Black History Month

Black History Month

Celebrate the History, Achievements and Futures of African Americans

                                         MLK Week

The DC Public Library proudly celebrates Black History Month during February with author talks, lectures, arts and crafts, story times and more.


Attend story times, study genealogy and listen to engaging speakers. Find the featured events below and more in the calendar.


Picture of Marcia Cole Children Can Soar book cover C. R. Gibbs African American History and Culture Lecture Series Marvin Jones photo
Going for Freedom: True Accounts of Flight in Verse
Feb. 2 at Lamond-Riggs
Black History Month Activity Series
Tuesdays at Shepherd Park
C.R. Gibbs African American History Series
Weekly series starting on Feb. 4 at Cleveland Park 
An Army of Educators
Feb. 4 at Shepherd Park 
Sorry to Bother You Jackson Logo Picture of Andre Kearns Red Rooster
30th Annual Black Film Festival: Sorry to Bother You
Feb. 5 at Georgetown
Jackson Family Art Show
Feb. 7 at Shaw
Getting Started: African-American Genealogy and DNA Testing
Feb. 9 at Shepherd Park
Feeder's Advisory: The Red Rooster Cookbook
Feb. 11 at Northeast 
Washington D.C.'s Deanwood Picture of Cortenia Smith E Ethelbert Miller
Know Your Neighborhood Black History Month Party
Feb. 13 at Deanwood 
Black History Month: To the Stars
Feb. 14 at Woodridge
The Legacy of Harriet Tubman: A One-Woman Performance
Feb. 16 at Bellevue
Author Talk: E. Ethelbert Miller
Feb. 19 at Lamond-Riggs
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Icons of Black Music and Politics
Feb. 20 at Benning 
Transcribe-a-Thon: Mary Church Terrell Letters
Feb. 21 at Washingtonian
Author Talk: Sonja D. Williams
Feb. 23 at Cleveland Park
King and the Library: A Visioning Session
Feb. 28 at Shaw
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Did You Know?

Your library has a wealth of online resources that can help enrich your understanding of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights movement and even your own personal history. It all can be found in our databases

collage: civil rights protestors, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr You can search your family and local history through Heritage Quest. Find in Genealogy
You can read articles from four historic black newspapers:
  • Atlanta Daily World
  • The Baltimore Afro-American
  • Chicago Defender
  • New York Amsterdam News
Information dates back to the late 1800s.
Find in Magazines and Newspapers
Oxford African American Studies Center The African American Studies Center contains over 5,000 biographies; more than 7,500 articles and hundreds of maps; documents; images; timelines; websites and charts and tables of African-American life; history and culture. Find in Biography
Apollo Theater Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to black studies that includes scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles and much more. Find in Black Studies Online Research
Blank Panther Party The African American Experience contains 500 full-text reference and scholarly articles and over 4,000 slave narratives. Includes primary documents, maps and images, lesson plans, searchable timelines and Web links. Find in Black Studies Online Research
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Good Reads

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Me and My House: James Baldwin's Last Decade in France
by Magdalena J. Zaborowksa
The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations
by Ira Berlin

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
by Ayana Mathis
South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration
by Marcia Chatelain
Cultivating the Genius of Black Children: Strategies to Close the Achievement Gap in the Early Years
by Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan
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For Children

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
by Vashti Harrison
So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom 
by Gary D. Schmidt, illustrated by Daniel Minter
by Junot Díaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa
Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton
by Don Tate
Voice of freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights movement
by Carole Boston Weatherford
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For Teens

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March. Book Three
written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
For Everyone
by Jason Reynolds
All American Boys
by Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance
by Simone Biles with Michelle Burford
X: A Novel
by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon
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Good Films

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Charlotte Forten's Mission Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 Selected: One Dream. One School. One Year With All Deliberate Speed
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goDigital Resources

OverDrive Booklists
Black History Month 

Access Videos
Black History Month 

Kanopy Movies
Black History Month

Freegal Music
Black History Month Playlist