Since 1976, the month of February has been designated Black History Month, or National African American History Month, and is a time to recognize, celebrate, and honor the rich and diverse history of African Americans.
This year, Sonoma County Library celebrates Black History with a variety of events, displays and resources for the residents of Sonoma County. Enjoy as we pay tribute by celebrating and learning about the generations of African Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society, the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.
The month-long celebration includes programs and events for Children & Families, Teens, and Adults. The Library will feature the following:
For Children and Families:
Black History through Music with Fam Team:
Take a musical journey through the ages highlighting the innumerable contributions of Americans of African descent to American music and global culture.
- Sebastopol– Wednesday, February 1st at 3:30pm (all ages)
African Folktales, Legends & Music with Kirk Waller:
Celebrate Black History Month with a lively performance by storyteller Kirk Waller.
- Petaluma – Saturday, February 11th at 2:00pm
Story Quilt Project:
Create your own square in our community story quilt, and watch it grow all month long.
- Rohnert Park – February 1st-28th, drop in, all day every day (all ages)
Family Movie for Black History Month:
Join us for a family-friend movie celebrating Black History Month.
- Rohnert Park – Saturday, February 25th at 2:00pm (ages 5 & up)
Village Rhythms with Onye Onyemaechi:
Master drummer Onye Onyemaechi uses rhythm, music and instruments to explore the beauty and soul of the drum in African village life.
- Sebastopol – Wednesday, February 15th at 3:30pm (all ages)
- Central – Saturday, February 25th at 2:00pm (all ages)
Aesop Alive and Well with Diane Ferlatte:
The fables of Aesop will be brought to life with music and song by award-winning storyteller Diane Ferlatte.
- Healdsburg – Saturday, February 11th at 10:30am
- Cloverdale – Saturday, February 11th at 2:00pm
Freedom Riders Event:
Join us for a viewing of the documentary Freedom Riders. Grab a copy of John Lewis’s award-winning March Book One to check out ahead of time!
- Petaluma – Saturday, February 11th from 11:30am-1:30pm
- Sebastopol – Saturday, February 25th from 1:00pm-3:00pm
Black History Month Film Series:
Join us as we explore culture and history through film.
Red Tails (PG-13): The Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky.
- Cloverdale –Wednesday, February 15th at 5:30pm
The Rosa Parks Story (NR): A dramatic biography of the woman who created the spark that began the modern Civil Rights Movement.
- Cloverdale – Wednesday, February 22nd at 5:30pm
The events are free and open to all.