Let It Shine:<br />The American Civil Rights Movement

The 19th Annual Gathering of the People, in celebration of Black History Month, is brought to you by:

Burke County Public Library

The Library Foundation of Burke County

Video was available through February 28.

Bright Star Touring Theatre comes virtually to your home! This powerful production will introduce audiences to poignant events and notable names of the Civil Rights Movement. This acclaimed show focuses on the tumultuous years between 1955 and 1968 and shines a light on important milestones in our history, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the SCLC, Brown v. Board of Education, Rosa Parks, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and more come to life in this powerful tale. Through stories and song, Let It Shine shows the high price that was paid by those who fought for equal rights during this turbulent time.

This family-friendly program is suitable for 4th graders up to adults.

A Selection of Additional Black History Month Virtual Programs

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ASALH's - Black History Month Virtual Festival

A month-long collection of activities and virtual events from the founders of Black History Month. Throughout the month of February 2021, ASALH will host a festival, virtual programming in observance and celebration of the strengths, struggles, resistance—and the sheer perseverance of the Black family. The Festival will be a series of stellar educational events that demonstrate how Black people helped shape the American landscape and were shaped by it, posited through the lens of food, religion, social justice, education, economics, and music arts and their impact on the endurance of Black families.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. They have a variety of virtual exhibits (for all ages), and some great virtual programs planned for Black History Month.

Check out this list of upcoming Virtual Events

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Virtual Events That Celebrate and Honor Black Culture - Collection by Eventbrite

Black History Month is more than just a reflection on the past. It's also about celebrating the present (and the future) of Black culture. In this curated collection, Eventbrite is putting a spotlight on virtual events that will not only teach you about Black history, but will showcase Black excellence in its many forms: food, film, comedy, music, literature, and more. These are events that energize, educate, and entertain - all while honoring and celebrating Black culture.

Some programs in this list are FREE, and some cost money. All are clearly marked.

Civil Rights Trail

Civil Rights Trail

The U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a collection of churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other landmarks, primarily in the Southern states, where activists challenged segregation in the 1950s and 1960s to advance social justice. Check out their website for more information, and links to the sites (many of which have virtual tours and programs!)

Small But Mighty Storytimes

Small But Mighty Storytimes - from the National Civil Rights Museum

A Series of Virtual Storytimes for Kids! The National Civil Rights Museum will offer its annual Small but Mighty Storytime series, which thematically focus on peacemaking, kindness, diversity, and creating positive social change. Parents and children engage together for stories and connecting activities or resources.