Celebrating Black History Month as a Community in Champaign-Urbana
A number of events are happening, mostly virtually, in the Champaign-Urbana area that are directly (and indirectly) related to Black History Month
February is Black History Month around the country, and we’re excited to see that Champaign-Urbana has a wide variety of events and commemorations to offer. Here’s a look at Champaign-Urbana area events and activities directly (and indirectly) related to Black History Month. From the visual arts to literature to music to film, there’s a lot happening. Many of these events will be happening virtually, and we include streaming links whenever we can.
We’ve done our best to indicate appropriate age groups for these events, but we’re not always sure. Always check with event sponsors if you need more information than what we have provided.
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Monday, February 1, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
In honor of Black History Month, Unit 4 meal boxes will feature items from Black-Owned Small Businesses each week in February. The meal for Monday, Feb. 1 is from Wood N’ Hog Barbecue. The meal includes Pulled Chicken Cornbread Baked Beans Stay tuned to see which business will be featured…read more…
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Kwanzaa Principles: Relevant All Year Long Wednesday, Feb. 3 6–7 p.m. Presenter: Sam Smith, MSW Link to event: coming soon The college will celebrate the historical achievements of African Americans with virtual events including faculty lectures and student presentations. Parkland invites all community members to participate in the following virtual…read more…
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Teen Online Lab: Black History Month Book Talk - Virtual - with Urbana Free Library(Registration Required)
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Join Teen Librarians for fun projects and activities! Staff from the CU Fab Lab will join the group most weeks. Make sure to register in advance, because some projects will require picking up a pre-made kit from the Library before the program begins. This week (2/4): Black History Month Book…read more…
Monday, February 15, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
In this Black History Month class, the group will discuss why Black History Month should be incorporated into young people's (and adults') learning throughout the year. The leader will share how to have conversations about race and skin color with young people through creativity and art. Everyone will create their…read more…
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, February 16 BLACK HISTORY MONTH READ ALOUD: “THE UNDEFEATED” Online Event, Streaming on Museum of the Grand Prairie Facebook and YouTube pages, 1 p.m. Tune in for this Caldecott-winning and Newbery Honor book that celebrates Black Americans throughout history: “The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander, illustrated By Kadir Nelson. The…read more…
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Race Talk Thursday, Feb. 18 1–2 p.m. Presenters: Donna Tanner-Harold, MEd, LPC, and Dr. Marsh Jones Link to event: coming soon The college will celebrate the historical achievements of African Americans with virtual events including faculty lectures and student presentations. Parkland invites all community members to participate in the following…read more…
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
As a way to honor and celebrate Black History Month, mark your calendars for the BSAB Black Artist Expo on Thursday, February 18th at 7pm on Instagram live @bsabillinois 7:10 - Ausar 7:30 - Darrin Rose 7:40 - Devin Gilbreath 8:00 - Bailey Haynes 8:20 - Denzel Lavell 8:40 -…read more…
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Teens in grades 6 and up are invited to participate in an exciting online trivia event through the Champaign Public Library to celebrate Black History Month! Participants can form teams of up to five teens, or be assigned a team on the day of the event. Trivia categories include: Science/Inventors,…read more…
We will continue to add to this list, so please check back here.