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Black History Month
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Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington 
 

March on Washington in 1963
March on Washington in 1963

During February, the United States celebrates Black History Month, a time to reflect on the past or plan for the future. This year, libraries community wide will honor Black History Month with activities, lectures, film and children’s activity – all of them free. The theme of Black History Month is "Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation," which was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on
January 1, 1863.

In addition to commemorating this extraordinary event, Black History Month also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This march turned into one of the largest political rallies in United States history and brought together thousands of people from all walks of life. The rally took place in 1963 and helped raise awareness of the need for equal rights for all. 

Libraries Division’s Top Five Ways to celebrate Black History Month at Broward County Libraries

February 2 – Black History in Film, 12 noon to 3 p.m., Miramar Branch Library and Education Center
February 2 – Sixth Annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Reading Festival, 2 to 5 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
February 4 – African-American Read-in, ages 6-12, 5 to 5:30 p.m., Carver Ranches Library
February 5 – Cinema Presentation of Lady Sings the Blues starring Diana Ross, 2 to 4 p.m., Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center
February 6 – Preschool Story Time, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library
February 7 – Kente Wind Dancers, ages 6-12, 2 to 3 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
February 7 – Children’s Black History Month Early Release Day Celebration, 2 to 4 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library
February 9 – Youth Chess Tournament – Black History Month Edition, ages 6-19, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., space limited; registration required: 954-538-9996, Southwest Regional Library
February 12 – Cynthia Strachan Sanders, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Tyrone Bryant Library
February 16 – African-American Tales by nationally acclaimed storyteller Tamara Green, all ages, Davie/Cooper City Library
February 16 – Black History Film, 12 noon to 1 p.m., Miramar Branch Library and Education Center
February 16 – Stories from Black History from nationally acclaimed storyteller Tamara Green, ages 6-19, 1 to 2 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
February 16 – Culture in the Pines – A Musical Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, 2 to 4 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
February 16 – African-American Tales by nationally acclaimed storyteller Tamara Green, all ages, Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Library
February 18 – Sounds and Rhythms of Africa, 6 to 7 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
February 19 – Black History Month Celebration: Kids and Tweens Literary Adventure with book talk, reading aloud and craft, ages 6-11, 5 to 5:45 p.m., Hollywood Library
February 20 – Preschool Story Time, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library
February 20 – Book Discussion, 1 to 2 p.m., Pembroke Pines Library
February 20 – Foreign Film Series and Discussion with Shelly Isaacs: An African Film, 2 to 4:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
February 20 – Story Tech for Tweens: Celebrate African Heritage, ages 8-11, 4 to 5:15 p.m., space limited; pre-registration begins Feb. 6: 954-720-2282, Tamarac Library
February 20 – Artist Lecture Series, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
February 21 – Blues Preschool: Stories and Blue Music, ages 3-5, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Imperial Point Library
February 23 – Sonny and Perley Sing Ella Fitzgerald, 2 to 3 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
February 25 – Super Monday Readings with local author Geoffrey Philips, all ages, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library
February 25 – African Folk Tale, 6:30 to 7 p.m., Pembroke Pines Library
February 27 – Wednesday Movie, 1 to 3 p.m., Pembroke Pines Library
February 27 – Sonny and Perley perform “In a Mellow Tone,” the music of Duke Ellington, 2 to 3 p.m., West Regional Library

Displays and Exhibits
 
Art
: Black History Art on Loan from the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, North Regional/Broward College Library; Paintings by David Muir, South Regional/Broward College Library.
Book Displays: Imperial Point Library; “Black Books for Children,” Miramar Branch Library and Education Center; Pembroke Pines Library; Stirling Road Library.
Exhibit: Northwest Regional
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 Black History Resources Available at BCL:

Book Jacket for: Nobody turn me around : a people's history of the 1963 march on Washington

Nobody Turn Me Around: A People’s History of the 1963 March on Washington, by Charles Luchener

Book Jacket for: The March on Washington

The March on Washington, by James Haskey

Book Jacket for: Black history for beginners

Black History for Beginners, by Denise Dennis

Book Jacket for: Black history month resource book

Black History Month Resource Book, by Mary Ellen Snodgrass, editor; foreword by Bertha Calloway

Book Jacket for: Famous firsts of black Americans

Famous Firsts of Black Americans, by Sybil Handcock

Book Jacket for: The Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation, by Abraham Lincoln

Book Jacket for: Now is your time! : the African-American struggle for freedom

Now is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom, by Walter Dean Meyers

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