Celebrate Black History Month

Submitted by CCCL_CatherineO

It’s Black History Month!

What a great time to learn some new facts and celebrate the culture of a diverse people from the African Diaspora, which simply means Black communities all over the world. Out of Africa came sailors & soldiers, cowboys and equestrians, and educators and authors - just a few awesome people who deserve recognition and will be highlighted in the upcoming Library events. For more information on the history of Black History Month go to: https://asalh.org/black-history-themes/

Our library has a wonderful collection of books written and illustrated for children to see themselves on the page, a slight quote from our upcoming feature Author Talk event – Phelicia Lang, “Tay Goes to the Zoo” on February 12, 2022 at 11am.  Ms. Lang includes great reading tips in each of her books for early readers.

Caitlin Gooch of Saddle Up and Read will share stories about historical Black equestrians and her own life as an equestrian on February 23, 2022 at 4:00pm.

We are also celebrating the unsung heroes of war which is inspired by our upcoming event with award winning author Steve Sheinkin, who will discuss The Port Chicago 50, Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, on February, 24, 2022, from 7-8pm.  Check out his teachers guide for more resources:  http://stevesheinkin.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/PortChicago50TeachersGuide_6.14.pdf

After the author talk with Steve Sheinkin, stay online with us as the National Park Service Rangers join the Zoom to talk about how you can visit the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, one of America's least visited national parks. “Our site memorializes those who lost their lives in the disaster on July 17, 1944 and commemorates the bravery of the Port Chicago 50.”  Here are a few links to their site:  Permits and Reservations - Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

This month at the Lafayette Library, check out "30 Days of Black Innovators" (let’s pretend February has 30 days) in the Teen Center for spotlights on more Black inventors, tinkerers, and researchers who changed and are changing the world.

Short film and Oral Histories:  Multimedia Presentations - Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLixaGH4lLychL1SHgGJMtnrN-qexRs75s

Black History Month Booklists:

https://ccclib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/1574600649_cccl_edi/2050332149_unsung_heroes_of_war

https://ccclib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/1574600649_cccl_edi/2035790229_celebrating_the_african_diaspora

https://ccclib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/1574600649_cccl_edi/2035777349_look_how_far_weve_come

https://ccclib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/1992198649_cccl_youth_mor/2050910899_black_equestrian_stories?_ga=2.135948216.888163055.1644269398-300517572.1600786492

We welcome your respectful and on-topic comments and questions in this limited public forum. To find out more, please see Appropriate Use When Posting Content. Community-contributed content represents the views of the user, not those of Contra Costa County Library