Brooklyn Public Library is proud to celebrate Black History Month! This February, BPL is presenting dozens of movies, performances, author readings and other events that honor the past and present achievements of African Americans. We encourage you to explore black history and the African American experience by viewing our book recommendations, attending events, browsing our photo and art exhibition archives, or visiting BPL's Dionne Mack-Harvin Center (previously the African American Heritage Center) or Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center.
The African American Heritage Center was recently renamed The Dionne Mack-Harvin Center in honor of Dionne, the first African American to lead Brooklyn Public Library and the first African-American woman to head a major public library in New York State. The Center not only celebrates local cultural heroes but shelves books on icons from Barack Obama and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to rapper Tupac Shakur and Capt. James "Rocky" Robinson. Discover heritage through these key historical figures as well as through your own family tree with the help of www.ancestry.com and other databases at your local branch.
Upcoming events include:
Feb 10 2013 1:30PM @ Central Library, Dweck Center
Feb 17 2013 1:30PM @ Central Library, Dweck Center
Feb 20 2013 4:00PM @ Brower Park Library
Feb 20 2013 7:00PM @ Central Library, Dweck Center
Feb 21 2013 4:00PM @ Canarsie Library
Feb 24 2013 1:30PM @ Central Library, Dweck Center
Also, Central Library current displays the work of local Brooklyn photographer Jamel Shabazz in the exhibition, REPRESENT: Photographs from 1980-2012. Check out Shabazz’s work now through the end of the month.