Celebrating Black History Month at Walt Disney World

February 1-28, 2017

Celebrating Black History Month at Walt Disney World


Guests at Walt Disney World will be able to celebrate Black History Month at the America Adventure Pavilion in Epcot throughout the month of February. Guests will find new historical artifacts, learn history about the influence of African-American culture, and take part in book signings. Through these exhibits, Guests can take a stroll through the pages of America’s history.

Additional 2017 information will be added as it becomes available

“Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection”

The Kinsey collection, a private collection from Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, celebrates the history of African American achievements and contributions.It is found in the American Heritage Gallery and it contains historic artifacts and artwork themed around five different topics: hope, belief, courage, imagination, and heritage. This collection dates back to the 17th century and includes items from 90 countries.

In addition to artifacts, there are also interactive displays involving touch screens that are placed throughout the exhibit, further exploring the heirlooms brought to life by celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Diane Sawyer, and Kerry Washington.

Recently, a few new pieces have been added to the display. They include:

  • “Banneker’s Almanack and Ephemeras” by Benjamin Banneker which  is the mathematical and mechanical work of Benjamin Banneker. Thomas Jefferson, then Secretary of State, read and approved of Banneker’s work. The almanac was published in 1771.
  • “My Bondage and My Freedom” by Frederick Douglass is an autobiography recounting Frederick Douglass’s life as a slave and that as a freeman. Published in 1855, the book is a first edition.
  • “Survivor” by Elizabeth Catlett is a beautiful Linoleum block print inspired by a photograph taken by Dorthea Lang titled “Ex-slave with a Long Memory.”  The print was created in 1983.

Black History Month Book Signings

Guests will have the opportunity to meet three acclaimed African-American authors on select Saturdays during the month of February. Book signings will be open to all guests. Books written by each guest author are also available for purchase throughout the month. Authors include:

Terry McMillan, author of “Who Asked You?” 
Saturday, February 6 – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan, known for her powerful novels and short stories about African American women. Many will remember her novel, “Waiting to Exhale,” which was adapted into a film starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett back in 1995. Other novels by McMillan include “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Disappearing Acts,” and “A Day Late and a Dollar Short.” McMillan recently published her eighth novel, “Who Asked You?,” a story about the challenges and strength of a family.

Chef G. Garvin, author of “Turn Up The Heat With G. Garvin: More Than 200 Incredible Recipes from the Chef Who Keeps it Super Simple”
Saturday, Feb.13, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Host and Television chef, Chef G. Garvin will be on hand with his first cookbook, “Turn Up the Heat with G. Garvin: More Than 200 Incredible Recipes from the Chef Who Keeps it Super Simple.” Chef Garvin has enjoyed continued success with his cookbooks and television show “Road Trip with G. Garvin” on The Cooking Channel.

Terrence Roberts, author of “Lessons from Little Rock” 
Saturday, Feb. 27, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Terrence James Roberts, Ph.D. is one of the “Little Rock Nine,” a group of history-making African American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. His book, “Lessons from Little Rock,” is a memoir of his experience during the integration of Little Rock Central High School and the lessons learned from that historic episode.

American Pavilion Rotunda Artwork

New artwork, has been added to the American Pavilion Rotunda for Black History Month. These art pieces include images of influential men and women who helped to contribute to the progress of America. During the month of February, art will include many African American notables, such as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Ronald Erwin McNair, the second African American to fly in space; and Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to stage a public airplane flight in America.


At Liberty Inn, during the month of February, Guests can enjoy Mrs. Fisher’s Peach Cobbler. Mrs. Abby Fischer was one of the first African American authors to publish a cookbook called “What Mrs. Fischer Knows About Southern Cooking.” The dessert’s recipe was featured in that book, which contains 160 Southern-style recipes.


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