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2019 Black History Month Events

Black History Month Events 2019

Below is a listing of Black History Month events happening around our district. Programs/Events held during the day may only be for students. For more details, please contact sponsoring schools directly.

  • Black History Night: The Magnificence of Melanin
    February 1, 2019 | 6 pm
    Club Boulevard Elementary School | 400 W Club Blvd, Durham, NC 27704

  • Black History Celebration
    February 7, 2019 | 11 am and 1:30 pm (School operating on a Pep Rally Schedule)
    Sherwood Githens Middle School | 4800 Old Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

    Description: Teli Shabu Shibuya Magic of African Rhythm

  • Black History Celebration
    February 8, 2019 | 10 am
    Mangum Elementary School | 9008 Quail Roost Rd, Bahama, NC 27503

    Description: The event will feature African-American drummers, music, and dancers

  • Hillside High School Legacy Weekend featuring "Swing School"
    February 15 - 17, 2019 | various times
    Hillside High School | 3727 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27707

    Description: "Swing School" is a celebration of Hillside's past, honoring Mr. John Gattis, a long-time educator at Hillside High School. We will also pay tribute to Hillside's alumnus and former editor-at-large of Vogue magazine. There will be a legacy luncheon this weekend as well hosted by Hillside alumni. All of this in celebration of Black History Month.
  • Stories from Africa
    February 19, 2019 | 8:30 am and 12 pm
    Holt Elementary School | 4019 Holt School Rd, Durham, NC 27704

     Holt third grade Students Study Africa and will be presenting stories from that continent to the school family. We will have two presentations which are 8:30 am and 12:00 pm.

  • Living Museum
    February 20, 2019 | 10:45 am - 1 pm
    Club Boulevard Elementary School | 400 W Club Blvd, Durham, NC 27704
  • Live Black History Museum
    February 20, 2019 | 9:00:00 AM
    Early College High School | 1801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27707

    Description: I will be introducing Black History Month through the 9th-grade class by turning my classroom into a LIVE museum.

  • Black History Wax Museum
    February 20, 2019 | 9:15 am
    Pearsontown Elementary School | 4915 Barbee Rd, Durham NC 27713

    Pearsontown Elementary School 1st Grade students will dress up as historical and famous black figures in American society and give a brief statement of their history and noteworthy accomplishments.

  • African American Heritage Performance (Dance)
    February 21, 2019 | 4:30 pm
    Riverside High School Auditorium | 3218 Rose of Sharon Rd, Durham, NC

  • African American Heritage Performance
    February 21, 2019 | 4:30 PM
    Riverside High School | 3218 Rose of Sharon Rd Durham, NC 27713

  • Black History Month Celebration & Family Night
    February 21, 2019 | 5:30pm
    Merrick-Moore Elementary School | 2325 Cheek Rd, Durham, NC 27704

  • Multicultural Festival 
    February 22, 2019 | 5:30 pm
    Forest View Elementary | 3007 Mount Sinai Road, Durham, NC 27705

    Our school will host a Multicultural Festival that will highlight the various cultures represented in our building.

  • Black History Month Quiz Bowl
    February 22, 2019 | 1:15 pm
    Lakewood Elementary School | 2520 Vesson Ave, Durham, NC 27707

     Students will compete for the title of —Black History Month Quiz Bowl Champion on Friday, February 22 at 1:00 in Lakewood Elementary School’s Auditorium. Participants of this event will have competed and won in their respective classroom Black History Month Quiz Bowls. All students received a 10-page packet highlighting the achievements, contributions, and general stories of African Americans to both study and memorize for a chance to win the title of Black History Month Quiz Bowl Champion!

  • Black History Month Celebration
    February 22, 2019 | 8:30:00 AM
    Lucas Middle Auditorium | 923 Snow Hill Rd.

    School assembly with presentations and performances celebrating African-American history and culture.

  • A Black History Celebration
    February 22, 2019 | 6:00:00 PM
    Southern SES Auditorium | 800 Clayton Rd.

    A Black History celebration will be a celebration of African American Culture over time.   Our students will recognize and inform the community of a culture that's rich with history, through dance, art, acting, and music.

  • BlackArt Durham
    February 23, 2019 | 11 am
    Durham School of the Arts | 400 N. Duke St.

