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The library will be closed on Friday, October 1.

To honor Black History Month, several Forest Park organizations have come together to create a series of online programs to celebrate and explore the history and stories of Black people in US history. 

Forest Park Against Racism, the Forest Park Public Library, the Historical Society of Forest Park, and Midwest Juneteenth Collective organized the events for 2021.

Black History Month began as a week-long event in 1926 created by Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland, through their organization the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now known as Association for the Study of African American Life and History). They selected the second week of February to coincide with the birthday of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. By the late 1960s, Negro History Week evolved into Black History Month. 


Sign up to be entered in a drawing to win a Forest Park Against Racism t-shirt. 


See Book and Movie Recommendations to help you celebrate Black voices.


Reimagining Freedom in America: The Historical Significance of Juneteenth for All Americans
Sunday, January 31 at 3 pm
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Exploring Black Space: An Introduction to Afrofuturism & Character Creation
Sunday, February 7 at 1 pm
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Bringing Black History to Life: Kucha & Baba Tony Storytellers
Sunday, February 14 at 1 pm
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Quilting a Beloved Community
Sunday, February 21 at 1 pm
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Paul Robeson: 20th Century Renaissance Man
Sunday, February 28 at 2 pm
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Sponsored by Avenue One and the Forest Park National Bank


Petition to Make Juneteenth a National Holiday

National African American Read-In



Celebrate Black Lives Book & Movie Recommendations