Black History Month


Join us as we celebrate perseverance in the journey toward racial equality. Explore stories of resistance and empowerment in the Black American experience through these powerful programs. Immerse yourself in creative resistance through art and music, engage with grassroots community activists and discover new perspectives and inspired ways to advocate for social transformation.

All programs are subject to change to a virtual format. Masks are recommended in youth programs.

CBABI BAYOC MURAL TOUR SCAVENGER HUNT
Cbabi Bayoc, a local St. Louis artist, has adorned many places throughout our city with his inspiring murals. Stop by and see if you can find his works through
February 1-28 / Carpenter Library / Library hours / Families

CELEBRATE YOUR NAME! BLACK HISTORY MONTH KEYCHAINS
Create a joyful beaded name chain for your backpack or your keys. Learn the history of your name and about famous African Americans who empowered their communities. Hear stories and sing songs. All supplies provided.
February 2 / Walnut Park Library / 3-4 p.m. / Grades 6-8, Families

“RECIPES FOR RESPECT” WITH DR. RAFIA ZAFAR
Join Dr. Rafia Zafar for a discussion of her book, “Recipes for Respect: African American Meals and Meaning,” and Black foodways that influence African-American culture, including “Black strategies for self-reliance and dignity, the preservation of historical memory and civil rights and social mobility.”
February 3 / Central Library’s Auditorium / 2-3:30 p.m. / Adults
Livestream Link: youtube.com/watch?v=tYMIT8XxVl0

CELEBRATE BLACK MUSIC STORYTIME
Celebrate Black musical history through a music-themed storytime. Hear stories of the queens and godmothers of soul and rock ‘n roll, listen to some classic tunes and decorate your own guitar. Caregivers are encouraged to participate.
February 6 / Cabanne Library / 4:30-5:30 p.m. / Grades K-3, Families

FAMILY NIGHT OUT WITH THE BLACK REP
What better way to kick off February than with a free performance by the St. Louis-based, premier African-American performing arts theater, The Black Rep! Bring your questions for the “talk back” with the actors and stage crew after the performance.
February 8 / Central Library’s Auditorium / 6-6:45 p.m. / All Ages

OPEN MIC: BLACK EMPOWERMENT THROUGH RESISTANCE
Join us for an evening of poetry, music and visual arts. This adult-focused event brings together local artists from the community, along with artists from Urbstetiks, a St Louis-based artists’ collective thought to be “the answer to the call made by the Black Arts Movement for a Black aesthetic.”
February 9 / Schlafly Library / 6-7:30 p.m. / Adults

BLACK HISTORY QUOTE POSTER DESIGN
In this workshop, we’ll be making posters that highlight inspirational and encouraging quotes by amazing Black historical figures. Using either a Cricut or graphic design software, each participant will get to make one poster to take home. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
February 10 / Creative Experience @ Central Library / 3-4:45 p.m. / All Ages
February 20 / Creative Experience @ Julia Davis Library / 6-8 p.m. / All Ages

YOUTH COMMUNITY MURAL WITH ARTIST 18ANDCOUNTING
Celebrate Black empowerment and Black joy by creating a collaborative mural with local artist and musician Stan Chisholm, better known as musician18andCounting. This artist has been making waves in the St. Louis art community for years through visual art, education, music and more; come learn about self-expression and collaboration from the best!
February 11 / Central Library’s Chapter Book Room / 1-4 p.m. / Grades 6-12

BLACK QUEER RESISTANCE: MAXI GLAMOUR ON ART, DRAG AND COMMUNITY ACTIVISM
Local artist, drag performer and community activist Maxi Glamour will share a presentation of their current artistic practice, how they are involved with local activism and ways the community can also get involved in activism. Following the presentation, there will be time allotted for questions and answers.
February 11 / Carpenter Library / 2-3:30 p.m. / Adults

ARTIST KIDS: ACTIVISM IN ART
Join us to learn about the art and activism of Wadsworth Jarrell and the AfriCOBRA artist collective. Learn about how art that has and continues to promote social change – and create some of your own!
February 15 / Divoll Library / 4-5 p.m. / Grades K-6

INVENTOR EXTRAVAGANZA
Celebrate famous Black inventors with a night of fun crafts and activities! Inventor Extravaganza will give children a chance to learn about different Black inventors by doing a craft or activity based on the work of Garrett Morgan, George Washington Carver, Benjamin Banneker and George Grant.
February 21 / Schlafly Library / 4:30-5:30 p.m. / Preschool-Grade 3

BLACK ARTISTS PANEL DISCUSSION
There is a rich history of art for Black Americans: jazz, blues, Harlem Renaissance. This panel features five Black artists of various backgrounds and art styles who will discuss how their Blackness influences their work, has affected their career and how they view art as a whole from their perspective as artists of color. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
February 21 / Virtual Program / 6-8 p.m. / Grades 6 to Adult

JAZZ: A TRADITION OF RESISTANCE WITH THE USUAL SUSPECTS BAND
Local jazz band, Usual Suspects, will be performing an eclectic range of music that has influenced the members of the group. The band will speak to their experience and perspective of jazz and resistance and how those elements influence their unique approach to music.
February 25 / Central Library’s Auditorium / 2-4 p.m. / All Ages

“THE BROKEN HEART OF AMERICA: ST. LOUIS AND THE VIOLENT HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES” BOOK DISCUSSION
Join us for a book discussion of Walter Johnson’s book, “The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States,” “a groundbreaking portrait of pervasive exploitation and radical resistance in America, told through the turbulent history of St. Louis.”
February 25 / Carpenter Library / 2-3:30 p.m. / Adults

PORTRAITS OF RESISTANCE
Be inspired by artists like Adreinne Waheed, Cbabi Bayoc, Ashara Ekundayo and Cece Carpaio and paint your own resistance art on canvas.
February 28 / Carpenter Library / 4-5 p.m. / Families