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.
“You are bountiful because of all the people you hold inside you,
all the people who walked before you,
all the people who lived so that you could live.
They are alive in you and you are bountiful.”
-Viola Allo, Cameroonian Poet
Why Did We March? (February 5 at 2 p.m.)
Join father and sons Leon, Benwar and Asha Shepard in a family-friendly discussion on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. This event will be hosted on Zoom and streamed live to YouTube. Register in advance to attend.
Bigger Than Us Arts Ensemble Live! (February 12 at 2 p.m.)
Join Benwar Shepard and the Bigger Than Us Arts Ensemble for a live musical journey on the contribution of African American Artists to our culture. This event will be hosted on Zoom and streamed live to YouTube. Register in advance to attend.
Bigger than Us is an arts education organization that brings music, visual, and performing arts directly to the community. They work with school sites, after-school programs, churches, neighborhood associations, community leaders, and other arts organizations to bring the arts to thousands of people.
Interstellar Beats with Ms. Unicorn! (February 26 at 2 p.m.)
Come along with Ms. Unicorn on a fantastic voyage featuring music, meditation, & a stellar take on storytelling! This event will be hosted on Zoom and streamed live to YouTube. Register in advance to attend.
Ms. Unicorn (aka SpaceWalker) is a California based One Woman Band, Master of Ceremonies, and Community Advocate for Mental and Spiritual Health. Ms. Unicorn loves to empower others by embracing herself! She is an improv specialist, visual/performance artist, Reiki practitioner, intuitive, and blossoming author. Her favorite color is rainbow and her favorite dinosaur is a triceratops. She loves any and all forms of creativity and high vibrational expression!
A History of Sacramento’s African American Community (February 12 at noon)
Celebrate the contributions of Sacramento’s African-American community as they struggled to gain a foothold in a dynamic and often hostile environment, and meet barbers, doctors, soldiers, singers, pastors and others who settled the frontier. Presented by historian Eric Bradner and the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Committee. This program will be held on Zoom and facilitated by the Sacramento Room.
Dial-A-Tale celebrates #BlackVoices: In Their Own Words this month. Call 916-575-4590 to listen to a recording highlighting classic and modern voices from the Black Community updated every few days.
Reading Recommendations for Youth