Black History Month

Let's Celebrate!


Single Day Programs

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

Nikki D and the Browns
(Sa) Feb. 8 | noon | Main Library

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

Hustle & Glow: Resourceful Entrepreneurship
(W) Feb. 26 | 6 p.m. | Main Library

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

Materials & Resources

Black History Month puts a spotlight on African American history and accomplishments as a people and culture.

Continue Reading: Celebrating Black History

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

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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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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Did You Know Quiz

A Black History Knowledge Builder

Test your knowledge of Black History and challenge your family and friends. How many questions can each of you get correct? Stop into any Library location and let us know how you did!

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