Black History Month
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 Vote. The 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
|31st Annual Black Film Festival
|Black Power in D.C. with G. Derek Musgrove
Wednesday, Feb. 12
|Rayceen Pendarvis is Living Black History
Thursday, Feb. 20
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.
|You can search your family and local history through Heritage Quest.||Heritage Quest|
|You can read articles from four historic black newspapers:
||Historic Black Newspapers|
|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|
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