Family Events That Celebrate Black History Month

Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of History
After kicking off Black History Month with the African American Cultural Celebration Jan. 28, the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh offers special tours and exhibitions during February.

February is Black History Month, and many events exploring and celebrating African-American culture and contributions are planned around the Triangle. Here are some family-friendly highlights of the many community celebrations, special events and exhibits commemorating Black History Month.

North Carolina MLK/Black History Month Parade FREE

The 15th annual parade and step show honors Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and the principles of service and social change. It takes place noon-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, starting at Durham's W.G. Pearson Elementary School, 3501 Fayetteville Street, and proceeding to North Carolina Central University. Free. 

African and African-American Storytelling at Leigh Farm Park FREE

Enjoy an hour of storytelling and music by Emmy award-winner Willa Brigham, 2-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at Durham's Leigh Farm Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Free. 

African-American History Highlights Tour at Museum of History FREE

Downtown Raleigh's North Carolina Museum of History is offering docent-led tours of exhibits throughout the museum that highlight the contributions of African Americans to North Carolina history. The tours start at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 25. Free.

photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of History

“Selma to Montgomery” Photo Exhibition at Museum of History FREE

Visitors to the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh may also take in Spider Martin's Civil Rights-era photos with “Selma to Montgomery: A March for the Right to Vote.” The exhibit remains on display through June 4. Free.

photo courtesy of Spider Martin/Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Stagville Under the Stars: African Night Sky Myths FREE

Staff from the Morehead Planetarium team up with Durham's Historic Stagville to explore astronomy and the night sky myths and legends told in African cultures. Guests may use telescopes to view the constellations after the talk. This event runs 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham. Free. 

Photo courtesy of Isak55/

African-American Celebration at The Cary Theater FREE

The Town of Cary hosts its 21st Annual Cary African-American Celebration, featuring a series of films by local and national artists exploring ideas of heritage, contemporary issues and the lives of people of color. Showtimes run March 2-5 at The Cary Theater, 122 E. Chatham Street. Free.

African-American Heritage and History Across North Carolina

In addition to highlighting special events across the state, the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources website includes a list of locations that are rich in African-American history. Admission to many state parks and historic sites is free.


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