February is African American History Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Read More »

2020 Event Highlights


Dec. 13, 2019-June 14, 2020

"We Return Fighting: The African American Experience in World War I"
This exhibition will mainly interpret life experiences of African Americans during the World War I era (1913 to 1920)—with interpretations spanning from 1865 to 1963.

(Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Book Talk

February 5

Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist
Anne Farris Rosen discusses her father John Herbers' memoir, Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist. Herbers, a New York Times correspondent, covered the civil rights movement in the South for more than a decade.

(Library of Congress)

Panel Discussion

February 8

A Closer Look at African American Artists in SAAM's Collection
Join artist and scholar Allan deSouza, art adviser Schwanda Rountree, and DC-based art collectors Mel and Juanita Hardy for a panel discussion highlighting important works by African American artists from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's (SAAM) collections.

Panel Discussion

February 13

National Book Festival Presents: Douglas Brinkley & Jeanne Theoharis
As part of a new, year-long series of events associated with the National Book Festival, the Library of Congress hosts Rosa Parks biographer Jeanne Theoharis and historian Douglas Brinkley in conversation with Michel Martin of NPR. The event is free, but tickets are required. Get tickets

(Library of Congress)

Book Talk

February 18

Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era
Investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell takes readers on the twisting road that led to the reopening of four of the most infamous killings during the civil rights movement.
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(National Archives and Records Administration)

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