Black History Month is observed each February as, "...an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history" (history.com). Learn more about and honor the unique, enduring accomplishments of black individuals and communities with these programs, materials, and online resources.
Virtual Library Programs
- Identity, Love, and Being Black in America with Jason Mott February 20 from 1:00–2:00 PM
In-Person Library Programs
- Darrington Book Group - "The House Girl" by Tara Conklin February 1 from 4:00–5:00 PM at Darrington Library
- A Space for Black History February 17 from 2:00–3:30 PM at Mountlake Terrace Library
- Watch Party: Identity, Love, and Being Black in America with Jason Mott February 20 from 1:00–2:00 PM at Lakewood/Smokey Point Library
Mukilteo Monday Morning Book Group - "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
February 26 from 10:00-11:30 AM at Mukilteo Library
Readers of all ages can join the Black History Month reading challenge. Record your reading progress and complete activities in Beanstack to earn badges.
Books & Movies
View past Sno-Isle programs that discuss Black history and the African American experience.
Presenter Georgia Payne is a master quilter residing in Snohomish County. Since the Civil War, there have been bits and pieces of information told about secret codes used as part of the Underground Railroad.
Jessica Pryde, the editor of Black Love Matters, discusses the way Black Love is depicted in novels, television shows, and films, including the history of Black romance, social justice and its role in romance novels.
Why are Black students punished more than others in the classroom? Daudi Abe explains how the racial achievement gap can't be solved without first addressing the discipline gap.
Watch a talk with the multi-talented Alison Mariella Désir: a founder, a doer, an activist, a connector, and an unapologetically straightforward communicator with a passion for community health.
- Black Freedom Struggle - Browse primary source documents from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.
- GALE in Context: Biography, African Americans / Black Americans - View biographical information for hundreds of notable figures throughout history who identify as African American.
- GALE in Context: US History, African American Perspectives - Find information about notable people, places, and topics that have shaped black history.