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Have you read the 1619 Project yet? It’s the award-winning special issue of the New York Times Magazine all about American Slavery that was published last month. The project’s creator,… continue reading Find Out How Slavery Made Our World with These Free Library Resources

By written by Jamie B.    September 17, 2019    1

When I first read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison , at 15 years old, I knew it would haunt me. The story fed my soul—I was shocked at its lovely, yet stinging taste, but realized I had… continue reading Remembering Toni Morrison, 1931–2019

By written by Lo I.    August 7, 2019    11

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery, on June 19, 1865, when the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced by Union soldiers and the last remaining slaves were freed in Galveston Texas. To… continue reading Juneteenth is in the Air on 52nd Street and in the House at Blackwell Regional Library!

By written by Barbara B.    June 6, 2019   

This month is African-American Music Appreciation Month , a commemoration first started by former President Jimmy Carter, on June 7, 1979. The national recognition began as Black Music Month, but… continue reading Celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month!

By written by Administrator    June 5, 2019    2

Through This Lens , an exhibit of library materials that illustrates and discusses the camera work of African American photographers can be viewed on the 2nd floor landing of Parkway Central… continue reading Through This Lens: African American Photographers

By written by Alina J.    March 5, 2019    1

February is Black History Month – an annual commemoration that recognizes and celebrates the heritage, culture, contributions and achievements of African Americans to American history and… continue reading #ownvoices: Celebrating Black History Month and Picture Books

By written by Monica C.    February 6, 2019   

We are excited to share the news that the Free Library will be at the African American Children's Book Fair again this year! Founded and organized by Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati, the African… continue reading Free Library Participating in 27th Annual African American Children's Book Fair

By written by Molly B.    January 25, 2019   

Update: The Free Library’s At These Crossroads exhibition was honored as an Adobe Government Creativity Awards finalist in the ‘Multichannel Campaign – Museum of Park… continue reading At These Crossroads: The Legacies of Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. Du Bois Exhibition

By written by Administrator    December 20, 2018    3

For Baby Boomers, the words “Land Shark”, “Samurai Delicatessen”, “Coneheads”, and “The Blues Brothers” conjures up adventures on the wild frontier… continue reading Brought To You In Living Color

By written by Violet L.    August 23, 2018   

[ Editor's note: We librarians offer literally thousands of programs every year. It's a special thrill to get formal feedback from our audiences. We can't publish every review we get,… continue reading Art, Gardens, and Stories: Making Philadelphia Home

By written by Administrator    June 28, 2018   

One of the biggest nights in the food world, The James Beard Foundation Media Awards , took place April 27 at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Hailed as “the Oscars of the food world,”… continue reading Culinary Literacy Center Presenters Win Big at "The Oscars of the Food World"

By written by Paul M.    May 23, 2018   

Yolanda Wisher is back! She left us in 2017 as the first Poet Laureate since the Free Library assumed responsibility for nurturing our city's chief word smith. On May 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.,… continue reading Embrace the Sacred and Interstellar Through the Art and Poetry of Stellar Masses

By written by Adam F.    May 4, 2018   

Take a deep dive into the Free Library’s resources on African American artists at The Libraries Are Appreciated , an exhibition from the Parkway Central’s Art Department . Borrowing… continue reading Black Artists from the Stacks: The Libraries Are Appreciated

By written by Jamie B.    April 24, 2018   

Gladys Jamison couldn’t know this, but she was a girl coming of age in an exodus. Thirteen years old when her father moved her and her siblings to Brooklyn, she’d lost her mother five… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: Brooklyn, Black Girlhood, and the Great Migration

By written by Kalela W.    November 22, 2017    3

A few weeks ago The Ripped Bodice, a romance bookstore in Los Angeles, released the inaugural report on the State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing and it exposes some hard truths about… continue reading 5 African American Romance Authors to Keep Your Eye On

By written by Dena    October 19, 2017    9

The Philadelphia Colored Directory , a handbook of religious, social, political, professional, business activities of the Negroes of Philadelphia, was compiled by R. (Richard) R. (Robert) Wright,… continue reading The Philadelphia Colored Directory of 1910 Recently Scanned and Available for Download in Our Digital Collections

By written by Renee G.    October 6, 2017    4

It has been more than 150 years since Octavius Catto may have slipped on a sack overcoat that hung by his front door, pushed a well-worn felt pocket hat over his parted hair, stepped out into the… continue reading Following Octavius V. Catto’s Footsteps

By written by Kalela W.    September 25, 2017    13

On Sept. 26, 2017, the fence will come down and a new statue will be unveiled: the first new City Hall statue since 1923 and the first of an African American on any city-owned public… continue reading A History Minute: Octavius V. Catto - Philadelphia's Forgotten Freedom Fighter

By written by Sally F.    September 22, 2017   

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