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Celebrating Black History

While Black history is being made every day, the United States offers a special tribute of Black history each February. San Diego Public Library honors Black history, celebrates culture and community, and recognizes the achievements as well as the ongoing struggles of Black Americans.
In celebration of Black History Month, SDPL is hosting various thought provoking programs both in-person and virtual as well as offering an opportunity for students to participate in a creative works contest.
Check out staff curated recommended reading lists for all age groups and resources for further exploration.
Upcoming Events
Oct 34pm - 5pm
Oct 45pm - 6pm

Create! At the Library

Preschoolers, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, Teens

Oct 810am - 12pm


Featured Programs

Blac History Month Contest Flyer
Showcase your talents and creativity by submitting an essay, poem, visual artwork, song, rap, or other creative work that represents a Black historical figure or an event in Black American history that has influenced your personal life or shaped the world.
FREE gift for all entrants! Contest prizes include $150 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd place. This opportunity is generally sponsored by the Friends of the Malcolm X Library.
Click PDF icon here for contest details and submission form.

Contest is open to students in 4th – 12th grade.

1. One entry per person.
2. All content must be original work.
3. Make it colorful, be creative and have fun!
4. All entries must be submitted by February 28th, 2022.


The Sum of Us Book cover and headshot of Heather McGhee
Presented by: San Diego Public Library & University of San Diego Copley Library  
Monday, February 28, 2022 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.| Register Here
Virtual or Streamed event hosted at San Diego Central Library
From rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, educator Heather McGhee gets to the root of why the American economy fails the public: racism in politics and policymaking. It's expensive and hurts all of us, not just people of color. How did this happen? How can we prosper together?
Register today to reserve a spot for this Black History Month author event as part of our Books for Good Trouble: Social Justice Dialogues series.
Missed the event? You can view the recording on the Library's YouTube channel here until March 31, 2022.



National, local and student created resources: