Black History Month at the Free Library

By Andrew N. RSS Mon, February 1, 2021

"For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us."

Millions watched last month as Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration, spoke to the weight of history. Her inaugural poem "The Hill We Climb" captured the whole country’s attention with a call to step forward "aflame and unafraid." With her words, she took her own step onto the historical stage, minutes after Kamala Harris became the first Black woman to take the vice president’s oath of office. History was watching. History was being made.

This February the Free Library is again proud to celebrate Black History Month through affirming programs and resources for all ages and backgrounds that center Black voices, Black achievements, and Black lives.

Whether you are signing on for a virtual program or using the Free Library’s digital resources to learn on your own, we invite you to find stories this month that inspire you to be—as Amanda Gorman put it—"aflame and unafraid" to make history.


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