February is Black History Month, an annual celebration that in 1976 President Gerald R. Ford expanded into a full month to, “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of African Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Black History Month, also called African American History Month, is an integral part of our nation’s tradition in which we continue to promote positive examples of poignant historical events, exemplary leaders and steps towards societal change. This remembrance is not only deeply meaningful for the African American community, but imperative for the greater understanding of the important contributions of Africans and Black Islanders (Caribbean and Pacific) to national and world history.
February has become a time designated for communities across the United States of America to engage in reflection, education, and open dialogue. Look for special book displays at many of the TADL network libraries, or ask a librarian about interesting materials to learn more.
You’re invited to attend any of the following events this month, in the TADL Main Library’s McGuire Community Room.
February 2nd, 8:00 p.m. – Cinema Curiosa: I Am Not Your Negro
February 11, 1:00 p.m. – Let Every Voice Be Heard (Stories told, songs sung, poems read, and history comes alive.)
February 22, 6:30 p.m. – History Series: African American Contributions to Reconstruction