Check out this inspirational Schooltube video from Edwards Middle School. In it, you see footage of the entire school participating in a door-decorating contest to celebrate Black History Month. Each class chose a person to highlight, worked together on different components of their door design, and showcased their best efforts for judging.
I like this project because it provides a good research activity, gets students working actively and cooperatively, and it gets the whole school involved in acknowledging an essential part of American history. Plus, I bet the kids had some fun! Another good thing is that the concept could be adapted to fit any other special concept you want students to highlight (for instance, a time period in history or an author study).
I also found another good link with a door decorated to resemble a book by a Black author. Could you organize this activity for your school or grade? How great would it be to have students take a tour of the Black History Month “exhibits” and jot down notes about interesting things they learned, possibly as a springboard for further study? How will you celebrate Black History Month?