This Black History Month — and beyond — Blumenthal Arts honors Black artists, voices, and culture. 

Dance Theatre of Harlem

February 9 - 10 | Belk Theater

Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem is considered “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings” (The New York Times). Shortly after the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mitchell was inspired to start a school that would offer children — especially those in Harlem, the community in which he was born — the opportunity to learn about dance and the allied arts. 

Since then, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts.

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This is My Brain on Anxiety

February 10 | Booth Playhouse

This is My Brain on Anxiety: The Detailed Experience of an Anxious, Black Woman, is a one-woman, 5-part, creatively, curated live production that unravels and reveals the personal and cultural journey of a Black woman navigating through anxiety. Through the art of storytelling, music and graphics, Mia Love Live chronicles the experience.

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The Movement Revisited

February 23 | Belk Theater

Seven-time Grammy Award-winner Christian McBride presents The Movement Revisited, an epic concert event honoring Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King Jr., and President Barack Obama. Their iconic words will be dramatically voiced by acclaimed Charlotte creatives Hannah Hasan, Jason "Jet" Jones, Corey "CYO" Broen, and Bluz Rogers. 

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The String Queens

February 24 | Booth Playhouse

With an array of repertoire spanning from the Baroque era to the Jazz Age to today’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and appearances that include a special performance dedicated to Vice President Kamala Harris at the We Are One Presidential Inauguration Concert in January 2021, The String Queens (TSQ) create stimulating musical experiences that inspire diverse audiences to love, hope, feel, and imagine. 

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I Am Queen Charlotte

March 3 | Belk Theater

I Am Queen Charlotte shares the heartwarming, heartbreaking, open-hearted true stories of real Black women who call Charlotte home. Highlighting the diversity, power, and beauty of the women who help make our city thrive while reminding us of the past, present, and future of Charlotte, I Am Queen Charlotte returns to the stage with new stories performed by a cast of all Black women. 

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