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"The Crisis in Black Education"

Black History Month Lecture Series with C. R. Gibbs

C. R. Gibbs, author and researcher will give a series of two lectures at four DC Public Library's during Black History Month in February 2017. His topics will focus on the theme of "The Crisis in Black Education"  and what historical impact it has had on Washington DC and beyond.


The Obama Years

An Assessment of Race Relations in the United States

Have race relations in America improved or deteriorated since Barack Obama ascended to the White House? The rash of police shooting deaths of unarmed black men has brought attention to the enduring problem of racial violence in the United States.  According to data collected by the Washington Post in 2015, law enforcement officers killed 990 people, of which 258 were black. At present, there have been 703 documented deaths of which 173 were African-Americans. With several months left in the year, the number is expected to rise.

The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed

The Hemingses of Monticello (part 1) by Annette Gordon Reed

Southwest Book Discussion, 1 p.m., Sat., Feb. 25, 2017

You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Book Discussion on Sat., Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.  Copies of this month's title, The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed, are available for checkout at the information desk.

Book to Film Series

Featuring Novels by and about African Americans

Join us the entire month of February for a special film series in celebration of Black History Month. Films showcased in this series will be film adaptations of books that are written by or about popular and famous African Americans, and will range in ratings from PG to R.

Adult Book Club - Black History Month

Your Choice of African-American Classics

Join us in celebration of Black History Month with special selections for February's Adult Book Club on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.

your face

Out of Africa: Prose from the African Diaspora

For Black History Month and beyond

The African diaspora is comprised of global communities whose ancestry descends from the abduction/exile/immigration/relocation of people from the African continent. Whether the stories take root in the Americas, the Caribbean or Europe, the characters in these books have African parental origins, yet their riveting, colorful life experiences run the gamut. In celebration of the African diaspora during Black History Month and beyond, check out this assortment of intriguing tales, some almost lyrically told, with characters you will cheer, chasten and/or comfort.

rhythm ride by andrea pinkney

The Black Experience, New and Noteworthy Children's Books

The books listed here are all inspirational and true.  They take the reader through lives that may seem like our own, but become extraordinary through the individual’s creativity or inventiveness, singular devotion to improving their lives and the lives of others, and or the individual’s supportive family and community.  Some have won recent national awards.  Some have been passed around a lot. Some are meant to be read aloud.  Some are visually stunning.  All are worth enjoying.

C.R. Gibbs

C.R. Gibbs African American History and Culture Lecture

The Underground Railroad in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, February 25, 2016.  7:00 p.m.  In celebration of African American History Month, noted historian and author, C.R. Gibbs presents an African American history and culture lecture, "The Underground Railroad in Washington, D.C."   Don't miss this thought-provoking and engaging discussion! The Takoma Park Library is located 3 blocks from the Takoma Metro Station.  For more information, call 202-576-7764.  

Teens, Black History Month

Fun Black History Month Events for Teens

Three fun Black History Events for Teens A Movie & Popcorn: "Slavery by Another Name" challenges one of American’s most cherished ideals: that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation.  This film documents how for more than 80 years, thousands of African Americans, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested,and forced to work without pay.  Feb. 12 @ 2 p.m.

Selma poster

Celebrate African-American Women Filmmakers

This February, the Chevy Chase Library will screen four films as part of its month-long series of films by African-American women filmmakers.  All movies begin at 6 p.m. 2/1 Selma directed by Ava DuVernay