Join Us For Black History Month!

Celebrating Black Community Members Around the Lakeshore!

This month we’re celebrating the influential Black Americans who made a difference in history. On a local level, we are also honoring the achievements and contributions of Black individuals to our community.

As part of this celebration, we’ve chosen to highlight the historic acts of 28 inspiring Black individuals in the areas of health, education, and financial stability. Discover what they accomplished and how you can further their fight for equity on the lakeshore. We are also highlighting a version of media (movie, podcast, book, article) to enjoy throughout the month of February that highlights important moments and themes of Black History. For our littlest community members, we will also have a children's book centered around black history, empowerment, or self-care.

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  • Historic Leader - Rosa Parks - Civil Rights Activist Leader
  • Media - Book - Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today's Youth by Rosa Parks with Gregory J. Reed
  • Children's Book - Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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  • Historic Leader - Jane Bolin - First Black Woman Judge 
  • Media: 2019 Movie: Just Mercy
  • Children's Book: What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

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  • Historic Leader - Gordon Parks - Photographer 
  • Media: 1969 Movie: The Leaning Tree
  • Children's Book - The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

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  • Historic Leader - George Washington Carver - American Scientist 
  • Media - Book: Black People Invented Everything: The Deep History of Indigenous Creativity by Sujan Dass
  • Children's Book - Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford

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  • Historic Leader - Carter G. Woodson -"Father of Black History"
  • Media - Documentary Slavery By Another Name
  • Children's Book - Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten by Laura Veirs
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How much did you learn? Take our quiz on these historic leaders today!