Celebrating Black History Month

January 28, 2019 | By Baltimore County Public Library

Black History Month begins this week and the library has a calendar full of interactive events celebrating the traditions, contributions and achievements of black Americans throughout history.

Children are invited to enjoy the music of black history with performances by Bright Star Theater and storytelling by Culture Queen. Teens and adults can attend a presentation on African-American life and community in Baltimore County by renowned historian Louis Diggs, a civil rights discussion by Baltimore Heritage executive director Johns Hopkins and more.


True Treats: African American Confections 

A candy historian from True Treats Historic Candy discusses the African-American contribution to American confections from 1770 to 1900. From refined meringues and sugared flower petals to tasty dried fruits, learn about the varied artistry of sweet creations as well as heroic tales of enslaved chefs. Participants receive a tasting bag of candy. This event is for adults and teens. Registration is required. 

Friends Speaker Series: History of the 231 Transportation Truck Battalion

Presented by Louis S. Diggs, SFC, U.S. Army retired veteran of the 231 Transportation Truck Battalion, the all African-American military unit from Baltimore. Sergeant Diggs discusses the history of the 140-year-old battalion, which began as the Monumental City Guards in 1879 and served in every war through the Korean War.

Loch Raven Branch
Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m.

Johns Hopkins Discusses Baltimore Civil Rights 

The Baltimore Heritage Executive Director and historian Johns Hopkins discusses Baltimore's civil rights movement. This event is for adults. 

Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History 

Bright Star Theater brings audiences the compelling story of the role that music played in the history of black Americans. From the work songs of slavery and the hymns of the Underground Railroad, to the blues of Beale Street and the anthems of the civil rights movement. This event is for ages six to 11 and children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Black History Month Bingo for Kids 

Learn about famous people in black history and win prizes at this special kids-only bingo event! This event is for ages six to 11 and children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Essex Branch 
Monday, February 11 at 6 p.m.

African American Life and Community in Baltimore County 

Louis S. Diggs, distinguished local historian and author of 12 books, gives a presentation on his book "Since the Beginning," about the historic African-American communities of East Towson, Schwartz Avenue and Sandy Bottom. Sponsored by the Friends of the Towson Library. This event is for adults.

Towson Branch
Monday, February 11 at 7 p.m.

African Folktales 

Join a variety of characters in stories from the folktale traditions from across Africa. African music helps to set the stage for these energetic stories. Bright Star Theater presents stories that include Anansi, and pourquoi and trickster tales. This event is for all ages and children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Meet the Filmmaker: The Sarah Spencer Washington Story 

Celebrate Black History Month with a special screening of the documentary "The Sara Spencer Washington Story." The half-hour film explores the legacy of the founder of the Apex beauty empire who became one of America’s first Black female millionaires. Meet filmmaker and Baltimore native Royston Scott who discusses Washington’s story and the filmmaking process. Scott answers audience questions following the screening. This event is for adults.

Pikesville Branch
Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m.

George Washington Carver and Friends 

George Washington Carver, one of the most remarkable scientists of all time, led an incredible and interesting life. See him come to life and meet some of the other incredible scientists and groundbreakers from black history, including Madam C.J. Walker, Jackie Robinson and more. Presented by Bright Star Theater. This event is for all ages and children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Towson Branch 
Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m.

Underground Railroad Quilts 

Learn how hidden symbols were used on quilts as a secret form of communication on the Underground Railroad and make your own coded-message quilt craft! Registration is required. This event is for ages six to 11 and children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Hereford Branch
Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m.

Afrofuturism 101

As part of the African-American Heritage Celebration, participants discuss the theme of Afrofuturism in speculative fiction.
Wednesday, February 27 at 6 p.m.

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