Black History Month

Learn More about African American 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


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!

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.

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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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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.

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

Notable fiction and nonfiction books for adults, teens and children ... to read during Black History Month and beyond.

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