Black History Month

Celebrating Black Excellence

Join us in honoring the richness of Black history and culture through our events.

Featured Events

Black History Month Events

eResources & Music

The words Black History Month highlighted in red, green and yellow in a purple oval with and orange hexagon pattern background

eSpotlight - Black History Month in Context

Explore Black American History with Gale in Context.

February is Black History Month: America's Musical Heritage

Resources to explore the history of African American music

Local History

Celebrating Black History Month in the Archives

Learn more about a San José family that made a remarkable impact on our local history.

Looking Back: The First Black Player in Japanese Baseball.

A Negro League Ballplayer Joins a Japanese Team in 1936.

Biographies

Read inspiring life stories of remarkable individuals.

Biographies

Special Collections

Edmonia Lewis

Edmonia Lewis

The California Room features three marble sculptures created by Edmonia Lewis: Asleep, Awake and a bust of Abraham Lincoln.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Matthew Ahmann, in a crowd at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection

We have a special collection of materials related to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement.

Recommended Reads

Explore essential reads with diverse perspectives for Black History Month.

Picture Books

Picture Books About African Americans

My favorite picture books for Black History Month.

Graphic Novels

Black History Month: A Look at Graphic Novels

A list of Graphic Novels for Black History Month.
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