Hip Hop History Month at SJPL
For the 4th consecutive year, the San José Public Library is celebrating Hip Hop History Month, this November, by offering a series of FREE educational programs 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.
There will be lectures and showcases from several artists who have taken their love of Hip Hop and turned their passion into professional careers. These interactive experiences will educate, excite, and inspire people of all ages.
Hip Hop Collection at SJPL
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.
2019 Hip Hop History Month
Thank you to all of our 2019 presenters for inspiring and educating our communities about hip hop culture and its influences.