    BlackArt Durham is a celebration of black history, culture, and traditions at Durham School of the Arts. The event takes place on Saturday, February 23rd from 11-2:30. The event has two parts: In the morning, there are opportunities for students, staff, and families to discuss issues of race and equity in a community forum event hosted by the student group, Young People Unite. The afternoon features a demonstration of student talent that includes music, dance, and poetry in Weaver Auditorium. We look forward to sharing in this powerful moment of fellowship with the DPS family.

  • Monday Motivation
    February 25, 2019 | 12:30:00 PM
    Auditorium | 401 North Driver Street

    During our monthly assembly, select students and staff will highlight the achievements of African Americans.

  • African Drumming and Dance with Shabutaso
    February 26, 2019 | 5 pm
    Holt Elementary School | 4019 Holt School Rd, Durham, NC 27704

     Join Shabutaso for this fun and energizing Black History Month presentation.

  • Be the Revolution
    February 26, 2019 | 6 pm
    Glenn Elementary | 2415 East Geer Street

    Students will provide a musical production entitled "Be the Revolution."

  • Black History Program
    February 26, 2019 |  8:30 am, 11 am, and 1 pm
    Rogers-Herr Year-Round Middle School | 911 W Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27701

  • Celebrating Black History- Past, Present, and Future
    February 27 + 28, 2019 | TBA
    George L Carrington Middle School | 227 Milton Rd, Durham, NC 27712

    The CMS Drama Troupe, in partnership with the Fine Arts department, will present Black History performances to celebrate Black Historians from the past and present. The event will feature student talent and performances through drama, song, dance, music and spoken word. We will operate on an Early Release Schedule to ensure ALL students can participate in this event.

  • African-American Read-In
    February 27, 2019 | 8:15 am-11 am and 12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Club Boulevard Elementary School | 400 W Club Blvd, Durham, NC 27704

    Description: As part of our Black History Month celebration this year, Club Boulevard Elementary will take part in the National African American Read-In. This is an event sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE to promote fiction or non-fiction works authored by African Americans. We have invited Black leaders from our community to read a book, poem, or speech that celebrates African American culture to our students for the Read-In. We are hosting a number of public officials from the Durham community and our school district, as well as other community leaders and parents from our PAAC (Parents of African American Children) branch of the PTA. These esteemed leaders will read a book written by an African American in each of our classrooms and also talk with students about their career. 

  • Understanding the Past, Preparing for the Future 
    February 27, 2019 | 4:30 pm
    Forest View Elementary | 3007 Mount Sinai Road, Durham, NC 27705

     Students will act as wax figures representing Civil Right Leaders, Inventors, and other African Americans who have paved the way for their present and future experiences.

  • Black History Cultural Celebration
    February 27, 2019 | 2 pm
    Auditorium | 1531 S Roxboro Street
    Description: Music and Dances to celebrate Culture and Innovation

  • Black History Celebration
    February 28, 2019 | 6:30 pm
    E.K. Powe Elementary | 913 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

    The event will feature student work including art and a special performance.

  • Cultural Heritage Celebration
    February 28, 2019 | 6 pm
    YE Smith Elementary | 2410 E Main St, Durham, NC 27703

     Join us for an evening celebrating the history, music, and culture of African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans. Our scholars will celebrate their heroes in character as they tell the stories of their lives and the journey that it took for them to be great Americans.

  • African American Read-In
    February 28, 2019 | 8 am
    Parkwood Elementary School | 5207 Revere Road, Durham NC 27713

    Parkwood Elementary School will host the 1st Annual African American Read-In on February 28th from 8 am to 9:30 am. We are going to serve refreshments from 8:00 am to approximately 8:30 am and begin the read-in promptly at 8:45 pm. Established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, the National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. Every year, during the month of February, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting an African American Read-In. Hosting an event can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers. We will focus on reading books that are written by African American Authors, that are age appropriate, or books that are written about African American people.

  • Black History Month Wax Museum
    February 28, 2019 | 9 am and 1 pm
    Holt Elementary School | 4019 Holt School Rd, Durham, NC 27704

    Fourth Grade students will present information about famous African-Americans. This event will be at 9 am and 1 pm.

  • Imagine the Possibilities: Exploring Careers with Durham's Black Professionals and Business Owners
    February 28, 2019 | 6 pm
    Creekside Elementary| 5321 Ephesus Church Rd, Durham, NC 27707

    Come celebrate Black History Month with Creekside Families. This event is open to the community and will include, interactive exhibits from black professionals, performances by local dancers, performers, and artists, food from black-owned food trucks, vendors and student work.

