Discover African American History @ HCPL

Some history we all know by heart. Those stories bring us together. They give us our common past, and show us how to change things to make a better future. There are also countless other stories waiting for you to discover them. This February, for African American History Month, we challenge you to search for those undiscovered stories and to find unsung African American heroes.

Like all explorers, you will need a little inspiration and maybe a little push to get you started, So we will have lots of African American History Month programs, special reading lists and more to spark your curiosity.



A Small Sampling of African American History Month Events @ HCPL. See the events calendar for full listings

The Joy of Reading with local children's book author Brenda Rogers
Barbara Bush Branch Library
Sat. Feb 11. 1 - 3:00 PM.
All ages

Alma Thomas Gallery Walk & Art Program
Jacinto City Branch Library
Thu. Feb. 16. 4 - 6:00 PM
All ages

Harlem Renaissance Party with Music, Crafts, Food & Fun
Katherine Tyra Branch Library @ Bear Creek
Sat. Feb 18. 1 - 2:00 PM
All ages

African Art Talk & Exhibit presented by the Gite Gallery
Fairbanks Branch Library
Sat. Feb. 18. 3 - 5:00 PM.
All ages

Zine Making: Comics, Creeds & Shared Ideas
Northwest Branch Library
Mon. Feb 20. 4 - 5:00 PM
Teens & tweens

Folktales with Storyteller Kathy Culmer
Spring Branch Memorial Library
Wed. Feb. 22. 4 - 5:00 PM
School-age children

Showtime at the Apollo Talent Show
Aldine Branch Library
Thu. Feb. 23. 5:30 - 7 PM
Teens & adults

Djembe Drum Master Abubakr Sory
Evelyn Meador Branch Library
Tue. Feb. 28. 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Teens & tweens

Inspiration, Education and Entertainment for African American History Month: Here are a few specially selected titles to start you out.
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles Smith Jr.
To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson
Whoosh! By Chris Barton
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
March, Books One, Two & Three by John Lewis
The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

eBook Collections on OverDrive:
Words Have Power (featuring works by Toni Morrison, Mat Johnson, Edwidge Danticat and many more powerful African American authors)
African American Graphic Novels (from Aaron McGruder, Malorie Blackman, Micheline Hess and many more)
African American Biographies (from Frederick Douglass to Taraji P. Henson and all points in between)

Other ways to celebrate African American History Month at HCPL
Follow in the foot steps of African American leaders like Frederick Douglass, Septima Clark and Malcolm X who were tireless advocates for literacy. Volunteer to become a literacy tutor, and help someone in your community to find the empowerment and freedom that comes with the ability to read.

Discover your own history with genealogy tools like and HeritageQuest Online, as well as resources specifically designed to help you trace your own African American history.

Finally, there will be book discussions and movies and more. See your branch calendar for full listings.

All programs are free and open to the public.