“History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, and if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.”
–Maya Angelou, On the Pulse of Morning
Black History Month is a fundamental part of our nation’s tradition, in which we recognize important historical events, honorable leaders and steps towards collective change. Beginning on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday weekend and all throughout February, the Library champions Black history, culture and heritage with special music, dance, crafts and storytelling events at every branch in the City. This celebration is titled More Than a Month in an effort to emphasize that reflection, open dialogue, interdisciplinary education and shared advocacy needs to take place in our communities during Black History Month, as well as all year round.
In 2020, our More Than a Month programming features more than 80 unique film screenings and literary events for adults, interactive events for teens, hands-on activities for kids and exhibits and music and craft classes for the whole family.
Additionally, visit the African American Center in the Main Library to learn about historical, political and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and beyond. In addition to housing a collection of reference materials spanning a broad range of subject areas, the Center organizes many free exhibits and programs throughout the year.
We invite you to join us every day, in every library location, to continue understanding, respecting and celebrating Black history and culture in San Francisco and beyond.