The community of McKinney invites you to a weekend of events to honor institutions that have made contributions to the McKinney community, particularly the Black Community of old. 

This year’s honorees include:
Ross Cemetery, E.S. Doty School, United Day Nursery, McKinney Housing Authority, Leonard Evans, Jr. Middle School, Jesse McGowen, Jr. Elementary, Albert and Iola Lee Davis Malvern Elementary, Reuben Johnson Elementary, Holy Family School, North Texas Job Corps, the City Council Legacy of Willie James Wattley, Sr., the Poetry of Ms. Jessie Polite, NAACP, Collin County Black Chamber of Commerce and Hwy 5, which has a life of her own. 

The downtown McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) will host a pre-event on Saturday, February 23rd, from 2-4pm to showcase photos/artifacts from McKinney’s past. Portraits of key Black leaders in McKinney’s history will be unveiled at 2:15 pm.

This McKinney Black History Celebration Weekend will conclude with a community celebration on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 4 pm in the Faubion Middle School Auditorium, located at 2000 Rollins Street in McKinney. A documentary of “truth telling” will be released and includes stories from long-time McKinney residents, as well as community leaders who speak to the progression of the community.

These events are free and open to the community.  For additional information, please contact Beth Bentley at 214.498.3540 or