and a tour at their Celebrating Black History drop-in event. Attend from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. LEARN MORE>

Want to support black-owned businesses? Check out the directory at tdcdsm.org. If you’re a local DSM CEO, sign the CEO Commitment to Racial Equity in DSM to show your support for diverse hiring practices by contacting Angie Stepsis.

Greater Des Moines (DSM) welcomes diverse talent to the region. As one of the fastest growing business communities, inclusion and attracting diverse talent in the workplace is a key strategy of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Learn more here.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership calendar of events is a one-stop resource for activities taking place throughout the region. Find networking information for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses or events specific to Downtown DSM.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.