Celebrate African American History with CPL

Join Chicago Public Library in celebrating African American History Month in February. This year, the national theme for Black History Month is The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. We're exploring this theme through the topic of Black hair. Learn more with online events, recommended reads and more.

We're also launching two new digital collections documenting early black history in Chicago. The George Cleveland Hall Branch Archives and Illinois Writers Project: "Negro in Illinois" Collection trace the migration and growth of Chicago's African American community, including the Chicago Black Renaissance (1930s-1950). Available online for the first time, these collections are housed at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature at Woodson Regional Library.

Events

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

Live from the Library: Recorded Events

Live Online Events

Film Screening

Film Screening: Head to Head
Stream the documentary Head to Head for a limited time thanks to Amelia Street Studio. The film is a raw and honest look at the lives of women facing the trauma of hair loss. This event provides you access to watch the film on Vimeo.

Coloring Page

Print our African American History Month coloring sheet.

Reading Recommendations

We recommend these books exploring African American heritage, history and care of Black hair: