SLPL celebrates Black History Month

The year 2020 marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) which granted African American men the right to vote. It also marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.


Panel Discussion
Feb. 22
Central Library
3-4:30 p.m. | Panel Discussion
4:30-5:30 p.m. | Meet and Greet 

Join the St. Louis Public Library and guest panelists for a discussion on the importance of voting locally and voting in the Black community. A meet and greet with the panelists will follow immediately after.


Can You Guess the Political Party?
Feb. 1-29
Baden
During Library hours
An interactive display board on the political parties of African Americans throughout history in the United States. Adults


Community Conversations
Feb. 1-29
Walnut Park
During Library hours
In this passive program, participate in sharing your thoughts on party loyalty and key political issues, and read what others have to say. Adults


Craft a la Carte: Portraits of Persistence
Feb. 1-29
Carpenter
During Library hours
Learn about the persistence of African American Suffragettes and create a collage portrait to add to the display. Kids

Leaders in the Suffrage Movement
Feb. 1-29
Kingshighway
During Library hours
A display featuring pictures of African American Suffragettes and accompanying descriptions of their plight for equality. Families


Make Your Mark
Feb. 1
Central
3-4 p.m.
Listen to “Papa’s Mark” by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert. Participants will complete a Make Your Mark Challenge. Kids


What’s Your Favorite?
Feb. 3
Divoll
4-5:30 p.m.
Learn about the history of the 15th Amendment and cast your ballot in a mock poll on your favorite cartoon character or food. Visit us again later in the month to see the results. Kids


I Can Vote!
Feb. 4
Buder
4-5 p.m.

Feb. 6
Carondelet
4-5 p.m.
Listen to “Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965” by Jonah Winter. Cast your ballot and vote for your favorite book of 2019. Visit again later in February to see the results. Kids


Paps's Mark
Feb. 4
Machacek
4-5 p.m.
Listen to “Papa’s Mark” by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert. Help design a vintage ballot box, vintage ballots and participate in a mock election. Kids


Campaign for a Cause
Feb. 5
Divoll
4:30-6 p.m.
Learn about the history of the 15th Amendment, and create a campaign poster for an issue important to you. Posters will be on display during February and youth in the community will vote on their favorite campaign poster. Teens

Game Night: Political Warfare
Feb. 5
Baden
3-4:30 p.m.

Feb. 20
Julia Davis
4-5:30 p.m.
Using Kahoot!™, teens play a game and learn about independent black political parties.

Postcards to the Past
Feb. 5
Barr
4:30-6 p.m.
Design postcards inspired by images and words of African American Suffragettes who never backed down or gave up fighting for their rights. Families


What’s Your Party Animal?
Feb. 5
Walnut Park
4-5:30 p.m.

Feb. 6
Julia Davis
4-5 p.m.

Feb. 12
Baden
3-4:30 p.m.
Listen to “Grace for President” by Kelly DiPucchio. Choose or create a political party animal. Kids

Road to the Vote: Doing My Part
Feb. 6
Machacek
4-5 p.m.

Feb. 13
Buder
4-5 p.m.

Feb. 20
Carondelet
4-5 p.m.
Explore potential roadblocks to the voting process in St. Louis. Learn about the ways you can do your part to increase voter turnout. Create a voting button. Teens

Battle of the Books
Feb. 6
Schlafly
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Vote for which book character would run the Schlafly Branch best in a mock poll, drop it in the ballot box, and see the results once the polls close. While waiting for the results, play games and learn about the 15th Amendment. Kids


The Road to Vote
Feb. 8
Buder
1-2:30 p.m.
Learn about the history of Black voting rights in St. Louis, how the vote was suppressed from past to present and what individuals can do about it. Presented by the League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis. Adults


DIY: Magnetic Poetry Kit
Feb. 12
Kingshighway
5-6 p.m.

Feb. 20
Carpenter
6-7:30 p.m.
Explore the poetry of suffragette Frances Harper. Create a magnetic poetry kit. Teens


Rhythms and Folklore of Africa
Feb. 12
Julia Davis
10-10:45 a.m.
Kenya Ajanaku highlights cultural diversity through stories and music and illustrates African culture in an entertaining way. Audience participation involves students dancing and playing traditional African instruments. Kids


Game Night: 15th Amendment
Feb. 13
Schlalfy
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Using the Kahoot!™ App and Sporcle, teens play trivia games to learn about about the history of the 15th Amendment. Teens


Impossible Obstacle Course
Feb. 13
Central
4-6 p.m.
You thought voting was easy? Complete an obstacle course while learning about voting obstacles African American citizens encounter despite the 15th and 19th Amendments. Teens


Black Votes Count: Then & Now, Juried Art Show Reception
Feb. 15
Schlafly
3-4:30 p.m.
A multimedia, juried visual art exhibition that is open to artists 18+ living in the St. Louis region. Distinguished jurors include Douglas Spence, Artist and Instructor of Fine Arts, Harris-Stowe State University, and artist Cbabi Bayoc. Adults


African Americans and the Vote: Party Politics
Feb. 26
Julia Davis
6-7 p.m.
Learn the history of political parties as it relates to African Americans from the end of the Civil War to present. An interactive exhibit will be included. Presented by History To You, Inc. Adults

The Black Suffragettes’ Experience
Feb. 29
Carpenter
2-3:30 p.m.
Master Storyteller Carole Shelton performs “The Black Suffragettes’ Experience,” a dramatic presentation about the particular hardships African-American suffragettes experienced as they fought for women's right to vote. This performance, also celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis. Adults