Every February, we celebrate Black History Month to recognize the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture. The roots of this celebration can be traced back to Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, who established a weeklong celebration in February of 1926 to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. Since 1976, every February has been designated Black History Month with a special theme. The 2022 theme is "Black Health and Wellness".
- Picture Books: Black History Month, opens a new window
- Black History Month: Memoirs & Biographies for Teens
- Must-Read Teen Books by Black Authors!
- Black American Autobiographies & Biographies
- Celebrating Black Joy, opens a new window
- Graphic Novels Featuring Black Characters, opens a new window
- Hilarious Black Voices, opens a new window
- Get training on Allyship, opens a new window and Anti-racism, opens a new window through LinkedIn Learning, opens a new window
- A Reading Guide to Fighting Racism
- Anti-Racist Books for Teens
- Anti-Racism Books for Kids
- Additional educational resources on race & equity, opens a new window
Ebooks & Audiobooks
- Check out Libby's (Overdrive) collection of African American Fiction, opens a new window.
- Stream albums, opens a new window by Black artists on Hoopla
- View full length concerts, opens a new window from music legends such as Nina Simone on Qello concerts.
- Black Voices & Stories in Film, opens a new window
- Explore Kanopy’s collection of African American films and documentaries, opens a new window.
- Check out this YouTube playlist, opens a new window curated by PBS highlighting Black history, culture, art, and more.
- Did you know Black inventor Garrett Augustus Morgan created the three-light traffic signal? Or that Dr. Patricia Bath pioneered the laser treatment for cataracts? Use Biography in Context, opens a new window to learn about the many amazing contributions by African Americans you might not have known about!
- Access Ancestry, opens a new window and use this guide to get started researching African American family history.
- Discover diverse books and related instructional materials for PreK-12 with Teaching Books, opens a new window.
To access most of these resources, all you need to do is log in with your library card, opens a new window. We hope you discover some great tools to continue celebrating and learning about Black history all year long!
-Doris Chen, Librarian at Mitchell Park Library | Follow @dochn, opens a new window on Bibliocommons