The theme for 2014’s Black History Month, also called African American History Month, is "Civil Rights in America," and it’s a time to chronicle the important milestones by African-Americans and others in the battle for civil rights and equal treatment under the law. The theme for Black History Month is announced annually by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Washington, DC.
Established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, ASALH are the founders of Black History Month and continue Woodson’s legacy of speaking a fundamental truth to the world – that Africans and peoples of African descent are makers of history and co-workers in what W.E.B. Du Bois called, "The Kingdom of Culture."
Broward County Libraries offer unique, educational and fun events and programs that help people of all ages commemorate Black History Month. Online resources bring African-American biography and history to your fingertips. Renowned storytellers, special discussions, dance, art, music and more make your library a special place to visit this February.
Top Five Ways to Celebrate Black History Month with Broward County Libraries
- Visit the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), a unique facility that focuses on the rich cultural influence of the African Diaspora in the Americas, including Special Collections and programming. If you can’t get there in person, take an online, self-guided tour.
- Alex Haley Collection: The Voyages of Alex Haley, Notebooks and Memoirs of an African-American Writer, is a digitalized collection of items belonging to Roots author Alex Haley. It includes unfinished manuscripts, including drafts and handwritten notes as well as large amounts of correspondence between Haley and aspiring writers such as Tom Feelings, students of all ages, friends, peers such as Danielle Steele, politicians, and noted celebrities such as Quincy Jones and Johnny Carson.
- Explore the African-American Experience online, a unique digital resource that was developed with the guidance of African American librarians and subject specialist. It’s the widest ranging and easiest-to-use online database collection on African-American history and culture. Use your Broward County Library card to log on.
- Learn about the history of South Florida’s African-American pioneers at the Broward County Historical Commission. Maps, photos, images, oral histories and ephemera from early African-American settlers, many of them rare or one-of-a-kind, are available for viewing by appointment.
- Find materials – including books, music, DVDs and more – related to Black History Month on the Broward County Library catalog. Searching is easy. Just type in the terms, such as “Black History” or “civil rights” and find resources of all type available for check out.
Black History Month Events and Celebrations @ Broward County Libraries
February 1 - Seventh Annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Festival, 2 to 5 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
February 2 - Martin Luther King Jr. Scavenger Hunt, ages: 8 and up: Win prizes! 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
February 3 - Celebrate Black History Month with a visit to our Children’s Wax Museum of Black Historical Figures, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
February 5 - Sharkey’s Storytime: Positively Africa! Dance and sing along with this musical duo, ages 3-5 with caregiver, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
February 6 - Art with Barbara Freiberg: Romare Bearden. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Main Library
February 8 - Movie: Biopic of legendary African-American rhythm and blues musician, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., all ages, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
February 8 - Celebrate Black History Month with nationally acclaimed storyteller Tamara Green and winners of the 2014 Black History Month Art and Essay Contest, all ages, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
February 8 - Mommy and Me: Intro to African Dance, registration required, 954-357-8090, 1 to 2 p.m., Miramar Branch Library and Education Center
February 10 - Celebrate Black History month with Kemetic Yoga presented by Dr. Sista Idya, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
February 10 - The Beast in Florida: A History of Anti-Black Violence, book talk, 6 to 7:45 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
February 11 - More Than A Game, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tyrone Bryant Library
February 11 - House of Slaves and Door of No Return: Gold Coast/Ghana Slave Forts, Castles and Dungeons and the Atlantic Slave Trade by Edmund Abaka, author talk/book signing, includes visit to the Libraries Art Gallery to view his photographs, 1 to 2:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
February 15 - Portrayals of African Americans in the Media, adults, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
February 15 - African-American Craft with fiber artist Kianga Jinaki, registration required, 954-357-8090, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Miramar Branch Library and Education Center
February 16 - Jazz in the Gallery: Jason Hainsworth Quartet, adults, 2 to 3 p.m., Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
February 17 - The Birth of an American Sound: The Blues! Join renowned musician Joey Gilmore, $10 donation requested, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
February 17 - Jingo Loba: Come Dance with Me! Ages 4-17, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Pompano Beach Library
February 17 - Book Discussion: 12 Years a Slave, 6:15 to 8 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
February 18 - Let's Talk about Books: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Southwest Regional Library
February 18 - Focus on the artist, Faith Ringgold, film/art activity for teens, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Main Library
February 18 - Tuesday Night Movie, adults, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
February 19 - Black History Month Storytime, children’s program, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lauderdale Lakes Library
February 19 - Foreign Film Series with Discussion and Commentary with Shelly Isaacs. Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Language Film 2005, South Africa. Call library for title, 954-201-2600, 2 to 4:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
February 20 - Cinema presentation celebrating Black History Month, call 954-357-7840 for title, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center
February 21 - Film, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Pembroke Pines Library
February 22 - Black History Month Scavenger Hunt: Join us as we host a scavenger hunt that will teach children and teens the importance of Black History in America! 2 to 3 p.m., Lauderdale Lakes Library
February 24 - Just Bead it! with Dr. Sista Idya, children’s program, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
February 26 - Celebrate African-American Heritage with Stories & Crafts, all ages/families, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tamarac Library
February 26 - Sharkey’s Storytime: Fables and Folktales, ages 3-5 with caregiver, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
February 27 - Reel to Real Talk, noon, North Regional/Broward College Library
March 8 - Gold Coast Jazz Society Concert, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
Exhibits: A Tribute to The Negro Baseball Leagues, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center; African-American Artwork, Deerfield Beach Percy White; February is Black History Month, Hallandale Beach Library; 50 Years of Civil Rights in America, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center; Black History Month DVDs, North Lauderdale Saraniero Library; House of Slaves and Door of No Return: Photographic Exhibit by Edmund Abaka, North Regional/Broward College Library; Selections from the Special Collection of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Northwest Regional Library; Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom, Pembroke Pines Library; Art by Gloria Kelly; South Regional/Broward College Library; Art by Mirianne Jean-Jacques, Southwest Regional Library; African-American Research Library and Cultural Center Special Collections, West Regional Library
Books on Display: Black History Month Book Display, Northwest Regional Library; Black History Month Book Display, North Regional/Broward College Library; Best Black Historical Fiction, Pembroke Pines Library; Black History Books, Stirling Road Library