In 1926, Carter G. Woodson was very intentional in his choice of the month of February for what began as Negro History Week. Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass both share birthdays in February and are celebrated for their contributions to the struggle for racial equality. In 1976, when Negro History Week officially shifted to Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson never believed that a week for the study of Black life and history would be enough—it was done with the intent that it would contribute to continued learning.
We wish to be just as intentional as we honor Black History Month. We wish to affirm that the Sacramento Public Library supports our Black community in Sacramento and Black communities across our nation and the globe. We affirm that Black lives matter.
We hope you will join us in honoring Black History Month by exploring our book lists and participating in events that celebrate the past, present and future of Black lives.
Grownups Unite! Book Club: The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History (February 15 at 6 p.m.)
Join the Grownups Unite! crew and special guest Faith J. McKinnie for a discussion and presentation on "The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History " by David F. Walker, illustrated by Marcus Kwame Anderson.
Reading Recommendations for Youth