Celebrate Black History Month!
Brooklyn Public Library is proud to celebrate Black History Month. This February, BPL is presenting dozens of movies, performances, author readings and other events that honor the past and present achievements of African Americans. We encourage you to explore black history and the African American experience by viewing our book recommendations, attending events, browsing our photo and art exhibition archives, or visiting BPL's African American Heritage Center or Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center. Explore how the Learning Centers at BPL are supporting the historical fight for literacy for all:
Celebrate Black History - Literacy.
Black History Month Events
The African American Heritage Center
The African American Heritage Center, renamed as The Dionne Mack-Harvin Center, at Macon Library contains material on African American history and culture as well as the "Preserving Footsteps" collection. All public computers have genealogical databases including Ancestry.com.
Late January 2014, Macon Library held a terrific event to celebrate winning the first-ever NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. New Yorkers from all five boroughs submitted over 4,000 nominations, and Macon Library was chosen as one of the top 5 branch libraries in New York City. To read some of the press coverage of the event, click here: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140129/bed-stuy/bed-stuy-library-honored-for-dedication-community.
Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center
The Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center, located at Flatbush Library, preserves and presents the histories and cultures of the peoples of the Caribbean through a circulating collection, programming and art exhibitions. Learn more here.
African American Art at BPL
Enjoy current & past BPL exhibits of
African American artists and themes.
Check out Bryan Collier's new exhibition at BPL:It Starts with Just a Seed and A Neighborhood in Transition-Murals in Bedford-Stuyvesant by Elkes Weesjes / Tiffany Hagler-Geard. Bryan Collier is the 2014 Coretta Scott King Book Award for best illustrator. The Murals exhibitions is an exhibition of community murals throughout Bedford-Stuyvesant.
BPL Staff Picks
"There are books that I read over and over again, books that I urge young people and adults who work with them to read, books that I am so happy the library has in its collection, and new books that speak volumes to me, reminding me of the power of the written and spoken word, resilience of Black people, and enduring spirit of our ancestors, values that can and should be celebrated daily, not just one month, by all." – Angeli, BPL staff member and co-editor of Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books
Spotlight on BPL Youth
Read more about BPL youth and their experiences with young adult programs at the library.
For a historical view check out
Black History Month at the Brooklyn Collection
Browse historic Brooklyn photographs from the Brooklyn Collection:
» Brooklyn Life: African Americans
» Famous African Americans From Brooklyn
» West Indian Carnival
These databases will search through hundreds of newspapers, encyclopedias, magazines and books about black history for you:
» African American Experience
» African American Song
» Black Drama
» Black Short Fiction and Folklore
» Black Thought and Culture
» Black Women Writers
» Caribbean Literature
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