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Join us in Celebrating Black History Month!

Published on by Casey Hawkins

A month commemorating African American history in their struggles for freedom and equality.

For years, the African American community has enriched the entire city of High Point, building successful and meaningful lives. Washington Street became the hub of African American education, business, worship, entertainment, and community. The Civil Rights Movement is a key element of High Point’s history and has helped to dramatically improve race relations in the city.

On Feb. 11, 1960, twenty-six black high school students marched from Washington Street to the F.W. Woolworth’s on South Main Street, in High Point, currently where the Red Lion Hotel stands.  As they entered Woolworths, they were determined, making a pact, to remain non-violent as they had rehearsed many scenarios through role playing with Rev. Dr. Elton Cox. They never realized that while they were studying homework and reading history at the counter, they too, would become a part of an important piece of history as the first organized high school sit-in in the United States.   High Point native, and past City Councilwoman Mary Lou Andrews Blakeney, was one of the organizers and participated in the High Point sit-in. Tonight, is a special moment in High Point as we honor this event with the Feb. 11 Sit-In Commemorative Banquet.

Progress has been made and will continue to be made in the city of High Point in order to improve race relations.

The High Point Regional Visitors Center pays homage to the African American Heritage through a gallery devoted to members of the African American community, not just in High Point but the region.  Our African American Heritage Guide is a great resource for those looking to learn more about, not only the rich history but today’s success stories with many local African Americans who call and have called High Point home.

Looking for additional Black History Month events in the area?

Check out the events below:


Discussion: “Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen” by Philip Dray

Pick up a copy of the book and then join The High Point Public Library and discuss relevant topics as you dive into the lives, struggles, and policies of former slaves and free people of color suddenly sitting in the halls of power. How did they achieve so much in such a short time? How did they lose their access to power?

Location: The High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main St. High Point, NC 27262

When: Fri. Feb.14, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Cost: N/A

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Grab a book and get cozy or enjoy listening to stories about Black History

Location: Little Red Schoolhouse – High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave. High Point, NC 27262

When: Th. Feb. 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ages: 0 – 12

Cost: FREE & open to public

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“Freedom Songs: The History of Black Music” by Bright Star touring theatre

Little Red Schoolhouse also invites you to join them for an afternoon filled with singing and entertainment as they host the Bright Star touring theatre.

Location: Little Red Schoolhouse – High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave. High Point, NC 27262

When: Sat. Feb. 29, 2020 @ 11:00 – 12:00 PM

Ages: 3 and up

Cost: FREE & open to public

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African American History Story Hour!

International Civil Rights Center Museum is hosting an African American History Story Hour

Location: International Civil Rights Center Museum; 134 S Elm Street. Greensboro, NC 27401

When: Sat. Feb. 22, 2020 @ 11:00 – 12:00 PM

Ages: K – 5 students

Cost: N/A

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The Greensboro Sit-Ins of 1960

International Civil Rights Center Museum (CRCM) is hosting “The Greensboro Sit-Ins of 1960”, a 60 year reflection and conversation with Dr. William Chafe. Dr. Chafe is a professor at Duke University and the author of Civilities and Civil Rights Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom. The program is FREE and open to the public. Registration required, seating limited.

Location: International Civil Rights Center Museum; 134 S Elm Street. Greensboro, NC 27401

When: Sat. Feb. 22, 2020 at 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Cost: FREE

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Lifted Voices: African American History

Lifted Voice is a series of living history events that bring people and their stories to life from Greensboro’s past. Costumed interpreters share stories of African Americans in Greensboro. This year’s focus entails those who worked to fulfill the promises of American democracy in the Gate City.

Location: Greensboro History Museum, Greensboro History Museum, 130 Summit Ave.

When: Sat. Feb. 15, 2020 @1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: FREE

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Great Leap of Faith Day

Enjoy an afternoon filled with performances from community groups highlighting our city’s diversity. Games, videos, crafts, and many more activities will take place during this event.

Location: Greensboro History Museum, Greensboro History Museum, 130 Summit Ave.

When: Sat. Feb. 29, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: FREE

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All Black Everything Symposium

Join 70 Dudley High students as they celebrate and educate on Black pride with workshops, gospel, food, and much more! The theme is “When They See Us”

Location: Guilford College, 5800 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro, North Carolina 27410

When: Wed. Feb. 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: FREE; $10.00 fee for lunch (or you may forgo the lunch)

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Black Women Speak

Black women panelists share their experiences, offer opinions on hot topics, and join in community with others so that they may have a better understanding of Black women’s lived experiences.  Open to public.

Location: Guilford College, 5800 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro, North Carolina 27410 in Gilmer Room in Founders Hall

When: Wed. Feb. 19, 2020 @ 12: 45 pm – 2:30 pm

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GGBCC presents Greensboro Greatest: Celebration of Black History Month

Honor major legendary and visionary business leaders from different walks of life that contributed and generated millions of dollars to the Greensboro, NC community. Full bar and coffee shop included.

Location: The Artist Bloc, 1020 West Gate City Blvd. Greensboro, NC 27403

When: Th. Feb. 20, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Cost: FREE

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