Raleigh Black History Month Events

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Feb. 1 – First Friday event
The North Central CAC and the Raleigh City Museum will host a First Friday event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the city museum, 220 Fayetteville St. Orage Quarles III, president and publisher for the News & Observer, will serve as host. The event will feature displays of black history and community celebrations specific to the North Central CAC. Mrs. Pauline Latta will be a guest speaker talking about her past experiences as an African-American in Raleigh.

The museum display will feature information about the North Central CAC, the New Bern Ave Corridor, the Richard B. Harrison Library, Saint Monica School, Raleigh’s first African-American Mayor Clarence Lightner, O’Rorke Cemetery, Tuttle Community Center, and more. The exhibit will be on display until Feb. 28. The North Central CAC also will present a poster in honor of Black History Month, which will be displayed at the museum through the month of February.

Feb. 9 – Free Live Theater Presentation of The Harriet Tubman Story
A free performance of The Harriet Tubman Story will take place Feb. 9 and 10 at 2616 South Saunders St. The first showing will be on Saturday, February 9th at 6 p.m. The last showing will be on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.  It is being sponsored by Victory Chapel. Admission is free to the public. All are welcomed. No reservations. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. For more information please call (919) 539-6977.

Feb. 9 – Black History Month Program
The North Central CAC, the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department, and WakeMed will host a Black History Month Program at the Tarboro Road Community Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This program will honor several members of the community who have played a significant role in African-American History.  The program will honor:

  • Harold and Lucille Webb – Mrs. Webb played an important role in regards to civic engagement and health care advocacy in the area. Mr. Webb offered statewide civic and political engagement and served as a Tuskegee Airman;
  • Pauline Latta – Mrs. Latta is 101 years old and is involved with voter registration and education in the area;
  • Willie Stokes – Mr. Stokes is involved with neighborhood engagement along with organizing neighborhood cleanups.  He also organizes the community holiday breakfast;
  • Monsignor Thomas Paul Hadden – The late Father Hadden was an African-American priest that played an important role for African-Americans and the Catholic Church including the Saint Monica School; and,
  • Jaquan Bennett – Mr. Bennett is serving his second consecutive year as a member of the Teen Advisory Board at Saint Monica’s Teen Center. An active member of the teen center and a student at Enloe High School, he participates in various community service projects and programs to better the community.

The program will take place from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. and a reception will follow at the Tarboro Road Community Center.

Feb. 16 – Trolley Tour of Raleigh’s Black History
This special event will take participants through Downtown Raleigh on a historic trolley tour highlighting the city’s African American heritage. The trolley route will include, but is not limited to, Shaw University, the Dr. M.T. Pope House, and Chavis Park. Tours begin and end at Mordecai Historic Park. Tickets are $10, advanced reservations recommended. Tours start at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Learn more.

Various DatesPrograms at the North Carolina Museum of History

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