Black History Month

Pasadena Public Library Celebrates Black History Month! fEbruary 2019 with colorful pattern graphic

Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month, is an annual celebrationrecognizing the achievements ofblack Americans and their central role in our nation’s history. President Gerald R. Ford first designated the month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”  An expansion of “Negro History Week,” first held in 1926 it was the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African-Americans.  Not only an American celebration, Black History Month is also celebrated in Canada and the United Kingdom.  Join us as we commemorate Black History Month with art, dance, exhibits, films, history, lectures, music, performances, poetry, and stories.

2019 Black History Brochure