3 Easy Ways to Celebrate Black History Month at Your Church

  • By Beth P
  • 21 Jan, 2016
February is Black History Month. Check out these 3 easy ways to honor African American heritage at your church:

1. Use African American Themed Bulletins

Set your usual bulletins aside for the month of February, and take the opportunity to celebrate African American heroes such as Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, and Jackie Robinson. These high-quality bulletins feature famous quotes and powerful verses.  Browse Bulletins
African American Bulletins



2. Run a Bible & Arts Program for Your Community

The "Joy in Jesus" program from Abingdon Press is a Bible & Arts Program that utilizes African American culture and history as a lens through which to teach Biblical truths and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is designed not only to be used as a traditional VBS format, but also suited well for after school programs, or as a black history month activity.  Learn More

3. Get Social

Download this FREE social graphic and share with members of your church and community through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
MLK Quote
Simply right-click on the image and select "save as" to save the image to your computer.

How do you celebrate Black History Month with your church? Comment to share your ideas!

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