Black History Month

Let's Celebrate!

Programs

Single Day Programs

Continue the Black History Month celebration with these three additional programs:

Nikki D and the Browns
(Sa) Feb. 1 | noon | Main Library

Black History Month Celebration
(Tu) Feb. 4 | 4 p.m. | Sylvania

The Katch Band
(Sa) Feb. 29 | 1 p.m. | Mott

Materials & Resources

African History and Culture, 1540 - 1921

Covers the history of Africa and its diverse people through more than 1,300 books, pamphlets, almanacs and more.

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Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: English/language arts, history/government and social studies

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African-American Heritage

A great resource for African-American genealogical and biographical research. Search essential historical records including federal census, slave and freed person registers, marriage and military records and more. Connect with others using AfriGeneas, a social networking website.

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Grade Levels: middle school and high school
Subjects: history/government, social studies

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African-American Newspapers, 1827 - 1998

Search history, culture and daily life written in African-American newspapers from around the U.S. Covers life in the Antebellum South through the Civil Rights movement and more.

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Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: health, history/government, social studies

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African-American Periodicals, 1825 - 1995

Explore crucial facets of the African-American experience through more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals. Rare titles, many short-lived and not collected by most libraries, brim with surprises and untold stories.

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Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: history/government and social studies

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About 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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