With Black History Month just around the corner, we’ve rounded up 32 themed door decorations that you can use to engage, educate, and inspire your kiddos before they even set foot in the classroom! Each decoration highlights key figures, powerful moments, and unique aspects of Black history and culture. From towering champions of change to celebrating vivid African fabric collages, you can help your kiddos develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of Black history in a captivating and immersive way. Let’s dive in to discover how!
1. “Champions of Change” Door
With this feature poster you can honor towering figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X. Their portraits are bound to stir up a spirit of resilience among your students, especially when set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement.
2. “Rooted in Strength” Door
This design is a beautiful metaphor that will aptly help you portray the Black community’s resilience and strength. To bring it to life, create a sturdy tree with roots and leaves bearing keywords to symbolize just a few phenomenal historical figures and moments.
3. “We Are All One” Door
Celebrate diversity in your classroom with this captivating image! Design a globe with hands of diverse colors, patterns, and sizes reaching toward it. This will help you portray the interconnected nature of all of humanity.
4. “Dreams of Freedom” Door
Drawing inspiration from Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, this door is perfect for bringing his dream to life. Select key phrases from the speech to place in and amongst a backdrop of stars.
5. “Black Inventors and Innovators” Door
This door serves as both a decoration and a learning moment! By presenting a visual anthology of Black inventors and their world-changing inventions, you can prompt your kiddos to learn more about these innovators and their trailblazing creations! Bonus: it may even inspire some of them to come up with their own inventions!
6. “Legends of Jazz” Door
Here’s a decoration that’s perfect for livening up the door of any music teacher! By depicting the cultural significance of jazz, this door will instantly transport your little musicians to a jazz club scene. Instruments, musical notes, and portraits of jazz giants are all you need to paint a rhythmical narrative of this influential musical genre.
7. “Sports Legends” Door
As a tribute to renowned Black athletes, why not deck your door out with a sports-themed door? Life-like cutouts of icons like Serena Williams and Michael Jordan or facts regarding records could be just what you need to inspire your students to strive for their personal best.
8. “Obama Tribute” Door
With a grand portrait of Barack Obama, flanked by famous quotes and milestones of his presidency, your door is bound to shine with presidential prestige. This tribute will beautifully highlight the pinnacle of political achievement and inspire your pupils to shoot for the stars!
9. “Black Women in Power” Door
Amplify the voices of influential Black women like Kamala Harris and Angela Davis with this special set of decorations. Their portraits, accompanied by key accomplishments, will help your kiddos celebrate their unyielding commitment to change and equality. Your students may even think about pursuing a career like theirs!
10. “Phenomenal Poets” Door
Calling all budding poets! Introduce your lit lovers to the power of words by using the portraits of acclaimed Black poets like Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. You can even include excerpts from their works to further adorn your door and educate your pupils!
11. “Sheroes and Heroes” Door
This door morphs ordinary faces into superhero personas- celebrating Black heroes from various fields. It will undoubtedly empower your students to view these figures as people they can relate to and aspire to be like.
12. “Galaxy of Greatness” Door
In this cosmic design, each star in the galaxy can represent a beacon of Black history. Attach the name of influential figures to stars to form a constellation of greatness- introducing all who enter your classroom to a universe of inspiration!
13. “African Kingdoms” Door
To bring ancient civilizations to life, showcase grand landmarks from ancient African Kingdoms like Egypt and Mali. You would be able to educate your budding historians about Black history beyond the era of the Atlantic slave trade- further unlocking the door to learning.
14. “Space Explorers” Door
Celebrate Black space explorers with this stellar design. By depicting astronauts like Mae Jemison against a backdrop of rockets and stars, this decorative door will remind your students that the sky is not the limit!
15. “African Proverbs” Door
Adorned with proverbs from diverse African cultures, your door will serve up wise and thought-provoking quotes. Each saying, contained in a scroll or speech bubble, will offer nuggets of wisdom to enhance cultural awareness and appreciation in your classroom.
