While we hope you’ll be able to explore the Black History Month book displays and resources in our branches this February, we also gathered and developed a variety of virtual programming and booklists to engage the community remotely—not only during this special month-long celebration, but throughout the year.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month, began the observance in 1926 to coincide with the week in February that hosted the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. What began as a celebration of Black accomplishments in history has grown into an annual tradition and prompted widespread discussion on the Black experience. Every year a theme is chosen with over 90 celebrated since 1928 (source: asalh.org).
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History has named the theme for 2022 “Black Health and Wellness.” This year’s theme will not only acknowledge notable Black scholars and practitioners in medicine but also honor activities and initiatives that Black communities have participated in for health and wellness. More information on this year’s theme can be found on the ASALH website.
A directory of this year’s Black History Month resources from the Library can be found below. Items will appear linked as they become available online.
Programs & Events:
February Kids Club programs will explore one of two Black History themes.
- Black History Is Happening Every Day
- Exploring Space
Visit our events page to find a Kids Club event near you.
A Special Black History Month Virtual Storytime
Teen Time & Teen Time @ Home:
February Teen Time programs will explore several Black History themes. Visit our events page to find a Teen Time program near you.
Paint Like a Famous Black Artist
Virtual Programs & Videos:
- Abstract Rock Painting Inspired by Alma Woodsey Thomas
- Cut Paper Art and Identity Exploration With Kara Walker
- Block Prints Inspired by the Work of Elizabeth Catlett
- Bisa Butler Inspired Fabric Collages
Blog Posts & Staff Picks:
- Medical discrimination and it’s history
- Black authors with neurodiversities
- Black authored cookbooks
- Black authored graphic novels
- Black Joy
- Books by Christian Robinson
- Life I Swear/I’m Speaking Now (Black women on self-improvement and empowerment)
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