Celebrating Black History Month for the Entire Family

Have you been celebrating Black History Month with your kids this month? If you need some ideas, here are a few events and ways to educate your kids, that will also allow them to have fun!

Black History Month at the North Carolina Museum of History

Entire month of February.  North Carolina Museum of History, Downtown Raleigh

All month, the museum has lots of great exhibits, tours, and workshops to highlight African Americans in history. My 10-year-old LOVED the Ernie Barnes exhibit. Now she wants to paint…all over the house…

The Sugar Shack. Copyright © Ernie Barnes Family Trust

The 24th Annual African American Celebration

Saturday, February 16th.  11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  The Cary Theater

There will be fun for the entire family, including food, music, performances, and vendors to celebrate the history and culture of African Americans.

Raleigh Trolley Celebrates Black History Month

Sunday, February 17th.  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  Mordecai Historic Park, Downtown Raleigh

The 10-year-old and I will continue to celebrate Black History Month on this exclusive trolley tour around Raleigh, emphasizing the downtown area’s African American heritage. Tour route includes historic homes, schools, churches, and businesses. The trolley leaves from Mordecai Historic Park and lasts about an hour. Call 919-996-4364 for tickets and information, or register online.  Cost: $10

Photo Contribution by Morehead Planetarium & Science Center

Firsts In Flight: A Hidden History Exhibit at the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm & Sundays, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, Chapel Hill 

Free exhibit. The Firsts in Flight exhibit tells visitors about significant contributions made by African Americans – particularly by African-American women- to our country’s history of aviation and space flight. The circular hall that houses Firsts in Flight is divided into two sections with each focusing on a different time in history.  One half of the circular hall exhibit focuses on African-American contributors to aviation in the first part of the 20th Century – from Emory Conrad Malik to the Tuskegee Airmen.  This side is mainly organized around pioneering aviator Bessie Coleman and the people and events she inspired. The other half of the circular hall exhibit highlight’s contributions made to space flight by African-American women in the second half of the 20th Century.  This side is mainly organized around women who began their NASA careers as “computers” at Langley and other research centers. 

The Story of North Carolina Exhibit: Woolworth’s Lunch Counter

Year-round exhibit.  NC Museum of History, Downtown Raleigh

The exhibit, The Story of North Carolina, traces life in North Carolina from its earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. Within this large exhibit sits the Woolworth’s lunch counter that played a pivotal role in a 1960 sit-in in Salisbury during the Civil Rights Movement. Families can read and look on at this impactful piece of our history while touring the exhibit.   

Tuskegee Airmen Aviation Academy

Every first Saturday, January – June.  11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Roberts Park Community Center, Raleigh

Free program for ages 9-12 years. Participants of the 2019 Youth Academy will learn about the legacy of Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-black military aviators, the field of aviation, and view an aircraft first-hand. Register online using the barcode “232579,” or in person at Roberts Park Community Center. For more information call 919-831-6830.

Let Us March On: Raleigh’s Journey Towards Civil Rights at the City of Raleigh Museum

Tuesdays to Saturdays. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sundays, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  City of Raleigh Museum, Downtown Raleigh

This free exhibit at the City of Raleigh Museum details the forty-year period from the mid-1930s to the mid-1970s, as the city struggled toward equality for all. The exhibit covers desegregation in public schools and institutions of higher education, as well as the efforts of individuals, who fought for integration.

Pope House Museum Tours

Saturdays. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Pope House Museum, Downtown Raleigh

Visit the home of Dr. Manassa T. Pope, one of the most prominent African-Americans in Raleigh’s history. Learn about his life, medical practice, family, contributions to the African-American community in Raleigh; and explore one of the oldest homes on Wilmington Street. Free year-round tours start at the top of each hour. For more information, to request a group tour, or to sign a class up for an education program, please call 919-996-3022.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens

Open from dawn until dusk daily.  1215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Downtown Raleigh

First built in 1975, it is the first public park in the United States solely devoted to Dr. King and the civil rights movement. A 12-ton granite water monument honors the area’s notable pioneers in the civil rights movement.

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