African-American History Month
Theme: A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture
Over the past century, African-American life, history, and culture have become major forces in the United States and the world. In 1915, few could have imagined that African Americans in music, art, and literature would become appreciated by the global community. Fewer still could have predicted the prominence achieved by African-Americans, as well as other people of African descent, in shaping world politics, war, and diplomacy. Indeed, it was nearly universally believed that Africans and people of African descent had played no role in the unfolding of history and were a threat to American civilization itself. A century later, few can deny the centrality of African-Americans in the making of American history. (http://asalh100.org/black-history-themes/2015-theme/)
Norfolk Public Library (NPL) has planned a variety of events during February in recognition of Black History Month. Events include an opening celebration honoring prominent African-Americans in the Hampton Roads community, a Jeopardy!-style youth competition, discussions, art and artifacts exhibits, and concerts.