Tagged African American

5 African-American Romance Authors to Keep Your Eye On

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 the lack of diversity in traditionally…

The Philadelphia Colored Directory of 1910 Recently Scanned and Available for Download in Our Digital Collections

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, Jr.; assisted by Ernest Smith. This…

Following Octavius V. Catto’s Footsteps

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 fall chill, and walked a few blocks down…

A History Minute: Octavius V. Catto - Philadelphia's Forgotten Freedom Fighter

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 property. It’s a lot of fuss over a man…

African-American Music Appreciation Month: 3 New Albums to Check Out

On June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter designated the month of June to honor the musical contributions of African Americans, known as Black Music Month. In 2016, President Barack Obama gave a presidential proclamation and formally…

Art Department Celebrates Black History Month with African American Artists from Philadelphia

The Art Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia maintains a collection of artist files going back to the 19th century. Our artist files are folders that include article clippings, gallery announcements, artist statements,…

African American Philanthropists in Early Philadelphia

Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and other tech billionaire/philanthropists may have set new standards in giving, but philanthropy is an old Philadelphia tradition with two of our earliest millionaire/philanthropists being African…

How Will You Celebrate Black History Month?

Our libraries have a full lineup of programs and activities this February to celebrate the rich intellectual and cultural contributions made by the African American community. We have everything from performances and special guests to…

Graphic Novel Memoirs

I love a graphic novel—and even better I love a graphic novel memoir . There is something so much more intimate about reading the words AND pictures when someone shares her story. Or maybe I’m just a slower reader when it…

Jerry Pinkney Day

Jerry Pinkney is a rock star. His fans tend to be of the toddler-variety, but he has legions of older die-hard devotees of his work as well—mostly parents, nannies, and a lot of librarians. This week, a new fan is…

#OneBookWednesday: Storytelling Inspired by One Book

One Book, One Philadelphia is known for inspiring great conversations across the Philadelphia region. Last week, it also inspired some new stories altogether—as a panel of professional storytellers shared stories inspired by the…

Cook This Now: Oldways Jollof Rice

This recipe is from the  A Taste of African Heritage series, a free six-lesson nutrition and cooking program presented by Oldways that we host at the Culinary Literacy Center. The series brings the savory tradition of eating a…

Caldecott, Newbery, Belpre, Oh My!

Last weekend in Chicago, a room full of children's and teen librarians erupted in cheers, gasps, and wild applause for the newest batch of books chosen for the Youth Media Awards, administered by the American Library…

Sundays on Stage Winter/Spring Calendar of events!

Get ready to rock, roll, dance, and dream this summer as our Sundays on Stage FREE performance series returns this weekend! This series of free performances for children, families, and adults is made possible by funding from the…

Streaming Philadelphia History - Introducing Input with Marion Stokes & John S. Stokes, Jr

Input  was a Philadelphia panel discussion program hosted by John S. Stokes, Jr. that aired Sunday mornings on WCAU-TV10 from 1968 through early 1971. The program is a window in to the people and ideas that shaped that tumultuous…

Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka: A great introduction to African American history for the youngest readers

Looking for some great books for your children? Our children's librarians are excited to share their expert reviews with you. For this month, we focus on African American history for children. Ever heard of Charlie Parker? Read…

12 Years A Slave and Slave Narratives

Earlier this year I read the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup and was blown away. While reading the book I often thought about what I learned about slavery in school and the various films I've seen on the…

Summer in the City

"Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise."   So reads the memorable inscription above the door of Shakespeare & Company , one of my favorite bookstores. This quaint Parisian bookstore…

LEAP's DREAM@50 Contest Winners

Today marks what would have been the 84th birthday of Nobel Prize winning activist and Civil Rights Leader Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. The DREAM@50 is a tribute series that was held throughout 2012 and continues into 2013, commemorating…

Malcolm X Review

Columbia Professor Manning Marable recently passed away April 1, 2011, three days before the publication of his new biography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention . Professor Marable has spent his career studying…

Monday Poets | Olga Dugan & Amy Barone

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Olga Dugan is a Cave Canem poet and Lindback Professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia. Her award-winning poems appear or are forthcoming in Typehouse Literary Magazine , Kweli , The…

Monday Poets | Yolanda Wisher & Lamont Dixon

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30-8:30 p.m.   Yolanda Wisher is the Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. The author of Monk Eats an Afro , Wisher performs a unique blend of poetry and song with her band The Afroeaters. She is currently working…

Monday Poets | Philadelphia Poet Laureate

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. An evening of poetry from the 2018-19 Philadelphia Poet Laureate, to be announced in December 2017 , and Husnaa Hashim, the 2017-18 Youth Poet Laureate . Now housed at the Free Library, the…

Ntozake Shange | Wild Beauty: New and Selected Poems

“Extraordinary and wonderful” ( New York Times ), Ntozake Shange wrote the Broadway-staged Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf , the groundbreaking prose poem/theater…

A Taste of African Heritage

Diabetes is not a part of African heritage. Neither is heart disease. Together, we can reclaim health by reclaiming history. Traditionally, African American ancestors ate a delicious, plant-based diet that was high in flavor and…

A Taste of African Heritage

Diabetes is not a part of African heritage. Neither is heart disease. Together, we can reclaim health by reclaiming history. Traditionally, African American ancestors ate a delicious, plant-based diet that was high in flavor and…

A Taste of African Heritage

This six-week, hands-on cooking program is presented by Einstein's Nutrition Education Program.  Topics covered will include: Traditional Herbs & Spices Greens & Whole Grains Beans & Rice Tubers & Stews Fruits…

A Taste of African Heritage

This six-week, hands-on cooking program is presented by Einstein's Nutrition Education Program.  Topics covered will include: Traditional Herbs & Spices Greens & Whole Grains Beans & Rice Tubers & Stews Fruits…

Nikki Giovanni | A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter

“One of the finest poets of our time” ( Ebony ), Nikki Giovanni is the author of nearly 30 books, including the collections Acolytes; Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgment; Those Who Ride the Night Winds ; and …

A Taste of African Heritage

Diabetes is not a part of African heritage. Neither is heart disease. Together, we can reclaim health by reclaiming history. Traditionally, African American ancestors ate a delicious, plant-based diet that was high in flavor and…

Ta-Nehisi Coates | We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy*

EVENT COMPLETELY SOLD OUT! Ta-Nehisi Coates won the 2015 National Book Award for Between the World and Me , a “searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today” ( New York Times ). Covering culture, politics,…

A Taste of African Heritage

This six-week, hands-on cooking program is presented by Einstein's Nutrition Education Program.  Topics covered will include: Traditional Herbs & Spices Greens & Whole Grains Beans & Rice Tubers & Stews Fruits…

A Taste of African Heritage

Diabetes is not a part of African heritage. Neither is heart disease. Together, we can reclaim health by reclaiming history. Traditionally, African American ancestors ate a delicious, plant-based diet that was high in flavor and…

Dismantling Internalized Racism in African American Communities

Join the Friends of the Kingsessing Library for discussion and short documentaries on "Dismantling Internalized Racism in African American Communities".

A Taste of African Heritage

This six-week, hands-on cooking program is presented by Einstein's Nutrition Education Program.  Topics covered will include: Traditional Herbs & Spices Greens & Whole Grains Beans & Rice Tubers & Stews Fruits…

Award-Winning African American Authors

Books by prize-winning writers.

African American History

In celebration of Black History Month and African American History as a whole, explore our resources on African American history and culture including famous African Americans From Philadelphia, Poets and Poetry, Speculative Fiction,…