Black History Month Idea Guide and Contest Winners

Black History Month Idea Guide and Contest Winners

It started in February 1926 as a weeklong celebration. Fifty years later, Black History Month became a national observance. Today, the significant contributions African Americans have made throughout our country's history is celebrated by schools, churches, and businesses nationwide. Positive Promotions honors the importance of black history with our exclusive designs and innovative promotional products. We hope the stories of our 2018 contest winners and the ideas below inspire you to make your 2019 Black History events educational and empowering.

Plant Seeds of Inspiration

Celebrate Black History Month by sowing strong roots in your community. Hold an event where volunteers in your neighborhood plant a community garden. Recruit people with landscape or gardening experience to serve as teachers for those who may not have a green thumb. Give attendees T-Shirts to wear when they garden and Drinkware to use throughout the gardening season, featuring exclusive themes such as "Strong Roots, Amazing Achievements".

Remember The Dream
Lead, Inspire, Learn

Share the Stories

Organize an event where community members tell of local African Americans who made a difference. Hand a sharpened pencil from our exclusive Pencil Collections such as "Celebrate Black History", as well as paper to each audience member. Encourage all of them to write about how the stories they hear impact them. Collect what the audience wrote, and thank those who shared stories with a Silicone Bracelet. Share what the audience wrote on your website or in your newsletter.

Give Back

Use Black History Month as a time to raise money for a local organization that helps people in need. Solicit donations from local businesses, such as gift certificates, for a silent auction. At the silent auction, promote the generous businesses that donated items. To raise even more money, add a raffle to the event. Give raffle winners items from our Black History Month Raffle Packs.

Make A Difference
All Cultures Count

Sing It Proud

Organize a concert at your church and focus on songs that are a well-known part of black history, such as "This Little Light of Mine". Give singers Hand Fans that they can use to stay cool during the performance. Also, pass out music booklets with Bookmarks tucked inside displaying themes like "Faith in God, Strength in Community", so that audience members can follow or sing along.


2018 Contest Winners

GRAND PRIZE

GASTON MIDDLE SCHOOL - FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Gaston Middle School's Black Student Union (BSU) celebrated Black History Month with several exciting activities. Students enjoyed a fun-filled assembly that included a performance of the Black National Anthem, reenactments of events associated with the Little Rock Nine and the Freedom Riders, plus music, dancing, and education about black history. An evening performance of the assembly drew about 400 community members. Additionally, students learned about African-American leaders during the morning announcments and through a special program organized by the BSU.

2ND PRIZE

MIDTOWN COMMUNITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - NEPTUNE, NEW JERSEY

"Love, Peace and Harmony" was the theme for Midtown Community Elementary School's Black History Month celebrations, which included a variety of events and involved many members of the community. Local leaders created podcasts and video presentations to educate and inspire students, while parents and staff brought in homemade dishes for a cultural community connection program. Additionally, students decorated classroom doors to honor African-American achievements and wrote essays about black history.

3RD PRIZE

COJ FAMILY LIFE CENTER CHURCH - OLYMPIA FIELDS, ILLINOIS

Members of the COJ Sunday Morning Church School celebrated Black History Month by learning about "10 Days in Black History That Changed Our Nation". Both children and adults were taught about these events through a variety of activities, including a special presentation and slideshow.

HONORABLE MENTION

SOUTH ST. PAUL SECONDARY - SOUTH ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA