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. The 2020 theme is African Americans and the VoteThe year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War. The theme speaks to the ongoing struggle for black men and women for the right to vote.


Attend author talks, explore the journey of voting rights and listen to engaging speakers. Find the featured events below and more in the calendar.


Suppressed: The Fight to Vote Film Screenings
Multiple Dates
31st Annual Black Film Festival
Multiple Dates
Black Power in D.C. with G. Derek Musgrove
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Rayceen Pendarvis is Living Black History
Thursday, Feb. 20
I celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Bellevue Library users of all ages have came together to record the "I Have A Dream" speech. Listen here.
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Good Reads




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. Heritage Quest
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.
Historic Black Newspapers
Oxford African American Studies Center 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
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. African American Experience
Malcolm X and Ralph J. Bunche Access primary sources related to the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Congress:
  • Ralph J. Bunche Oral Histories 
  • Fight For Racial Justice And The Civil Rights Congress
  • Federal Surveillance of African Americans 1920-1984
Gale Primary Sources
African American Music Reference 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
Check out these collections of eBooks and Audiobooks on OverDrive
Celebrate Black History Month with Classics and Contemporary Novels 
Celebrate Black History Month with Biographies and Nonfiction Books
African American Authors & Characters (Young Adult)
African American Authors & Characters (Kids)
Nigerian/Nigerian American Literature
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