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This Black History Month, we are hosting a series of events to help you explore, connect and grow! From storytimes and crafts to historical lectures and films, we've got something for you and your loved ones. All events are free and open to the public.

Sojourner Truth Room

African American Incorporated Towns in Prince George’s County have become the focus of the Sojourner Truth Room at the Oxon Hill Branch Library.  The historically African American towns of North Brentwood, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden and Eagle Harbor.

African American Heritage

ProQuest® African American Heritage was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. Information on creating your account can be found here.

All Featured Events

Wed, Feb 19, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Greenbelt - Auditorium
Janice the Griot presents: Interactive storytelling with puppets and instruments. Bring your young children and celebrate with us.

Thu, Feb 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
Largo-Kettering
Performing Arts Center for African Cultures presents: Introduce young children to the world of African cultures. Explore musical instruments, music, and diversity while having fun!

Thu, Feb 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hillcrest Heights
In the African American community, food and cooking have symbolic and historical meanings that tell many stories. Get up close and personal with artifacts from the Banneker-Douglass Museum that paint a picture of African American life through their food!

Thu, Feb 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Fairmount Heights - Large Meeting Room
Today, Black History is being made by many young African-Americans who are changing the world through entrepreneurship. Teens, learn about four of today's most inspiring young, black capitalists who are proving that age is not a barrier to starting your own business.

Fri, Feb 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Glenarden - Small Meeting Room
Come join us for an afternoon of crafting. Families welcome!

Sat, Feb 22, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Bowie - Auditorium
Join us as we celebrate Black History through science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Drop in for hands-on experiments and activities!

Sat, Feb 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
South Bowie
Join historian C.R. Gibbs as he discusses "Science in Ancient & Medieval Africa." Part 4 of the African Lecture Series.

Sat, Feb 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
New Carrollton - Large meeting room 1
Culture Queen is a modern-day Josephine Baker inspired performance for your royal children that uses live, original and interactive music, movement and storytelling to teach them to celebrate their history and love themselves.

Sat, Feb 22, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Accokeek - Large Meeting Room
Join us for Black History Trivia! Learn about notable figures and their contributions to society. Have fun and win a prize!

Sat, Feb 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Oxon Hill
Join us in making a Black History Month inspired crafts using recycled materials. Families welcome!

Sat, Feb 22, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hyattsville
In the African American community, food and cooking have symbolic and historical meanings that tell many stories. Get up close and personal with artifacts from the Banneker-Douglass Museum that paint a picture of African American life through their food!

Sat, Feb 22, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mount Rainier
Come learn about the life and art of Horace Pippin. Discover the magic numbers in Pippin’s work and create your own magic number painting. Call the Mount Rainier branch at (301) 864-8937 to register.

Mon, Feb 24, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Glenarden
The Uncle Devin Show takes students on a magical journey through the Land of Percussion that allows them to see, hear, and play different percussion instruments while gaining an understanding of the history of percussion and why it is the easiest, oldest and most diverse for of musical creativity.

Mon, Feb 24, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hyattsville
"Say Her Name - the Life and Death of Sandra Bland" (2019) documents the investigation into the disputed cause of death of black activist Sandra Bland, who died in police custody in Waller County, Texas, after a routine traffic stop by a state trooper.

Mon, Feb 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Accokeek - Large Meeting Room
Join historian C.R. Gibbs as he discusses "Fierce Sisters: Black Women in World War I and World War II".

Mon, Feb 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Laurel - Large Meeting Room A (Dorothy Height Room)
Culture Queen is a modern-day Josephine Baker inspired performance for your royal children that uses live, original and interactive music, movement and storytelling to teach them to celebrate their history and love themselves.

Tue, Feb 25, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Fairmount Heights - D.R.E.A.M Lab
Old family photos starting to fade? Bring your old photos to the library and have fun digitizing them using software and equipment in the DREAM Lab.

Tue, Feb 25, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Glenarden
Participants will compete in a knowledge/information based trivia game highlighting the achievement of past and present African American figures.

Tue, Feb 25, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Largo-Kettering
A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of a crime against a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, the truth is discovered when the individual comes forward and confesses to the crime.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Glenarden - Small Meeting Room
Bring your preschooler and join us for Black History stories, songs, fingerplays and more!

Sat, Feb 29, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Oxon Hill
Janice the Griot Presents: Experience the Civil Rights movement in Baltimore through a riveting historical portrayal of the first African American woman to achieve a law degree from the University of Maryland and to be licensed to practice law in Maryland.

Sat, Feb 29, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
South Bowie
Join historian C.R. Gibbs as he discusses "We Are Rising! The Story of Black Women & the Vote." Part 5 of the African Lecture Series.

Sat, Feb 29, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Greenbelt - Auditorium
Come listen to a librarian read favorite stories aloud and do related activities and games. Join us in celebrating the achievements of trailblazing black women in STEM.


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Award-Winning Titles from African American Authors


Celebrate and explore the historically African American incorporated towns of Prince George’s County: Eagle Harbor, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden and North Brentwood. Speak, share and preserve your story as we record oral histories, share community stories and preserve family memories.

Have a story to share? Call the Sojourner Truth Room at Oxon Hill to schedule an oral history recording session: (301)-839-2400x1779