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South Florida has no shortage of things to do, but if there are four things you absolutely, positively shouldn’t miss this February, it’s these exhibits, workshops and events. Because despite the ongoing pandemic, there are still plenty of safe ways to observe and celebrate Black History Month in Miami. So, mark your calendars and get ready to immerse yourself in the richness of Black history.

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Photo courtesy of El Espacio 23

1. Witness: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection

Collector, philanthropist and entrepreneur Jorge M. Pérez has been collecting African and African Diaspora art for years. Now, he’s put together one of his most impactful collections, Witness: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, at his newest art space in Miami’s Allapattah neighbourhood, El Espacio 23. Addressing themes of systematic oppression, intergenerational trauma, syncretism, identity and territory, Witness: Afro Perspectives invites visitors to be present in the current moment and bear witness to challenges carried from one generation to another. Pérez tapped renowned Zimbabwean curator, Tandazani Dhlakama, to lead the show. Visitors can schedule a visit on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to the public and organizers are adhering to strict health and safety guidelines. Reserve a time via elespacio23.com.

2. Concerts, Workshops and Panels at the Arsht Center

The Adrienne Arsht Center is adapting to the times by commemorating Black History Month with various socially distanced and virtual events. Ranging from intimate concerts to visual performances to educational panels and beyond, check out the lineup and plan your month around their jam-packed calendar of happenings. (Psst: If you have to choose just one event to attend, we’d go with the Heritage Project Series’ Business of Show which explores the cultural significance of Black trailblazers in the performing arts.)

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Photo courtesy of Balloo Restaurant

3. Dine (or Order Takeout) at One of Miami’s Black-Owned Restaurants

If you’re not comfortable attending a socially distanced event, you can commemorate Black History Month by supporting one of Miami’s many Black-owned restaurants. From award-winning comfort food to Dwyane Wade’s favorite burger, check out our favorite bites ready to be delivered and savored right now.

4. A Socially Distanced Jazz Festival

Right in time for Black History Month, the 24th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival will include a weekend of live and virtual performances, workshops, competitions and other music-filled events. Rooted in African American culture, the jazz festival will honor the late Melton Mustafa Sr., who dedicated his life to preserving and celebrating the art form. The event runs from February 28 through February 28 and will include various COVID-19 precautions, including temperature checks, masks and social distancing.

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