Black History

Celebrate Black History Month!

Black History Month focuses on the contributions of African Americans to our country. We honor generations who achieved much in all sectors of our society, some while struggling for equal rights.

The idea was first celebrated as Negro History Week in 1926, during a week that included both President Abraham Lincoln’s and abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ birthdays. In 1976, it was expanded to the entire month. We know you will enjoy, grow, and learn through our many offerings this month.

Programs & Events

We invite you to explore the many ways the Library is celebrating this month. Join us for events and programs focused on art, fascinating stories, history (local, national, and international), and so much more!

Travel back in time and hear the spoken words of African Americans who lived here with our recorded Stark Memory Collection, opens a new window. Experience the inspiring local stories of brave souls escaping slavery on the Underground Railroad. Write, paint, and reflect with inspiration from Black artists, civil rights activists, and leaders from all sectors of our society.

These are just a few of the ways to enrich yourself at the Library during Black History Month. Enjoy events for all ages all month long!

Reading Materials

Of course, Black History Month would not be complete without a list of reading materials created just for you by our librarians. We encourage you to borrow titles for the whole family – many featuring African American authors and stories.

Don’t miss these wonderful opportunities to gain knowledge, expand your horizons, and become inspired during Black History Month at the Library.

Research African American Heritage

A hitorical photo of a group of African Americans

African American Heritage

Ease the often-difficult path to discovering African American family history. Navigate challenges with devoted researchers and resources.

Research Black History

Black Life in America database

Black Life in America

Discover the African American experience from 1783 until today through the eyes of journalists. Read stories by topic, era, and event.

Staff Picks

Black History Month 2023

Each February we recognize the contributions African Americans have made in our nation's history. We hope you enjoy these titles!

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