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 and listen to engaging speakers. Find the featured events below and more in the calendar.



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C.R. Gibbs Lecture Series on African-American History and Culture
Feb. 1 at Mount Pleasant
Feb. 5 at Benning 
Feb. 8 at Georgetown
Feb. 12 at Francis A. Gregory
Feb. 20 at Deanwood
Feb. 26 at Bellevue
Civil War Reenactments featuring the Ladies of FREED
Feb. 24 at Tenley 
Author Talk: Shout Mouse Press
Feb. 8 at Mount Pleasant 
Malcolm X: What Might He Think of America's Military Presence in South Asia, the Middle East and West Africa?
Feb. 13 at Francis A. Gregory
Author Talk: The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology 
Feb. 15 at Woodridge
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The Legacy of Harriet Tubman: A One-Woman Perfromance by Cortenia Smith
Feb. 1 at Northeast
Feb. 10 at Petworth
Feb. 15 at Shaw 
Feb. 19 at Anacostia
Feb. 22 at Bellevue
Living When There Was Slavery by Civil War Defense of Washington
Feb. 17 at Southwest 
Author Talk: Swing Sisters
Feb. 22 at West End 
Black History Jeopardy 
Feb. 21 at Shaw
Film Screening: A Patriots Journey from Slavery to Capitol Hill
Feb. 8 at Benning
Feb. 20 at Shaw 
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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

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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

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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

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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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