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All American Boys

The Heart of the "Matter"

Young Adult books surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement

Young adult literature has done a remarkable job in covering social issues and recent events, and there have been quite a few to choose from as of late. Among those issues in recent years has been the relationship between police officers, and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter Movement. For those interested in learning about this organization, and the circumstances surrounding it, here are a few YA novels that speak to the Black Lives Matter movement.  

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Don't Miss the 28th Annual Black Film Festival

See a Double Feature every week!

Join us on Tuesdays in February as we celebrate Black History Month with our annual film festival. The 28th Annual Black Film Festival offers a Double Feature every week, with entertaining and thought-provoking shorts and full length films.February 7 

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The Art of Black History

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to compile a list of recommendations that focus on an oft overlooked part of African American history and culture – the visual arts. The following books each emphasize a different facet of African American art history. I hope you will enjoy the compelling perspectives and the gorgeous illustrations.

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New and Inspirational

Illustrated African American Biography

Leading up to the 2017 American Library Association Youth Media Awards on January 23, many in the book world revisited some of their favorite books from 2016.  I went back to some of my favorite books and narrowed my list around a theme: recent illustrated biographies of African Americans who did something extraordinary.  Some are famous, some not so famous.  Two of the biographies have won multiple awards, but all are outstanding in their original artwork and storytelling.  I invite you check them out and see for yourself.

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2017 Black History Month Lecture Series

Presented by C. R. Gibbs

Please join C. R. Gibbs, noted author and researcher, who will present a series of lectures at several DC Public Libraries throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month.  All presentations will begin at 7:00 p.m.  "Crossing the Rubicon: The Battle for Black Public Education in the District of Columbia"

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Going to the National Museum of African American History and Culture?

Try Some of These Picks for Your Young Child

If you haven’t already visited the National Museum of African American History and culture, now is the perfect time to go. It’s not every day that a new museum opens in DC. But rather than just looking around, why not take this opportunity to talk with your child about some of the amazing exhibits they'll see? Here are some great books - especially for younger readers - that exemplify what the museum has to offer.

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Donald J. Trump:

An Assessment of the First 100 Days of His Presidency

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 African Americans, Muslims 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.  

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

Honorable Judge Robert L. Wilkins Conversations and Book Signing

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.

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"The Crisis in Black Education"

Black History Month Lecture Series with C. R. Gibbs

C. R. Gibbs, author and researcher will give a series of two lectures at four DC Public Library's during Black History Month in February 2017. His topics will focus on the theme of "The Crisis in Black Education"  and what historical impact it has had on Washington DC and beyond.

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The Obama Years

An Assessment of Race Relations in the United States

Have race relations in America improved or deteriorated since Barack Obama ascended to the White House? The rash of police shooting deaths of unarmed black men has brought attention to the enduring problem of racial violence in the United States.  According to data collected by the Washington Post in 2015, law enforcement officers killed 990 people, of which 258 were black. At present, there have been 703 documented deaths of which 173 were African-Americans. With several months left in the year, the number is expected to rise.

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