African American History


⭐ True Sons of Freedom: A Photographic Exhibition (Fairfax County Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Join our conversation with Library of Virginia Exhibitions Coordinator Barbara Batson about her exhibit “True Sons of Freedom,” stories of Virginia’s African American soldiers who served during World War I. Barbara will share stories and pictures from the exhibit she curated, and present close-up portraits of two of the soldiers before, during, and after […]


A Change Is Gonna Come: How Black Music Powered the Civil Rights Movement (Smithsonian Associates) – VIRTUAL

From 1940 to 1970, gospel, jazz, blues, and soul music underscored the Civil Rights Movement. Artists, activists, and radio DJs came together to write, perform, and promote music that reflected—and shaped—the events of the time and the ongoing fight for freedom. Music became a political weapon and unifying force, delivering […]


⭐ Teens: ‘For the Culture Trivia: Celebrating Black History and Culture’ (Baltimore County Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Come celebrate art, music, science and many other contributions of African American history and culture with us at this live trivia event using Kahoot! ​ Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Zoom link to the […]


⭐ Slavery and The Constitution’s Three-Fifths Clause Compromise (MCPL) – VIRTUAL

Join University of Maryland historian Richard Bell for a deep dive into the darkest corners of the 1787 federal Constitution and its infamous Three-Fifths Clause. Richard Bell is a professor of history at the University of Maryland. He is the author of Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their […]


Introduction to African American Genealogy (New York Public Library) – VIRTUAL

From 1565 to 1790, Africans comprised over a third of the roughly one million newcomers to what would become the United States.  With little exception, these nearly 360,000 men, women, and children crossed in bondage.  Centuries of local and federal laws related to the livelihood of black Americans have created a complex […]


Finding Her Voice: Lorraine Hansberry in the Village – A Performance (New York Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Finding Her Voice: Lorraine Hansberry in the Village Register to receive a link to this performance Lorraine Hansberry, the first African American woman to have a play on Broadway, moved in 1950 to Greenwich Village. Just as her career as a writer began, she was deeply influenced by a radical bohemian downtown […]


#MoreThanAMonth: Museum Day Live (Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center & Smithsonian Magazine) – CANCELLED

Description: During this year’s annual Museum Day hosted by Smithsonian magazine, we are presenting live music, black history, and powerful art. Click here to register/RSVP for the event Highlights Ongoing: View the Museum’s exhibitions on display: A Space of Their Own; Race, Religion, and Revolt; and Footsteps from North Brentwood. Explore the Museum […]


National Black Memorabilia, Fine Art & Crafts Show 2020 (L. Johnson Shows) – CANCELLED

The National Black Memorabilia, Fine Art & Crafts Show will be held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, MD 20877. There will be many vendors, educational exhibits, seminars, and celebrity autograph sessions. The show is all indoors. Items for sale include slavery artifacts and documents, paintings, books, dolls, autographs, […]