Black History Month 2024

Experience Black History Month at The Center

Experience Black History Month at The Center with activities and programs for the entire family. Black History Month programming is made possible by the generous support of PNC.

Black History Month Programming

+ Giwayen Mata

Join us on Saturday, February 3rd as we kick off Black History Month with a performance by Giwayen Mata! This dynamic, soul stirring, all sistah, dance, percussion, and vocal ensemble will treat us to rhythms and movements from the African diaspora. The performances will be at 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM.

+ Space Race Film Screening

Uncover the untold history of racism in NASA with this must-see documentary. From overlooked stories of the space race highlighting the groundbreaking successes of Black pioneers in STEM, this film sheds light on the ongoing impacts of racial injustice in science. The film screening will be February 24th from 2pm-5pm. Catch a sneak peak here!

After the event, Carl McNair, brother of Ronald E. McNair who died aboard the space shuttle Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986, will speak to guests and sign copies of his book In the Spirit of Ronald E. McNair Astronaut, American Hero. 

+ Unsung African American History Makers Book Giveaway

Get the opportunity to meet the father and son writing team, Michael and Matthew Carson, and receive a free copy of their latest book, Unsung African American History Makers: Unknown Hidden Figures and Their Stories. Explore the personal stories of the incredible hidden figures mentioned in this book and how they have contributed to the fields of science, law, civil rights, technology, medicine, and beyond. The book giveaway will be held February 24th from 12pm-4pm. Learn More.

What's Happening at The Center

Join us at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for family activities in celebration of Black History Month. Each week we’ll offer different themes related to famous African Americans and their contributions to the world. Activities and giveaways will be held throughout the building every weekend from 12 pm to 5 pm.

Center Activities

Week 1: Black History 

Travel through the history of African Americans in America from 1619 to 2024. Play history games and join in a scavenger hunt within our galleries for an interactive experience. 

Week 2: Black Activism

Learn about the countless known and unknown activists who fought for equality in America. Make protest posters, play games, and help create a mural of a famous Civil Rights icon. 

Week 3: Black Art 

Can you name more than one famous African American artist? Explore the many ways that African Americans have contributed to the culture of America through art and poetry. 

Week 4: Black Science

Most of us have seen the film Hidden Figures, which tells the story of NASA scientists Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn, but do you know of any more African American scientists? Learn more about their contributions through activities and games.