Civil Rights in America

Civil Rights in America

Celebrate the Achievements of African Americans

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DC Public Library proudly celebrates the accomplishments of African-Americans during February 1-28. This year's theme, Civil Rights in America, focuses not only on the struggles and accomplishments of the past, but also examines how the promise of tomorrow is affected by the events of today.

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

Highlights:
  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 1 p.m., Malcolm, Martin, Medgar, a one act play by A. Peter Bailey, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Great Hall
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m., Maurice Jackson, professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University discusses the role of music, especially Jazz, in the desegregation of Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Great Hall
  • Monday, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m., Paul Coates, founder of Black Classics Press and former Black Panther leads a lecture, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Black Studies Center, Room 316
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m., Civil Rights Open Mic hosted by Derrick Weston Brown of Busboys and Poets, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Great Hall,
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m., Panel Discussion: Civil Rights Leaders of the Colonial and Revolutionary Era with Georgetown Professor Maurice Jackson, University of Maryland Professor Vincent Carretta, and University of Massachusetts Professor, Julie Winch, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Black Studies Center, Room 316
  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., Michael Brookins Jazz Band, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Great Hall
Click here to view all programs.

Online Resources

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

Historic Black NewspapersDelve 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:
  • Atlanta Daily World
  • The Baltimore Afro-American
  • Chicago Defender
  • New York Amsterdam News
Information dates back to the late 1800s.
Oxford African American Studies CenterThe 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.
Mae Jemison and Nelson MandelaLearn 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.
Black RenaissanceThe 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.
FreedomFlixFreedomFlix 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.

 










































Good Reads


For Youth

African American PoetryHeart and SoulMarchA Sweet Smell of Roses
African American Poetry
by Arnold Rampersad and Marcellus Blount
JUV 811.08
 
Heart and Soul: The Story of African Americans
by Kadir Nelson
JUV 973.04
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 BookWhomp, WhompWe've Got a JobJazz Age Josephine
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

For Teens
The Warmth of Other SunsRemember the TitansFire in the StreetsThe Silence of Our Friends
The Warmth of Other Suns
by Isabel Wilkerson
CD 307.2408 W681 B.O.D.
307.2408 W681
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.

For Adults
Words of ProtestCourage in the MomentThe Rebellious Life of Rosa ParksThe Seven Days
Words of Protest, Words of Freedom
edited by Jeffrey Lamar
811.08 W924
Courage in the Moment: The Civil RIghts Struggle
text by Paul Dickson
323.1196 W191
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
by Jeanne Theoharis
92 P2525T
The Seven Days
by R. Kayeen Thomas
FICTION THOMAS
 

Want more recommendations? Check out these selected works related to Black History Month.