A Century of Black Life, History and Culture
DC Public Library proudly celebrates A Century of Black Life, History and Culture during its annual Black History Month festivities from Feb. 1-28.
Enjoy a variety of programs like lectures, concerts, story times, a play and many more. You are also encouraged to use library resources like Historic Black Newspapers and FreedomFlix. Programs and resources are available to children ranging from ages birth to 12, teens ages 13-19 and adults.
Events | Online Resources | Good Reads for Kids | Good Reads for Teens
Good Reads for Adults | Bibliography
- Jan. 13 - Feb. 26, Black Space art exhibition by Holly Bass, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Great Hall
- Thursday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m., The Jackson Family Art Show celebrates three generations of greatness in art at Rosedale Library. It also shows at Parklands-Turner Library on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. and William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library on Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.
- Joy of Motion Dance Classes for Adults, Kids and Teens: Teens can learn Jazz dance at Francis A. Gregory Library Feb. 17 at 4:30 p.m.; Kids can learn breakdancing at Mt. Pleasant Library Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.; and adults can learn Afro-Modern dance at Southwest Library Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m.: Celebrate Historic U Street with the D.C. Legendary Musicians.
- Saturday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m.: DC Public Library and The Theatre Lab of Dramatic Arts present a staged reading of Lorraine Hansberry's historical - and iconic - play, A Raisin in the Sun.
- Thursday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.: Author Heather Butts discusses her new book, African American Medicine in Washington, D.C.: Healing the Capital During the Civil War Era.
- Saturday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m.: Travel back in time and experience the lives of the Female RE-Enactors of Distinction (FREED), a historical group portraying freed women and men of the Civil War era who contributed to our history.
- Tuesdays in February, 6 p.m., 26th Annual Black Film Festival, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Your Library has a wealth of online resources that can help enrich your African-American history, life and culture, from Colonial times and slavery, to the Civil War, to the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights movement. It all can be found in Black Studies Online Research.
|Delve into black history with more than 500 scholarly articles and more than 4,000 slave narratives in The African American Experience.|
|You can read articles from four Historic Black Newspapers:
|The African American Studies Center contains over 5,000 biographies, more than 7,500 articles, and hundreds of maps, documents, images, timelines, websites and charts and tables of African-American life, history and culture.|
|The Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, and much more.|
|Learn about Mae Jemison, Nelson Mandela and others in the AP Images. Search the history of the world in photographs from the 1840s to as recent as a minute ago.|
|The Black Renaissance in Washington, D.C. explores the role of the visual arts, music and performing arts in D.C. during the 1920s and 1930s.|
|FreedomFlix brings American history alive! Explore topics from the revolutionary era to today’s world through videos, online books, project ideas and quizzes to check your learning. For grades 4 and up.|
|African American Poetry
by Arnold Rampersad and Marcellus Blount
|Heart and Soul: The Story of African Americans
by Kadir Nelson
|March: Book One
by John Lewis
G.N. 92 L6739A
|A Sweet Smell of Roses
by Angela Johnson
JUV E JOHNSON
|Ruth and the Green Book
by Calvin Ramsey
JUV E RAMSEY
|Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!
by Wynton Marsalis
JUV E MARSALIS
|We've Got a Job
by Cynthia Levinson
JUV 323.11 LEVINSON
|Jazz Age Josephine
by Jonak Winter
JUV 92 BAKER
|The Warmth of Other Suns
by Isabel Wilkerson
CD 307.2408 W681 B.O.D.
|Remember the Titans
DVD 791.43 REMEM
|Fire in the Streets
by Kekla Magoon
YA FICTION MAGOON
|The Silence of Our Friends
by Mark Long
G.N. FICTION LONG
The librarians at Deanwood Library have also created a reading list for children and teens with books on the civil rights movement.
|Words of Protest, Words of Freedom
edited by Jeffrey Lamar
|Courage in the Moment: The Civil RIghts Struggle
text by Paul Dickson
|The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
by Jeanne Theoharis
|The Seven Days
by R. Kayeen Thomas
Want more recommendations? Check out these selected works related to Black History Month.