February is Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month, or African American History Month, is celebrated nationally each year during February. It is a time to highlight the contributions and achievements of African American individuals, as well as their struggles for freedom and equality in the United States.

Hennepin County libraries will honor Black History Month this February with public programs, displays and activities in libraries, and recommended online book lists.

Limited edition Black Heritage library cards are available at all Hennepin County libraries. Ask staff for a new or replacement library card today!

You are also welcome to visit our unique collections at Sumner Library and Minneapolis Central Library to dig deeper into the rich history of African Americans: 

“Black Twin Cities: The 1940s Photographs of John F. Glanton” is on display in Hennepin Gallery January 30 through February 26 at Hennepin Gallery at Hennepin County Government Center.

Programs and events during Black History Month 2019

Magnet Film Club

The Magnet Film Club watches a variety of films. There is a special Black History Month theme to the selections for February. All are welcome. Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Closed captions provided upon request and availability. Fridays, Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 1 p.m.

North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers

Celebrate Black History Month! Join us for a screening and discussion of "North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers," a two-part documentary produced by Twin Cities Public Television. This Emmy Award-winning documentary features Dr. William (Bill) Green, Augsburg University history professor and author of "The Children of Lincoln. White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860–1876."

On Screen: Black History Month

Watch the film, and also celebrate the moments, memories and people in Black history that inspire you. Thursdays, Brooklyn Park Library, 6-8 p.m.

Author Talk: Daphne Brown

Writer, speaker, human development specialist and Minneapolis native Brown will discuss her book, "Spiritual Healing for a Woman's Soul," about personal, passionate and courageous accounts of triumph and deliverance from the "bondage of the past."

African American Read-In: Books, Poetry and Songs

Come together to experience the power of African American literature and elevate Black voices in the library. The event will feature local Black authors, and you are invited to share the words of your favorite African American authors or listen as others share. Collaborator: The Givens Foundation for African American Literature.  

Author Talk: Shannon Gibney

Gibney is a university professor whose novel, “See No Color,” drawn from her life as a transracial adoptee, won a Minnesota Book Award. Her second novel, “Dream Country,” is a tapestry of family, sacrifice and dreams.

Recommended book lists

Online resources