Recognizing and honoring Black History Month

PORTLAND, Ore. — February 1, 2024 — Multnomah County Library invites the community to join in celebrating and honoring Black History Month. Visit a library location through February 29 to learn about events, book displays and activities.

This month honors the contributions of Black people in the United States. Enjoy this year’s 2024 Black History Month theme of African Americans and the Arts at your local library.

“Literacy within art is essential for our movements within communities. When we express ourselves it’s important that we accrue other forms of storytelling whether that's through visual arts, music, or performance. We have great examples of these things as we offer events at the library with this same theme,” says Israel Fin, Multnomah County Library’s Black Community Services and Engagement Coordinator. 

Participate at one of the events

“If folks are coming into our libraries they’ll be welcomed by lots of hand picked staff displays of books that focus on not just Black history but the Black experience and art and music. We will have lots of events for youth and teens in our community to come in library spaces as families and participate in fun programs that center on community and belonging,” says Fin. 

The library’s Black Cultural Library Advocates are ready to help find culturally relevant materials for you. Multnomah County Library offers programs and services for the Black community all-year round. Stay up to date at

About Multnomah County Library

A treasured community institution since 1864, Multnomah County Library is one of the nation’s busiest public library systems, providing social, educational and cultural programs, resources and services, online and through its 19 public locations. With an eye toward the future of community-centered spaces, the library is working to build, rebuild or expand nine libraries through a voter approved capital bond. In addition to being Oregon’s largest provider of free internet access, the library offers millions of print and digital resources, in multiple languages for people of all ages. From kindergarten readiness to job training, computer-assisted design and 3D printing, the library supports all people in their pursuits to connect, learn and create. Learn more at