Celebrate African American History with CPL

Join Chicago Public Library as we celebrate the national theme of Black Resistance with a look at how things have changed since the Civil Rights Movement of the '60s and today. This year we will explore everything that shaped the movement, from the music and fashions to the arts, along with lively discussions on the impacts of African Americans in the movement today.


See all our African American History Month events. Highlights include:

Music of the Movement: 1 p.m. Saturday, February 4
Join an entertaining and lively discussion on the "Music of the Movement." The theme of the discussion is "Music of the Movement: An Analysis of Resistance in our Music from the 1960s through present-day."

Voices for Justice: When Blackness Was Golden by Pemon Rami: 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 15
CPL is pleased to welcome Pemon Rami, author of his memoir When Blackness Was Golden! as part of our Voices for Justice series and celebration of Black History Month. Pemon will converse with radio, TV and Special Event Producer Sylvia Ewing.

Our Brothers: A Dialogue on the Current Perception of Black Men: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 26
Please join the Chicago Public Library for a discussion focusing on the current perception of Black men in America and what has changed since the Civil Rights Era of the ‘60s and now.


Paint and Sip: Martin Luther King Jr. Portrait: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, February 9
DIY Printing and Traditional West African Systems: 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 15

Book Clubs

Adult Book Discussion: Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 7
Let's Talk About It: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent: 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 15
Adult Book Discussion: The Loss of All Lost Things: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 22

Online Events

Black By Popular Demand: Virtual Celebration: 4 p.m. Monday, February 6
Race and Trauma: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 21
South Side Home Movie Project: Black Lives on the South Side: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 22

Film Screenings

Judas and the Black Messiah: 1 p.m. February 11
2016: Obama's America: 1:30 p.m. February 22
Monday Matinee: The Woman King: 2 p.m. February 27

Reading and Viewing Recommendations

African American Heritage Month: Books for Kids
African American Heritage Month: Books for Teens
African American Heritage Month: Books for Adults
African American History: Recent Highlights for Adults