Celebrating Black History Month
During the month of February, Klein ISD is celebrating Black History Month which honors the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. This is a time to celebrate courageous stories like those of The Underground Railroad and historic moments like the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But these are only a few of the significant and important events to know and remember. A list of resources and supersites have been created to help you embed opportunities into your classroom to learn about and celebrate the people and events that have shaped our nation’s history.
In addition, here are some special events this month around Houston:
Third Annual African American History Parade
8–11 a.m. Feb. 17, 2018, downtown at Texas and Hamilton streets near Minute Maid Park
This year’s theme is African-Americans in Time of War showcasing African-American inventors, produced by the Houston Sun community newsletter.
Houston Museum of African American Culture
4807 Caroline St., Houston 77004, 713–526–1015
Free admission at all times
This month, the museum is hosting an exhibition about Sandra Bland, the motorist who was arrested for a minor traffic violation in 2015 and ended up dying in custody. The show runs from Feb. 3–28. The HMAAC was founded to collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the culture of Africans and African Americans not only in Houston but also the state of Texas and the southwest. It features rotating exhibitions in three gallery spaces, as well as a film-viewing area.
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
9816 Caroline St., Houston 77004, 713–942–8920
Free admission from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of African-American soldiers. It houses the largest repository of African-American military history in the world.
Community Artists’ Collective
4101 San Jacinto, Ste. 116, Houston 77004, 713–523–1616
Free admission at all times
The collective was founded 30 years ago to meet the needs of African American artists and women in particular. They have rotating exhibitions, educational programs, after-school programs, Saturday classes, and specialized workshops in many of the creative arts. The current exhibition is “Catch on Fire: Works by Ashley Washington” through Feb. 23.
Houston Public Library
The African American Library at the Gregory School
This is a special collections library within the Houston Public Library system. They serve as a resource to preserve, promote, and celebrate the history and culture of African-Americans and will be hosting special events throughout the month.
University of Houston Black History Month Celebration
Events during this month include panel discussions, documentaries, celebrations, and speakers.