MCPL Black History Month Event Schedule

MCPL Black History Month Event Schedule

Montgomery County Public Libraries is celebrating Black History Month with special events throughout February.


February is Black History Month, and MCPL has free online resourcesbooks, and events to help you learn and celebrate!

If you’re looking to explore and research online we’ve got some wonderful, authoritative resources for you.

The Oxford African-American Studies Center contains over 6,000 biographies, more than 10,000 articles, and hundreds of maps, documents, images, timelines, and charts and tables of African-American life, history, and culture.

The African American Times, later the Montgomery Times, archives cover seven years of the first Prince Georges and later Montgomery County-based newspaper that covered subjects of interest to the county’s Black community. The paper ceased publication in 2002. Read the archives here.

Black History Month 2021 Events

2/13, Historical Perspectives on Slavery in Maryland and Washington, D.C. 

James H. Johnston from Montgomery History discusses how slavery in the Washington D.C. area evolved differently from other areas, due to the crops being grown, and the diverse nature of Washington.

2/16, Social Justice Author Talk with Michelle H. Hall

What significant event occurred in America in 1968? Michelle H. Hall, author of “1968 Riots Through the Eyes of an Eight-Year-Old-Girl” will discuss her experiences and her book about the riots.

2/17, Lecture: Separate but Unequal – History of School Segregation in Montgomery County

Montgomery County Historical Society on the history of segregation in public schools.

2/18, The Reported Lynchings in Montgomery County 

Based on the recent compilation of hundreds of digitized newspaper accounts, researcher Sarah Hedlund presents comprehensive narratives on the three documented cases of lynching in Montgomery County. Each man’s story is supported by quotes, in-person reporting, period maps, photographs, and genealogical research, in remembrance and recognition of this darker side of Montgomery County’s history.

2/22George Crum, a Potato Chip STEM Challenge 

Learn about the man who invented one of America’s favorite snack foods and join us for a potato chip themed STEM challenge!

2/25, Black History Month Trivia

Come join us and honor Black History Month by putting your knowledge to the test and celebrating African American achievements! We will cover important events as well as notable figures that impacted history as we know it.

2/26, Slave Ship to Harvard, Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family with Author Jim Johnston 

Yarrow Mamout was a Fulani Muslim who came to Maryland on a slave ship in 1752. Jim’s book follows later generations of the family through Robert Turner Ford, who graduated from Harvard in 1923.

2/28, No Pressure Social Justice Discussion Group 

For 4th-8th grade and their adult. Read a book, watch a movie, or use our digital resources to do research about your favorite Black leader or role model. We will discuss their role in social justice and play a game of Black History trivia! Join us as we learn from each other and celebrate the diversity and inclusiveness in our own community!

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AC Milan Soccer Camp at Maryland Soccerplex

AC Milan Academy is hosting a soccer camp at Maryland Soccerplex from March 1st through March 3rd for girls and boys aged 5 to 16 from any club who want to develop their soccer skills and learn the unique methodology of AC Milan directly from AC Milan coaches.

March 1st (Friday) 6pm-7:30pm

March 2nd (Saturday) 6pm-7:30pm

March 3rd (Sunday) 10:30am -12pm and 3:30pm-5pm

Location:18031 Central Park Cir, Boyds, MD 20841

Price: $349 + AC Milan Junior Camp Kit


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