Celebrate Black History Month

February 1st, 2020

Celebrate Black History Month


Black History Month is an annual celebration of African Americans’ achievements and a time for recognizing the central role they have played in U.S. History. Since 1976, every U.S. President has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. The Library is celebrating Black History Month with events and a student poster design contest.

For Children

Black History Storytime
Celebrate Black History with rhymes, song, dance, and a craft. Crafts are available while supplies last.
Nora Navra Library on Saturday, February 1 from 1pm - 3pm

For Teens

Teen Potato Chip Challenge
Teens can guess potato chip flavors at this event honoring George Crum, who invented the potato chip.
Algiers Regional Library on Tuesday, February 11 from 4pm - 6pm

Teen Trivia Tournament: African American History
Teens can test their knowledge against other teens and compete for prizes during this African American History-themed trivia tournament.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on Thursday, February 27 from 3:30pm - 4:30pm

For Adults

Different Shades of Black Book Club
Each month, discuss a new book from our Urban Fiction Collection or by Black authors in different genres. All are welcome. February's selection is The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah.
Algiers Regional Library on Wednesday, February 12 from 6pm - 7pm

For All Ages

Celebrating African American Dance & Sound
All ages are welcome to learn classic African and African American dance and history from author and choreographer Mendy Greer.
Nora Navra Library on Saturday, February 15 from 2pm - 4:30pm

Black History Under the Kanopy

This series features African American movies on Kanopy, the Library’s video streaming service which provides access to more than 30,000 independent and documentary films. Light refreshments will be served. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

She Did That
Helmed by PR veteran, successful blogger, and first-time filmmaker Renae Bluitt, the documentary turns the lens on several members of the surging population of black female entrepreneurs making waves across industries.
Main Library on Sunday, February 2 from 2pm - 4pm

Spies of Mississippi
Directed by Dawn Porter, this film is the inside story of the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a secret agency created by the state in the 1950s to spy on its own citizens and maintain segregation.
East New Orleans Regional Library on Wednesday, February 12 from 6pm - 8pm

Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
A documentary film directed by Dawn Logsdon and written by Lolis Eric Elie. Featuring a cast of local musicians, artists, and writers, the film relates the history of New Orleans' Tremé neighborhood.
Norman Mayer Library on Monday, February 17 from 6pm - 8pm

I am Not Your Negro
A 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history.
Nora Navra Library on Thursday, February 27 from 6pm - 8pm

Student Poster Design Contest

All entries will be judged on creativity, artistic merit, and best representation of the 2020 Black History Month theme: “African Americans and the Vote."

Winning posters will be displayed at all 15 Library locations. Copies of the winning posters will be given to winners and their schools.

Entry Deadline: Saturday, February 29 at 5pm

Drop off entries at any Library location or mail to:
Black History Month Poster Contest
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112

1st Place – $100 Gift Card
2nd Place – $50 Gift Card
3rd Place – $25 Gift Card

Age Categories
K – 6th Grade
7th – 12th Grade

Entry Form
To enter, get an entry form from any Library location or download here.

Resources for Educators

Looking for books, videos, lesson plans, and other resources to bring 2020's Black History Month theme of African Americans and the Vote to your classroom? Click here to download our Black History Month 2020 Resource Guide.

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