Family Events That Celebrate Black History Month
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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.
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.