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Great Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Huntsville with Kids

Great Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Huntsville with Kids

Sonnie Hereford IV walks with his father to school as the first black child to be enrolled in a public school in Alabama.

It’s Black History Month, and the perfect time to celebrate the often overlooked achievements of Black Americans throughout history. Black history is American history and an essential part of our country’s story and future. February is the perfect time to talk to children not only about the achievements and triumphs, but the obstacles and roadblocks that Black Americans have faced and continue to face today. We’ve rounded up some helpful resources, books, and local events to help get those important conversations started.

“Talking Gets Us There” – Things to Watch During Black History Month

The first step is talking about it! Kids can change the world, but first they have to be invited to the conversation. Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman caught up with PBS Kids in this video to share her poem “Talking Gets Us There”. In it, Gorman shares how talking and using your voice can bring about change. PBS Kids has lots more amazing 2023 Black History Month resources for kids ages 2-8.

“It’s normal to notice what makes us different
Because what makes us different is
What makes each of us so special.”
– Amanda Gorman, Inaugural Poet

Other Things to Watch during Black History Month

The Breathtaking Courage of Harriet Tubman by TED-Ed

Fun Facts about Dr. Mae C. Jemison by Educational Videos for Students

Ruby Bridges Biography by Homeschool Pop

The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kid President

Expand Horizons with these Books About Black History

Reading books with diverse characters and stories can not only help build empathy in children, but expose them to ideas that may differ from their own. According to, “It’s important that marginalized children aren’t the only ones reading and being exposed to diverse books, nor are their lives the only ones that will be enriched by reading them. Reading books that represent different abilities, cultures, beliefs, and skin colors help us change our attitude toward those differences.”

Seeds of Freedom book cover

We’ve rounded up 10 books that explore the lives of fictional and real Black Americans and share their stories of overcoming the barriers.

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins by Carole Boston Weatherford

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, AL by Hester Bass

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges

Texting with Black History: Martin Luther King Jr., Sojourner Truth and Aretha Franklin Biography Book for Kids By Bobby Basil

Black Women in Science: A Black History Book for Kids by PhD Pellum, Kimberly Brown

Celebrate Black History at these Local Events


Engage in Black Identity at the Huntsville Museum of Art

Each year the Huntsville Museum of Art hosts an exhibition as part of Black History Month. In Looking at the Collection: African American Art and Artists, a collection of works created by African American artists, complemented by selected works depicting African American subjects created by non-black artists. The selection features regionally and nationally acclaimed artists working in a variety of media, including Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Luigi Lucioni, Althea Murphy-Price, Clifton Pearson, Renee Stout, and Mose Tolliver, among others. Organized by HMA Black History Month Committee.

In addition to seeing the exhibit, families with older children/teens can join the artist for a docent led tours on February 2 and February 26. The exhibit runs through February 26 and is included with a membership or general admission.

Image of Lucioni Cropped Ethel Waters January 2017
Huntsville Museum of Art presents an African American Art and Artists exhibit.

Midwest Invitational Black Rodeo

Date: February 4, 2023 | 1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Alabama a & M Univ Agribition, Huntsville, AL (Map)
Cost: Starting at $15
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Full scale professional rodeo, all the excitement of bull riding, tie down calf roping, Ladies barrel racing, Junior barrel races and Junior breakaway ropers. Local Relay teams getting will be competing against the clock and our cowboys. Fast, Fun, Busy, Exciting.

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Midwest Invitational Black Rodeo is back in Huntsville for Black History Month.

“How to Entertain, Educate, and Enlighten”

Date: February 16, 2023 | 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Alabama Center for the Arts – Recital Hall (Map)
Cost: FREE
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Jonathan Blanchard will perform “How to Entertain, Educate, and Enlighten” at Athens State for Black History Month.

“Music of the Movement”

Date: February 16, 2023 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Alabama Center for the Arts – Recital Hall (Map)
Cost: FREE
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An interactive program that explores & explains the music that shaped the Civil Rights Era. Participants will find the meaning behind the music and compare and contrast the major figures, documents, and events of the day to better understand the political and cultural messages. Students will sample popular music, R&B, folk music, gospel, and the Spiritual, music that fueled the movement. Participants will be introduced to artists like Sam Cooke, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott Heron, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul, Mary.

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Jonathan Blanchard will perform the “Music of the Movement” at Athens State.

The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom

Date: February 18, 2023 | 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Burritt on the Mountain (Map)
Cost: Included with admission ($8 – $12), FREE for members
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Families will enjoy learning the history of the Underground Railroad, immersing themselves in the stories of some of the secret journeys, and hear how the stories themselves were passed on.  Visitors will experience an interactive trip through the Historic Park and put themselves in the shoes of one of the brave individuals who resisted slavery.  The activities include the history of African American education and how communities persevered to learn and grow, while exploring the Rosenwald School.  Kids can enjoy crafts inspired by the incredible journeys and folk arts of Black Alabamians.

Schedule of Events

10:00 – Underground Railroad History and Stories

11:00 – Interactive Underground Railroad Tour

12:30 – Black Education and the Rosenwald Schools

1:30 – Underground Railroad History and Stories

2:30 – Interactive Underground Railroad Tour

Crafts are ongoing throughout the day.

A young child is taking part in a weaving demonstration atop a replica Rosenwald Schoolhouse desk at Burritt on the Mountain.
A young child takes part in a demonstration inside the replica Rosenwald Schoolhouse at Burritt on the Mountain.

Drive through history with a Huntsville Civil Rights Tour

Rocket City Civil Rights has put together a driving tour that highlights some of the major sites for the Civil Rights movement in Huntsville. The self-guided tour takes your through over 15 sites with historical background and information about each location. The tour includes Huntsville’s segregated movie theaters, sit-in locations and more. Each site has a brief description with additional information.

Sonnie Hereford IV walks with his father to school as the first black child to be enrolled in a public school in Alabama.
Sonnie Hereford IV, who was the first black child enrolled in Alabama public schools, walks with his father Sonnie Hereford III, M.D. on his way to school.

Learn about notable Black Huntsvillians

The Huntsville Madison County Public Library has an amazing digital archive collection, and they’re putting together some wonderful Hometown History videos on their YouTube channel. Here are the stories of eight educators that led notable careers in Huntsville and Madison County.

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