Celebrate Black History Month

February 1st, 2019

Celebrate Black History Month


Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role they have played in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. The Library is celebrating Black History Month with events, design contests, and an oral history project.

Teen Oral History Project

All Library locations all month long
Teens are invited to participate in the Black History Month Teen Oral History Project by talking to someone in their lives and filling out a brief interview form. Teens who return the interview form to any Library location will receive a giveaway book and a $5 fine waiver. Interview forms are available for pick up at all Library locations or for download here.

Teen Black History Month Bookmark Contest

Martin Luther King Library from February 1 - February 14
The Martin Luther King Library is hosting a Black Migrations bookmark design contest for children and teens (up to age 17). Winning bookmark designs will be displayed and made available to the public. Visit the Martin Luther King Library for additional details and to pick up an entry form.

Stories of the African Diaspora

Alvar Library every Wednesday in February through the 20th from 6pm - 8pm
Stories and discussions about the African Diaspora will be shared.

Black History Month Silent Disco for Teens

Main Library Teen Zone on Saturday, February 2 from 2pm - 4pm
Norman Mayer Library on Thursday, February 21 from 5pm - 8pm
Teens can choose from three eras of African American music to listen to through wireless headphones.

Black History Month Jeopardy for Teens

Nora Navra Library on Thursday, February 7 from 4:30pm - 6pm
Algiers Regional Library on Tuesday, February 12 from 4:30pm - 6pm
Teens are invited to test their knowledge of Black History and win prizes.

2nd Annual Lower 9th Ward Community Potluck

Martin Luther King Library on Wednesday, February 20 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Everyone in the community is invited to bring a dish and share a story, regardless of cuisine or background. One dish will be chosen as Crowd Favorite. Food and drinks will be provided to all who attend, not just those who bring a dish.

Student Poster Design Contest

From early December through late January, students participated in the 2019 Black History Month Poster Design Contest. Entries were judged on creativity, artistic merit, and the best representation of the 2019 poster theme, Black Migrations. The winning artists will be announced in the March magazine and their posters will be displayed at all Library locations throughout February.

And the winners are...

Pre-K - 6th Grade:
1st Place - Colette Loughran, 3rd Grade, Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans
2nd Place - Brett E. Massimi, 2nd Grade, Homer A. Plessy Community School
3rd Place - Buck Blake, Kindergarten, Homer A. Plessy Community School

7th - 12th Grade:
1st Place - Kira Simone Tonkin, 9th Grade, New Harmony High School
2nd Place - Sofia Olexia-Daigle, 9th Grade, New Harmony High School
3rd Place - Morgan Renee Prevost, 8th Grade, Audubon Charter School

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