Macy's Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month at Macy’s

Macy's welcomes local change makers at stores nationwide, highlighted by special appearances by Issa Rae in Los Angeles and Laverne Cox in
New York City.

This February, Macy’s celebrates Black History Month by welcoming a host of innovators in fashion, entertainment, art, music, literature and technology, who are pioneers in their industries. Innovation is one of the cornerstones of Black culture, helping to propel trends, widely influencing pop culture and changing the face of history. From music to science, Black culture has created a wave of change that has helped drive the country to new heights. With innovation comes an extraordinary opportunity to push boundaries, challenge the status quo and make unprecedented waves. This year, Macy’s special guests will discuss how they blazed their own paths and how the connection to their heritage helped inspire their success. Macy’s will also celebrate those making a difference and impact in their local communities, while helping to pave the way for future generations.

As a retailer committed to celebrating trailblazers, Macy’s is thrilled to open a space where our community can engage with these artists as they share their life stories and inspirations. —Kristyn Doar-Page, Macy’s vice president of Diversity & Inclusion Strategies

For additional information on Macy’s Black History Month festivities, visit macys.com/events.


Macy's Herald Square Black History Month Rev. Paul Smith

Wednesday, February 7

MACY'S HERALD SQUARE - NEW YORK, NY: 9th FLOOR – HOME DEPARTMENT

6:00 PM

Macy's Celebrates Black History Month with Rev. Dr. Paul Smith

Macy's is kicking off Black History Month nationwide and the first of many events at Herald Square. Join us as we present a special evening celebrating the release of the biography of Reverend Dr. Paul Smith, Senior Pastor Emeritus of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn.

Hosted by retired Macy's SVP for Public Affairs, Ed Goldberg, Rev. Dr. Smith will be sharing his experiences and wisdom that he has gained over the course of his illustrious career. Following the discussion, guests will enjoy music from a live jazz band and passed refreshments. Also, Rev. Dr. Smith will autograph copies of his biography.


Issa Rae

Saturday, February 10

MACY'S BALDWIN HILLS CRENSHAW PLAZA - BALDWIN HILLS, CA: 1st FLOOR, WOMEN'S FASHION

2:00 PM

Macy's Celebrates Black History Month with Issa Rae

Issa Rae's rise from web series creator to one of Hollywood's It-girls is nothing less than remarkable. The co-creator, writer and Golden Globe nominated star of HBO's Insecure will join Clevver entertainment host Emile Ennis Jr. in a conversation about black history, her inspirations and innovation in showbiz. Stick around to meet and snap a photo with Issa. The first 75 people to check-in at the event will get a $20 Macy's Gift Card*. Also, enter-to-win chance for a Family 4-pack of tickets to Broadway's "The Color Purple" at the Hollywood Pantages.

RSVP** for the event here

*One per customer. The first (75) customers to check-in at the event will receive a $20 Macy’s Gift card, valid 2/10 only.
**Seating not guaranteed


February 15

MACY'S STATE STREET - CHICAGO, IL: 7th FLOOR – NARCISSUS ROOM

5:30 PM

Join Macy’s and local community leaders for an evening of in-depth conversation hosted by Windy City Live’s, Val Warner; featuring Chairman of WVON, Melody Spann Cooper; Brand Manager of Luster Products, Resa B. Luster; and CEO of Black Tech Mecca, Fabian Elliot.

Black History Month State Street Chicago

After the discussion, stick around for a reception with light refreshments, a live painting by “Artbae” Tyler Clark, music and so much more!

RSVP* for the event here

*RSVP does not guarantee a seat. The first 150 guests to RSVP and check-in on event day will receive priority seating until 5:45pm after which seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 5:15pm.

MACY'S METRO CENTER - WASHINGTON, D.C.

5:30 PM

Join Macy's and the Greater Washington Urban League Young Professionals as we highlight innovators and trailblazers during our Black History Month event! The first 150 guests to check in at the event will receive a Macy's gift card*. Sample light bites by Chef Krys of Unique Soul Cuisine and enjoy live music by Mapy The Violinist. Stop by our pop-up shops to shop local businesses including Kuchena by Imelda, The Cierra Lynn Collection, Mischo Beauty and Nikki Billie Jean. Plus visit celebrity makeup artist Esquire Stelly, celebrity hair stylist Quinten McCray, and nail stylists from Manicures-n-Motion to get tips on how to update your wardrobe for spring. Don't leave without visiting Unveil Greatness to learn how to elevate your college preparation and career development.

RSVP for the event here

*While supplies last. Limited to the first 150 customers. Gift card valid 2/15 only.


Thursday, February 22

Laverne Cox

MACY'S HERALD SQUARE - NEW YORK, NY: 9th FLOOR – FURNITURE DEPARTMENT

6:00 PM

Macy's Celebrates Black History Month with Laverne Cox

Join our host for an in-depth conversation with actress and equal rights advocate Laverne Cox as they discuss how Black History has influenced her innovation in her career. Following the discussion, meet Laverne – recently named one of The Grio’s 100 Most Influential African Americans – get inspired to take bold steps of your while you enjoy refreshments and live music.

