One of the ways the Boston Public Library celebrates Black History Month each February is through the annual publishing of the Black Is booklist, a list of recent books concerning the African American experience. The list is compiled by a committee of BPL librarians across the system and is organized into the following categories: historical fiction, international, urban, nonfiction, expressions, history and contemporary issues, and fiction. Authors include Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, Toni Braxton, Oprah Winfrey, and more. Copies of the booklist are available at all Boston Public Library locations across the city.
The BPL also honors Black History Month through a variety of themed programming, including film series and presentations. Highlights include:
- Film Series: The West End and Lower Mills branches host a Black History Month Film Series on Wednesdays and select Fridays in February.
- Panel Discussion: Erica DeSimone and Fidel Louis facilitate conversation about their book Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century on Tuesday, February 10, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library.
- Photo Presentation: Boston-based photojournalist Don West discusses his book Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership, a collection of photographs and profiles on 127 African-American leaders. Thursday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch.
To view dates, times, and more information on these and additional programs, please visit the library’s calendar.