African American History Month was the inspiration of Carter G. Woodson, a noted scholar and historian, who instituted Negro History Week in 1926. He chose the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and the abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial.
We asked library staff members: “If you could choose only one title to read/listen to/watch during February to mark African American History Month, what would it be?”
The results are in, and we are happy to share. The list includes all genres, formats, and age groups–all are available to check out from the library. See all of our book and movie picks for African American History Month.
And don’t forget to take a look at our extensive list of events – there’s something for everyone.