Monday, February 1, 2021

Celebrate Black History this Month and Every Month


WPL Resources

Black History Month Reading list - A selection of fiction and nonfiction titles highlighting Black authors and books on Black history.

How to Be an Antiracist Booklist - Titles to help you understand and respond to racism in print, e-book, and audiobook format.

Cookbooks & Cooking Memoirs for Black History Month - A selection of cookbooks written by Black authors to celebrate their culinary heritage.

Sci Fi & Fantasy by Black Authors - Want to read more Black authors but don't know where to start? Check out these recent sci fi & fantasy reads.

Black History Month Watch List - A collection of documentaries and films about events and leaders of the civil rights movements of yesterday and today from, Kanopy, a free streaming service with your WPL card. 

Register for Great American Read Book Club On February 23 to discuss Beloved by Toni Morrison.

Langston Hughes: Poet of the Harlem Renaissance - Read about one of the most talented and prolific writers to emerge during the Harlem Renaissance.

Celebrating Black Romance Authors - Check out these books and resources by Black romance authors to learn more about how the romance publishing industry is changing for the better. 

Staff Picks: Black History Month Edition airing on Facebook February 20 at 12 pm.  

Learn More

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

From PBS, a list of some of those “lesser known” moments and facts in Black history.

Events & Online Exhibits

A collaboration between Worcester Art Museum and Clark University, an exhibition of stunning portraits of people of African-American and Native American descent provides a unique window into an American community of color following Reconstruction into World War I, a period of African American U.S. history that is often overlooked. 

Educating yourself with these shows is one more way to understand the current moment, from June 30, 2020.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

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