Black History

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Harriet Tubman

Let Freedom Ring. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. evoked the name of Abraham Lincoln in his "I Have a Dream" speech. Two great Americans dared to dream of a perfect world of harmony and unity and respect for all who embrace freedom. We continue to work to make that dream a reality.

This year's Black History Family Festival is titled "Mapping the Journey." All are welcome to join us from 2 to 5 p.m. for an afternoon filled with a variety of activities, including performances, storytelling, exhibits, Soul Food tasting, African-American author Glennette Tilley Turner, Columnist Betty Brown, many interesting presentations and prize drawings.

Throughout February, we celebrate Black History Month with a collection of stories, sounds, words and films of freedom. Check our Calendar of Events.


Share Your Experiences & More...

Visit our interactive community discussions to share your own experience through text or other media. View books and websites suggested by our librarians and add your recommendations to the list. See what others in your community are contributing to the Tapestry!


Digital Storytelling

Watch and hear interviews featuring members of your community, subject matter experts, and the people who have been there first-hand!


Black History Links

We've created a separate page for links in this section. Please click here.

Tapestry of Freedom

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