13 Black History Month Classroom Doors That Stopped Our Scroll

These teachers are opening the door for important conversations.

Black History Month Classroom Doors

The bar for classroom door decorations just got raised—like, a lot. That’s because teachers across the country are decorating their doors in celebration of Black History Month and sharing pictures of them across social media. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are flooded with these stunning and artistic displays, which feature the faces of inspiring Black figures such as Ruby Bridges, Misty Copeland, Michelle Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Angela Davis, and Rosa Parks. 

Not only do these impressively decorated doors aim to celebrate inspirational Black heroes who have made history, but they also empower students and kickstart a dialogue.

“It is so much more than decor. This door has already sparked so many conversations with students I’ve never met or talked to before,” said high school teacher, Mrs. Lewis in a post on Instagram.

Here are a handful of Black History Month classroom doors that stopped our scroll. 

1. Be Brave Like Ruby

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Our classroom door is complete. My first graders read and learned all about Brave Ruby Bridges and wrote about how they have been brave like her. I always kick off black history month by sharing the story of Ruby Bridges because it is one that I feel that my students will identify with. . . Ruby Nell Bridges made history as a six-year-old entering first grade in 1960 when she became the first African American student to desegregate a formerly all-white school in New Orleans. . . My students had fun crumbling up the paper to make her hair. #rubybridges #blackhistorymonth #bhm #blackhistorydoorchallenge #blackhistorydoordecoration #naturalhair #celebrateblackhistory #blackhistorymonthdoor #braveruby #firstgradeteacher #iteachfirst #duallanguageteacher #targetteachers

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“I always kick off Black History Month by sharing the story of Ruby Bridges because it is one that I feel that my students will identify with.”

2. Use All The Shades

Simple and stunning.

3. A Thought-Provoking Installation

Even her earrings are inspiring. 

4. More Than Decor

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So many other teachers inspired me to create door decor for Black History Month (and countless people tagged me 😊). But, it is so much more than decor. This door has already sparked so many conversations with students I've never met or talked to before. ❤️ I'm enjoying learning more history as well! I also wanted to be sure to include those that are making history now and those that inspire me! Just to name a few: @serenawilliams @darealbbjudy @readlikearockstar @marsaimartin @chancetherapper . . #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #teacher #iteach #gyto #tyho #igconnect4edu #highschoolteacher #teacherstyle #blackteacherloop #education #greatness #inspiration #tft #teachersfollowteachers #arkansas #arkansasnews

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This door has sparked so many conversations. 

5. Don’t Forget the Crown

#Flawless

6. Show Some Flower Power

Powerful & pretty.

7. Flaunt Some Black Girl Magic

Yes, yes, yes. 

8. The Beauty Is in the Details

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Tis the season! Do me a favor and push SHARE! It’s black history month and it’s like a holiday over here at Lake Alfred Elementary. Here is this years door and if you scroll you’ll see last years. Shout out to my #Artclub babies for twisting this paper into dreads (The real mvps). She’s got her gold clips,yarn wrapped around her dreads and baby hairs and she’s ready to go. We are excited to share our projects with you guys. #TAkaChanique #TAka #ArtTeacher #Artist #ElementaryArt #BlackEducator #BlackArtTeacher #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackHistoryMonthDoor #DoItForTheCulture #WakandaForever #naturalhair #Dreads #Locs @happyhairgirls #africa #Africanprint @africanprint @becauseofthem @blackeducators @theshaderoom @mediablackoutusa @afropolitainmagazine @africanprintsinfashion @willsmith #bhm #bhmd

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Hair clips, yarn-wrapped dreads, and baby hairs. This teacher thought of it all! 

9. Make It a Work in Progress

Don’t be afraid to add more over time. 

10. Make it a Group Effort

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Everyday is Black History , and Everyday we crEATe 🎨 being educated about those before us inspires us to crEate more. My students were excited to help me! From the hot gluing of the puffballs , to the cutting and painting , and the putting the door together ❤️🎨 SWIPE and share #like #share #elementaryartteacher #artistchicksareprettydope #artteacherlife #blackartteachers #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistorydoormonth #blackhistorydoorchallenge #doitfortheculture #afro #afroart #naturalhaircommunity #ilovemyskin #blackhistory365 @blackgirlsinmediainc @mediablackoutusa @theshaderoom #artteachersoninstagram #artteacherofinstagram #teacherswhoslay #blackteachersmatter @becauseofthem #elementaryart #doordecorating #naturalhairstyles #natural #africanprint #creative #create #art #artislife #gma

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Recruit your students to help. “My students were excited to help me! From the hot gluing of the puffballs, to the cutting and painting, and the putting the door together.”

11. Think Outside the Box

… and in this case literally outside of the door frame. 

We’d love to see your Black History Month classroom doors! Come and share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Looking for more ways to celebrate Black History Month? Here are some Black History Month Activitiesinspiring quote posters and a list of picture book biographies.  

13 Black History Month Classroom Doors That Stopped Our Scroll

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