Charlotte Events: Black History Month & I Heart Rail Trail

CHARLOTTE, NC — From art walks to Black History Month there’s a lot happening this month in Charlotte! Moira Quinn has the scoop on what you need to mark down on your calendars.

For more information on events and times see below.

Friday, February 12
“We Insist” Max Roach Freedom Now Suite
Recorded at the Black Lives Matter Plaza
Presented by JazzArts Charlotte
This is Black History Month and we are proud to be one of the sponsors of this remarkable performance…recorded live with musicians, speakers and dancers at the Black Lives Matter Plaza earlier this year.

Composer and drummer Max Roach, born in Newland, North Carolina, is considered one of the most important jazz drummers in history.. This production was developed by JazzArts Charlotte, in partnership with Charlotte Center City Partners, Levine Museum of the New South, US Bank, and Knight Foundation. Go to the Uptown Charlotte or JazzArts Charlotte websites for a link to the premier.


Friday, February 19 – Sunday, March 7
“I Heart Rail Trail: Lights” Presented by U.S. Bank
6 Temporary Interactive Public Art Light installations
Throughout South End’ Rail Trail
I Heart Rail Trail: Lights is back and bigger this year. From February 19 – March 7, the Rail Trail will celebrate local art with these never-before-seen, interactive light installations. There’s no better way to experience South End. Stroll down the Rail Trail, enjoy one-of-a-kind art, take the perfect photo, grab a bite to eat or a drink and do it all again the next day. The installation footprint will span from 1100 South to Atherton Mill.

Nearly 20 North- and South Carolina artists submitted proposals to create works that incorporate light into the medium and concept in some way. This included works such as sculpture, digital projections, wayfinding, or interactive solutions.