Celebrating Hip Hop History Month

Hip Hop History Month

Hip Hop History Month at SJPL

The San José Public Library is excited to celebrate Hip Hop History Month this November for the 3rd consecutive year. We're offering FREE events that help best illustrate how Hip Hop culture has influenced the local scene in San José, and how it continues to be a tour de force in every facet of our global identity.

We'll present lectures and showcases from several artists who have taken their love of Hip Hop and turned this passion into professional careers. The goal of these interactive experiences is to educate, excite, and inspire people of all ages. 

Hip Hop Collection at SJPL

Check out our Hip Hop collection and download free music using your library card! Don't have an SJPL card? Apply today, for FREE!


Hip Hop culture was cultivated from the streets of New York City’s five boroughs during the '70s–'80s, springing up from legendary block parties that were orchestrated by names like DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. Black and Latino youths utilized the urban community they lived in to help mature what would be known to us as Hip Hop’s founding elements: DJing, emceeing, B-boying/breaking, and graffiti/writing. From body language to fashion, linguistics to pop culture, Hip Hop quickly proliferated mainstream America and has become an outlet for youth culture all around the world.

Interested In Being A Presenter In 2019?

We're looking for enthusiastic people who are willing to showcase their love for hip hop through talents, such as: Music, Dance, Art and Culture / History. If you're interested in presenting at our 4th Annual Hip Hop History Month series in November 2019, please fill out this form! We'll begin to contact interested presenters in late summer to early fall 2019.

Past Presenters & Promotions

2016 Flyer

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2017 Flyer

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