  • Black History Program
    February 28, 2019 | 2:00:00 PM
    Morehead Montessori Gym | 909 Cobb St

    Description: Our Black History Program will be on February 28th, 2:00-3:30 PM. Students will perform songs, skits, dances, poems, etc, Performances should be between 2-3 mins each. We appreciate the phenomenal African Americans that we talk about every year during Black History Month. This year, we would like to shed light on African American figures that students have not been exposed to. (Politicians, Athletes, Inventors, Artists, Doctors, Scientists, Astronauts, Sororities, and Fraternities, Poets, etc.) There will be a living museum portion of 5 exhibits during the program. Students in Lower and Upper Elementary have the opportunity to research an African American and bring him/her to life during the program.
  • Live Wax Museum
    February 28, 2019 | 8:30:00 AM
    Spring Valley Cafeteria | 2051 Northern Durham Parkway

    To commemorate Black History Month, we will be hosting a Live Wax Museum. Each 2nd Grade student will research a historically African American figure who has made a positive contribution. Students will present their projects through a poster and dress up session on February 28th beginning at 8:30 am in the Spring Valley Cafe.

  • A Celebration of Black History
    February 28, 2019 | 5:30:00 PM
    Eastway Elementary School | 610 N. Alston Avenue

    We will celebrate with music, activities, and a gallery walk of influential African Americans. This will be the culminating activity in a month-long partnership with readers coming to read to different classrooms celebrating African Americans.

  • Black History Month Celebration
    February 28, 2019 | 8:20:00 AM
    Southwest Elementary | 2320 Cook Road

    Each morning 5th-grade students share a fact about Black History over the intercom with our morning announcements. In the classrooms, teachers are incorporating a Black History lesson into their plans and displaying the student work in the hallways.

  • Black History Month 360
    February 28, 2019 | 8:00:00 AM
    Brogden Middle School | 1001 Leon St.

    Black History 360 is part of Brogden's year-long "BMS 360" initiative, which celebrates various themes and topics across disciplines. Black History 360 will be a celebration of black culture through film analysis, text analysis, and guest speakers.

  • Museum Of African American History

    February 28, 2019 | 9:00:00 AM
    Fayetteville Street Elementary | 2905 Fayetteville Street

    Students will research African American historical figures and present a wax museum.

  • Speech Contest
    February 28, 2019 | 10:00:00 AM
    media center | 4418 S. Alston Ave

    Students will read or recite a black history poem.

  • Night of Black Excellence

    February 28, 2019 | 5:00:00 PM
    Neal Middle School | 201 Baptist Rd

    Neal Middle School presents its second annual Black History Month program. We will have vendors ranging from those who sell clothing and accessories as well as fitness and extracurricular activities for the entire family. During the event, families will also be able to participate in a drumming exhibition, food, prizes, all hosted by 97.5's own Dion "Showtime" Chavis. The night is one to remember so be sure to get there early.

  • Black Migrations through Performance
    February 28, 2019 | 2:30:00 PM
    The School for Creative Studies Gym | 5001 Red Mill Rd.

    The theme for Black History Month 2019 is "Black Migrations". Each morning during morning announcements, students hear a Black History Moment that explains an aspect of the black migration story, particularly focusing on the 20th century. Teachers receive the information in text and additional visual that they may use for discussion in classes. On February 28, we will culminate the month with our schoolwide assembly including performances by students from our music program where they have been studying various genres of music including, for example, Mississipi Blues vs. Chicago Blues which fits into the historical context of the migration story.

  • A Celebration of Black Excellence
    February 28, 2019 | 12:30:00 PM
    Bethesda Elementary | 2009 South Miami Blvd

    This event will present Black History performances to celebrate Black Historians from the past and present. It will feature student and staff talent and performances through drama, song, dance, music, and spoken word.

  • Sankofa: African-American Music from Spirituals to Hip Hop Performance
    March 7, 2019 | 9:00:00 AM
    Little River School | 2315 Snow Hill Road

    Assembly for Grades 4-8

  • Jordan High School Black Student Union Presents: Black Excellence
    March 8, 2019 | 6:00:00 PM
    JHS Auditorium | 6806 Garrett Road

    This event will showcase talent, history and a wealth of excellence that the African American community has to offer. Students will be inspired by community members as well as students from JHS. The school's step team and African Dance team will perform and the men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated will perform as well. Students will recite poetry and the program will be hosted by members of the JHS Black Student Union.