February is African American History Month. Here are a few titles that would be great reads to honor the heritage, spirit, and contributions of African Americans–not only this month but all year long.
For Adults and Young Adults
Can you identify the pictured African American heroes?
Answers are below!
February is African American History Month,
which was expanded from a week each year to a month in 1976
by President Gerald R. Ford to “seize the opportunity to honor
the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Please join us on Wednesday, February 5th, at 6:30 as we celebrate African American History with an evening of enchanting stories and West African songs by Baba the Storyteller.
Answers (from left to right)
1st row: Maya Angelou, Author/Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Basketball Player/Mae Jemison, Astronaut
2nd row: Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist/Jackie Robinson, Baseball Player/Stevie Wonder, Musician/Duke Ellington, Musician
3rd row: Madam C. J. Walker, Entrepreneur/Forest Whitaker, Actor/Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Activist/Harriet Tubman, Abolitionist
How did you score?
The Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and other agencies have partnered to bring together a wealth of digital exhibits you can explore online to celebrate and learn more about African American heritage. This year’s theme is Black Women in American Culture and History. The website features exhibits on many different aspects of African American history, such as art, civil rights, politics, music, and even baseball. Check it out here!
You can also listen to this fascinating NPR story celebrating the legacy of poet Langston Hughes(whose 100th birthday was yesterday!).