Black History Month is an opportunity for you to shed light on some of the most significant African American voices of the 21st century as well as lesser-known individuals who sought equality for all. What better way to present information to students than by decorating classroom or school bulletin boards with a Black History Month theme?
If you need some creative inspiration to get started, we compiled some great Black History Month bulletin board ideas for elementary and middle school.
Black History Bulletin Boards
Ms. Kelly got creative with Black History Month trivia to test her students' knowledge of African American history. Can you answer all of her questions?
I’m so excited for my kiddos to see our new bulletin board on Monday! #FHEbobcats #BlackHistoryMonth @FernHillES @kbarnelloPA pic.twitter.com/HuUbx8oqzj
— Katelyn Kelly (@MsKellyFHE) February 1, 2020
By adding keywords like this school counselor did, you can draw attention to your Black History Month bulletin board and shed light on the actions of important figures in history.
Our awesome counselor @jocelynmoakes made an amazing bulletin board to celebrate Black History Month. @FH_NKCSD pic.twitter.com/BUrVAqX1bR
— Mrs. Simcoe (@MrsSimcoe_music) January 30, 2020
Use a colorful background and involve your students. They can color cut-outs to brighten up your classroom and hallway!
Our parents volunteer did such a wonderful job on the Black History Month bulletin board. Ruby Bridges popping out at the students, teaching them about history. #VNESLIMITLESS @PWCSNews #PositivelyPWCS pic.twitter.com/8bzfYcEvoD
— Elizabeth Vaughan ES (@VNESwildcats) February 10, 2019
This great example sheds light both on the accomplishments of African Americans in history and of students!
Our teachers at KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy are celebrating Black History Month in creative, educational, & representative ways. Check out some of their door and bulletin board decorations. #KIPPPhilly #blackhistorymonth pic.twitter.com/S0QAOD4nJW
— KIPP Philadelphia (@KIPPPhilly) February 3, 2020
This school decided to display the achievements of African Americans from different fields—activism, world leadership, religion, philosophy, and more. The list goes on!
February is Black History Month. Be sure to check out the bulletin board displays acknowledging achievements made by black people in Canada and the world. Listen closely to announcements, and other surprises this month. pic.twitter.com/yIrqu1SKTx
— Holy Cross Catholic (@cross_holy) February 1, 2020
The theme on this bulletin board is timeless: honor the past, celebrate the present, educate and inspire the future (your students!).
Mrs. Bisher got creative and used a flip-up format to quiz her students on different African American figures in history.
Celebrating Black History Month with an interactive bulletin board @luther_elem @Graham_Wendy @alabamagifted @HSVk12 #gatehsv pic.twitter.com/vSq8LmP4oJ
— MrsBisher (@MrsBisher) January 30, 2020
Find ways to give your bulletin boards some pizzazz—like how these examples use cut-outs and big text to draw attention to important leaders in history.
Working on a new #BlackHistoryMonth bulletin board idea from a friend... black authors. Who are your favorites? pic.twitter.com/hpeqHMrLQu
— Mindy Garcia 🏳️🌈 (@mingarcia_ed) February 1, 2020
We hope these ideas are useful for your classroom! As you celebrate Black History Month, it's important to honor the achievements of African Americans and shed light on the triumphs and tragedies that they have faced throughout history.
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