Black History Month

Black History Month, or African American History Month, is celebrated nationally each year during February. It is a time to highlight the contributions and achievements of African American individuals and communities, as well as their struggles for freedom and equality in the United States.

We honor Black trailblazers, activists, and creatives who have come before us.

         “I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, 
         When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore— 
         When he beats his bars and he would be free; 
         It is not a carol of joy or glee, 
         But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core, 
         But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings— 
         I know why the caged bird sings!” 

         Quote from Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, Sympathy (1899)

Celebrate Black History Month with Hennepin County Library 

Hennepin County libraries will celebrate and honor Black History Month this February with public programs, displays and activities in libraries, and recommended book, music, and film lists.


Recommended music, books, and films based on this year’s theme

Other resources

Discover more Black History Month events in Hennepin County.