McKinney Chamber Foundation announces Black History Month events

Black father and daughter reading a book
The McKinney Chamber Foundation has planned a month of events celebrating Black History, from panel discussions to college expos. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The McKinney Chamber Foundation has planned a month of events celebrating Black History, from panel discussions to college expos. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The McKinney Chamber Foundation has planned a month of events to celebrate Black History Month this year. From a lecture series to historic tours and a themed gala, there are a variety of events scheduled to honor and celebrate Black history.

Some events may be rescheduled due to inclement weather. The most up-to-date information for all events is available at www.mckinneybhm.com.

Feb. 3 | Jazz in the Library

Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library will host this evening of jazz featuring the music of Miles Davis. 6-7 p.m. Free. 101 E. Hunt St., McKinney

Feb. 5 | Black History Month Art Show


This art exhibit at the McKinney Performing Arts Center will showcase pieces from both experienced and emerging artists. Top artists selected by a panel of judges will receive cash prizes. The art will remain on display at the MPAC throughout February. 6-8 p.m. Free. 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

Feb. 10 | College Megafest

The McKinney Performing Arts Center will host professors and ambassadors from historically Black colleges and universities as they engage with prospective students. A financial aid workshop and a discussion on ACT and SAT preparation will be held. 5-6:30 p.m. Free. 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

Feb. 10 | Lecture series: “The Black Perspective on the College Experience”

Immediately following the College Megafest, the McKinney Performing Arts Center will host a panel discussion about being Black in higher education. 7-8 p.m. Free. 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

Feb. 17 | Lecture series: “The Future of African Americans in Politics”

The McKinney Performing Arts Center will host this panel discussion featuring local politicians, political science educators and political hopefuls. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

Feb. 18 | Harlem Renaissance Remembered

Head to The Sanctuary in your 1920s Harlem Renaissance best for a night full of music, dancing and food. The Dallas Black Dance Theatre and 97.9 The Beat’s DJ Phil will be special guests at this party for people age 21 and older. 7-10 p.m. Early bird tickets start at $35. 6633 Virginia Parkway, Ste. 102, McKinney

Feb. 19 | Heroes on Pages

Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library will host this storytelling event about heroes in Black history. 2 p.m. Free. 101 E. Hunt St., McKinney

Feb. 21 | Black Stories

Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library will host chef Kenneth Temple as he cooks a recipe from one of his Creole cookbooks and talks about his experience as a Black chef and author. 7-8 p.m. Free. 101 E. Hunt St., McKinney

Feb. 22 | Lecture series: “Black Businesses—Overcoming Obstacles and Leveraging Opportunities”

Gather Event Center will host this panel discussion that will begin with a mixer for attendees and panelists. 5-7:30 p.m. Free. 207 E. Virginia St., McKinney

Feb. 24 | Lecture series: “Integration of McKinney Schools”

The McKinney Performing Arts Center will host this panel discussion featuring people who were involved in the integration of McKinney ISD. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

Feb. 26 | True Black History Month Museum

True Black History is a traveling museum that teaches history through rare and authentic artifacts. Legacy Keepers of Old East McKinney will host this event at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

Feb. 27 | Adopt A Church

New Outreach Church will host the inaugural McKinney Black Historic Church Assembly as an opportunity for community members to learn about Black churches in the city. Mass will be held from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. followed by catered lunch. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 506 Wilcox St., McKinney
By Brooklynn Cooper
Brooklynn Cooper covers public education in Frisco and McKinney. Previously, she reported on southern Dallas for The Dallas Morning News. The Durham, N.C. native and devoted Tar Heel fan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019.