Black History Month

Civil War Re-enactments featuring the Ladies of FREED

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 2:30 pm

Join the ladies of FREED (Female Re-Enactors of Distinction) as they perform dramatic re-enactments recounting the stories of women of the Civil War era. FREED is an auxiliary organization of the African American Civil War Museum. Their mission is to “educate the public and to promote the accomplishments of the African American Civil War soldiers and the women who supported their fight for freedom.”
Students in front of Military Road School

Military Road School: The First Black Public School in DC

Monday, January 9, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join DCPL for a series of informative lectures on one of the District's first schools for the children of former slaves.
Jesse Owens

Race: Jesse Owens Story

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history launches him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's Germany as well as overcoming racial prejudice in America. Come join us in celebrating Black History Month.  
Film series for 2017 BLK Month

Fly Boys

Monday, February 13, 2017, 4:00 pm

Join us for the first in series of films featured for Black History Month. The story of the 'Fighting 99th' - the first squadron of black American pilots to be allowed to fight for their country. It is 1943 and the U.S. is suffering huge losses on the ground and in the air. Four newly recruited pilots are united by a desire to serve their country, at a time when black flyers were not welcomed in the Air Force. Now, the "Tuskegee Airmen" must undertake the riskiest mission of their lives and to prove to America that courage knows no color.
Denzel Washington

The Great Debaters

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 1:30 pm

Come join us in celebrating Black History Month film series - Melvin B. Tolson is a professor at Wiley College in Texas. Wiley is a small African-American college. In 1935, Tolson inspired students to form the school's first debate team. Tolson turns a group of underdog students into a historically elite debate team which goes on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Inspired by a true story.

Donald J. Trump: An Assessment of the First 100 Days of His Presidency

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:30 pm

Will Donald J. Trump be the president 'for all Americans' as he pledged in his Victory Speech on Nov. 9, 2016? Mr. Trump's election as  the nation's next President has sparked controversy.  Many minorities and immigrants fear the prospect of a Trump administration, because of the billionaire's campaign promises.   Dismissing post-election despair, Trump's supporters believe that he will revitalize the economy and restore America's standing on the international stage.
Black Lives Matter protest in New York City

Make Your Own Protest Signs

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 4:30 pm

Join Teen Advisory Group as they host a discussion about protest movements, such as Black Lives Matter. Create your own protest sign to decorate our Teen Space.  Refreshments will be served and community service hours given for attendance.  We will meet upstairs in teen space.
Judge Robert  L. Wilkins

"Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100 Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture"

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

 Join the Woodridge Library and Friends Book Club and  the community as we celebrate Black History Month through conversation and a book signing with the U.S. Circuit Honorable Robert L. Wilkins.
Jeopardy logo

Black History Jeopardy

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 4:30 pm

Test your knowledge about the contributions of Black Americans and win glory!  For ages 6-12, in the children's programming room.  
Movie Poster featuring Angela Davis

Black Power Mixtape

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 5:30 pm

Previously unseen footage of Malcolm X, Stokey Carmichael, Angela Davis and other leaders, set to music with commentary by modern hip-hop artists such as Talib Kweli.  Directed by Goran Olsson.  Adults.