10 ways to celebrate Black history at the library

The theme for Black History Month 2024 is “African Americans and the Arts.” Celebrate this year’s theme with these suggestions:

  1. Attend upcoming library events!
  2. View historical photos in Multnomah County Library's project Our Story: Portland Through an African American Lens
  3. Delve into the Black Resources Collection and the Black Pacific Northwest Collection to find more than 9,000 books, films, music and more. 
  4. Discover e-books or listen to audiobooks from the Celebrating Black Lives booklist. 
  5. Explore Oregon’s Black History through Black in Oregon 1840Blacks in Oregon and Oregon’s Enigmatic Black History.
  6. Research African American Communities or the Oxford African American Studies Center to find historical pamphlets, newspapers, maps and articles by top scholars.
  7. Use Hoopla to access graphic novels and comics.
  8. Investigate your genealogy through Ancestry.com (available at all library locations), HeritageQuest Online or Heritage Hub (both available remotely with your library card and password).
  9. Explore a virtual Black history museum like The History Makers: The Digital Repository for the Black ExperienceThe Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture Searchable Museum, or the Google Arts and Culture Black History and Culture exhibit.
  10. Visit the Black Artists of Oregon exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, available until March 2024. Explore My Discovery Pass to visit with your library card.

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