Tagged Black History Month

African American History in the Fleisher Collection

Lately, there has been a resurgence of interest in African Americans' contributions to the classical music genre. Boston Conservatory is set to have a Florence Price Birthday Celebration Concert ; the film Chevalier  (released…

Compelling Black Stories from the Free Library Podcast

The Free Library's podcast archive  dates back more than 25 years and features scores of author talks to help you commemorate, celebrate, and reflect on Black History Month . Even in just this last year, we’ve hosted an…

Mini Jawns: Black History in Philadelphia

In honor of Black History Month, the Free Library released another Mini Jawns series exploring important moments in Philadelphia's Black History.   Check out more Mini Jawns episodes on the Audioboom platform, including an…

Collection Spotlight: A Visual History of Reconstruction

In celebration of Black History Month, the Free Library's Social Science and History Department is displaying books from the collection that tell a visual history of Reconstruction — the period from 1865 to 1877 that saw some…

Pam's Picks: Favorite Books of Legendary Actress Pam Grier

It’s the 50 Anniversary of the blaxploitation film Foxy Brown starring Pam Grier . The film is credited for revolutionizing the way women were portrayed in cinema. To celebrate this milestone, the legendary actress did a special…

The Year of James Baldwin: Kick-Off Event and Programming

Join the Education, Philosophy, and Religion Department on Saturday, February 17 at 11 a.m. for Inaugurating the Year of James Baldwin: God’s Revolutionary Voice . The event will take place in the Skyline Room on the Fourth…

Black History Month at the Business Resource and Innovation Center

This month, the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) is celebrating and uplifting Black entrepreneurs and their groundbreaking achievements. Join us for one or both of our Black History Month programs in person on the Ground…

Advancing African-American Education: The Helen Adele Whiting Collection

Helen Adele Johnson Whiting (1885 – 1959) was a trailblazer in the education of African-American students, particularly those in rural areas of the South. Her education from Columbia University, Howard University, and several…

Little Free(dom) Library: Elevating the Voices of Black Authors

To commemorate Black History Month , Visit Philadelphia  in partnership with national nonprofit Little Free Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia launched Little Free(dom) Library , an initiative encouraging visitors and…

James E. Dupree: Stolen Dreams Exhibit and Film Screening

Join the Art Department on Saturday, February 3 at 2 p.m. , for a free screening of the documentary film Broken Dreams . The feature documentary  Broken Dreams highlights artist James E. Dupree, his massive art studio in West…

"La femme noir" by Philadelphia's Youth Poet Laureate, Telicia Darius

The City of Philadelphia in conjunction with the Free Library administered the title of Youth Poet Laureate to Telicia Darius in September 2022. This civic position recognizes an exceptional poet who also demonstrates a commitment to…

Celebrating Black Voices with the Free Library Podcast

It’s Black History Month and the Free Library has an extensive archive of podcasts and videos to help you celebrate a diverse range of writers working in politics, fiction, food, poetry, religion, memoirs, sports, and much more.…

Picture Book Highlights | Black History Month

This February as we celebrate Black History Month, we want to recommend some pictures books published in 2022 that were written and/or illustrated by Black creators. In the following list, you’ll find books about self-love and…

Six Upcoming Black History Month Author Events at the Free Library

February is Black History Month and, as we do throughout the year, the Free Library’s Author Events series is excited to celebrate diverse voices, viewpoints, and topics. This includes the story of one Black Philadelphian…

Black History Month for Kids and Families

Welcome to Black History Month! The theme of this year’s annual celebration is Black Resistance , an acknowledgement of the continued fight against historic and on-going oppression. Join the Free Library to celebrate Black…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in February!

It may be chilly outside, but the Free Library has some titles to warm you up this month! Young Children (up to 2nd Grade) You So Black by Theresa Tha S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D.  Based on Theresa Wilson’s (a.k.a. Theresa…

The HistoryMakers: Enjoy African American History On-Demand

Using your library card, you can now enjoy Black history in the oral tradition via The HistoryMakers  Digital Archive : the largest video archive of African American history spanning from the 1700s to the present day. This special…

All the Historic Black Newspapers Available Online With Your Library Card

What better way to learn about Black history than through the lens of Black news sources, as written and published by the African American journalists of yesterday? The Free Library is pleased to highlight a digital resource…

Award-Winning Black Authors and The Newbery’s 100th Anniversary

The John Newbery Award is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022! Commonly referred to as "The Newbery", the literary award is given each year by the American Library Association (ALA) to the author and their book…

Robert Bogle and Philadelphia’s Dynastic Black Caterers

Philadelphia’s Food Service History is Black History From the Historical Marker Database , photographed by Carolyn Martienssen, June 2015 You might have noticed on South 8th Street a historical marker that reads: “A noted…

Black History Books for Teens

Fiction and nonfiction picks to honor Black History Month and to celebrate the lives, struggles, and achievements of Black Americans all year long.

#Ownvoices: Celebrating Black History Month and Picture Books

February is Black History Month -- Join us (and our younger readers!) as we recent highlight picture books written and/or illustrated by African-Americans authors and artists.

Biographies For Kids

Read biographies of famous and historical African Americans.

Barack Obama: The Making of an American President

Learn more about the life and achievement of President Obama.

African Americans Win the West

Pioneering African Americans of the Old West.

African Americans in the Cinema

Lights, Camera, Action! Dig into the world of Black filmmakers, actors and actresses.

Award-Winning African American Authors

Books by prize-winning writers.

African American Revolutionaries and Inventors from Philadelphia

Inspiring stories and historical perspective of African American Revolutionaries and Inventors from Philadelphia through the years.

African American Quilts

Discover the beauty of these treasures of American folk art.

African American Celebrations

Explore the rich cultural traditions that are an integral part of the African American experience.

African American Books for Early Readers

Books starring African Americans for Early Readers.

Black History Month

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,…