Groups across Charlotte and North Carolina aren’t letting a pandemic get in the way of Black History Month, nor will we. In recognition of the achievements and central role of African Americans in American and Charlotte history, we have assembled links to several Charlotte and NC virtual events, activities and research that you can explore.
Events and activities with University City ties
- “Why we need Africana Studies” – Essay by Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery, chair of the Africana Studies Department at UNC Charlotte and award-winning author. MORE
- “Have You Thanked An Inventor Today?” – Virtual story and activity time for ages 2-4, presented by Mallard Creek Recreation Center, 10:30-11:30 am Feb. 19. DETAILS AND REGISTRATION (required).
- UNC Charlotte library book recommendations – J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte has assembled an array of fiction, historical texts, essays and memoires on the Black experience in America. MORE
- “Religion, Racism, & Religious Racism: The Color of Faith Discrimination”: 17th Annual Africana Studies Symposium at UNC Charlotte – Currently scheduled for April 25-26 with opening event at the Center City campus on April 25. Five panel discussions and special presentation by Dr. Abbas Barzegar, on American-Islamic Relations, will take place in J. Murrey Atkins Library on the main campus on April 26. DETAILS AND REGISTRATION
Events and activities with Charlotte and North Carolina connections
- Celebrate Black History Month with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. The Library’s Black Lives Matter programming initiative has a variety of virtual discussions, story times, book groups, speakers and more to explore and celebrate Black History this month and every month. MORE
- Black History Month Read-In, by NC African American Heritage Commission. Celebrate literature and hear from five North Carolina authors with the 4th Annual Black History Month Read-In! MORE
- Black History Month genealogy regional conference, held online Feb. 6 by the 4 chapters of the NC Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society – Feb. 6, virtual. MORE
Compilations of events and activities, by local media
Most if not all of the events listed here are online and free.