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 contest winners and the ideas below inspire you to make your own Black History events educational and empowering.

Focus On Family History

Encourage youngsters to learn about their family history as part of Black History Month. Work with them to come up with a list of questions that they can ask an older relative. Include questions such as, “Did you encounter any struggles? If so, how did you overcome them?” Give kids Bookmarks with themes like "Black History: From Struggle Comes Strength to give to their interviewees. When they’ve completed their assignments, reward kids with colorful Silicone Bracelets.

Black History Month Drinkware
Black History Month Pencils

Raise Awareness And Funds

Attract attention and fundraise for your organization’s black history programs at a community event. Set up a table near the entrance and recruit volunteers to talk to passersby. Engage people by quizzing them with "Celebrate Black History” African-American Knowledge Cards. Sell raffle tickets for items from exclusive Raffle Packs like our 30-Piece Black History Raffle Value Pack to raise money. Draw tickets for the winners at the end of the event.

Yes, We Can!

Give back to your community by hosting a can drive for a local food bank during Black History Month. In January, begin advertising for the can drive. Then, in February, have a collection bin set out in a common area of your facility. Have a table next to the collection bin with information about the can drive and Pens or Pencils featuring exclusive Black History Month designs and themes. Encourage those who donate to take a Pen or Pencil.

Black History Month value and raffle packs
Black History Month Hand fans, church fans

Put It In Words

Ask students to craft an essay about the incredible influence African Americans have had on U.S. history. Have them pick one person to write about, highlighting his or her contributions to how we live today. Present those who write the best essays withT-Shirts featuring colorful designs such as "Black History: It’s Not Just Our History". Give all participants Black History Month Pencils.


2019 Contest Winners

GRAND PRIZE

SOUTH ST. PAUL BLACK PRIDE ORGANIZATION (BPO) - SOUTH ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA

Students involved in the BPO went all-out to make a difference in their school and community during Black History Month. They researched and developed questions for daily Black History Trivia, which were read over the announcements. Trivia winners received Positive Promotions’ Water Bottles. BPO members also decorated part of the school, enjoyed a viewing of the movie Hidden Figures, and volunteered for a program that provides free food for families in need. “The efforts that BPO has taken…have provided a meaningful space for black culture to be distinguished and celebrated as part of our community,” an advisor for the BPO said.

2ND PRIZE

NEWBURGH FREE ACADEMY BLACK HISTORY CLUB - NEWBURGH, NEW YORK

The Black History Club at Newburgh Free Academy made “paying it forward” to their school community a part of their 2019 Black History Month observance. The Black History Club partnered with organizations in their community, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh, the county health department, the Newburgh LGBTQ Center, and many more, to hold a Youth Community Resource Fair. The event was open to all staff, students, and faculty, who learned about physical and mental wellness, healthy eating, community service opportunities, and other important information from participating organizations. Members of the Black History Club wore Positive Promotions’ T-shirts the day of the event.

3RD PRIZE

GREENWOOD ACRES FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH - SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA

Greenwood Acres engaged people of all ages in Black History Month. The church partnered with eight elementary schools for a Black History Enrichment Program that included a field trip with learning stations about African-American inventors and a special guest speaker, a world-renowned sculptor. The church also hosted a program for adults that addressed opioid use in black neighborhoods. An FBI special agent and two doctors who specialize in opioid addiction served as guest speakers.

HONORABLE MENTION

NEGRO BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLUB - MIDLAND, TEXAS