Honoring Black History Month in Charleston

Celebrate the community with various events around the Holy City

person's hands crafting sweetgrass basket

Learn about the rich history of Black Americans in Charleston.

Photo provided by Bulldog Tours

Every February, the US observes the history, struggles, achievements, and contributions of generations of Black Americans. Here are a few ways to honor Black History Month in Charleston, from art to food to community discussions.

Education through tours

Charleston’s African American History + Heritage Tours

Bulldog Tours will celebrate Black History Month by offering this tour for a discounted rate each Saturday at 10 a.m. in February. The two-hour tour starts from Liberty Square on Concord Street. Ticket prices are $10.

Walk + Talk Charleston Journey to the IAAM

This tour takes you along the journey to the International African American Museum exploring Black history from Chattel slavery to the current day. Ticket prices are $35.

Exploring cuisine

Rice + Roots

On Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Nathaniel Russell House, indulge in Jollof rice, red rice, and even rice desserts that celebrate the rich history of the grain. Attendees can enjoy the plates along with other side dishes and a curated cocktail menu by The Cocktail Bandits. Ticket prices are $100.

The duo behind Cocktail Bandits raise their cocktails and smile.

The duo behind Cocktail Bandits present Rice + Roots.

Photo provided by the Cocktail Bandits

Music, arts, storytelling

Month-long celebrations in Mount Pleasant

The Town of Mount Pleasant will host free and family-friendly events for Black History Month every Saturday. The rest of the month will include a concert featuring traditional Gullah spirituals, a presentation on sweetgrass basket making, special storytelling, and a community panel discussion.

Black History Month concert series

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 6, through Saturday, Feb. 10, the Colour of Music Festival will have a Black History Month concert series, including classical and orchestral sounds and Harlem Renaissance-inspired music. Ticket prices range from $16.50 - $27.50.

A Celebration of 60 years of Black music

On Friday, Feb. 9, at the Charleston Music Hall, attendees will travel through six decades of music of Black artists. Pro tip: Dressing like your favorite decade is encouraged. Ticket prices range from $20-$22.