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Black history month

Sojourner Truth Room imageAfrican American Incorporated Towns in Prince George’s County have become the focus of the Sojourner Truth Room at the Oxon Hill Branch Library.  The historically African American towns of North Brentwood, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden and Eagle Harbor.

AAH Who is Waiting to be Found? imageProQuest® African American Heritage was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.

Black History Month Events by Branch

 

Award-Winning Titles from African-American Authors

Recommended Videos

 

Check out our Calendar of events below.

South Bowie
Sat, Feb 16, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Join historian C.R. Gibbs as he discusses "The Making of Black American Culture." Part 3 of the African Lecture Series.

Spauldings
Sat, Feb 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ebony Sonshine presents: Puppet show centered around African American characters and Black History Month!

Laurel - Large Meeting Room A (Dorothy Height Room)
Sat, Feb 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Presented by Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts. Experience the lives of runaway slaves through music and narration. All ages welcome.

Oxon Hill
Sat, Feb 16, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Come learn about great African American aviators that took to the skies and beyond! Participants will design and build a plane or spaceship. Ages 5-12. Sponsored by FOHL.

Oxon Hill - Auditorium
Tue, Feb 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Garrett A. Morgan invented the traffic light. Participants will learn more, explore colors, and create their own traffic light. Sponsored by FOHL. Groups of 8 or more, please call ahead 301-839-2400.

Hillcrest Heights - Small Meeting Room
Tue, Feb 19, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Celebrate Black History Month by discussing African American films and literature by delving into questions such as how is racism, struggle and culture depicted on screen and page.

Fairmount Heights
Tue, Feb 19, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Everyone has a story to tell. Preserve your family history and memories by learning how to record the stories told by you and your loved ones using the techniques of oral history.

Largo-Kettering
Tue, Feb 19, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
This Oscar-nominated documentary uses James Baldwin's original words to explore black history from the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter.

Oxon Hill
Tue, Feb 19, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
In this Storytelling Workshop series, Storyteller Maisha Atrice Ayodele will introduce teens to the history of the African-American Incorporated Towns and the art of storytelling.

Hillcrest Heights - Small Meeting Room
Wed, Feb 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Explore a guided brief tour of the Smithsonian Museum as well as the White House with virtual reality technology. Ages 8 and up.

Bowie - Conference Room
Thu, Feb 21, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Explore a guided tour of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture with the virtual reality Oculus Rift. Ages teen through adult welcome.

Baden
Thu, Feb 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Join us for a fun afternoon celebrating the life & art of Alma Woodsey Thomas! Learn who this local black artist was & create a collage inspired by her work! Please call 301-888-1152 to register!

Fairmount Heights
Thu, Feb 21, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Look at how some of the most famous African-Americans in history have been represented through portraiture and create your own portrait.

South Bowie
Thu, Feb 21, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us to explore African American inventors and innovators who changed the world as we know it today.

New Carrollton
Sat, Feb 23, 11:00am - 4:00pm
The Friends of the New Carrollton Library are sponsoring a Black History Month Fund Raiser entitled By Any Ink Necessary Book Festival

South Bowie
Sat, Feb 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Performing Arts Center for African Cultures presents: Explore West African culture through games, dances and songs. This is a highly interactive program!

New Carrollton
Sat, Feb 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Presented by Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts. Spirituals and patriotic songs take the listeners through the US wars. All ages welcome

Surratts-Clinton - Conference Room
Sat, Feb 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Attention all! How well do you know African American History? Test your knowledge by listening to clips. Will you win our championship?

Accokeek
Sat, Feb 23, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Join us for a celebration of Harlem Renaissance Poetry in honor of Black History Month. We will be creating poetry. Poetry novices are welcome.

South Bowie
Sat, Feb 23, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Join historian C.R. Gibbs as he discusses "Let Your Motto Be Resistance: Great Slave Revolts." Part 4 of the African Lecture Series.

Hyattsville
Sat, Feb 23, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Learn about African American folk artists. Create a great craft to take home!

Laurel - Large Meeting Room A (Dorothy Height Room)
Mon, Feb 25, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Performing Arts Center for African Cultures presents: Introduce young children to the world of African cultures. Explore musical instruments, music, and diversity while having fun!

Oxon Hill - Lecture Hall
Mon, Feb 25, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Teens who participated in Power of Story: Storytelling Workshop Series will perform original life-stories. All are welcome.

Pop-Up Locations
Mon, Feb 25, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" (2017) chronicles a daughter's search to learn about the unauthorized harvesting of her mother's cancerous cells, and how it led to medical breakthroughs.

Oxon Hill
Tue, Feb 26, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Come test your Black History knowledge and compete for prizes in our trivia game. Compete individually or on teams; this program is great for the whole family. Sponsored by FOHL.

Largo-Kettering
Tue, Feb 26, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Three brilliant African-American women at NASA serve as the brains behind one of the greatest space operations in history.

Beltsville - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Feb 27, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Come join us for an hour of afternoon crafting. Make and take home art inspired by Alma Thomas. Parents are welcome to participate.

Glenarden - Small Meeting Room
Wed, Feb 27, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
In this Black History Month edition of STEM-tastic, explore invisible ultraviolet light with experiments and learn about the scientist who invented an ultraviolet camera for NASA to place on the Moon.

Greenbelt - Auditorium
Wed, Feb 27, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Explore a guided tour of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture or the Obama White House with the virtual reality Oculus Rift.

Beltsville - Large Meeting Room
Thu, Feb 28, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Janice the Griot presents: Interactive storytelling with puppets and instruments. Good for Families and Younger Children.

Bladensburg
Thu, Feb 28, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Join us for an hour of crafting. Learn about Gee’s Bend, and make a “quilt” panel inspired by those quilts. Families welcomed.