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Black History Month
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History of Black History Month
Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, honors Americans of African descent throughout history who fought against adversity, oppression, and discrimination, as well as those who continue to work towards equality, equity, and unity for all. Black History Month grew out of Negro Week, sponsored by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) in 1925. The second week of February was selected to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. After the Civil rights movement of the 1960s and early 1970s, in 1976, President Gerald R. Ford designated February as the nation’s first African American History Month.
For more information on the national recognition of African American History Month, visit https://africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/
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Every February join us for the Living History Museum of African American heroes!
Participants gain excellent presentation and research skills, learn the importance of history, become civically engaged, work with community mentors, and of course, have fun while being creative and learning about African American heroes who helped change the world.
Students of all backgrounds in grades K-8 from all school districts may participate.
This year, we're going virtual!
The Living History Museum of African American Heroes will take place Feb 28, 2021 at 2 PM.
Zoom Invitations will be available beginning the week of Feb 7, 2021. All ages can attend to be inspired by our children's videos, try some tricky trivia and attend the award ceremony.
How to participate:
- Select an African American Hero who inspires you!
- Register online - please note that parental permission is required
- Research your hero and prepare to portray your hero.
- Record your portrayal and submit to the Living History Museum
- Deadline to submit your video is Jan 31, 2021
Want more info? Check out the cool YouTube video below created by past participants or contact Laura Henry: email@example.com
This program is sponsored by the Palos Verdes Chapter of The Links, Inc., the Black Heritage Association, Jack and Jill of America, South Los Angeles Chapter and the Rolling Hills/Palos Verdes Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- Crown : an ode to the fresh cut by Derrick Barnes (Book, Hoopla eBook, Hoopla eAudiobook)
- The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander (Book)
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison (Book, CD Audiobook)
- Chasing Space by Leland Melvin (Book, Hoopla eBook)
- Heart and Soul: The story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson (Book, Hoopla eAudiobook)
- Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford (Book, DVD, Hoopla eAudiobook, Hoopla Movie, Hoopla Readalong Movie)
- Preaching to the chickens : the story of young John Lewis by Jabari Asim (Book, CD Audiobook, Hoopla eAudiobook)
- Hidden figures : the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space by Margot Lee Shetterly (Book, Hoopla eBook, Hoopla eAudiobook)
- Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Book, Overdrive eBook, Overdrive eAudiobook)
- One crazy summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Book, Overdrive eBook, Hoopla eBook, Hoopla eAudiobook)
For more titles for kids, click here
- A Phoenix Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope (Book, Hoopla eAudiobook)
- Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America (Book, Hoopla eAudiobook)
- Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles (Book)
- On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Book, Hoopla eAudiobook, Overdrive eBook)
- The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater (Book, Hoopla eAudiobook, Overdrive eBook)
- Make it Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life by Marcus Samuelsson (Book)
- Swing by Kwame Alexander (Book, Hoopla eAudiobook, Hoopla ebook)
- A Blade so Black by L.L. McKinney (Book, Hoopla eAudiobook)
- Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles (Book, Hoopla eAudiobook, Hoopla eBook)
- We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson (Book)
For more titles for teens, click here
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Book, Overdrive eBook, Overdrive eAudiobook)
- Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin (Book)
- Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile (Book, CD Audiobook, Hoopla eAudiobook, Overdrive eBook, Overdrive eAudiobook)
- Freedom is a constsant struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the foundations of a movemeny by Angela Y. Davis (Book, Hoopla eBook, Hoopla eAudiobook)
- Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley (Book, Large Print Book, CD Audiobook)
- The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Book)
- Sula by Toni Morrison (Book, Overdrive eBook)
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (Book, CD Audiobook, Hoopla eAudiobook, Hoopla eBook, Overdrive eBook, Overdrive eAudiobook)
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Book, CD Audiobook, Overdrive eBook, Overdrive eAudiobook)
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X (Book)
For more titles for adults, click here
- Do the Right Thing (DVD)
- Fences (DVD)
- Insecure (TV on DVD)
- Malcolm X (DVD)
- Queen Sugar (TV on DVD)
- Selma (DVD, Blu-Ray DVD)
For more movies and television, click here
Music CDs, click here
L.A. Works: This list from the non-profit volunteer action center includes Black-led nonprofits and businesses in the greater Los Angeles area.
1401 S. Center Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021
A C Bilbrew Library, 150 E. El Segundo Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90061
600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037
4005 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008
3508 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018