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Black History Month

Black History Month: Honor the past, inspire the future. History, arts & culture, people

Black History Month is a celebration of the accomplishments by Black and African Americans and a tribute to the adversities they face in our nation’s history and present. Learn more about the contributions of Black artists and musicians, inventors and scientists, educators, athletes, and more through resources and events at Mid-Continent Public Library.

Use your MCPL Access Pass (Library Card) to explore these resources or apply for a free card today.

Events and Programs

Explore upcoming library events celebrating Black History Month


Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice

Research materials relating to slavery from libraries and archives across the country.

Black History Nonfiction

Learn about the African American experience, learn about extraordinary people across American History, and topics of interest in celebration of Black History Month.


Leading the Way in Hollywood

These twelve actors are just a drop in the ocean when it comes to performance excellence in film and tv.

Access Video on Demand

Learn about Black Americans from leaders of the Civil Rights Movement to the women of color who are transforming politics from the ground up.

Arts & Culture

Black Thought & Culture

Nonfiction writings that presents what it is to be black in America. Includes the only full run of The Black Panther newspaper.

African American Music Reference

Essays and images that cover blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression.

Feeding the Soul - African-American Cooking

Explore tasty dishes of African American cuisines. Many titles also portray stories, and essays for a rich culinary experience.

Celebrating Black Artists

In celebration of Black History Month, and every month! Explore the world of art. Art comes in many forms, this list predominately looks at the art medium and its history.

For Kids

Lewis Latimer

Lewis Latimer assisted with some of the greatest inventions of all time, including the lightbulb and the telephone. Often overlooked, his contributions as an engineer, an artist, and an activist are featured in this accessible children’s book.

Make History Come to Life

Check out BookFlix to watch video storybooks and eBooks.


Great for parents and teachers! Print, save, and share materials about Black History Month.

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