6 Gifts for Black History Month
In Feburary of 1926, Carter G. Woodson started Negro History Week, which would later become Black History Month. Celebrate Black History Month with the Library Shop, and take a moment to find a meaningful gift.
1. Women in Science
Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughn propelled us into space, and Ada Twist asks the tough questions.
Follow the trail of questions to get your book.
2. Maya Angelou
American treasure Maya Angelou uplifts with her words. Follow your heart freely, wearing the sterling silver "Caged Bird" necklace, and read the famous book of the same name.
3. Picture Books
Recall two famous moments in history: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 Civil Rights March, and A Great Day in Harlem, a 1958 photograph of 57 Jazz musicians by Art Kane.
4. Modern Masters
Explore race relations with Colson Whitehead and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, modern masters in their own right. Whitehead's newest National Book Award-winning book, The Underground Railroad, expores a literal underground railroad. Adichie's Americanah will take you on a journey to America, as a young Nigerian woman trying to find her way.
5. The Obamas
The first African-American president and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, championed a legacy of reading. Keep on the high road with Michelle Obama's "When They Go Low, We Go High" Chocolate and Steel necklace and Barack Obama's autobiography, Dreams from My Father.
Did you ever wonder why February was the month Woodson chose? It has two important birthdays: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Celebrate with their two most famous works: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and The Emancipation Proclamation.