We celebrate Black History Month by recognizing the history, achievements, and influence of the Black community.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History originally launched the campaign in 1926 as a weeklong mission to introduce the underrepresented contributions of African Americans to our country. The weeklong celebration evolved into the entire month of February beginning in 1976, creating a national movement.
In honor of Black History Month, here are some ways that you can get educated, celebrate, and support the Black community in Denton this year.
AFRICAN DANCE NIGHT
Cami Holman, local professional dancer, teacher, and Soul Art Renewal performer, will lead an evening of African dance at 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 17th at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. This event is free and open to all ages and skill levels.
BLACK EMPOWERMENT BRUNCH
Texas Woman’s University is hosting a brunch at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 18th at Hubbard Hall. Their goal is to empower the black students of TWU to brand themselves and understand the value that they have in terms of buying black and brown, finding their own lane, and building an undeniable brand solely off their name. This event is free and open to the public.
STORYTELLING WITH TONI SIMMONS
Award-winning author and storyteller Toni Simmons presents Black History: Telling Our Stories at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 26th at the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum. In her storytelling, Toni Simmons uses music, rhythm, and audience participation to tell engaging stories for all ages.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION
Denton’s Black History Month celebration will take place from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 26th at the MLK, Jr. Rec Center. The celebration includes an art competition, guest speakers, gospel, fellowship, and a free community health fair. Local artists from grades K-12 were invited to participate in an art competition focusing on the theme of Black Health and Wellness. Winners of the art competition will be notified and honored at this celebration.
THE BOB JONES FAMILY COLLECTION
The Bob Jones family was integral to the development of the Roanoke-Southlake area in Denton County. Bob Jones built the Walnut Grove School for his older children, grandchildren, and other area African American students. The Jones family also helped to establish the Mount Carmel Baptist Church.
Items from the Bob Jones Family Collection will be on display at the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum from January 21 - March 31, 2022. The collection includes dresses and clothing worn by family members, quilts and handkerchiefs, as well as documents and family photographs. Other items donated by the Bob Jones family can be found on display in the Denton County African American Museum at the Historical Park.
DENTON COUNTY AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
Located in the Denton County Historical Park is the Quakertown House, a home built in 1904 and originally located in the historic African American community of Quakertown. The house is now home to the Denton County African American Museum, featuring three rooms that display pictures and artifacts of the African American families that originally lived in Quakertown. Read more about the historical Quakertown community of Denton through the Denton County Office of History and Culture Blog.
FOUNDATION OF OUR HISTORY MURAL
This mural features five influential women in history. Originally located on the side of local activist Willie Hudspeth's business, the mural was repainted by muralist Dan Black and can now be found at the entrance to Robertson Street from Bell Avenue. The women depicted are Alice Moore Alexander, Alma Clark, Betty Kimble, Dorothy Minter, and Ruby Cole. To learn more about these inspirational women and their activism, check out the Denton Public Library Blog.