Where Kids Can Celebrate Black History Month in Huntsville

In 1926, black historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson inaugurated an annual observance of the contributions made by Africans in America by instituting Negro History Week. For some, the extension of Black History Week to a month-long series of events each February was cause for more celebration of the tireless efforts and sacrifices of black men and women. Huntsville’s black history events are inclusive gatherings designed to highlight the broad spectrum of black culture in America with its roots in Africa, the cradle of civilization. All are invited – especially families. Below you’ll find some great ways to celebrate Black History Month in Huntsville with kids!

Black History Month Programs at the Library

When: All month
Cost: FREE | View Website

HMCPL is honoring Black History Month in February with an offering of free programs that focus on art, film and STEM-based activities. On select Mondays, the Downtown Huntsville Library is hosting an African-American Musicals movie series:

  • “Stormy Weather,” January 29
  • “The Wiz,” February 5
  • “Purple Rain,” February 19
  • “Dreamgirls,” February 26

All movies will be shown in the Second Floor Events room at 6:00 p.m.

Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom

February 3rd at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Burritt on the Mountain
Cost: $8-12 | More Info
The Underground Railroad had no tracks or train cars, but it moved thousands of slaves from the South to freedom. Experience following the clues from one “safe” house to next in our simulation. Hear music, and stories of the brave women and men who risked their lives to achieve freedom for themselves and for others. Participation is limited to the first 30 people at each offering, so arrive early!


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Black History Festival

Saturday, Feb. 3 from 1-5 PM
Trinity United Methodist Church
Cost: FREE | Event details

This annual festival is to bring culture awareness and understanding of the African American culture to our youth and the community. Live music, food, and kid’s activities are all a part of this celebration.

Home School Connection: African American Authors and Illustrators

February 6 at 1:00 p.m.
Monrovia Public Library
Cost: FREE | More Info

For Homeschool students in K-4th. For more information contact Mandee Farley at mfarley@hmcpl.org or call 256-489-3392.

Jean-Michel Basquait Inspired Art Class

Saturday, February 10 11:00 am
Bessie K. Russell Library
Cost: FREE| More Info

Create your own Basquait inspired work and learn about this world renowned painter. Ages 9 and up. Free. Registration required 256-859-9050.

Science of George Washington Carver

Thursday, February 15 @ 4 PM
Monrovia Public Library
Cost: FREE | More Info
All second through fifth graders who are interested in exploring the world of science come join our science club.Today’s topic: George Washington Carver and the Peanut! For more information contact Mandee Farley at 256-489-3392.


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The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963

February 16-18 and February 23-25
VBC Playhouse
Cost: $15 | Show Details

Fantasy Playhouse has brought this beloved book to the Huntsville stage! Meet the Watsons of Flint, Michigan: Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, big brother Byron and ten-year-old Kenny. When Byron can’t seem to stay out of trouble, the family piles into the “Brown Bomber” and drives south to visit no-nonsense Grandma Sands and toward a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights movement and Alabama history. Based on the novel that won the Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honor Book awards and told with humor from a child’s perspective, this play celebrates the power and love of family, even in the of midst of hate and tragedy.

Midwest Black Rodeo

Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:00 PM
Alabama A&M University, Agribition Center
Cost: $15-20, Children 3 and under are free | More Info

Coming to the Agribition Center at Alabama A&M in Huntsville Alabama, the first African American Invitational Pro Rodeo.

Rosenwald Schools: Celebrating Education

Saturday, Feb. 17 | Sessions start at 10:30, 12:30, & 2:15
Burritt On the Mountain
Cost: General admission, $8-12, or free for members | See event details

Learn about Rosenwald Schools in the South. These schools were built during the early 20th century to provide educational opportunities for African American children in the rural south. Hear the fascinating story of this effort and experience part of a typical school day in our Rosenwald school room. Say the 1918 Pledge of Allegiance, practice for the school spelling bee, experience “blab” reading and more.


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Art Appreciation featuring Horace Pippin

February 20 at 4:00 pm
Triana Branch Library
Cost: FREE | More Info

Jane Robinson will lead this class for kids featuring Pippin’s work and participants can create a project based on his work.

Movie Saturday at BKR

Saturday, February 24, 2018 11:00 AM
Bessie K. Russell Library
Cost: FREE | More Info

Families can come enjoy the movie, “Queen of Katwe” Rated PG.

For more information about community events, check out the City of Huntsville Multicultural Affairs Facebook page or subscribe to the free weekly electronic newsletter by sending an e-mail request to kenny.anderson@huntsvilleal.gov. Have a great Black History Month in Huntsville!