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2019 Black History Month Program Series

Black History Tours in February

(drop-in, 60 min, no RSVP required)

Since the founding of Colorado Springs in 1871 African Americans have continued to socially, politically, intellectually, culturally, and economically shape the Pikes Peak region.

  • Tuesdays at 1pm, Fridays at 11am, Saturdays at Noon and 1pm
  • Interested in booking a tour for your group? Call Meg Poole, Program Coordinator at 719-385-5631 or email

Community Reception for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Thursday, January 17, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is honored to host the Community Kick-Off to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Join the NAACP Colorado Springs Branch and the City of Colorado Springs as we honor the All People’s Breakfast Committee and explore the history and legacy of service and civil rights in the Pikes Peak region. Following the brief program, please join us for a celebratory reception.

  • Reservations Required – Call (719) 385-5990 or click HERE, Free and open to the public
  • Thank you to the NAACP Colorado Springs Branch, Kadesia Temple #135, and Bristol Brewery for their generous donations for the reception!

Pikes Peak Community College Kick-Off to Black History Month

Friday, February 1, 3:00 – 5:00 pm 

Pikes Peak Community College invites students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local community to participate in a kick-off celebration of Black History Month at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Stop by between 3 and 5pm to explore exhibits, join a Black History tour, and learn more about the history and contributions of African Americans in the Pikes Peak region. Guests are also invited to view the “Pikes Peak Community College: 50 Years of Colorado Springs History” exhibit and enjoy a cookie and punch reception in the museum’s Henderson Gallery.

  • Reservations Encouraged – Call (719) 385-5990 or click HERE, Free and open to the public

Children’s History Hour: Charles Collins & the Horse Parade

Charles Collins & Wife – Flower Parade 1899 From the collection of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

In the late 1800s, Charles Collins, “The Riding Master” was known throughout the city of Colorado Springs for his superb horsemanship skills and his staged exhibitions to promote his riding school and stable. Children ages 3-6 and their favorite adult are invited to explore regional history through story time, a family-friendly tour, activity, and craft.

  • Wednesday, February 20 at 9:00 – 10:00 am
  • Saturday, February 23 at 9:00 – 10:00 am




Black History Live (in Partnership with Colorado Humanities)

Friday, February 22 – Three Performances

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is tour stop for Colorado Humanities Black History Live Tour 2019: A Portrayal of Maya Angelou. This living history portrayal will give insight into how Maya Angelou wrote, and why, and reflect on her philosophy of life, which included a strong belief in the power of words.

  • AM performance # 1 – 10 -10:45 am – open to Elementary School Students ONLY – Free
  • AM performance # 2 – 11:15 am-Noon – open to Middle and High School Students ONLY – Free
    • Seating is very limited – Contact Meg Poole, Program Coordinator, to reserve space for your students –
  • PM performance – 6:00-7:30 pm – $5 – Purchase tickets HERE

The Story of Us: “S for Sankofa” Exhibit Opening

Friday, February 22

The CSPM will debut our new exhibit letter in the Story of Us, “S for Sankofa.” In July 1992, five women of African and Caribbean heritage Anabela Crooks (Panama), Maxine Stores (Yonkers, New York), Senga Fittz (Chicago), Rochelle Taylor (Colorado Springs) and Dr. Sheila Christy-Martin (Brooklyn, New York) met to discuss the need to make a dynamic impact in the Colorado Springs community where our history, faces, voices, and lives as black women were visible. They combined their talents and passion to form “Sankofa.” A Ghanaian Adinkra symbol of wisdom, Sankofa represents learning from the past and building for the future or “return and pick it up.” Since its inception, Sankofa has preserved the cultural awareness of the African diaspora in the Rocky Mountain region through authentic dance and drum performances, workshops, arts & crafts workshops, storytelling and community involvement. Sankofa”s passion and commitment to sharing the richness and beauty of the African and Caribbean heritage with a positive spirit, pride, diversity, and unity was an immense success.

The online exhibit can currently be viewed here on The Story of Us site: