Black History Month

The Town of Carrboro is proud to recognize and celebrate Black people and Black history in Carrboro and across the nation during Black History Month.

All residents are encouraged to participate in local Black History Month events and to learn about and celebrate the lives, history, and contributions of Black people this month and throughout the year.

“Black History Month continues to be a time to honor and recognize often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every part of American history,” Mayor Barbara Foushee said. “It is also a time to celebrate Black history’s rich heritage and the overcoming of adversity, these stories are ingrained in the fabric of this country’s history.  

“Lastly, Black History Month is a time to be educated about all Black people from the periods of enslavement to the Black people that continue to live amongst us today."

Read the 2024 Proclamation for Black History History Month.

The Town is committed to advancing racial equity and has recently taken several actions in support of this commitment.

The Town of Carrboro envisions being a community where race does not determine outcomes and all have equitable opportunities and resources. We envision a time when participation in community events, programs and advisory boards represents community demographics. All will feel safe and secure, knowing their voice is valued. We strive to be an inclusive and open-minded organization that has a culture created by its diverse staff, which serves the public through a social (racial) justice lens. Learn more at our Race and Equity page.

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Black History Month Schedule of Events

Feb. 1-29

Virtual Events:
Youth Art Exhibit: “Celebrating Black History Month”
29 Days of Black History Trivia
Inspiring Black History Month Quotes to Remember

Friday, Feb. 2

First Watch & Melanated Wine Trip
9:45 a.m. to 2: 00 p.m. at the Town Commons Parking Lot, 301 W Main St., Carrboro NC 27510

Sunday, Feb. 4

Black History Month Concert featuring Erin Blue
3 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510

Monday, Feb. 5

African Americans and the Arts, an evening with Joseph Jordan
6 to 8 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Poet’s Open Mic 

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Black History Month Senior Bingo
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510

Monday, Feb. 12

Celebrating Black People in America, an evening with Kenny Mann Jr.
6 to 8 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510

Sunday, Feb. 18

Diane Faison in “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman”
2:30 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510

Sunday, Feb. 18

Black History Month Concert featuring Collective Groove Band
4:30 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510

Saturday, Feb. 24

Health & Wellness Fair 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510

Sunday, Feb. 25

Black History Month Concert featuring Mary Williams
3 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro NC 27510

Check out our Celebrating Black America Playlist on YouTube!

Visit our playlist throughout the month as we add footage from our 2024 Black History Month Events.

Artists & Speakers

  1. Collective Groove Band 
  2. Erin Blue
  3. Joseph Jordan
  4. Kenny Mann Jr.
  5. Mary Williams

The NC-based Collective Groove Band gives an invigorating spin to Jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul, Pop, Classic Soul and Gospel music. The debut of their first single Definition Of Funk (D.O.F) took radio by storm in 2021.  The Smooth Jazz-Funk Fusion record has been recognized by the BDS Billboard and Groove Jazz Music Radio charts for being one of the most added singles to radio during its debut.

D.O.F also hit Radiowave, Smoothjazz.com Global and Smooth Jazz Network’s Top 100 Radio Airplay Charts making it a global success. Currently, CBG’s new single Can’t Live Without is being played around the world and climbing multiple Radio Airplay Charts and debuted within the top 50 on Groove Jazz Top 100 Airplay Charts alongside the likes of Dave Koz, Kenny G, Paul Jackson Jr. and Gerald Albright; just to name a few.

CGB will bring energy to any setting, from intimate events, to the big stage. Some notable big stages played are the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and the Red Hat Amphitheatre where they opened for George Clinton and P-Funk.  Some intimate stages include The Governor’s Club and The Beyu Caffe’ in which CGB sold out their first four shows of 2023.

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