Black History Month

In the United States, the month of February is observed as Black History Month and we use the month to remember the important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation's history. The Iowa City Public Library celebrates Black History month with a variety of programs, events and displays for children, teens, adults and families.

Upcoming events

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Today we will honor black culture and history with books that celebrate key African American figures. We will celebrate the significant impact black musicians have played on music as well. Stick around for the Black History Month Short Film Fest...

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 11:00am

Storytime Room

After our special family storytime honoring black culture and history, we will host a Black History Month Short Film Fest featuring several important stories that have been made into animated features, including Voice of Freedom : Fannie Lou...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 12:00pm

Meeting Room A

Iowa’s athletes have long impacted their teams, communities, and the sports they played, but African Americans did so while facing off against more than just the opposing team. They fought for the right to equal treatment on and off the field....

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 12:00pm

Meeting Room A

Still Rising: Celebrating 10 Years of the Iowa City Civil Rights Trip , A film by Jack Brooks (City Channel 4)

Discussion follows featuring Johnson County Board of Supervisor Royceann Porter
For a decade, a small organization has...

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Join us for a Black History Month Film Screening of the new documentary "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am"

An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her...

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 12:00pm

Meeting Room A

In 2016, the City of Iowa City applied for and received an African American Civil Rights Grant from the National Park Service for a two-part project. The first was to nominate two buildings in Iowa City associated with African American housing...