Okay, I Believe You: The Art and the Activism of Harry Belafonte
A movie star, a singing sensation, and a major civil rights leader, the late Harry Belafonte accomplished enough to fill several lifetimes.
6 Books to Read During Black Children’s Book Week
Six of my favorite books to read during Black Children's Book Week.
Check Out These 5 Superhero Comic Creators for Black History Month
Celebrate Black History Month with 5 of superhero comics’ greatest artists and writers.
I Fell In Love with Funk!!
The music became the sound expressions of the pain, horrors, and upheaval of the world they knew.
A Week of African American Music History, It’s Not Over!
...you need to experience these genres of music on your own quest.
Mildred D. Taylor Wins Children’s Literature Legacy Award
Author with Toledo roots wins prestigious American Library Association Award
A Week of African American Music History, the Soulful Sound
What could be better than MOTOWN? If there is such a production company who could churn out hits like this, I have never heard of it.
A Week of African American Music History, JAZZ Explodes!
The second week focuses on the beginning of an international phenomenon of new music called jazz.
A Week of African American Music History, The beginnings
The first week focuses on the actual roots of African music being supplanted in the New World.
My Life in Black Music
From my lens, the deep impact and role that Black music has played in the experiences of the underrepresented, in social justice, celebrations, faith, as a unifying force, and for all people globally, deserves recognition 365 days of the year.
Need some comic books and graphic novels to read during Black History Month? The library has you covered.
During Black History Months, we are reminded of the countless ways African Americans have contributed to visual arts, music, film, and fashion, among other creative endeavors. Like jazz, comic books are a truly American artform whose influence showcases the talent of countless Black creators. While comics have had a frustrating history with diversity and representation, the number of Black authors, illustrators, inkers, letterers, and colorists who have contributed to the medium is extensive and ever-increasing. By no means an exhaustive list, hopefully these books provide a starting point for those hoping to delve into the diverse world of comics created by African Americans.
The Enduring Influence of Rance Allen
Just as Thomas Dorsey, “the Father of Gospel,” merged jazz and blues with gospel to mesmerizing effect, Rance Allen used the music he was exposed to during his youth – rhythm & blues, jazz and rock & roll – to shape a style that was the foundation for contemporary gospel music.
Martin Luther King Jr., Day for PreK-3
Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement.
Memories of Becoming an MC, DS, David Sweet
DJ David Sweet recalls his memories of Hip Hop, Rap and Slam Poetry in Toledo over the past 40 years.
Celebrating Black History
Black History Month puts a spotlight on African American history and accomplishments as a people and culture. Our past, present and future can be researched, read about and discovered at your local Library.In order
Fantastic Books for Kids by African American Authors
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.
African American Newspapers Chronicles a Century and a Half of the African American Experience
The African American Newspapers database is an amazing digital primary source collection providing first-hand perspectives on notable Americans.
Books to Read During Black History Month and Beyond
Notable fiction and nonfiction books for adults, teens and children ... to read during Black History Month and beyond.
Celebrating African American Poetry and Poets
Celebrate the beauty and power of African American poetry.
Plays by African-American Playwrights
For decades, African-American playwrights have pushed the American theater to embrace bold, daring and popular new forms and have, in the process, contributed some of the most enduring stories and characters in the American literary canon. The library has on its shelves an assortment of scripts from this robust tradition.
10 Influential Songs to Celebrate Black History Month
Music has always been about shared experience in life. Continue reading to explore a selection of influential songs spanning several decades.
Black History Storytime
Get some storytime ideas for Black History Month, or for any month of the year.
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