Black History Month 2021

The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity

February 1st – March 1st is Black History Month! Join us as we celebrate American history by honoring Black Americans. We’ll be showcasing our collections of Black authors and titles each week.

Originally, the celebration was a week long but in 1976 the celebration was expanded to a month. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to:

Seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Since then each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations. And the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continues to promote the study of Black History all year.

Please let us know in the comments if there are any authors that you would like us to showcase and we will do our best to feature them!

While libraries are operating contact-free, book delivery is offered via curbside service for readers.  Check out some of these great titles:

Celebrate BHM with us by checking out books from our digital collection on Libby and Overdrive

Learn more about Black History at these sites:

Smithsonian Education – Black History Month

National Park Service – African American Heritage

National Archives – African American History Portal

National Endowment for the Humanities – African American History and Culture

National Park Service – African American HeritageUnited States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Black History Month

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