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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Celebrate Black History Month

Africa globe - Black History Month
Did you know that February is Black History Month? MCPL has free online resources, books, and events to help you learn and celebrate!

If you're looking to explore and research online we've got some wonderful, authoritative resources for you! The Oxford African American Studies Center online database is focused "on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture." It is a place where you can read articles, primary sources, maps, timelines, and biographical information.There are also many images included on the site that you can view.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
If you are looking for biographical information, you should have at look at Biography in Context. There you browse and search for information on notable African Americans. You can also search by nationality and occupation. The site provides articles from reference works, academic journals, magazines, and newspapers as well as images, audio clips, and videos.

You can discover history though song as well. Listen to streaming music from American Song which includes genres such as jazz, blues, gospel, ragtime, folk songs, and narratives, among others. If you are interested in jazz try the Jazz Music Library where you can choose from thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.

Have you heard about the Lincoln Park History Project? It's a partnership MCPL has to find, document, and preserve the cultural heritage of one of Rockville's oldest African American communities. Lincoln Park, started in the 1890s, was one of the first real estate ventures for African American homeowners in Montgomery County. We invite you to learn about its history, the families that lived there, the houses they lived in, and more. There is also information included about Lorenzo Dow Turner. He was a professor of English and he pioneered research of Gullah language in the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia.

Civil Rights March
Looking for some fascinating books to read? We have some great book suggestions for adults and teens as well as kids to help celebrate Black History Month. The first week of Black History Month (February 1-7) kicks off with Read Africa Week (February 1-7). It is a literacy initiative of Africa Access, the Center for African Studies at Howard University, and Howard University’s School of Education. Teachers, librarians, parents, and adults are encouraged to introduce young people to great books about Africa during the first week of Black History Month. We have books as well as other resources for kids on Africa to help start learning and conversation.

Looking for events? We've got some exciting programs you won't want to miss.

  • Storyteller and folklorist Donna Washington will be at Rockville Memorial on Sat., Feb. 6 at 2:00 pm.
  • Learn about school segregation in Montgomery County at Twinbrook on Sat., Feb, 13 at 4:00 pm.
  • Learn about the history of Yarrow Mamout, a well-known African American who lived in Georgetown, at Twinbrook on Sat., Feb. 27 at 4:00 pm.
  • African American Book Discussions all month long.

We're happy to help you start your journey exploring Black History today at MCPL!

 

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