Black History Month

Black History Month

Celebrate the History, Achievements, and Futures of African Americans


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

Take a quest and dig deeper into various online databases like the African American Studies Center to explore the life and times of African Americans.


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



Patsy Fletcher book FREED Books to Brushes Wesley Lowery Military Road School
African American Leisure Activities Discussion and Exhibit
Feb. 4 at Shaw Library
Civil War Reenactments featuring the Ladies of FREED
Feb. 4 at Chevy Chase
Feb. 21 at Deanwood
Books to Brushes: Strengthening Literacy Through Art with Anike Robinson
Feb. 8 at Takoma Park
Feb. 23 at Francis A. Gregory
The Obama Years: An Assessment of Race Relations in the United States with Wesley Lowery
Feb. 8 at MLK
The Legacy of the Military Road School
Feb. 9 at Shepherd Park
Marcia E. Cole Teen Tech-a-Thon Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Alicia Montgomery AfroFuturist Affair
Going for Freedom: True Accounts of Flight in Verse with Marcia E. Cole
Feb. 9 at Lamond-Riggs
Feb. 16 at West End
Teen Tech-A-Thon
Feb. 11 at MLK
Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Feb. 18 at MLK
Donald J. Trump: An Assessment of the First 100 Days of His Presidency with Alicia Montgomery
Feb. 22 MLK
AfroFuturist Affair Workshop: Octavia Butler's Kindred and Time Travel
Feb. 25 at Mt. Pleasant
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Did You Know?

Your Library has a wealth of online resources that can help enrich your understanding of Black History and your own personal history. It all can be found in our Databases.

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Good Reads

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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
by Margot Lee Shetterly
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
by Ibram X. Kendi

Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race
edited by Jesmyn Ward
Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth From the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement
by Freeman A. Hrabowski, III.
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

Sugar book cover Marvelous Cornelius Stella book cover Poet book cover Voice book cover
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans
by Phil Bildner
Stella by Starlight
by Sharon Draper
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

March book cover Fire in the Streets book cover All American Boys book cover Courage to Soar book cover X book cover
March. Book Three
written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Fire in the Streets
by Kekla Magoon
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

Charlotte Little Rock Black Power cover Selected Speed
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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