February is African American History Month, honoring the accomplishments of Black 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.
Celebrate African American History Month at your library with our third annual African American Read-In, Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Hamilton Library. This year’s Read-In will focus on the works of Langston Hughes, brought to life by local actor and director Mike Traylor.
A recent documentary film that is widely watched during African American History Month is I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated envisioning of an unfinished book by James Baldwin. You can watch I Am Not Your Negro, as well as other documentaries on African American history, with Kanopy, a free video streaming service offered by your library. Sign up for a free account and get 10 free video credits per month.