February is African American History Month. Spend your stay-at-home time learning more about some amazing Black activists, scientists, musicians, and more.
These are just some of what the library has available, so call 708-867-7828 or search the library catalog to place holds on more fantastic titles. And don’t forget that Black history is important every month.
Black Women Who Dared by Naomi Moyer
Short biographies of ten Black women from Canada and the United States, ranging from 1793 to the present. Anti-slavery activists, business women, community organizers, and educators; they were, and are, leaders committed to uplifting their communities.
The Roots of Rap by Carole Boston Weatherford
Discover the history of hip-hop including, how it evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry, to the showmanship of James Brown, to the culture of graffiti art and breakdancing that formed around the art form.
28 Days by Charles R. Smith Jr
A picture book look at many of the men and women who revolutionized life for African Americans throughout history.
Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe
Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat’s own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean–and definitely not inside the lines–to be beautiful.