black history


A Citizen’s Guide to The New York Times’ 1619 Project (MCPL) – VIRTUAL

Join historian Richard Bell as he discusses the 1619 Project and tests its central claims against the evidence of the historical record. Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Rockville Memorial Chapter By now, it seems everyone has an opinion about The 1619 Project. Published in 2019, The 1619 Project was […]


Defining Critical Race Theory (Prince George’s County Memorial Library) – VIRTUAL

Join Librarian Christine Iko, of the library’s African American Department, as she breaks down the topic of Critical Race Theory. Learn about its principles and major works, theorists associated with it, and where it is being studied. Also learn about how it is being discussed in the media and banned […]


The Elephant We Don’t See: A Diversity Dialogue (Prince George’s County Memorial Library) – VIRTUAL

The Elephant We Don’t See: A Diversity Dialogue – “Coming of Age in Mississippi” by Anne Moody The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System and Prince George’s County Office of Human Rights present “The Elephant We Don’t See: A Diversity Dialogue” every last Tuesday of the month. Michelle Hamiel and […]


⭐ Another Hidden Figure: Interview with David Miontague and Paige Bowers, Authors of ‘The Overnight Code’ (Prince George’s County Memorial Library) – VIRTUAL

  Interview of David Montague and Paige Bowers on their memoir of Raye Montague, the first African-American woman to design ships for the US Navy. Raye Montague was a Hyattsville resident and David’s mother. Event details to be posted later. Check EVENT LINK for updates. About the Authors Paige Bowers is […]


⭐ 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 […]


Art AfterWords – The Autobiography of Malcolm X (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

The National Portrait Gallery and the Library would like to invite you to a virtual conversation about public remembrance and the history of Washington, D.C. Join us as we analyze a portrait of Malcolm X, and discuss the related book, The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley. We will be joined by […]


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 […]


⭐ Brown Lecture Series: Candacy Taylor, Author of ‘Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America’ (Enoch Pratt Free Library) – VIRTUAL

  Candacy Taylor will be in conversation about her book, Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America. Candacy Taylor is an award-winning author, photographer and cultural documentarian. Her work has been featured in over 50 media outlets including the New Yorker and The Atlantic. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships […]