celebrate Black history month

Celebrate our Black community this February with virtual programming, curated material lists, and resource guides to help patrons learn more about Black experiences, accomplishments, and history.

Program Highlights

Find more programs for Black History Month further down on this page!

documentaries & online viewing


Racist Trees
Were trees intentionally planted to segregate a Black neighborhood in Palm Springs, California? Find out in this online PBS Independent Lens documentary Racist Trees. This program is available to view online without a subscription until April 21, 2024.


Celebrate Black History Month by streaming a variety of music and films from Hoopla, accessible through the Downers Grove Public Library website with your DGPL library card. Search 'Black History' to find titles. Use the filters to find materials for a preferred audience or format.  

online exhibits & Programs


African American History

This Web portal is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. They have joined in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. You can browse a dynamic collection of dedicated collections, audio and video, and images.


The DuSable Museum of African-American History

Located in Chicago, the DuSable was the first non-profit museum of the history and culture of Africans and African Americans. They have online and recorded events, as well as in-person.


National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Explore an online collection of images by Topic, Date/Era, Name, Object Type, and Place.


Black Past

Browse a curated collection of digital materials from around the world, including an 4,000-entry encyclopedia, full transcript of speeches, primary documents, and links to over 400 website sources of black history.


Library of Congress African-American History Digital Collections

Provides an extensive collection of documents, letters, images, and music.


National Archives

Houses historical documents and records from the United States government. Their website provides access to digitized documents related to Black history, such as slave narratives and civil rights records.


Association for the Study of African American Life and History

98th Annual Black History Month Festival

Examine the varied history and life of African American arts and artisans. 


The National Center for Civil and Human Rights

A museum dedicated to the history of the civil rights movement. Their website features online exhibits, educational resources, and a timeline of key events in civil rights history.


The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum dedicated to the history of the Underground Railroad. Their website features online exhibits, educational resources, and stories of freedom seekers.



Find a month-long series of programs that highlight Black achievements. You can browse virtual programming on their webpage dedicated to Black History Month, as well as find links to online exhibits. Take a listen to their Sidedoor podcast, too, where they discuss Harlem Renaissance sculptors and celebrity chefs.

Books & Movies


FIND more programs

For more information or questions email ATS@dglibrary.org.