Celebrate African American History Month with CPL

Join CPL as we celebrate African American History Month this February. Learn more about Afrofuturism and African American culture and traditions with our events and reading recommendations.


We're offering exciting African American History Month events for all ages throughout the month. Here are some of the highlights.

Keynote Events

Panel Discussions

  • Food Is Family History, Monday, February 10 at Harold Washington Library Center: Chef Lamar Moore and Constance Simms-Kincaid and Robert Kincaid, owners of 5 Loaves Eatery; and Batter & Berries executive chef Ken Polk discuss the art of preserving family history, traditions and memories through cooking.
  • Afrofuturism and Black Liberation: Clearing the Path to Ensure Black People Make It to the Future, Saturday, February 15 at Woodson Regional Library: Katelyn Johnson, executive director of Action Now Institution, facilitates this discussion as panelists, including Marcia Walker-McWilliams, executive director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, share their thoughts on current issues within black communities and, relying on their creativity, their hopes for the future.
  • Marvel and DC, We Got Next!, Saturday, February 22 at Albany Park Branch: The president and CEO of the Creative Extreme explain how to go beyond being just a comic book fan to building your own business, brand and fictional universe.

Events for Kids and Teens

Recommended Reading