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Black History Month

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Black History Month is a celebration of the accomplishments by 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 and 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.

History

Kansas City Black History

Kansas City Black History

Explore the African-American community's influence on the history and culture of Kansas City.

African-American History

Explore 500 years of the African American experience.
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Slavery and Anti-Slavery

Examine slavery from a multinational perspective.
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Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007

Access source materials from archives worldwide.
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U.S. History

Read about the events that shaped American history.
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Arts & Culture

African American Music Reference

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.

American Music

American Music

Hear the music from America’s past, including songs by and about slaves, and the songs of the Civil Rights movement.

Black Thought and Culture

Black Thought and Culture

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

Jazz Music Library

Jazz Music Library

The largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online.

People

African American Biographical Database

African American Biographical Database

Biographies of activists, former slaves, artists, athletes, educators, lawyers, writers, scientists, and more.

Biography

Biography

Includes biographies of African Americans from Hank Aaron to Zendaya.

Access Video on Demand

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.

For Kids and Families

American Civil War Research Database

Research individuals, regiments, battles, and more.
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FreedomFlix

Learn history in a dynamic multimedia experience.
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Teachables

Print, save, and share resources for kids and students.
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Celebrate Black Lives

Celebrate Black Lives

Stories and memoirs for kids that highlight the lives of Black people who have changed the world.

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