Black History Month 2022
Join the New Orleans Public Library as we celebrate Black History Month with our annual art competition, recommended reads, video celebrations, and more.
Black History Month Art Competition
The theme of our 2022 competition is Ways we Stay Healthy: Health and Wellness in the Black Community. From the Black Panther Party’s People’s Free Medical Clinics to ways to stay healthy during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and beyond, Orleans Parish students in grades K-12 are invited to share art inspired by health and wellness in the Black community. All participants will receive a free book.
View our entry form for more details on how to participate in this year’s art competition.
Black History Month Video Celebrations
Black History Month Blog Posts
Recommended Reads for Black History Month
Black History Month Resources
- BookFlix features pairings of gently animated fiction picture books with thematically-linked non-fiction e-books. Enjoy books about healthy activities such as cooking, gardening, eating, hiking, sleeping, and enjoying fun with friends.
DVDs in Our Collection:
- Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine and other Doc McStuffins DVDs
- Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.
- EmbraceRace is a website full of tools and resources for raising children who are “thoughtful, informed, and brave about race.”
Ashé Cultural Arts Center uses art and culture to support human, community, and economic development.
Project Butterfly New Orleans is a local group that is devoted to women and girls of African descent in the community. The website offers information about its various culturally-rooted programs and workshops.
BreakOUT! seeks to end the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-confomring (TGNC), queer, nonbinary, and intersex (LGBTQI) youth to build a more just New Orleans. We inherit the rich cultural tradition of resistance in the Deep South to mobilize the power of LGBTQI Black, African Diasporic, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous, Arab, and multi-racial youth, ages 13+ directly impacted by the criminal legal system through youth organizing, healing justice, and leadership development.
Over the past five years, an unlikely venue has become one of drag queen Laveau Contraire’s favorite places to perform: the Library.