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AARP Texas celebrates Black History Month 2024

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For Black History Month 2024, AARP is recognizing and celebrating the impact of Black artists.
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Every February, the U.S. honors the contributions, triumphs, and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape our nation. Black History Month also recognizes the rich cultural heritage that is part of our country’s history and fabric. For 2024, AARP is celebrating Black artists, age 50-plus, who are creating and helping their communities thrive.

AARP Texas invites you to an array of events from Texas, and around the country, in observance of Black History Month. Some events are in-person, while others are virtual. In addition to individual events, we’re pleased to showcase several exciting series that explore the creative arts, civil rights, hip hop and well-being, genealogy and our own personal health.

Most events are free and open to the public. Bookmark this page to keep up with our offerings, as we will be adding more events throughout the month. NOTE: all times shown here are Central Time.

To find events throughout the year, visit


Feb. 2, 7 p.m. CT – Movies for Grown-ups: ‘Morgan Freeman: Breaking Barriers’  (Virtual)
Enjoy this documentary about Morgan Freeman, who has over 100 movies in his film count, five Oscar nominations and a win for Million Dollar Baby.

Feb. 14, 12 p.m. CT - Highlights of Black History in Connecticut (Virtual)
Come along on a guided tour of items at the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History representing a spectrum of the Black experience in the state.

Feb. 15, 12 p.m. CT - Cooking Class: Pinto Beans and Cornbread (Virtual)
Join us in observing Black History Month and Heart Health Month! Cook along with Shaniqua Simuel, public health nutrition and cooking educator and founder of Change Your Palate, as she makes a childhood favorite, heart-healthy Pinto Beans and Cornbread.

Feb. 15, 3 p.m. CT - Healthy Living: Cook a West African Peanut Stew (Virtual)
Chef Mary Weaver will demonstrate how to prepare a one-pot peanut stew, Maafe, a West African staple featuring sweet potatoes, tomatoes, greens and chicken, for a hearty, traditional meal.

Feb. 15-18 – Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival & Sweepstakes (In-person, Waco, TX)
Get inspired with the Waco Family & Faith Film Festival! AARP is a proud sponsor of this festival dedicated to empowering the creative spirit, serving with heart & celebrating all! We are giving one lucky winner 2 VIP Movie Passes to the festival.
For festival details and to enter the Sweepstakes:

Feb. 20, 12 p.m. CT - Brunch, Lunch and Munch: Crab Cakes and Greens (Virtual)
Let our Brunch, Lunch and Munch crew unleash your inner chef with recipes from culinary trailblazers - Robert W. Lee's famous crabcakes and Carla Hall's veggie collard greens. This series was created by AARP to elevate your cooking skills and please your palate.

Feb. 22, 6 p.m. CT – A Conversation with Ruth E. Carter (Virtual)
Check out this special Black History Month episode of Real Conversations with AARP featuring the award-winning costume designer.

Feb. 21, 6 p.m. CT - Shapers of Lincoln’s Push for Racial Justice (Virtual)
Join Joseph Garrera, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, in exploring the role African Americans played in helping President Abraham Lincoln promote racial justice.

Feb. 22, 11 a.m. CT – AARP Tours of Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House and Museum (In-person, Dallas, TX)
AARP Members have an exclusive tour day at the Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House Museum. Ms. Craft dedicated her life to fighting for human rights. She lived in this house for 50 years, where President Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr., visited her to discuss civil rights.


Genealogy with AARP Houston and the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) (Virtual)
Find your family tree with this fascinating, multi-faceted series.

  • Feb. 21, 2 p.m. CT - Library Orientation: Clayton Genealogical Library Online Resources and Collections
    Are you interested in your family tree? AARP Houston and the AAHGS can help connect you to online resources and various library collections to get you started.
  • April 17, 2 p.m. CT - Mining for Gold with your DNA Results
    You've received your DNA results, so what do you do next? AARP in Houston and the AAHGS will walk you through the process of sifting through results to find your ancestors.
  • May 9, 2 p.m. CT - The Sugarland 95 and AAHGS
    Who are the Sugarland 95? The AAHGS discusses the 95 individuals unearthed on a Fort Bend ISD site, their ancestry and DNA studies, and revitalizing a historical cemetery and landmark.
  • June 11, 2 p.m. CT - Researching your 19th Century Family: Tools of the Trade
    AARP Houston and the AAHGS present “Finding Your Ancestors using Reconstruction Records.” The Reconstruction Era dates from 1863 until 1877.
    Registration link coming. Check back soon!

Our Health Matters Series with MD Anderson Cancer Center
AARP Houston is partnering with one of the world's most respected medical centers, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, so you can live your healthiest life. Join us virtually for these information-filled sessions on preventive tips to enhance your daily habits.

  • Feb. 22, 11 a.m. CT - Healthy Weight, Healthy Life
    Healthy eating habits and physical activity are some of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. - and a healthy weight reduces your risk for more than 10 types of cancer. Join AARP Houston and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for tips and tools to help you eat better, be more active and monitor your weight.
  • Mar. 28, 11 a.m. CT - Breaking Down Barriers: What Black Women Should Know About Breast Cancer
    Even though breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, Black women die more frequently from it. Join AARP Houston and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to learn how to be your own health advocate, learn about mammograms, signs and symptoms, and how to reduce your risk.

February 2024, various dates/times - ASALH 98th Annual Black History Month Virtual Festival
The Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH) hosts its 98th Annual Black History Month Virtual Festival. Sponsored by AARP, the festival celebrates “African Americans and The Arts,” in recognition of the massive contribution, influence and impact of Black art on global culture.
Visit: for details on the festival’s offerings and more.

Four Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement (Virtual)
The civil rights movement is one of the most important movements in 20th-century American history. This series, offered by George Mason University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, looks at four civil rights leaders.

Amplifying and Celebrating Black Art (Virtual)
In honor of Black History Month, join AARP for a series of virtual events exploring the vibrant, eclectic and dynamic legacy of Black artists.

Revisiting the Underground Railroad (Virtual)
The Underground Railroad, characterized by tunnels and dark-of-night escapes, was far more complex than these ideas have led us to believe. This series revisits the Underground Railroad for a broader understanding of the movement.

Hip Hop: Health, Wellness and Culture (Virtual)
Celebrate Black History Month while learning about hip hop’s effect on the wellness of people age 50+ and their families. This series is led by Dr. Jaleel K. Abdul-Adil, associate professor of clinical psychology and expert on the use of modern rap music and hip-hop culture to enrich psychosocial interventions for urban youth.

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