February is Black History Month, an annual observance that celebrates and recognizes the achievements and influence of African Americans in the United States. Originally observed as "Negro History Week," the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, followed by increased awareness of Black identity, eventually gave way to Black History Month, and it has been so designated for the month of February by every United States President since 1976. Black artists, musicians, sports figures, writers, activists, scientists, politicians, and actors have made important and varied contributions to American culture and society. At SCCLD, we offer a wealth of materials and programs for all ages that are entertaining and informative to help you share and honor the journey of our fellow Black Americans. We have compiled several lists showcasing books, music, films, and documentaries as well as offering relevant programming during the month of February.
Black History Month Book, Music, and Movie Lists for Adults and Teens:
Black History Month: Books for Adults, opens a new window
Black History Month: Music, opens a new window
Black History Month: Films, opens a new window
Black History Month: Documentaries, opens a new window
Black History Month Programs for Adults and Teens at SCCLD:
Black History Month: A Celebration of African American History in Northern California with Author Jan Batiste Adkins (Update: This program has ended)
Black History Month: Gee's Bend Mixed Media Paper Collages for Adults and Teens (Update: This program has ended)
Black History Month Book Lists and Programs for Kids at SCCLD:
Black History Month: Celebrate with Stories and a Special Performance
In celebration of Black History Month, UNAFF In Libraries presents with the Santa Clara County Library District Silicon Valley Reads Program, Martin Luther King Jr. Research & Education Institute and Stanford Film Society two special films: R.A.W. Tuba and Violins of Hope.
R.A.W. TUBA is a documentary about a Baltimore child who experienced intermittent homelessness but went on to become a world-class symphony musician and professor (30 minutes).
Violins of Hope
Violins of Hope is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody. Violins of Hope - Strings of the Holocaust, features Israeli master violinmaker Amnon Weinstein and his efforts to restore violins from the Holocaust (57 minutes)
Register to get a link to the film. Watch the film, then join us for discussion on Wednesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Register now: http://www.unaff.org/2021/libraries.html