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City of San Diego Public Library Celebrates Black History Month

This month, the San Diego Public Library (SDPL) will feature a full schedule of Black History Month programs to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Black Americans. SDPL is hosting several events for young people and adults, including a creative contest for youth, a “human library” interactive learning experience and an author talk exploring activism, feminism and faith.

“From storytimes for our youngest patrons to poetry slams and author talks for teens and adults, San Diego Public Library staff has created a diverse and thought-provoking group of programs to celebrate Black History Month,” said Library Director Misty Jones. “We encourage everyone to visit their local library or use SDPL’s online resources to broaden their knowledge about the experiences and accomplishments of Black Americans.”

Black History Month events at SDPL include:

  • Black History Month Creative Works Contest, students in 4th – 12th grade can submit an essay, poem, song, visual artwork or other creative work on a Black American historical figure or event in Black American history. All participants receive a gift, and the first, second and third-place winners receive a cash prize.
  • Black LGBTQ+ Human Book Experience, Feb. 11, 2023. 3 – 5:30 p.m. at Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library. Hosted by the San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition, the event will include a poetry slam, music and a human book experience where participants can “borrow” a human book and have a conversation to encourage mutual understanding and connection.
  • Red Lip Theology with Candice Marie Benbow, Feb. 27, 2023. Noon – 2 p.m. at the Central Library and presented by the University of San Diego and San Diego Public Library. The presentation and book signing by essayist and theologian Candice Marie Benbow will touch on the universal themes of loss, forgiveness, heartache and empowerment. SDPL will also host several lectures, discussions, film screenings and storytimes at its library locations throughout the month.

For a full list of programs, registration information and Black History Month book lists, visit the library’s Black History Month webpage