20th Anniversary
20 years of history and culture at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC)
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​Juneteenth - June 19th

Juneteenth is a celebration of the day when African American slaves were told ​they were free. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in September of 1862. It took effect on January 1, 1863. Slavery formally ended with the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on January 31, 1865. But it wasn't until later that year, in June 1865, when Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas to tell the slaves they were free. More...

Although not widely known, Juneteenth or June 19 is recognized by 47 states including Florida, but the Board of County Commissioners aims to take it one step further and is changing its Administrative Code to make Juneteenth a day of observance, celebration and education to honor all freedom for all Americans. 

In honor of Juneteenth, Broward County Library is hosting a star-studded presentation to recognize Juneteenth.  What happened on Juneteenth? Who wrote the Juneteenth order? Why was it issued? Participate in the Juneteenth program to learn the answers to those questions and many more. The Online Calendar lists all events. Just enter “Juneteenth" in the search box and select June 1-30 as your desired date range. The Library is also offering a variety of book and video resources to help residents of all ages learn about this important chapter in our nation's history. 

​Black Hi
story Month

Black History Month, celebrated in February, started as a week-long celebration in 1926 before evolving into a month-long tradition. Each year, Black History Month takes on a different theme and 2022 focused on “Black Health and Wellness" recognizing the contributions Black scholars, doctors, midwives and more have made in the world of medicine. 

African American Research Library and Cultural Center celebrates 20 years of collecting, preserving and sharing local, national an​d international Black history and culture with a year-long commemoration . The Library will host a slate of exciting programs and events in 2022 for its Vicennial of Black Excellence, honoring the mission, vision and people who helped AARLCC become the nation's third library devoted to African American culture, history, literature and arts. 

​History / Heritage

In Broward County, history has always co-existed comfortably with transformation and change. Over the last 100 years the area has mushroomed from a sparsely-inhabited farming community to become an international tourism hub, creating a tapestry that remains just as vibrant for residents and visitors today. Learn more.​

Broward Black History
Select play to learn more about Broward County's black history and the steps the County is taking to help dismantle racism.