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“Black history is American history” – Morgan Freeman.

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Give yourself time this month to reflect on how Black and African American individuals have shaped this country. During this month, let’s spend time recognizing the contributions that Black Americans have made to our nation. Have you read anything by a Black author recently? Listened to music performed by a Black entertainer? Investigated and learned more about Black inventors, politicians, activists, artists? 

This month, try to expand your horizons beyond the familiar and reach for something new. As always, we’ll be here for suggestions and resources!

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Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, grew from Negro History Week, which Carter G. Woodson initiated in 1925. The weeklong event was extremely popular and supported, and in 1976 Gerald Ford recognized the whole month of February as one in which the nation would honor the history of Black Americans.

Association for the Study of African American Life and History: Learn about the Origins of Black History Month Click Here.  

More About African American History Month Click Here.

Black History Month Book List

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston Print Text | Libby audio | Hoopla ebook | Hoopla audio

Becoming by Michelle Obama LCLC - Book | LCLC - CD Audiobook | Libby - eAudio | Libby - eBook

Becoming Ms. Burton by Susan Burton and Cari Lynn Hoopla - eBook 

Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lesson For Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude JR. Print Text 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates LCLC - Book | LCLC - CD Audiobook | Libby - eAudio | Libby - eBook

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah Print Text | Libby ebook 

The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward Hoopla - eAudio | LCLC - Book  

Heavy by Kiese Laymon LCLC - Book

How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston Hoopla - eAudio

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin print book

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart print book | Hoopla eAudio

So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo print text | Libby audio | Hoopla audio

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi print book | Hoopla audio | Libby audio | Libby ebook

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jenkins Hoopla - eAudio | Hoopla - eBook

The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris Print Text | Libby  ebook | Libby audio

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson print text | Libby  ebook

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom Print book | Hoopla ebook | Libby ebook

FOR CHILDREN

Picture books

Black is a rainbow color by Angela Joy Book

I, too, am America by Langston Hughes Book

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson Hoopla - eAudio | Hoopla - video

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed Book

Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe Book

Sing a Song by Kelly Starling Lyons Book

Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews Book | Hoopla - ebook | Hoopla - video

Chapter Books

A Girl Named Misty by Kelly Starling Lyons Book

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine Book  | Book  | CD Audiobook

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia Book

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor Book | Libby- eAudiobook

Who Was Jackie Robinson? By Gail Herman Book

Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen by Sherri L. Smith Book

Young, Gifted, and Black by Jamia Wilson Book

FOR TEENS AND TWEENS

Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi Hoopla - eBook | Hoopla -  eAudio

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson BookeAudio | CD Audiobook

Hidden Figures (Young Readers Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly BookHoopla - eBook | Hoopla - eAudio

March trilogy by John Lewis Book One: Book | eBook | Book Two: Book | eBook Book Three: Book | eBook

X: A novel by Ilyasah Shabazz Book

The hate u give by Angie Thomas | Book

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas | Book

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas | Book

Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess | Book

The poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo | Book

Punching the air by Ibi Zoboi |  Book

Dear Martin by Nic Stone | Book


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