Black History

Celebrate with us! Attend one of our special programs, research our country’s history and your family’s history using our electronic resources, and borrow related films through our Digital Collection.


programs 

Black History Read-In / Families
Celebrate Black History Month with books, games and activities.
SOUTHEAST BRANCH
Tuesday, February 5 – 26 / 4 – 6:30 PM
 
Women in History: Sojourner Truth / All ages
Actress Robin Echols Cooper from Women in History will portray the African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist.
BROOK PARK BRANCH
Wednesday, February 6 / 7 PM
 
Five Who Chose Freedom / Adults
Paul Goebbel will tell the story of the five African-Americans who joined John Brown at Harpers Ferry.
SOLON BRANCH
Wednesday, February 6 / 7 PM
 
Five Who Chose Freedom / Adults
Paul Goebbel will tell the story of the five African-Americans who joined John Brown at Harpers Ferry.
RICHMOND HEIGHTS BRANCH
Saturday, February 9 / 2 PM
 
Mary McLeod Bethune, Dorothy Height & the Movement / All ages
Enjoy a dynamic afternoon with the Cleveland section of the National Council of Negro Women.
SOUTH EUCLID-LYNDHURST BRANCH
Saturday, February 9 / 2 – 4 PM
 
Five Who Chose Freedom / Adults
Paul Goebbel will tell the story of the five African-Americans who joined John Brown at Harpers Ferry.
SOUTH EUCLID-LYNDHURST BRANCH
Monday, February 11 / 7 PM
 
Women in History: Sally Hemings / Adults
Vernice Jackson of Women in History will portray this important figure in African-American history.
FAIRVIEW PARK BRANCH
Tuesday, February 12 / 7 PM
 
Five Who Chose Freedom / Adults
Paul Goebbel will tell the story of the five African-Americans who joined John Brown at Harpers Ferry.
MAPLE HEIGHTS BRANCH
Wednesday, February 13 / 6:30 PM
 
African-American Authors Book Discussion / Adults
Read and discuss Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston.
MAPLE HEIGHTS BRANCH
Monday, February 18 / 7 PM
 
Celebrate Black History Month / All ages
The Ecumenical Disciples Choir will perform, sharing the history of African-American gospel music and spirituals.
WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS BRANCH
Saturday, February 23 / 2 PM
 
Five Who Chose Freedom / Adults
Paul Goebbel will tell the story of the five African-Americans who joined John Brown at Harpers Ferry.
INDEPENDENCE BRANCH
Monday, February 25 / 7 PM
 
NEA Big Read Book Discussion / Adults
As part of the National Endowment of the Arts’ Big Read, join us for a discussion of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine.
BROOKLYN BRANCH
Monday, February 25 / 7 PM
 
NEA Big Read Book Discussion
As part of the National Endowment of the Arts’ Big Read, join us for a discussion of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine.
WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS BRANCH
Monday, February 25 / 7 PM


resources

African American Heritage

Discover your family history with this genealogy resource, exclusively devoted to African-American family history research. Record collections include Federal Census, marriage, military service, Registers of Slaves and Free(d) Persons of Color and Freedman's Bank.

ACCESS THIS RESOURCE
 
 

African-American History Online

Find information on everything from African-American leaders to the arts, important events and social movements and issues.

ACCESS THIS RESOURCE
 
 

Cleveland Call & Post

Search more than 60 years (1934 – 1991) of Cleveland’s African-American newspaper, Call & Post.   

ACCESS THIS RESOURCE

 

FILMS

Watch documentaries on Kanopy that cover historical perspectives, ethnicity and identity and race and class studies.

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