Celebrate African American history month by reading about African American music and musicians.
We shall overcome: the story of a song by written by Debbie Levy ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson
Hey, Charleston!: the true story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne Rockwell ; illustrated by Colin Bootman
Charlie Parker played be bop [kit] by Chris Raschka
Bessie Smith and the night riders by Sue Stauffacher ; illustrated by John Holyfield
Amistad [videodisc] by DreamWorks Pictures in association with HBO Pictures ; produced by Steven Spielberg
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman [videodisc] by Tomorrow Entertainment, Inc
Boycott [videodisc] by produced by Preston Holmes
Daughters of the dust [videodisc] by a Geechee Girls production
Down in the Delta [videodisc] by Miramax Films and Showtime present an Amen Ra Films and Chris/Rose Productions production
Get on the bus [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures presents a 15 Black Men production in association with 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks ; a Spike Lee joint
Mr. and Mrs. Prince: how an extraordinary eighteenth- century family moved out of slavery and into legend by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina; researched with Anthony Gerzina
Black mutiny: the revolt on the schooner Amistad by William A. Owens
On her own ground: the life and times of Madam C.J. Walker by A'Lelia Bundles
The slaves' war: the Civil War in the words of former slaves by Andrew Ward
Equiano, the African: biography of a self-made man by Vincent Carretta
The month of February has been set aside to celebrate the contributions of the country's African Americans. It was in 1926 that Negro History Week was first organized by historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) and others. During America's Bicentennial celebration in 1976, the one-week span was lengthened to four and February was established as Black History Month. The Canton Public Library has a vast amount of resources for and about African Americans.
In commemoration of Black History Month we are celebrating some of Black America’s firsts in aviation and aerospace. Through the month of February, stop by and view our display case near the Receptionist Desk highlighting some of these pioneering aviators. From the first known Black pilot to the youngest African American (12 yrs) flyer. Their lives and stories are a celebration of the human spirit and an inspiration to all that against all odds and great adversity you can achieve your dream… you can touch the sky! To learn more about blacks in aviation visit some of these exciting resources:
African Americans are at the heart of the greatest achievements of our history, from music to law, from politics to sports, from literature to religion.
Start some family discussions by watching one of these five films.
Remember the Titans — The story of how school integration affects a football team and its coaches.
Akeelah and the bee — Akeelah overcomes a distracting home life to participate in the national spelling bee
The princess and the frog — New Orleans waitress Tiana's plans to own her own restaurant are sidelined by some unusual developments of an amphibian nature.
Check out our wide selection of materials including books, videos, CD’s and cassette tapes noting the achievements and notable moments in history of those of African descent. Let’s celebrate Black History Month together here at your Canton Public Library!
(image from Kevin Fell at HOZA)
African American genealogy can be challenging for many people researching their family histories. African American Genealogy is a special collection designed to help researchers get a start.
African American genealogy can be a challenging yet rewarding endeavor for those researching their families. Information retrieval can be complicated by such things as lack of former slave and census records, and change of surnames. Luckily, there are many African American genealogy resources written to help researchers overcome the potential hurdles.