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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.

Bladensburg
Thu, Jan 24, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Come join us for an hour of afternoon crafting. Make and take something fun home. Parents are welcome to participate too!

South Bowie
Sat, Feb 02, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Join historian C.R. Gibbs as he discusses "How The Original Black Panthers & Other African Americans Helped To Defeat The Axis & Win The Second World War." Part 1 of the African Lecture Series.

Bowie - Auditorium
Sat, Feb 02, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Presented by Bright Star Theater. Maya Angelou, Aretha Franklin, Mae Jemison, the Buffalo Soldiers…these are just some of the famous people that come to life in this celebration of Black History.

New Carrollton - Large meeting room 1
Sat, Feb 02, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Performing Arts Repertory Company will perform a selection of pieces including classical ballet, original choreography, & jazz. It also includes a tribute to African-Americans in the arts.

Spauldings - Large Meeting Room
Sat, Feb 02, 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library presents an interactive sign language and spoken English play about scientists who must save Earth from an evil blob! Enjoy mime, dance, songs, and storytelling.

Oxon Hill
Mon, Feb 04, 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!

Glenarden - Small Meeting Room
Mon, Feb 04, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Enjoy a family friendly movie celebrating Black History Month.

Oxon Hill
Mon, Feb 04, 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.

Bowie - Conference Room
Tue, Feb 05, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Come join us for an hour of afternoon crafting. Make and take something fun home. Parents are welcome to participate too! Ages 5-12. (Skill level 5-8.) Space is limited to the first 15 children.

Largo-Kettering
Tue, Feb 05, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
This award-winning documentary follows the son of a civil rights hero as he learns that his family helped create institutionally racism in America.

Bowie - Conference Room
Tue, Feb 05, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us for coloring and create your own artwork with special Black History Month and Valentine's Day themed coloring pages. Coloring encourages mindfulness and creative expression.

Bowie - Conference Room
Wed, Feb 06, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Join us as we explore science, technology, engineering and math. Drop in for hands-on experiments and activities. Groups of 8 or more should call ahead at (301) 262-7000. Recommended for ages 8-12

New Carrollton - Large meeting room 2
Wed, Feb 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Presented by Bright Star Theater. The story of Dr.King is one of triumph and tragedy. This dramatic play shows that the rights won during the American Civil Rights Movement came with a heavy price.

Fairmount Heights
Thu, Feb 07, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Have fun using the DREAM Lab to make beats inspired by African-American musicians. No prior experience required!

South Bowie
Sat, Feb 09, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Join historian C.R. Gibbs as he discusses "Migrations: The African Presence Around The World, Past & Present." Part 2 of the African Lecture Series.

New Carrollton
Sat, Feb 09, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Performing Arts Center for African Cultures presents: This aerobic exercise, created from African dances is a fun cardio workout. “Besa” is an Akan (Ghanaian) word meaning “come dance”.

Oxon Hill - Auditorium
Sat, Feb 09, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Bring the whole family for our African American Read-In! Bring a selection with African-American cultural significance to share aloud. We welcome poems, short stories, folktales, jokes, & more.

Accokeek
Sat, Feb 09, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join us for a look at our online resources focusing on Black History Month. Discover interesting topics and learn research skills. Ages 5-12

Largo-Kettering
Sat, Feb 09, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Presented by Bright Star Theater. Learn the stories of Black Americans and abolitionists who worked to end slavery, tame the wild west, and keep America safe during times of war. All ages welcome.

Hyattsville
Sat, Feb 09, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Presented by Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts. Experience the lives of runaway slaves through music and narration. All ages welcome.

Bowie - Auditorium
Mon, Feb 11, 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!

Largo-Kettering
Mon, Feb 11, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Come learn about the life and art of Alma Thomas through stories, film, and hands-on art projects.

Laurel - Large Meeting Room A (Dorothy Height Room)
Mon, Feb 11, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join historian C. R. Gibbs as he presents "Migrations: The African Presence Around The World, Past and Present"

Spauldings
Mon, Feb 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Janice the Griot presents: Interactive storytelling with puppets and instruments. Good for Families and Younger Children.

Spauldings - Large Meeting Room
Mon, Feb 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Janice the Griot presents: Interactive storytelling with puppets and instruments. Good for Families and Younger Children.

Oxon Hill
Mon, Feb 11, 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.

Largo-Kettering
Tue, Feb 12, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Watsons set out on a family road trip where their experiences give them a newfound courage to stand up for what is right.

Oxon Hill - Auditorium
Tue, Feb 12, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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.

Fairmount Heights
Tue, Feb 12, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Old family photos starting to fade? Bring your old photos to the library and have fun digitizing them using software and equipment in the DREAM Lab

Oxon Hill
Tue, Feb 12, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Celebrate Black History Month with a round or two of Black Card Revoked. Bring your own deck or another Black history/culture trivia game to share. 18+ Sponsored by FOHL.

Bladensburg
Thu, Feb 14, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Learn about Marylander Benjamin Banneker as we survey the Bladensburg Library!

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.