16. “Black is Beautiful” Door
Salute the beauty and diversity of Black culture with this striking door. Showcase a fashion parade of hairstyles, clothing, and accessories, to ring home the idea that Black is indeed beautiful and should be celebrated with confidence!
17. “African Fabric Collage” Door
Using patterns inspired by African fabrics, you can create a dazzling celebration of cultural diversity. Abstract or representative, each piece will help you form a large and vibrant cultural tapestry for your kiddos to marvel at.
18. “Artists of the Harlem Renaissance” Door
All who enter your classroom will be thrown into the past with a door that depicts the bustling cityscape from the Harlem Renaissance. With key artist portraits dotting the scene, your door will undoubtedly pay homage to an important cultural movement and its brilliant contributors.
19. “Trailblazers in Science” Door
This lab-themed door features prominent Black scientists and their discoveries. It’s perfect for celebrating key scientific advancements made in the past and will certainly prompt your learners to view themselves as future pioneers of discovery.
20. “Civil Rights March” Door
Transport your students back to the Civil Rights Movement with a powerful black-and-white photo collage. Leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis will help you lead the march toward equality for all- providing an authentic glimpse into this historic period and inspiring your learners.
21. “African Flags” Door
Embellish your door with a vibrant tapestry of flags from African nations. Arranged in the shape of Africa, this decoration is a celebration of unity and cultural pride. It’s just the depicting to help you facilitate an attitude of global understanding and respect
22. “Black Hollywood” Door
Let the magic of Black Hollywood dazzle your aspiring actors. Star-studded with influential actors, actresses, and filmmakers, this decorative door can also feature film reels and clapperboards to provide a peek into iconic movies and their creators.
23. “Journey to Freedom” Door
Craft a powerful representation of the Underground Railroad. By designing a path from darkness to light, with markers along the path to spotlight key historical events, you can depict the brave journey to freedom that many people endured.
24. “Remembering the Victims” Door
This solemn door will serve as an impactful tribute to victims of racial violence and injustice. Include peace symbols, images, and names of victims, and muted colors throughout the decoration to encourage your students to reflect on historical injustices while cultivating empathy and understanding.
25. “African Dance” Door
Liven up your entryway by celebrating the joy and energy of traditional African dances. Silhouettes of dancers, depicting styles like Adumu and Kpanlogo, will help you present a dynamic visual feast that’s sure to stimulate curiosity about different cultural traditions.
26. “Little Rock Nine” Door
Honor the brave journey of the Little Rock Nine with this school-themed door. Display their portraits on a path leading to the school door to remind your kiddos of the strides made toward desegregation.
27. “Nobel Laureates” Door
Commemorate Black Nobel laureates by displaying their portraits alongside their laureate fields. Your door could even detail the global impact made by some of these trailblazers- inspiring your pupils to aim for their own Nobel dreams.
28. “Children’s Book Authors” Door
Showcase renowned Black authors of children’s books with cover illustrations and beloved characters. The inclusion of inspiring quotes from each author will make this door a powerful prompt for your learners to discover the joy of reading.
29. “The Power of Protest” Door
Illustrate the monumental role of peaceful protests in Black history. With cut-outs of protesters holding signs bearing key civil rights messages, this door will educate your students on the potency of peaceful resistance and collective action.
30. “HBCUs Pride” Door
Decorate your door with logos of historically black colleges and universities; spotlighting their significant societal contributions. All month long your door will serve as a beacon of pride as it champions the importance of education and aspiration.
31. “In Their Shoes” Door
Highlight different careers with symbolic items and photographs, such as ballet shoes with a picture of Misty Copeland or a judge’s gavel and a picture of Thurgood Marshall. This door will encourage your learners to celebrate Black pioneers in a wide variety of fields- sparking career discussions and aspirations all month long!
32. “Fit for Kings & Queens” Door
Why not display majestic African kings and queens in their regal attire- each ruling their own kingdom? In doing so, you can teach your students about African civilizations before colonialism- fostering a deeper understanding of pre-colonial Black history.