February is recognized nationally as Black History Month, and while we have many celebrations across our state this month, we also celebrate black history throughout the year.
The Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville is presenting "Red, White, Blue & Black: The Service of Black Americans during the Civil War," on Feb. 23. This program will focus on black Americans and their contributions to the military during the Civil War. Led by Dr. Charles Anderson of Central Texas College, this event is also free of charge.
Sunday, Feb. 19, the Raleigh’s North Carolina Museum of Art will offer a program that analyzes and discusses the African art world: "Looking at African Art in the 21st Century." The speaker will be Dr. Rebecca Martin Nagy, director of the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and former curator of African Art at NCMA. Another free event, this program will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Throughout the year, visitors can celebrate Black History and North Carolina’s role in the Civil Rights movement by visiting the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro. A tribute to the four individuals who began the sit-in movement in 1960 in Greensboro, you can explore fourteen signature exhibits and a rotating art exhibit year round. Additionally, many historical sites throughout the state offer tours: Somerset Place in Creswell and Historic Stagville near Durham were both once plantations now open to visitors. We would love for you to share your experiences with us in the comments section below.