Virtual events included in the Las Vegas Black History Month lineup

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Black History Month officially begins on Tuesday, February 1 this year, however, Las Vegas kicks off the festivities early this year with a whole host of events starting in January.

Some events will be hypothetical this year and those that will not follow safety guidelines including social distancing and mask requirements.

Many of the events planned for Black History Month will run from Sunday, January 16 through Saturday, March 5.

Peace Week 2022: Celebrating the dream

  • When: Sunday, January 16, from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Where: West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
  • Free and open to the public

Peace Week 2022 will honor, commend and celebrate the life, legacy and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. For more information, contact the West Las Vegas Library at 702-507-3989 or the Grand Doolittle Center at 702-229-6125.

Dr. starring Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball

  • When: Thursday-Saturday January 20-22; 4 p.m. Thursday through Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday
  • Where: Doolittle Community Center, 1950 NJ St.
  • Free and open to selected schools and youth programmes

The Singles Elimination Youth Basketball Tournament will be held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Participants will qualify through their schools or youth programs. For additional information, call Willie Dunn at 702-229-6374 or Savonta Manor at 702-229-1642.

Focus on Portraits, African American Heritage Exhibition

  • When: Monday-Thursday, 7am-5:30pm, January 20-April 14, 2022; Closed Friday – Sunday and public holidays
  • Where: Las Vegas City Hall Gallery, 495 S. Main St. , second floor
  • Free and open to the public

In celebration of Black History Month, and beyond, this year’s annual African American Heritage Fair will focus on portraiture, showcasing the work of many local Las Vegas artists. Curated by the City of Las Vegas Visual Arts team, this year’s exhibition includes works by well-known artists that have shown previously, as well as new artists showing for their first time in Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787).


Get ready for school fair and health fair

  • When: Saturday, January 22, 11 a.m.
  • Where: Doolittle Community Center, 1950 NJ St.
  • Free and open to the public

Primary school children will have the opportunity to receive school supplies and other resources to prepare them for success in the second half of the school year. Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, refreshments, face painting and more. For more information, call Latonya Lomax at 702-229-2425 or Trine Morris at 702-229-1732.

Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper 6 Alliancey annual conference

  • When: Monday to Tuesday, January 24 to 25, from 8 a.m. to noon every day
  • Where: This is a hypothetical event
  • free and open to the public; Online event registration required

The Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is hosting a free two-day virtual conference with national experts, legislators, school administrators, law enforcement, educators, social service providers, doctors, advocates and other community stakeholders. This is a work-focused meeting to discuss educational equality, racial justice, adults as young allies, and important education policy issues. The Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is a collaborative, multi-sectoral alliance of three teams working to engage the community, advance optimal educational outcomes, and improve law enforcement systems and programs. Online registration is required by clicking here.

African American Trailblazer Service Awards
  • When: Tuesday, February 1, 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers, 495 S. Main St., second floor

Join in honoring African American leaders in the Las Vegas community who have made significant contributions to the city’s vibrant fabric. Call Halima Bailey West at 702-229-3401 to RSVP.

Night Emoticons Young Talent Show
  • When: Saturday, February 19 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza, 720 Twin Lakes Drive.

Enjoy an afternoon show featuring multi-talented local guys and gals in honor of Black History Month. Participants will sing, dance, act, play music and perform spoken word performances. Those ages 8 to 22 who have a talent they would like to share should contact Willie Henderson at 702-229-2473 for more information.

Continuing the legacy of the Prom Series
  • When: Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S Brush St.

Continuing to celebrate black history after February, the artist-in-residence West Dance Theater Artistic Dance Training Program will present an evening of performance featuring the work of African American choreographers, musicians and dancers. . For more information about performances and enrollment in an ArtsWork class, call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

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