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Black History Month Resources

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history.  Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

The YMCA of the Triangle's African American Employee Resource Group  (AAERG) invites you to join us as we recognize the significance of black history, to connect as a staff community and to learn about ways we can make our organization stronger through diversity and equity.


*We'll be sharing additional reflections from YMCA leaders throughout February, both here and on our Facebook pages.

Previous Leader Reflections

Youth & Family Resources

Meet 28 African-American leaders, inventors and pioneers

Civil Rights Leaders Word Search

Rosa Parks Bus Maze

Learning Resources for Kids:
PBS Kids | National Education Association | Education.com | Maryland Families Engage | Netflix | Sesame Street

Arts & Crafts Projects:
Face Jug | Mini Furniture | Quilt Square Decoration | Time Capsule | Woven Yarn Basket

Coloring Pages:
Jackie Robinson | Louis Armstrong | Thurgood Marshall | Black History Month | BHM Quilt

Reading List for Young People

WRAL Celebrates Black History

Local Events

We Wear Black

On the fourth Friday of February, YMCAs across the country commit to being an anti-racist, multicultural organization and honor Black History Month in a show of solidarity by wearing black. 

In 2024, We Wear Black will take place on February 23. Created by the African American Resource Network in 2020, this is a great opportunity to get both your staff and members involved in the diversity, equity and inclusion work within your Y.

Sign up to be part of a Y-USA virtual event on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.

Support Black-Owned Businesses

Explore History


Museums, Historic Sites, Heritage Trails, and Other Community Resources: