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Before She Was Harriet

Before She Was Harriet: The Story of Harriet Tubman

An Author Talk

Award-winning illustrator and author team, James E. Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome will visit Friday, Feb.

Black Films Matter

Black Films Matter

Six Provocative, Rarely-Seen Films

Youth continue to be at the heart of every social movement. What are today's teens thinking about current and past African American social movements?  From 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. every Thursday from January 18 to February 22, 2018, teens at the Parklands-Turner Library will watch and discuss films that show little-known occurrences of the past that are relevant to what they see happening in society today. 

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Be the Message Maker

DIY Button and Book Marker Making

Want to wear your message to the world on your shoulder?  Don't wait until February to make your mark.  Come to a special post-Kwanzaa/Get-Ready-for-Black-History-Month DIY craft for teens at the Parklands-Turner Library. Saturday, Jan. 13 from 1 - 3 p.m., teens will immortalize powerful, meaningful images and words as they design their own buttons and book markers to wear during Black History Month and beyond.  

Book Front: The Day Tajon Got Shot

The Day Tajon Got Shot

An Author Talk

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Teen Writers of The Beacon House, a community-based organization in Northeast Washington, D.C., wrote the story of a teen killed in a police shooting from multiple perspectives, challenging the reader to gain knowledge from the whole picture.  Meet the young authors of The Day Tajon Got Shot, February 8, beginning at 6 p.m.

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Mass Incarceration: Racial Disparities in the United States

Racial disparities in the criminal justice system continue to be a concern in the United States today. 

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C.R. Gibbs Lecture Series on African American History and Culture

In celebration of 2018 African American History Month, distinguished historian C.R. Gibbs will deliver presentations at the Mount Pleasant, Dorothy I. Height/Benning, Georgetown, Francis A. Gregory, Lamond-Riggs, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue, Takoma Park and Deanwood neighborhood libraries in February 2018.

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Malcolm X:

What Might He Think of America's Military Presence in South Asia, the Middle East and West Africa?

If Malcolm X were alive today, what might he think about America's involvement in the War in Afghanistan, Syria and military presence in Niger? Malcolm X is considered one of the most charismatic leaders of the 20th century.  He rose from a life of petty crime to serve as a dynamic spokesman for the Nation of Islam and other African-Americans. 

All American Boys

The Heart of the "Matter"

Young Adult books surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement

Young adult literature has done a remarkable job in covering social issues and recent events, and there have been quite a few to choose from as of late. Among those issues in recent years has been the relationship between police officers, and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter Movement. For those interested in learning about this organization, and the circumstances surrounding it, here are a few YA novels that speak to the Black Lives Matter movement.  

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Don't Miss the 28th Annual Black Film Festival

See a Double Feature every week!

Join us on Tuesdays in February as we celebrate Black History Month with our annual film festival. The 28th Annual Black Film Festival offers a Double Feature every week, with entertaining and thought-provoking shorts and full length films.February 7 

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The Art of Black History

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to compile a list of recommendations that focus on an oft overlooked part of African American history and culture – the visual arts. The following books each emphasize a different facet of African American art history. I hope you will enjoy the compelling perspectives and the gorgeous illustrations.

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