Black History Month

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February 1 - 28

Black History Month (known officially in the United States as African American History Month) is celebrated annually in February, paying tribute to the generations of African-Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

Historian Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week, which was first celebrated in February 1926, during the week that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976, the celebration was expanded to encompass the entire month of February by President Gerald R. Ford and since then every American president has issued African American History Month proclamations.

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Black History Month Programs

Read-In

Let's celebrate African-American authors! Visit any Library location and read, listen to or watch ANY title from ANY African-American author and add your name to the our banner.

Sharing Your Migration Story

Trace your country of origin, region or another city that led you to Toledo, Ohio and examine the path that others have followed. Hosted at various locations.

A Day with Lady K

Karen Harris Sings Motown

A Day with Lady K means the Motown sound is down! Join us for a musical program featuring Karen Harris, who will sing the Motown hits that we all know and love!

A Day with Lady K

Wednesday Feb. 20
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Toledo Heights

Celebrate Black History Month with the fantastic sound of Ms. Karen Harris as she sings the classic Motown Hits!

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A Day with Lady K

Monday Feb. 25
at 5:00 p.m.

Location: King Road

Celebrate Black History Month with the fantastic sound of Ms. Karen Harris as she sings the classic Motown Hits!

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Dances from the Motherland

A Tribute to African Dance

Elev8ted Productions presents "Dances from the Motherland," a tribute to African dance. Join us for a performance by Phylicia Hills, who will demonstrate the fine art of African dance and the meaning behind the movement.

Dances from the Motherland

Tuesday Feb. 19
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Mott

Elev8ted Productions presents "Dances from the Motherland." Learn the meanings behind the movements and the fine art of African Dance.

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Dances from the Motherland

Thursday Feb. 21
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Locke

Elev8ted Productions presents "Dances from the Motherland." Learn the meanings behind the movements and the fine art of African Dance.

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Dances from the Motherland

Thursday Feb. 28
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Sylvania

Elev8ted Productions presents "Dances from the Motherland." Learn the meanings behind the movements and the fine art of African Dance.

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Dances from the Motherland

Saturday Mar. 2
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Sanger

Elev8ted Productions presents "Dances from the Motherland". Learn the meanings behind the movements and the fine art of African Dance.

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Soul Food Sampling

From J'Mae's Home Cooking

J'Mae's Home Cooking is one of Toledo's finest soul food restaurants! Join us for a delicious tasting of J'Mae's famous soul food dish - baked macaroni and cheese.

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Soul Food Sampling from J'Mae's Restaurant

Wednesday Feb. 27
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Locke

Never tasted Soul Food before? Here is your opportunity to sample some of Toledo's finest! J'Mae's will have the quintessential dish, baked Macaroni and Cheese, to sample at Locke Branch!

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In celebration of Black History Month, we compiled a list of picture books to read with your child by noted African American authors. Some inspire young minds, some are just for fun, and all are perfect for enjoying together.

Continue Reading: Fantastic Books for Kids by African American Authors

The African American Newspapers database is an amazing digital primary source collection providing first-hand perspectives on notable Americans that are not found in mainstream publications. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in the world.

Continue Reading: African American Newspapers Chronicles a Century and a Half of the African American Experience

Notable books to read during Black History Month and beyond. This blog post includes fiction and nonfiction selections for adults, teens and children.

Continue Reading: Books to Read During Black History Month and Beyond