African American

African American History Month

February is African American History Month. Here are some ideas and resources to help you plan programs for your library.

Featured Library: Red Bank Public Library

February is African American History Month, and our featured library, Red Bank (N.J.) Public Library (RBPL), is celebrating it with some exciting events, including a look at a Pulitzer Prize–winning African American playwright and an exhibition focusing on the artistic culture of African Americans.

New for March at EDSITEment

March capers in like a lamb this year, along with a number of resources from the EDSITEment program at National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit EDSITEment for insights into a number of important historical moments and figures that will be featured this month. Join in our national celebration of women’s contributions to American and world history, honor Poet laureate Robert Frost on his March birthday, and turn to Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address for guidance through our own turbulent times.

New for February at EDSITEment

This month, join EDSITEment in celebrating the Chinese New Year, recognizing Black History Month, highlighting the twentieth-century Presidents, and exploring the Salem Witch Trials.

Freedom Riders

In May 2011, PBS will be premiering the film Freedom Riders. Featuring testimony from Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand, the two-hour documentary is based on Raymond Arsenault’s book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. As the Freedom Riders website notes:

Pride and Passion at the Highland Park Public Library

Highland Park (Ill.) Public Library recently unveiled “Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience,” an exhibit organized by the American Library Association and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to a standing-room-only-crowd. It was opening day at the library, and crowds were waiting outside for the doors to open.

What brought in the crowds?

New for March at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment puts the spotlight on Women’s History Month, which provides an ideal opportunity for students to learn about and connect to the lives, struggles, and achievements of women who came before in order to better understand our world today.

Featured Library: Richland County Public Library

Each year, more than 40,000 people from across the state attend free cultural events at the Richland County (S.C.) Public Library (RCPL), including an annual storytelling festival, plays, literary readings, book discussions, and concerts. In February, the library celebrated African American History Month with a wide variety of programming highlighting African-American history and culture.

For music lovers, the library offered:

Long Gone

This series explores the migration experience from Africa to America, from south to north, from rural to urban—a powerful and recurring theme in twentieth-century literature.


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