Black History Month Around the YMCA

Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada and more recently has been observed in Ireland, and the United Kingdom. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, while in Ireland, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October.



Join us all month as we honor and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Black people who have guided our country’s growth and progress.

We Wear Black: All YMCA of Delaware locations are participating in #WeWearBlack on Fridays in February. Learn more about why we wear black. Join us and post a selfie on social media using #WeWearBlack.

Brandywine YMCA

Walnut Street Y

Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA

  • February 15, 11:30 AM: A Brief Black History in Delaware, presented by past Board Member and volunteer, Theo Nix Jr., ESQ. Registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Register Here!
  • Talley Middle School Student art showcase
  • Saturday, February 26, 1:30 PM: Join us for a special performance by the Walnut Street YMCA Essence Legacy Drumline.

Middletown Family YMCA

  • The Middletown Y will be celebrating the impact of our black community through KidZone activities promoting awareness, and highlighting a variety of local black-owned businesses in our branch all month long!  Stop by for information, coupons, and raffles to these businesses making an impact here in Middletown.

Western Family YMCA

  • Saturday, February 26, 2:30 pm: Join us for a special performance by the Walnut Street YMCA Essence Legacy Drumline.

Central YMCA

  • Saturday, February 26, 12 pm: Join us for a special performance by the Walnut Street YMCA Essence Legacy Drumline.

25 Must-Read Children’s Books for Black History Month – FamilyEducation

History Division Celebrates Black History Month 2022 – State of Delaware News

Family Table Talk

Look over this list of 120 Inspiring Quotes for Black History Month and chose a different quote each day to discuss over dinner talk about the person who said the quote and what they are known for.  Ask your family questions like…

  • What does this quote mean to you?
  • Give a “real-life” example of what this quote is about.
  • What do you think prompted the speaker to say this
  • Is there something you can learn from this quote about how you should live your life?

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