Did you know February is Black History Month?
Celebrate with Gwinnett County Public Library all month long!

Black History Month is the month of annual observance where we celebrate the many achievements of African Americans throughout U.S. history. Why is Black History Month specifically in February? This month was chosen because of its significance of being the month in which both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were born. Black History Month is celebrated not only in the United States but also in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. While this month-long observance initially began as a week-long celebration, since 1976, it has become recognized as an annual celebration.

To celebrate Black History Month, we will be highlighting the programs offered both virtually and at various branches designed to highlight and honor the contributions of Black Americans to history.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAMS

Week 1: Thursday, February 1 - Sunday, February 4

Thursday, February 1, at 11 am. Family | Breaking Ground with Jerry G White

Breaking Ground, with author, percussionist, and storyteller Jerry G. White, is an interactive one-man Family show. The performance incorporates theater, music, percussion instruments, and singing.

This program will be held at the Snellville Branch.

Thursday, February 1 at 11 am. Writing | Remembering Black Food Traditions – Writing Workshop

Come write about your favorite memories tied to Black food traditions!

This program will be held at the Centerville Branch.

Week 2: Monday, February 5 - Sunday, February 11

Wednesday, February 7 at 11 am. Literacy | African Folktale Children’s Author – Jerry G. White

Join us for a special visit from Author and Percussionist Jerry G. White as he presents Anansi & the Colorful Kente Cloth.

This program will be held at the Mountain Park Branch.

Wednesday, February 7 at 6 pm. Genealogy | Find your Revolutionary Ancestors

Learn how to get started on your genealogy research from local experts with the Daughters of the American Revolution.

This program will be held at the Dacula Branch.

Thursday, February 8 at 11 am. Health & Wellness | Norcross Connect: Black History Month

Socialize with members of your Norcross community while learning a new skill. This month we will be celebrating Black History Month by weaving yarn art.

This program will be held at the Norcross Branch.

Saturday, February 10 at 11 am. Family | Anansi and the Colorful Kente Cloth

Join us for a family storytime and to meet the author, Jerry G. White.

This program will be held at the Snellville Branch.

Saturday, February 10 at 11 am. Family | Keaka – A Children’s Story about Fear and Self-Acceptance

Join author Terrence Burrus as he reads his book Keaka: a classic tale about the anxiety, courage, and wisdom of a little boy overcoming fear by learning who he is.

This program will be held at the Lilburn Branch.

Week 3: Monday, February 12 - Sunday, February 18

Monday, February 12 at 4 pm. Author Talk | Children’s Author Series – Jerry G. White

Welcome to Centerville for a series of African American Children’s Authors during the month of February. Each week will feature a different author. This week will feature Jerry G. White reading his book Anansi the Spider.

This program will be held at the Centerville Branch.

Thursday, February 15 at 3 pm. Culinary Arts | Books and Cooks – Jambalaya

Celebrate Black History Month and learn how to make Jambalaya!

This program will be held at the Dacula Branch.

Thursday, February 15 at 5:30 pm. Entrepreneurship | Black-Owned Business Panel

Join our panelists as they talk about how they got into their careers, what it took to get there, their experience as a person whose ethnicity is Black/African American in their field, and more.

This program will be held at the Centerville Branch.

Saturday, February 17 at 11 am. Genealogy | African American Genealogy – With Court Records

Learn how to research African American genealogy using courthouse records.

This program will be held at the Snellville Branch.

Saturday, February 17 at 2 pm. Community | African American Folklore

In honor of Black History Month, renowned storyteller Sharyn Riggs will render several captivating narratives that embody the African American experience.

This program will be held at the Duluth Branch.

Sunday, February 18 at 3 pm. Author Talk | Family Storytime with Author Sadie Evans

Join author Sadie Evans, who will read and talk about her books.

This program will be held at the Snellville Branch.

Week 4: Monday, February 19 - Sunday, February 25

Monday, February 19 at 4:30 pm. Author Talk | Children’s Author Series – Fatima R. Henson

Welcome to Centerville for a series of African American Children’s Authors during the month of February. Each week will feature a different author.

This program will be held at the Centerville Branch.

Tuesday, February 20 at 7 pm. Book Club | Moonlighting Book Club

Join us on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss a preselected book. This month’s book is Black Candle Women by Diane Marie Brown.

This program will be held at the Duluth Branch.

Wednesday, February 21 at 2 pm. Education | Homeschool Hangout – Hidden Heroes

Calling all homeschoolers! Get ready for a mind-blowing journey through the pages of history as we uncover the incredible stories of unsung Black heroes who shattered barriers and paved the way for new opportunities.

This program will be held at the Grayson Branch.

Thursday, February 22 at 5 pm. Author Talk | Children’s Author Series – Ba!ley

Welcome to Centerville for a series of African American Children’s Authors during the month of February. Each week will feature a different author. This week will feature Ba!ley; she will read her book “In the Wind.”

This program will be held at the Centerville Branch.

Thursday, February 22 at 6 pm. Author Talk | Hooper-Renwick Speaker Series – Victoria Christopher Murray

Come hear Victoria Christopher Murray, one of the country’s top African American contemporary authors, in conversation with ReShonda Tate.

This program will be held Offsite at the Lawrenceville Arts Center.

Thursday, February 22 at 7 pm. Author Talk | Dianne M. Stewart

African religion and identity in Trinidad from the colonial period to the present.

This program will be held at the Snellville Branch.

Saturday, February 24 at 7 pm. Author Talk | Wanda M. Morris with Tayari Jones

Wanda M. Morris will be in conversation with author Tayari Jones about her book “Anywhere You Run,” a book about two sisters on the run – one from the law, the other from social shame.

This program will be held at the Duluth Branch.

Week 5: Monday, February 26 - Thursday, February 29

Monday, February 26 at 4 pm. Education | History Seekers – Black History Month

Join us for a Black History Month artist celebration! While discussing the theme of resilience, we’ll showcase Maya Angelou, Misty Copeland, Sidney Poitier, and more.

This program will be held at the Suwanee Branch.

Tuesday, February 27 at 11 am. Community | Black History Month – African Folklore

Come and listen to African Folklore tales told by professional storyteller Sharon Riggs in celebration of Black History Month.

This program will be held at the Norcross Branch.

Tuesday, February 27 at 5:30 pm. Community | Black History Month Celebration

Join us to celebrate Black History Month to hear stories, enjoy food and learn a craft to be taken home.

This program will be held at the Snellville Branch.

Tuesday, February 27 at 5:30 pm. Literacy | Family Storytime – Black History Trailblazers

In recognition of Black History Month, please join us at the Dacula Library Branch for a family storytime featuring inspirational stories, songs, and a STEM activity to take home.

This program will be held at the Dacula Branch.

Thursday, February 29 at 2 pm. Community | Black Brilliance, Black Resilience

Join us at the Five Forks Branch to celebrate Black brilliance and resilience as we learn about Black heroes in history!

This program will be held at the Five Forks Branch.

Thursday, February 29 at 5 pm. Author Talk | Children’s Author Series – Honey Moore

Welcome to Centerville for a series of African American Children’s Authors during the month of February. Each week will feature a different author.

This program will be held at the Centerville Branch.