Black History Month

This month offers us an opportunity to explore the histories and cultures of Black people in the United States through a variety of programs, events, and book displays for children, teens, adults, and families.

The theme for 2024’s celebration of Black History Month is African Americans and the Arts.

Lancaster Public Library aims to include these topics in programming and content throughout the year, and this month serves as a chance to focus our efforts.

Adult Titles for Black History Month

Heavy : An American Memoir / Kiese Laymon

Giovanni’s Room / James Baldwin

Homegoing / Yaa Gyasi

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings / Maya Angelou

Between the World and Me / Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Underground Railroad : A Novel / Colson Whitehead

Americanah / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Kindred / Octavia E. Butler

Sister Outsider : Essays and Speeches / by Audre Lorde

Black Buck / Mateo Askaripour

The Prophets : A Novel / Robert Jones, Jr.

The Trees by Percival Everett

A Lowcountry Bride by Preslaysa Williams

Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S Bryce

In Every Mirror She’s Black by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

Reckless by Stacey Abrams writing as Selena Montgomery

Single Black Female by Tracy Brown

The Undertakers by Nicole Glover

Books to help kids and teens celebrate Black History Month

Me and Muhammad Ali by Jabari Asim and illustrated by AG Ford

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson and illustrated by Frank Morrison

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

Parker Shines On by by Parker Curry & Jessica Curry; illustrated by Brittany Jackson; with an afterword by Misty Copeland

Ruby’s Reunion Day Dinner by Angela Dalton and illustrated by Jestenia Southerland

Build a House by Rhiannon Giddens and illustrated by Monica Mikai

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman and pictures by Loren Long

My Fade is Fresh by Shauntay Grant and illustrated by Kitt Thomas

Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris and illustrated by Marissa Valdez

Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy and illustrated by Ekua Holmes

When Langston Dances by Kaija Langley and illustrated by Keith Mallett

The Bell Rang by James E. Ransome

Family Reunion by Chad & Dad Richardson and illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin

The Talk by Alicia D. Williams and illustrated by Briana Mukodiri Uchendu

Black Boy Joy edited by Kwame Mbalia

Being Clem by Lesa Cline-Ransome

The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert

JD and the Great Barber Battle written by J. Dillard and illustrated by Akeem S. Roberts

Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles

Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Irelan

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

We Were the Fire by Sheila P. Moses

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Root Magic by Eden Royce

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone, with illustrations by Dawud Anyabwile

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods



Together We March by Leah Henderson and illustrated by Tyler Feder

Going Places by Tonya Bolden and illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter by Shani Mahiri King and illustrated by Bobby C. Martin Jr

Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book by Keila V. Dawson and illustrated by Alleanna Harris

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Choosing Brave by Angela Joy and illustrated by Janelle Washington

A Ride to Remember by Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Changing the Equation by Tonya Bolden

The Roots of Rap by Carole Boston Weatherford and art by Frank Morrison

Above the Rim by Jen Bryant and illustrations by Frank Morrison

Zion Unmatched by Zion Clark and James S. Hirsch

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes

Young, Gifted, and Black by Jamia Wilson

We Can: Portraits of Power by Tyler Gordon

Stand Up! by Brittney Cooper and illustrated by Cathy Ann Johnson

ABCs of Black History words by Rio Cortez and pictures by Lauren Semmer

Your Legacy by Schele Williams and illustrated by Tonya Engel

The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi and illustrated by Loveis Wise

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper


Maya’s Song by Renée Watson and illustrated by Bryan Collier

The Story of Simone Biles by Rachael Burk and illustrated by Steffi Walthall

I Am Ruby Bridges byRuby Bridges and illustrated by Nikkolas Smith

Laverne Cox by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara and illustrated by Olivia Daisy Coles

Tacko Fall: To New Heights by Tacko Fall & Justin Hayne and illustrated by Reggie Brown

Facing Frederick by Tonya Bolden

RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Frank Morrison

Call Me Miss Hamilton by Carole Boston Weatherford with illustrations by Jeffery Boston Weatherford

Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Laura Freeman

A Man Called Horse by Glennette Tilley Turner

Mae Jemison by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara and illustrated by Janna Morton

Because of You, John Lewis by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Keith Henry Brown

Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and illustrations by Brian Collier

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrations by Jamey Christoph

We Wait for the Sun by Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Katie McCabe with pictures by Raissa Figueroa

A Song for the Unsung by Carole Boston Wetherford & Rob Sanders and illustrated by Byron McCray

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Eric Velasquez.

She Persisted: Harriet Tubman by Andrea Davis Pinkney with illustrations by Gillian Flint

Song in a Rainstorm by Glenda Armand and illustrated by Brittany Jackson

Moving Forward by by Chris Barton ; illustrated by Steffi Walthall

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Who is the Man in the Air? by Gabe Soria and illustrated by Brittney Williams

Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Harriet Tubman: Toward Freedom by Whit Taylor & Kazimir Lee

The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale

I Rise by Marie Arnold

Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi

Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne

Kneel by Candace Buford

Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon

Things We Couldn’t Say by Jay Coles

Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Lee Corthron

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson with lyrics by Malik “Malik-16” Sharif

This is My America by Kim Johnson

One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

The Awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia

Punching the Air written by Ibi Zoboi with Yusef Salaam with illustrations by Omar T. Pasha


The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop by Jeff Chang, with Dave “Davey D” Cook

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: Adapted for Young Adults by Jason Reynolds

Race Against Time by Sandra Neil Wallace & Rich Wallace

We Are Not Broken by George M. Johnson

In the Name of Emmett Till by Robert H. Mayer with a foreword by Leslie-Burl McLemore

The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell

We Are Not Yet Equal by Carol Anderson with Tonya Bolden

Just Mercy: Adapted for Young Adults by Bryan Stevenson

Black Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Browne and art by Jess X. Snow

Black Birds in the Sky by Brandy Colbert


Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George Johnson

Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers by Michelle Obama

Stupid Black Girl by by Aisha Redux with art by Brianna McCarthy

I See the Promised Land text by Arthur Flowers and illustrations by Manu Chitrakar

Sampling of LPL and Community Programs Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month Fashion Show
Saturday, February 3
Doors open at 5:30PM | Show starts at 6:15PM
Lincoln Middle School, 1001 Lehigh Avenue, Lancaster
Admission is free but donations are accepted and the whole community is invited to celebrate with the African American Cultural Alliance of Lancaster.

Sounds of Blackness
Saturday, February 10
Doors open at 5PM | Show starts at 6PM
Jackson Middle School, 431 S. Ann Street, Lancaster
Admission is free but donations are accepted and the whole community is invited to celebrate with the African American Cultural Alliance of Lancaster.

Meet Lydia Hamilton Smith, The Most Famous Lancastrian You May Not Know
Wednesday, February 21 · 5PM
Lancaster Public Library, 151 N.  Queen Street, Lancaster
For full program details and a link to register, please click HERE.

Black History Month Step Show
Sunday, February 25 · 5:30PM
Lincoln Middle School, 1001 Lehigh Avenue, Lancaster
Tickets are $15