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Black History Month

In this guide, you will find information about Black History Month and resources supporting each year's theme. Updated for 2024!

What's On This Page?

Explore resources that support the theme for Black History Month 2024, African Americans and the Arts.

Black History Month 2024: African Americans and the Arts

This year's Black History Month theme is African Americans and the Arts.  According to ASALH:

  • "African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression, the African American influence has been paramount. African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Renaissance, hip-hop, and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world. In 2024, we examine the varied history and life of African American arts and artisans."

Learn more about this year's theme:

Black History Month 2024 Activities and Events

Important Note

On this guide we have included some resources that we recommend, but are not available at MCPHS.  We have set up the link for this book to redirect to WorldCat so you can find it at your local library!  


The Come Up
African American Arts
The Poems of Phillis Wheatley
The Memory Librarian
The Games Black Girls Play
Shine Bright
SOS--Calling All Black People
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes
Exhibiting Blackness
The Meaning of Soul
The Art of Ruth E. Carter
Harlem Renaissance
Shout, Sister, Shout!
Collected Poems of Audre Lorde
Showtime at the Apollo
Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful
God Save the Queens
Blk Art
Harlem Nocturne
Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement
Shake Loose My Skin
Where Did Our Love Go?
Beyoncé in Formation
Lady Sings the Blues
Art on My Mind
A Black Gaze
Identity and Choreographic Practice
Kindred: a Graphic Novel Adaptation
Can't Stop Won't Stop
In Search of the Black Fantastic
Afrofuturism 2. 0
Born in the Bronx

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