Celebrating Black History Month: African Americans and the Arts

February is Black History Month and this year we're Celebrating African Americans and the Arts. 

African American arts have a long history in the U.S. and across the world. Through the years and to this day, they have been stolen and mimicked, and contributions to the larger U.S. culture have not been appreciated or given appropriate credit. Examples of these contributions include spirituals of enslaved peoples, the creation of sweetgrass baskets, the Harlem Renaissance, Blues, Jazz, 1960s Motown, Hip Hop, poets, authors, journalists, and other types of artists.

We believe that their valuable contributions to our culture should be recognized and celebrated. Stop in to browse our Black History Month materials display, or explore our list of staff recommended titles celebrating the indelible mark left by black creators.

To find out more about Black History Month and the history behind this year's theme, check out these resources:

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