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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 Hispanic LatinX Leadership Resource Network (AAHLLRN) 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: Carlo Laurore, Lauren Cornelius, Jeff Jackson

Youth & Family Resources

Test your knowledge of North Carolina Black History with this Kahoot challenge! 
History by Kahoot shares this Black History quiz and test of Civil Rights Movement knowledge.

Meet 28 African-American leaders, inventors and pioneers

Civil Rights Leaders Word Search

Rosa Parks Bus Maze

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

We Wear Black

In color psychology, black can mean intimidating, unfriendly or a sign of grief. We want to use the color black during Black History Month to be a symbol of hope, awareness and togetherness.

Please join the AAHLLRN and wear black each Friday through Black History Month (February 5, 12, 19 and 26). 

• We wear black to bring awareness to the institutional and systemic racism and oppression of black and brown people in the United States and around the world.

• We wear black to honor the struggle of those who came before us.

• We wear black in unity with those who are working daily to fight injustice, prejudice and inequality.

• We wear black to do our part to ensure that future generations have great opportunities and access to thrive.

Capture your We Wear Black moment by taking a picture and posting it to social media with #Ywewearblack.

Support Black-Owned Businesses

Unlearning Systemic Racism Virtual Town Hall

All YMCA staff, volunteers and the public are invited to participate in a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from noon - 3 p.m.

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The Y is proud to partner throughout the year with Racial Equity Institute (REI) and encourages individuals and organizations to engage in Groundwater Training as an introduction to Racial Equity. Virtual presentations are currently scheduled.