Lyft Earns Its Invite to the Cookout By Offering Free Rides to Celebrate Black History Month

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Lyft—which I use almost every day and has saved me hundreds of dollars in parking since I live in Los Angeles—is celebrating Black History Month with the rest of us by offering free rides to all the beautifully black museums, black-owned businesses, and cultural sites in over 30 cities throughout the country.


“At Lyft, we believe in recognizing, celebrating, and supporting the contributions of incredible Black women and men throughout history and within our communities today,” they wrote on their company blog. “That is why during the month of February, we’ll be providing one free ride up to $10* to Black history museums, memorials, and relevant cultural sites, as well as to Black-owned businesses throughout various communities in which we serve.”

The full list of participating cities, blacktivities, and codes are below:

Atlanta, GA – BHMATL19

  • Atlanta History Center
  • Atlanta University Center Historic District
  • APEX Museum
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

Austin, TX – BHMATX19

  • George Washington Carver Museum
  • Texas Music Museum
  • W.H. Passon Historical Society
  • Baltimore, MD – BHMBWI19
  • Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park
  • National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
  • Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Birmingham, AL – BHMBHM19

  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • Boston, MA – BHMBOS19
  • Museum of African American History – Boston Campus

Charleston, SC – BHMCHS19

  • International African American Museum

Charlotte, NC – BHMCLT19

  • Harvey B. Gantt Center
  • International Civil Rights Center and Museum
  • Levine Museum of the New South

Chicago, IL – BHMCHI19

  • A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
  • Black Ensemble Theater
  • DuSable Museum of African American History
  • Gallery Guichard

Cincinnati, OH – BHMCVG19

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe House
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Columbus, OH – BHMCMH19

  • King Arts Complex
  • Ohio History Center
  • Columbia, SC – BHMCAE19
  • African-American History Monument

Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX – BHMDFW19

  • African American Museum of Dallas
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
  • The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc.

Denver, CO – BHMDEN19

  • Black American West Museum & Heritage Center
  • Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
  • Stiles African American Heritage Center
  • Greenville, SC – BHMGSP19
  • Greenville Cultural Exchange

Jersey City, NJ – BHMNJ19

  • Afro-American Historical and Cultural Society Museum
  • The Underground Railroad Museum of Burlington County

Kansas City, MO – BHMMCI19

  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Long Island, NY – BHMLI19

  • African American Museum of Nassau County

Los Angeles, CA – BHMLA19

  • African American Firefighter Museum
  • California African American Museum
  • Museum of African American Art (MAAA)
  • The Mayne A. Clayton Library & Museum (MCLM)
  • The William Grant Still Arts Center (WGSAC)

Memphis, TN – BHMMEM19

  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN – BHMMSP19

  • Frank Boyd Park
  • Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
  • Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery
  • Minnesota History Museum

Nashville, TN – BHMBNA19

  • Tennessee State Museum
  • Fort Negley Visitors Center

New Orleans, LA – BHMMSY19

  • Ashé Cultural Arts Center
  • New Orleans African American Museum
  • The McKenna Museum of African-American Art

New York, NY – BHMNYC19

  • African Burial Ground National Monument
  • Louis Armstrong House Museum
  • MoCADA
  • Studio Museum in Harlem
  • The Apollo Theater

Oakland, CA – BHMOAK19

  • African American Museum and Library at Oakland
  • Oakland Museum of California

Ottawa, ON, Canada – BHMOTT19

  • Bank of Canada Museum

Philadelphia, PA – BHMPHI19

  • African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • Johnson House Historic Site
  • National Marian Anderson Museum
  • President’s House
  • Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River

Phoenix, AZ – BHMPHX19

  • George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

Pittsburgh, PA – BHM19PIT

  • August Wilson Cultural Center
  • Heinz History Center

Portland, OR – BHMPDX19

  • Cascade Festival of African Films
  • Experience Oregon at the Oregon Historical Society
  • Hidden History of Albina: Portland’s Black History Walking Tour
  • St. Johns, Kenton, Albina, North Portland, Capitol Hill, Hollywood, Midland, Belmont and Troutdale Libraries

Richmond, VA – BHMRIC19

  • Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
  • Maggie L Walker National Historic Site
  • Virginia Museum of History and Culture

San Francisco – BHMSFO19

  • Martin Luther King Memorial
  • Museum of the African Diaspora

Seattle, WA – BHMSEA19

  • Jimi Hendrix Park
  • Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Memorial Park
  • Northwest African American Museum

St. Louis, MO – BHMSTL19

  • Griot Museum of Black History and Culture
  • EyeSeeMe Bookstore
  • Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing
  • National Blues Museum
  • Old Courthouse

Toronto, ON, Canada – BHMTO19

  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Harbourfront Centre
  • Mackenzie House

Washington, DC – BHMDCA19

  • Alexandria Black History Museum
  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • National Museum of African Art

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Menace to supremacy. Founder of Extraordinary Ideas and co-host and producer of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. Impatiently waiting for y'all to stop putting sugar in grits.



Sorry he said “the Cookout” and he just meant “Cookout.” Your tray is on me, Lyft.