February is Black History Month, honoring the accomplishments of African Americans throughout history. The event was first celebrated as Negro History Week in February 1926, and spread year by year as mayors across the U.S. designated their own Negro History Weeks. The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation's bicentennial, and has been repeated by Presidential proclamation each year since then. Read more at AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth.gov
Find more resources to learn about Black History Month at your library. Search the catalog for books on Black history, for adults and children. Log in to U.S. History in Context, a database featuring magazine and newspaper articles, historical documents, and other resources. (Use your library card and PIN to access from home.) Or check out some books by favorite African American authors:
Butler, Octavia E.
Dickey, Eric J.
Harris, E. Lynn
Rhodes, Jewel Parker