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Libraries, Parks Offering Programs to Commemorate Black History Month

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Throughout February, Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will observe Black History Month. Check out some of the curated, digital collections during Black History Month—OverDrive Collection, Hoopla Collection. Libraries are also hosting author talks, lectures, films, arts and crafts, and story times celebrating the history, achievements and futures of African Americans. See the list.

Montgomery Parks will also commemorate Black History Month with events throughout the month. Upcoming events include:

  • Black History Month Family Day. Saturday, Feb. 10. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring. This year’s theme is “African Americans and the Arts.” Enjoy story time and hands-on activities celebrating African American heritage and accomplishments. Contribute to the “I Have a Dream Canvas,” create a compass and follow the path of Harriet Tubman. All ages. 
  • History Hour. Thursday, Feb. 15. 6–7 p.m. Josiah Henson Museum and Park, 11410 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda. The topic of this lecture is “Differing Perspectives on Slavery in Maryland and the District of Columbia,” with historian James Johnston. Ages 12 and older. Registration required$5 per person.
  • Black History Month Family Days. Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 24-25. Noon–4 p.m. Josiah Henson Museum and Park, 11410 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda. Enjoy educational, hands-on activities to learn what a child’s life was like in the Dawn Settlement founded by Henson in Canada after escaping from Maryland via the Underground Railroad with his family. Free with paid admission ($4-children and seniors; $5-adults).