Since it was first given national recognition in 1976, Black History Month has become one of the most celebrated cultural heritage months on the calendar. It invites us all to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” While celebrating the many achievements, we also acknowledge that the process of equity and justice is an ongoing one.
Dayton Metro Library is proud to provide materials, online tools, and programs focusing on Black history, Black achievement, Black identity and more - not only this month, but every month.
Black Men in White Coats
This documentary examines the systemic barriers that prevent black men from becoming medical doctors. Dayton Metro Library is offering a free online screening of the film, February 18 - 21. Registration is required; participation will be limited to the first 300 people who register. (Read more)
Samantha Dew: Free Woman of Color
Samantha is a migrant from Georgia and a descendant of “masters” who becomes a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Written and performed by Omope Carter Daboiku, this 20-minute program is intended for grades 6 – 12, and is presented by Muse Machine and Dayton Metro Library as part of Muse Machine's Virtual Classroom Performances.
The theme for Black History Month 2021 is “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity.” Explore your own family history using these specialized tools, available free on the Dayton Metro Library’s website (you’ll need your DML card or eCard and PIN).
A comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools devoted to African American family history research. Connection with expert research assistance to guide your exploration!
African-American History Online
Covers more than 500 years of African-American history and culture with images, videos, timelines, biographies, maps and more.
A premier collection of historical U.S. military records for use in genealogy and other research. Stories, photos, and personal documents bring details of America’s military veterans to life.
Ancestry Library Edition
An indispensable resource for genealogists and historians providing census data, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, photos, maps, and more. (Access Ancestry from home through March 2021 with your DML card or eCard an PIN. After March, access is limited to those inside any DML location.)
Library of Congress Black History Collection
These vast collections of printed material pertain to African Ameicans from the colonial period through the early 21st century. Subjects include slavery, abolition, emancipation, freedmen, civil rights, and military service, in particular during the American Civil War.
Library of Congress Digital Black History Collections
Includes images of print materials as well as photographs.
ProQuest Black Freedom Struggle
Free and open source - no library card required! Find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom. This resource supports students from middle school through college, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing Black Freedom Struggle.