Triangle Communities Celebrate Black History Month
Every February, Black History Month celebrates African-American culture and commemorates individuals who changed the world. Many Triangle Black History Month events feature live entertainment, storytelling and kids activities. Events are free unless otherwise noted.
Creative Fire: An African-American Celebration of the Arts
Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19
Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
Enjoy creative workshops, a marketplace, musical performances and more beginning at 9 a.m. Feb. 18. Visit www.townofcary.org for more information. On Feb. 19, award-winning storyteller and author Donna Washington entertains all ages at 3 p.m. Purchase tickets for $5 at www.etix.com.
10th Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade
Saturday, Feb. 4; noon
"I 'Still' Have a Dream" is the theme of the parade, which honors Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other inspiring African-Americans. Call 919-680-0465 for details or visit www.spectacularmag.com.
Black History Month Story Time
Saturday, Feb. 4; 11 a.m.
Barnes & Noble
5400 New Hope Commons
Barnes & Noble stores across the country celebrate Black History Month with readings. This location features We March by Shane Evans and The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles. Call 919-489-3012 for details.
Friday, Feb. 17; 10:30 a.m.
Barnes & Noble, 8030 Renaissance Pkwy.
Features Wind Flyers by three-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Angela Johnson. Call 919-806-1930 to learn more.
History Corner: The Correct Thing
Wednesday, Feb. 1; 10-11 a.m.
North Carolina Museum of History,
5 E. Edenton St.
African-American educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown taught reading, writing, arithmetic — and polite behavior. Children ages 6-9 with a parent learn how knowing the proper etiquette benefited Brown's students. Admission is $1 per person. Register by calling 919-807-7992. Visit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org to learn more.
Black History Month Celebration
Saturday, Feb. 4; 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Wake County Commons Building
Historic Oak View Park, 4011 Carya Dr.
Activities include storytelling, live music, authors, a hay wagon, quilts, crafts, kids activities and presentations about African-American history. Visit www.wakegov.com/libraries/events2/blackhistory.htm or call 919-250-1013 for details.
Kelly Starling Lyons Visits
Saturday, Feb. 25; 1-4 p.m.
Raleigh City Museum,
220 Fayetteville St.
The renowned children's author discusses her books: NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal, One Million Men and Me, Ellen's Broom and the forthcoming Tea Cakes for Tosh. The museum's core exhibit that explores the city's struggle against racial inequality from 1930-1970, Let Us March On: Raleigh's Journey Toward Civil Rights, was recently redesigned and updated. Visit www.raleighcitymuseum.org for details.