RSVP for the event here!

MACY'S UNION SQUARE - SAN FRANCISCO, CA: LEVEL 3 – MEN'S BUILDING

6:00 PM

Join our host, Mission Bit CEO Stevon Cook, for an in-depth conversation with Qubilah Shabazz, cofounder of the Malcolm X Legacy clothing line and the human rights activist's second daughter, and Erik Moore, founder of angel investor firm Base Ventures as they discuss how Black History has influenced their careers and business ventures. Following the discussion, stick around to meet our guests and enjoy music and refreshments.

Macy's Union Square Feb 22

MACY'S LENOX SQUARE MALL - ATLANTA, GA: 2nd FLOOR – WOMEN' S DEPARTMENT

6:30 PM

Join our host Ashlee K. Thomas from MUCE (Miami Urban Contemporary Experience) for our fashion presentation featuring up and coming Fashion Stylists as they "Style It Out" in our styling competition curated by Magic City Fashion Week! Who will you vote for?

Also, enjoy an in depth conversation with some of Atlanta’s prolific leaders in the community & technology world. Plus, be one of the first 100 people to check-in to the event and you will receive a $10 Macy's Gift Card*!

This conversation will feature the following panelists:

  • Dr. Raheem Beyah Motorola Foundation Professor at Georgia Tech  and Interim Chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Etta Pittman Director of Corporate Development at Georgia Tech
  • Samira Turner Manager of Merger and Acquisitions (High Tech Sector) at Deloitte
  • Corey Turner Director of Systems Engineering at Cisco
  • Keith Lamar Jr. Deputy District Attorney and Vice President of the National Black Prosecutors Association

RSVP for the event here

*One per customer. The first (100) customers to check-in at the event will receive a $10 Macy’s Gift card, valid 2/22/18 only.

MACY'S CENTER CITY - PHILADELPHIA, PA

5:30PM

Customers join us as we highlight innovators and trailblazers during our Black History Month event in partnership with Urban League of Philadelphia & NExT! The first 150 guests to check in at the event will receive a Macy’s promotional gift card*.  During this celebration, you can enjoy a live art painting by Amber Art & Design while grooving to the sounds from Skotch Davis and his band. Customers can enter to win for a chance to take home the painting. Plus, enjoy light bites and refreshments. Don’t leave without playing our Black History Month trivia game for the chance to win a $25 gift card**.

RSVP for the event here

*One per customer, while supplies last. No purchase necessary.


Black History Month Next Generation

Saturday, February 24

MACY'S HERALD SQUARE - NEW YORK, NY: 7th FLOOR – KIDS DEPARTMENT

1:00 PM

Macy's Celebrates Black History Month With The Next Generation!

You're never too old to be a pioneer - or too young, as these kids prove it. Come meet three entrepreneurial movers and shakers who are paving the way - baking mogul, Cory Nieves, of Mr. Cory's Cookies, Kheris Rogers, designer of Flexin' in My Complexion clothing line and DJ Fulano, world renowned kid DJ! Meet these young trailblazers, enjoy cookie decorating, an inspiring book reading, live tunes and more.

MACY'S AVENTURA - AVENTURA, FL: 2nd FLOOR – WOMEN'S DEPARTMENT

2:00 PM

Join Macy’s as we look into how Innovation & Technology is not only shaping our world, but also our fashion!  Join host Ashlee K. Thomas from MUCE (Miami Urban Contemporary Experience) for a look into how some of Miami’s leaders in the community & technology are working together to transform Fashion!  Founding Members of Miami Black Tech Week will speak to how technology is being incorporated into all fields!  Also, working with Ankara Miami & Cool Creative Inc. Macy’s will unveil our digitally interactive fashion presentation!  Plus, be one of the first 100 people to check in to the event and receive a $10 Macy’s Gift Card*!

*One per customer. The first (100) customers to check-in at the event will receive a $10 Macy’s Gift card, valid 2/24 only.


Macy's Herald Square Trailblazers

Wednesday, February 28

MACY'S HERALD SQUARE - NEW YORK, NY: 9th FLOOR – FURNITURE DEPARTMENT

6:00 PM

Macy's Celebrates Black Trailblazers in the Community

Macy's continues the conversation with local black innovators and trailblazers for Black History Month!

Join us for in-depth conversation and reception with Tamika Mallory, advocate and activist, JJ Johnson, Chef at The Cecil, and John Henry, Partner at Harlem Capital, hosted by Radio Personality, Tracy G. Listen to how our panelists are breaking ceilings, making a difference in their communities and changing lives! After the discussion, enjoy a private reception where you can mix and mingle with panelists. Plus, be one of the first 100 people to check-in to the event and receive a $10 Macy's Gift Card!

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