Black History Month
This February, the DC Public Library celebrates the culture and accomplishments of the Black Family. The definition of family, like Black life and culture itself, is multifaceted. Whether at home, in the office, or the basketball court, the family we make, build or choose provides comfort, encouragement and inspiration for African Americans to thrive, no matter the obstacle. The Black family makes history makers of us all.
This month, library programming will highlight history makers in literature who’ve inspired us, launch author talks with legends we celebrate, honor D.C.’s own in music and photography, and provide book recommendations for readers of all ages.
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Attend author talks, black history trivia, story time with the family and more. Find the featured events below and more in the calendar.
FEATURED EVENTSWho Are Your People? Toni Morrison's Portrayal of the Black Family
Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.
Join Dr. Michele Simms-Burton, writer and founding member of the Toni Morrison Society, for a presentation examining how Morrison conceives the black family in her work.
Black History Always with "The Undefeated"
Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m.
DC teens will talk with Soraya Nadia McDonald, Culture Editor of The Undefeated and Ariel Atkins, Guard of the Washington Mystics about claiming your voice, taking risks, and becoming the change they want to see in the world.
Witness to History: Les Payne and the Search for Malcolm X
Thursday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m.
Les Payne, The late Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for Newsday made it his life’s work to uncover the man behind the legendary Black Muslim minister and activist. Payne’s daughter Tamara joins his friends and colleagues to discuss the National Book Award winning biography, the author and the responsibility of Black journalists like Payne to chronicle history as it is.
Washington, DC: City of Interest, City of Change
A virtual photographic exhibition and discussion series.
Check out these collections of eBooks and Audiobooks on OverDrive
- Still Here: A Black Futures Month Book List
- Celebrating Black History Month – Nonfiction Titles
- Celebrating Black History Month – Fiction Titles
- Celebrating Black History Month – Biographies & Autobiographies
- Celebrating Black History Month (Young Adult Titles)
- Black Joy (Picture Books & Chapter Books)
|The Last Black Man in San Francisco||Rag Tag||Mumia: Long Distance Revolution||Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song|
Your library has a wealth of online resources that can help enrich your understanding of Black History Month. It all can be found in the DC Public Library databases.
You can search your family and local history through Ancestry Library Edition & HeritageQuest.
|You can read articles from four historic black newspapers:
||Historic Black Newspapers|
|Nineteenth-Century U.S. Newspapers provides an as-it-happened window on events, culture, and daily life in nineteenth-century America. Includes titles from Washington D.C.||Nineteenth Century Newspapers|
|African American Newspapers, including Washington DC resources, emphasizing eyewitness accounts of events during the 19th century.||Accessible Archives|
|The Oxford 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.||Oxford African American Studies Center|
|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.||African American Experience|
|Access primary sources related to the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Congress:
||Gale Primary Sources|
|The African American Music Reference contains over 3000 essays and images on blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel and other forms of African American musical expression.||African American Music Reference|