Activity Ideas

10 Engaging Black History Month Activities for Seniors

January 22, 2024

As February approaches, it's the perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate Black History Month in your senior living community. This is a great time to reflect on history and gives us the opportunity for growth and wisdom. Here are ten fantastic ideas to make Black History Month memorable for residents:

  1. Movie Marathon Magic

Dive into the rich tapestry of Black history with a curated movie marathon. Classics like Hidden Figures, If Beale Street Could Talk, and The Color Purple are all amazing films. 

  1. Guest Speaker Extravaganza

Elevate the experience for residents by inviting a local historian, or community member to share captivating stories and insights related to Black history. Personal narratives add a unique touch and offer incredible stories to be shared.

  1. Trivia Thrills

Spice up the month with a lively Black History Month trivia session. Test residents' knowledge with questions covering historical events, influential figures, and cultural milestones.

  1. Artistic Expression Workshop

Unleash creativity with an art and craft workshop inspired by Black and African culture. From traditional African art to collages featuring influential figures, the possibilities are endless. You could build a Mancala game - it's been popular since the 7th century.

  1. Musical Journey Through Time

Explore the diverse world of African American music with a journey through genres like jazz, blues, gospel, and hip-hop. Consider live performances or bring in a musician for an interactive experience.

  1. Literary Exploration in a Book Club

Foster a sense of community with a Black History Month book club. Selecting books by African American authors or those focusing on relevant historical themes adds depth to the celebration. Think Toni Morrison, Octavia Bulter, or Maya Angelou. 

  1. Culinary Delights: A Cooking Class

Celebrate the richness of African American cuisine by hosting a cooking class. Your residents can enjoy preparing and sharing traditional dishes while learning about their cultural significance. Try making Jollof rice - a staple in Western African cuisine!

  1. Captivating Photo Exhibition

Showcase the visual history of Black achievements with a photo exhibition. From historical events to influential figures, this visual journey provides a captivating backdrop to the celebration.

  1. Interactive Discussions on Social Issues

Create a space for meaningful conversations about civil rights, social justice, and equality. Encouraging seniors to share their perspectives fosters an open and supportive environment.

  1. Dance Workshop Extravaganza

Infuse energy into the celebration with a dance workshop. Explore various styles rooted in African American culture, from jazz to hip-hop. A dance instructor can make it a lively and enjoyable experience for all.

Black History Month is an opportunity to honor the past, celebrate the present, and inspire the future. These activities not only entertain your residents, but also educate them and create a holistic and memorable experience. Make this February a time of joy, learning, and unity as you embark on these engaging senior living activities in your community.

Katie Stewart

Katie is a member of Welbi’s Customer Experience team! She has a background in communications and recreation and is passionate about older adults, exercise, coffee and people.

Holly Mathias

Holly is a member of Welbi’s Marketing team! She has a background in communications and marketing, and is a compassionate individual who loves team work, story telling, and wellness.

Wendy Riopelle

Wendy is a student in the Honours BA in English program at the University of Ottawa, where she has won numerous awards for her writing.

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