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San Diego Public Library honors Black history, community and culture recognizing and celebrating the achievements of Black Americans. In celebration of Black History Month, SDPL will host a series of virtual events and programs as well as offer a limited edition commemorative Black History Month Library Card.

Black History Month Library Card

Photo of Sahithi Lingampalli, winner of the student Black History Month Library Card Design Contest
Congratulations to Scripps Ranch High School student Sahithi Lingampalli for being selected as the winner of the student Black History Month Library Card Design Contest! This talented 15 year old student is a top notch reader and loves libraries! Sahithi wanted to create a design that showcases some of the standout achievements made by Black Americans, acknowledges lives lost to racism and injustice and that inspires community to rise to great heights.
 
You can pick up one of these free commemorative cards while supplies last at any of our 25 pick up or in-person services locations.

Programs

Program Highlights

 
Professor Anne C. Bailey with her book “The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History"
Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Register Here
 
In celebration of Black History Month, the San Diego Public Library and the University of San Diego are proud to present noted author and professor Anne C. Bailey. A graduate of Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, Anne C. Bailey is a Professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is also the Director of the university’s Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity. Bailey is committed to a concept of “living history” in which events of the past are connected to current and contemporary issues. She has been researching and writing about the public memory of slavery and freedom for much of her writing and academic career.
 
Youth Author Event: The NY Times 1619 Project and Why Slavery Matters
Friday, February 26, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Virtual | Register Here
 
San Diego Public Library, in collaboration with San Diego Unified School District, present this virtual youth event featuring author and historian Anne C. Bailey. Join us in this interactive discussion facilitated by students with Professor Bailey as she discusses her work documenting slavery and the concept of "living history" in which events of the past are connected to current contemporary issues. Images of student artwork honoring Black history, community, and culture will be displayed at this event.

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Black History Month Displays

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