Celebrate with the Library
Black History Month (also known as African American History Month) is celebrated each February as a way to honor the central role of black people in our country's history. It began in 1926 as "Negro History Week," and became a national celebratory month in 1976.
Steven Levingston, author of "Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights"
Livingston's book traces the emergence of two of the twentieth century's greatest leaders, their powerful impact on each other and on the shape of the civil rights battle between 1960 and 1963.
- February 6 - Stories from Arlington's Oldest African American Community at the Westover Branch Library
- February 21 - Family Read-In at the Columbia Pike Branch Library
- February 22 - Black Music Matters at the Aurora Hills Branch Library
- February 1-28 - "Who Am I?" Black History Trivia at the Aurora Hills Branch Library
Black History Month Activity Guide for Kids
Celebrate the talented Black authors and illustrators who have contributed to the rich tapestry of children’s literature!
The Kids Activity Guide includes a book bingo card to help you explore new authors and stories, a crossword puzzle, a craft, and an artist spotlight.
Pick up a copy at any Library Branch, or download and print a copy [PDF].
From Freedman's Village to Queen City: The Story of a Community's Evolution
Read the story of Freedman's Village, a little-known but once thriving, African-American community. From 1863-1900, it stood on the land that today houses the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery.