By Land and By Sea: Exploring Local Black History

This month, join Outdoor Afro as we dive into the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Swimming Pool,  discover little known Black history in our neighborhoods, and board the Balclutha to learn about African American sailors’ contributions to the 1920’s Alaskan salmon industry.

Atlanta, Georgia

Learn to Swim February 6 

Explore Martin Luther King National Historic Site February 13

Crystal River Manatee Festival February 19

Urban Hike in Auburn District February 27

Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tour February  27

Bay Area, California

Reclaiming Nature: A Panel Discussion with Outdoor Afro and Urban Releaf  February 3

Early Morning Cataract Falls Hike February 7

Orienteering at Sunol Regional Wilderness February 7

Snowshoe in Lassen Volcanic Park February 14

Gadget Geek Out with REI February 16

Emergency Preparedness with REI February 24

Black History Themed Urban Hike in San Francisco February 27

Charleston, South Carolina

Swimming Social at Martin Luther King Jr. Pool February 27

Walking Tour of Slann Island Plantation February 28

Chicago, Illinois and Gary, Indiana

 Book Discussion “Black Faces, White Spaces”  February 7

Hike the Miller Woods Trail February 7

Learn to Snowshoe with REI February 13

Los Angeles, CA

Discover the Hidden African American History of Los Angeles  February 27

Louisville, KY

Black History Hike in Chickasaw Neighborhood  February 20

New York/New Jersey

Black History Harlem Walking Tour February 28

 North Carolina Triangle

Let’s Hike the Bull! Urban Black History Hike in Downtown Durham February 27


Portland, Oregon

 Hike the Inner Loop Trail at Tryon Creek State Park February 13

Explore Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Area February 27

Phoenix, AZ

Healing Hike Sedona Red Rock Ceremony February 14 

Richmond, VA

Birding with Richmond Audubon Society  February 13

Learn about U.S. Colored Troops at Petersburg National Battlefield February 20

Seattle, Washington

 In conversation with Dr. Carolyn Finney, author of  “Black Faces, White Spaces”  February 19

St Louis, Missouri

Guided Black History Hike in Washington State Park February February 19

Urban Hike to NW African American Museum February 20


Washington DC- Maryland- Northern Virginia

Fredrick Douglas 198th Birthday Celebration February 12

 Explore Black History at Lucasville School and Ben Lomond Historic Sites February 13

Harpers Ferry Camp Hill Hike February 14

Appalachian Trail Hike February 27

Learn to Ski or Snowboard at Liberty Mountain Resort February 28


Do you know the stories behind historically Black beaches, parks, and recreation areas in your city? Is your street named after an Outdoor Afro in history? Have you hiked sections of the Underground Railroad?  TELL US about the local Black History in your region!




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