Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Black Historical past Month @ CLP

from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Wednesday January 20th 2021

While we know that Black History Month at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh will look a little different this year due to limited personal service, we’ve built a robust suite of virtual programs and resources to remotely and securely involve our city.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month, began observing in 1926 to coincide with the week of February that marked the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. What began as a celebration of blacks ‘achievements in history has grown into an annual tradition and has led to a wide discussion of blacks’ experiences. Each year a theme is selected, of which over 90 have been celebrated since 1928 (source:

The Association for the Study of the Life and History of African Americans has named the theme for 2021 “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity”. This year explores how the idea of ​​the family has manifested itself in various aspects of black life in the past and present. More information on this year’s theme can be found on the ASALH website.

A directory of this year’s Black History Month library resources is available below. Elements are shown linked as soon as they are available online.

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