DATE: January 14, 2014
"Civil Rights in America' is the theme of Black History Month 2014.
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Broward County Libraries offer unique, educational and fun events and programs that help people of all ages commemorate Black History Month. Online resources bring African-American biography and history to your fingertips. Renowned storytellers, special discussions, dance, art, music and more make your library a special place to visit this February.
The theme for 2014's Black History month, also called African American History Month, is "Civil Rights in America." The focus will be on important milestones by African Americans and others in the battle for civil rights and equal treatment under the law. The theme for Black History Month is announced annually by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Washington DC.
Established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, ASALH are the founders of Black History Month and continue Woodson’s legacy of speaking a fundamental truth to the world – that Africans and peoples of African descent are makers of history and co-workers in what W. E. B. Du Bois called, "The Kingdom of Culture."
Top Five Ways to Celebrate Black History Month with Broward County Libraries
- Visit the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, 954-357-6282, a unique facility that focuses on the rich cultural influence of the African Diaspora in the Americas, including Special Collections and programming. If you can’t get there in person, take an online, self-guided tour.
- Alex Haley Collection: The Voyages of Alex Haley, Notebooks and Memoirs of an African-American Writer, is a digitalized collection of items belonging to Roots author Alex Haley. It includes unfinished manuscripts, including drafts and handwritten notes as well as large amounts of correspondence between Haley and aspiring writers such as Tom Feelings, students of all ages, friends, peers such as Danielle Steele, politicians, and noted celebrities such as Quincy Jones and Johnny Carson.
- Explore the African-American Experience online, a unique digital resource that was developed with the guidance of African American librarians and subject specialist. It’s the widest ranging and easiest-to-use online database collection on African American history and culture. Use your Broward County Library card to log on.
- Learn about the history of South Florida’s African American pioneers at the Broward County Historical Commission. Maps, photos, images, oral histories and ephemera from early African American settlers, many of them rare or one-of-a-kind, are available for viewing by appointment.
- Find materials – including books, music, DVDs and more – related to Black History Month on the Broward County Library catalog. Searching is easy. Just type in the terms, such as “Black History” or “civil rights” and find resources of all type available for check out.
Black History Month Events at Broward County Libraries (All events are free and open to the public unless noted.)
- February 1 - Seventh Annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Festival, 2 to 5 p.m.,South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024, 954-201-8825
- February 2 - Martin Luther King Jr. Scavenger Hunt ages: 8 and up: Win prizes! 10 am. to 6 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065, 954-357-7990
- February 3 - Celebrate Black History Month with a visit to our Children’s Wax Museum of Black Historical Figures, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. 9 Court, Pompano Beach, FL 33069, 954-357-7670
- February 5 - Sharkey’s Storytime: Positively Africa! Dance and sing along with this musical duo, ages 3-5 with caregiver, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314, 954-262-5477
- February 6 - Art with Barbara Freiberg: Romare Bearden. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-357-7444
- February 8 - Movie: Biopic of legendary African-American rhythm and blues musician, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., all ages, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, 954-357-6282
- February 8 - Celebrate Black History Month with nationally acclaimed storyteller Tamara Green and winners of the 2014 Black History Month Art and Essay Contest, all ages, 11 a.m. to noon, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, 954-357-6282
- February 8