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 »

2019 Event Highlights


February 5

Conversation on the Omar Ibn Said Collection
A unique half-day event featuring scholars whose work focuses on the autobiography of Omar Ibn Said and related slaves’ diaries. To date, this is the only known autobiography by a slave written in Arabic in the United States.

(Library of Congress)

Panel Discussion

February 12

What Was, What Is, and What Will Be: A Cross-Genre Look at Afrofuturism
Author/playwright Tananarive Due, novelist N.K. Jemisin, and poet Airea D. Matthews will discuss the origins and extensions of Afrofuturism in a conversation moderated by Sheree Renée Thomas. Presented in partnership with Folger Poetry and PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

(Library of Congress)

Reading & Discussion

February 13

Black Pearl Sings
A Theatrical reading and discussion of this play with the artistic director and two cast members from the Alliance for New Music Theater.

(Library of Congress)


February 21

African American Passages: Black Lives in 19th Century
The Library of Congress's vast 19th Century manuscript collections include a small number of extraordinary documents written by African-Americans. Presenter Adam Rothman, Professor of History at Georgetown University and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Kluge Center, has been researching important Library manuscripts featuring the writing of 19th century African-Americans.

(Library of Congress)

Gallery Talk

February 22

Satchel Paige and the Negro Leagues
Reference librarian Darren Jones will discuss the legendary Satchel Paige and the story of the Negro Leagues through the lens of his remarkable career.

(Library of Congress)

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