Top Five Ways to Celebrate Black History Month with Broward County Libraries

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"Civil Rights in America' is the theme of Black History Month 2014.

 DATE: January 14, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402

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 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.)

Exhibits: A Tribute to The Negro Baseball Leagues, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center; African-American Artwork, Deerfield Beach Percy White; February is Black History Month, Hallandale Beach Library; 50 Years of Civil Rights in America, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center; Black History Month DVDs, North Lauderdale Saraniero Library; House of Slaves and Door of No Return: Photographic Exhibit by Edmund Abaka, North Regional/Broward College Library; Selections from the Special Collection of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center,  Northwest Regional Library; Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom, Pembroke Pines Library; Art by Gloria Kelly;  South Regional/Broward College Library; Art by Mirianne Jean-Jacques, Southwest Regional Library; African-American Research Library and Cultural Center Special Collections, West Regional Library

Books on Display:  Black History Month Book Display, Northwest Regional Library; Black History Month Book Display, North Regional/Broward College Library; Best Black Historical Fiction, Pembroke Pines Library; Black History Books, Stirling Road Library

The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use, and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of Broward County's diverse community. Broward County Libraries Division continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW - Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Broward County Historical Commission.


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