The importance in celebrating Black History Month:
First, we should recount the advent of Black History Month. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard-trained historian is credited with the creation of the once named Negro History Week in 1926 and took place on the second week of February due to the birthdates of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
In 1976 President Gerald R. Ford expanded the singular week into a full month. Claiming, the country needed to ‘seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history'” (Tisby, 2018).
Tisby explains that in highlighting the vast accomplishments of the black community throughout history allows us to acknowledge the privileges we were granted, brings better cultural awareness for all people, and reminds us that black history is OUR history.
So celebrate with the Woodland Public Library by checking out some of these amazing books written by black authors, many of which are own voices books.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison
The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
What They Found: Love On 145th Street by Walter Dean Myers
The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Homework Help is back!
Tuesdays & Thursdays: Homework Help 4:30-5:30 Teens helping elementary students with homework. If you are interested in volunteering, show up 10 minutes before 4:30 so we can give you a short orientation. Check in at the front desk.
Homeless Shelter Dinner: The last Tuesday of the month from 4-5:30. Please meet at Fourth and Hope and be prepared to make a meal and serve.
Leadership for TAB means:
Artwork by, Amber Irfan