Celebrate Black History Month at your Milwaukee Public Library with free programs for all ages that include music, movies, books, games and art.
Meet Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan, authors of Watch Us Rise
Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Renée Watson teams up with poet Ellen Hagan in this feminist anthem about raising your voice. Sponsored by Boswell Book Company. Books will be available for purchase.
Meet Author and Chef Michael Twitty:
A Journey Through African American Cooking Traditions
Michael W. Twitty is a food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian, and historical interpreter personally charged with preparing, preserving and promoting African American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa and her Diaspora.
Sponsored by the UWM Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies with funding from Bader Philanthropies. Books will be available for purchase by Boswell Book Company.
Harlem Renaissance Coffee Club
Sip a cup of coffee and enjoy great music from the Harlem Renaissance.
Celebrating the Achievements of Black Inventors
Celebrate the achievements of African and African-American inventors. Includes a hands-on activity and discussion about your favorite Black inventors!
Black Art, History, and Culture: Harlem Renaissance Workshop
Learn about African American Artists during the Harlem Renaissance and create African mask greeting cards using fabrics and beads.
Film Screening and Discussion: All the Difference
The largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African-American men come to life in this movie that traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dream of graduating from college.
All the Difference is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a national public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities keep more students on the path to graduation.
Black History Month Book Jacket Bingo
Celebrate the accomplishments of Black writers and discover some new favorite authors as you compete to win Bingo.
What Does Black History Mean to Me
Learn about America’s prominent Black figures and share what Black History means for you. Light refreshments provided.
Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.
Part of the History Buff Book Club.
African American History Museum
Villard Square Branch - 5190 N. 35th St.
Opening: Tuesday, February 5, 5:30-7 p.m.;
On display February 5-March 2
View exhibits created by children in the community.
A History of Jazz in America
Celebrate Black History Month with jazz enthusiast Carol V. Johnson and the music of jazz greats like Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and more. See classic vinyl jazz albums, listen to live music and enjoy light refreshments. All ages welcome!
Black History Month Read-In
Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs invites families to listen to heartfelt stories. Craft and light refreshments included.
African American Book Jacket Bingo
Test your knowledge of African American children’s literature and win prizes with this fun game of Bingo.
African History Jeopardy
Hosted by Africans on the Move, a community organization based in Milwaukee.
Learn about traditional West African drumming and storytelling with Keba Diabate and the artists of Jali Kunda.
Bucket Drumming with the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
Make music with a 5-gallon bucket and a pair of drumsticks. Participants will learn basic rhythm patterns and create an original piece of music to accompany a traditional story.