McKinney Black History MonthEach February, Black History Month gives everyone an opportunity to celebrate the history, experience, and culture of Black Americans. This year the McKinney Black History Month Committee with the support of the McKinney Chamber Foundation presents McKinney Black History Month 2022: Legends to Legacies, a community-led and community-focused month-long program of events.

 

Residents of North Texas are encouraged to visit the McKinney Black History Month website to learn more about February’s signature events and programs scheduled to honor, celebrate, and uplift the contributions of African Americans to the culture and history of McKinney and the surrounding area. With the exception of one ticketed signature event, all McKinney Black History Month activities are free and open to the public. You can set reminders for individual events through the McKinney Black History Month Facebook page

 

Signature events include the inaugural McKinney Black History Month Art Exhibit and Competition held at the McKinney Performing Arts Center on Feb 5 with cash prizes totaling $1,750 and The Harlem Renaissance-themed party on February 18 at The Sanctuary Event Center with a live band, DJ, dancers, red carpet best-dressed Roaring 20s contest, 360 photo booth and more.

 

McKinney residents and visitors also have the opportunity to attend other engaging and impactful events such as the Legacy Keepers Pop-Up Museum and tours of East McKinney on February 19, an Adopt-A-Church Fellowship at New Outreach Church on February 27, and the McKinney Black History Month Lecture series held in-person every Thursday evening in February. Each lecture is stacked with expert panelists covering topics such as black businesses, the black college experience, the future of African Americans in politics, and the integration of McKinney ISD.

 

All month long, the McKinney Black History Month website will share activities, events, and reflections that celebrate Black history and shine a light on the legacy and future of McKinney’s and Collin County’s African Americans. Visit the website’s interactive calendar for details such as driving directions, adding events to your calendar, and sharing with your friends, family, and colleagues.


LECTURE SERIES: 

“Black Businesses - Overcoming Obstacles and Leveraging Opportunities”

Black Business Lecture graphicWeather Delay - Now Feb. 22 (Free event)
Feb. 3 (Thursday), 5 p.m
At Gather Event Center - 207 E. Virginia
Panelists include Vontoba Terry, owner of UI Global Brands; Dr. Regina Power, owner of The Center for Diagnostic & Cosmetic Dentistry; Von Daniel, owner of McKinney’s The Comedy Arena; and Leah Love-Close, owner of Close Automatic Garage Door. During this free event, our panelists will discuss the barriers faced and resources available for black business owners and why supporting minority-owned businesses is so important. Attendees can schedule a quick headshot photoshoot for just $25 during the mixer. The mixer begins at 5 p.m. and the panel discussion begins at 6 p.m.

 

MCKINNEY BLACK HISTORY MONTH ART SHOW

BHM art showFeb. 5 (Saturday), 6-8 p.m. (Free event)
At McKinney Performing Arts Center - 111 N. Tennessee St.
The McKinney Chamber Foundation announced its first Black History Month Art Exhibit celebrating the work of emerging and established BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists from the McKinney and Collin County areas and beyond. Select works will be displayed throughout February at the McKinney Performing Arts Center with cash prizes totaling $1,750 being awarded to the top artists.

 

2022 COLLEGE MEGAFEST

2022 College MegafestFeb. 10 (Thursday), 5-7 p.m. (Free event)
At McKinney Performing Arts Center - 111 N. Tennessee St.
*Preceding the Black College Experience Lecture Panel

Engage with ambassadors from local colleges and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as well as career professionals while exploring college prep and future opportunities with a Financial Aid Workshop and ACT/SAT Discussion. For information on College Megafest Scholarships, email CollegeMegafest@gmail.com.

 

LECTURE SERIES: 

“Black Perspectives on the College Experience”

Black History Month - College lectureFeb. 10 (Thursday), 7- 8 p.m. (Free event)
At McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St.
Part of the McKinney Black History Month Lecture Series, this is a panel discussion open to the public on Perspectives on the Black College Experience and immediately follows the 2022 College Megafest at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

 

LECT​URE SERIES: 

"The Future of African Americans in Politics”

Feb. 17 (Thursday), 6 -7:30 p.m. (Free event)
At McKinney Performing Arts Center,111 N. Tennessee St.
This lecture session features a panel discussion with local politicians, political hopefuls, and political science educators.

 

HARLEM RENAISSANCE REMEMBERED:

A Celebration of Black Heritage and Culture

Harlem - band playingFeb. 18 (Friday), 7 - 10 p.m. (Ticketed event)
At The Sanctuary Music & Events Center, 6633 Virginia Pkwy. #102
Celebrate Black history and culture like it’s the 1920s with a live band, 97.9 The Beat’s DJ Phil, dancers, casino tables, and more. This event is for attendees 21 years old and older, and includes a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and wall-to-wall entertainment. Dress up in your Harlem Renaissance era best, hit the red carpet, stop into the 360-degree camera booth and enjoy the best party of the year in McKinney. Early bird tickets are $35 through Jan. 31. Ticket price increases to $45 beginning on Feb. 1. Click HERE for more ticket information. (No refunds.)

 

LEGACY KEEPERS POP-UP MUSEUM AND TOURS

Feb. 19 (Saturday), 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (Free event)
Bus tours start in Downtown/Old East McKinney. In recognition of McKinney Black History Month, four exciting and engaging tours are being hosted by Legacy Keepers of Old East McKinney. ​This year’s theme is “The Many Faces & Shades of Education,” and this is a free event for all ages (donations are accepted). See historically Black neighborhoods, churches, and sites in McKinney and experience the former E. S. Doty High School site as a Pop-up Museum experience. Get more information and reserve your tour spot on the event website.

 

LECTURE SERIES: 

“The Integration of McKinney Independent School District”

Leonard EvansFeb. 24 (Thursday), 6- 7:30 p.m. (Free event)
At McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee 
Hear the stories and see the faces of integration.  This session will include those who were agents of change for the community of McKinney. (Pictured: the late Leonard Evans Jr., namesake of McKinney's Evans Middle School and a revered educator in our community.)

 

TRUE BLACK HISTORY MONTH MUSEUM

Black History Month Museum TourFebruary 26 (Saturday), 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Free event)
At McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee
Visit this traveling museum that teaches True Black history through the use of rare and authentic artifacts. The True Black History Month Museum is committed to preserving the history of African Americans and to teaching others of the many great contributions that African Americans have made to mankind.

 

ADOPT-A-CHURCH ~ NEW OUTREACH CHURCH

Church on Wilcox StreetFeb. 27 (Sunday), 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Free event)
At 506 Wilcox Street
Adopt-A-Church gives you an opportunity to partner with one of McKinney’s oldest churches, enabling them to continue to reach an underserved community with the Gospel message! The inaugural McKinney Black Historic Church Assembly will be held at New Outreach Church to celebrate the legacy of historically black churches in the McKinney area while recognizing the urgent need to preserve the oldest churches on the East Side McKinney. Mass will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a hosted and catered hot lunch and fellowship for the congregation and new guests at the church. Click HERE  to learn more about opportunities to repair and restore McKinney’s historic churches.


Thanks to the Black History Month Partners and Sponsors

Head to the McKinney Black History Month website to find a list of sponsors, buy tickets, register for events, make a donation, and fill your calendar with Black History Month events and activities with a visit to the McKinney BHM website.