African American History Month Celebration

by : 

Angela Nambiar, Programming and Outreach

“Lift every voice and sing
till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise,
High as the list'ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us,
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.”

Lift Every Voice and Sing by: James Weldon Johnson

In commemoration of the contributions to our great nation, made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration took place on February 12, 1926. In 1976, it was expanded to Black History Month as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration and has continued as a commemoration of African American accomplishments.

In reverence to this valuable heritage, the Anne Arundel County Public Library is hosting outstanding events this year that highlight talented performers on many fronts. Let us bow to the past that has built on each of us a tremendous identity as our African American brothers and sisters have sewn a colorful quilt of unforgettable melodies, contagious rhythms, unequal stories, and deep rooted knowledge that not only touch our hearts and invite us to contemplate and admire its fearless leaders, but to teach us a lesson of commitment, sacrifice and maturity.

Join us to honor this beautiful race and culture by attending and enjoying the programs we are offering at our Library this February.

Fun with Animal Folktales

Enjoy Master Storyteller Janice the Griot as she brings animal folktales to life with song, movement and audience participation.

Brooklyn ParkPhoto of storyteller, Janice the Griot

Wednesday, February 8 at 7 pm


Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 pm


Monday, February 20 at 2 pm


Oral Histories from the Asbury Methodist Church of Annapolis


Learn about the Legacy Project. Hear history from those who lived it!

Saturday, February 4 at 2 pm


Jazzy Storytime


Celebrate the rich culture of Jazz music with stories, songs and a fun craft! For ages 5 and younger with an adult.

Tuesday, February 7 at 10 am

Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30 pm


An Afternoon with Carole Boston Weatherford and Jeffery Weatherford

Eastport-Annapolis Neck

Meet New York Times bestselling author Carole Boston Weatherford and children’s book illustrator Jeffery Weatherford during this special author event.

Saturday, February 25 at 1 pm

Image meant to look like the photo of one black male, but the image is made up of two photographs. The left side of the photo is half of a black and white historical photo taken of a man from the past. The right side of the image is half of a photo of a modern man.


African American Genealogy


This workshop will show you how to find your ancestors and will get you started with various print and online resources. Register at 410.222.1538 beginning January 3.

Friday, February 3 at 10 am


The Story Mother, Maria Broom

Glen Burnie

Meet the ever colorful, Miss Maria. “The Story Mother” brings stories to tell, stories to read, her story poems and story dances, to fill each listening ear with love.

Saturday, February 25 at 10:30 am


Celebrating African Heritage through Music & Dance

Maryland City at Russett

Students from the World Music & Dance program at Anne Arundel Community College present a fun and educational program of African performing arts!

Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 pm


Jeffery Weatherford, Illustrator and Spoken Word Artist


Children’s book illustrator and poet will share his biography, explain and demonstrate the tools of the illustrator’s trade. A performance of a spoken word piece will conclude the presentation.

Monday, February 13 at 7 pm


Black History Month Movie: Selma (2015)

Severna ParkPhoto of a protest. Large crowd of most African Americans holding a large sign that says "We march with Selma!"

David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in this historical drama set during the height of the American civil-rights movement, depicting the marches from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital of Montgomery to secure voting rights for black people.

(Rated PG-13, 124 minutes) For adults and teens. Sponsored by the Library Foundation

Saturday, February 11 at 1:30 pm 

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