The Metropolitan Library System will celebrate Black History Month with programs available at Oklahoma County libraries throughout the month of February.
Kicking off the month is popular musical group, Short Dogg. They will take you on musical journey through Oklahoma's jazz history, beginning with the deep deuce jazz era in Oklahoma City, through the Greenwood jazz scene in Tulsa, then through today's contemporary jazz era.
Rhythmically Speaking will present, The Principal, the Superintendent, and the Philanthropist, a story about three strong women who made their mark on education.
MLS staff librarian and musician, Cheryl Coleman, will entertain everyone with a musical tribute that will introduce you to the history of the 13 Historic All Black Towns of Oklahoma.
History tells us Oklahoma found itself at the center of a national debate concerning the term “freedmen” during the late nineteenth century. Learn more as doctoral student of history, Leroy Myers, details the relationship between Native freedmen and black Americans in Oklahoma.
Throughout the month, the Ralph Ellison Library located at 2000 NE 23rd in OKC, will also hold additional Black History Month programs and performances. Learn the history of the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen and get tips for researching your own family tree. A few special film viewings will be offered including viewings of And the Children Shall Lead, 13th, and I Am Not Your Negro. A special film release party will also be held for the premiere of Marvel’s Black Panther, the first black superhero in mainstream American comics.
MLS also offers a variety of resources on African American history and heritage including research sources with biographies, images, historical records, newspapers, and genealogical archives. For more information on Black History Month programming and resources, visit our Black History Month page.