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Black History Month

Celebrate - Black History Month

History of Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, honors Americans of African descent throughout history who fought against adversity, oppression, and discrimination, as well as those who continue to work towards equality, equity, and unity for all.  Black History Month grew out of Negro Week, sponsored by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) in 1925.  The second week of February was selected to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.  After the Civil rights movement of the 1960s and early 1970s, in 1976, President Gerald R. Ford designated February as the nation’s first African American History Month.

For more information on the national recognition of African American History Month, visit

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Living History Museum

Save the Date for the 2024 Living History Museum! 

Save the date - Living History Museum

Sunday February 25, 2024 from 2-4pm at the Peninsula Center Library

The children participating in the museum will inspire, inform and uplift our community by portraying a hero from African American History!

To learn about how your child in TK - 8th grade can participate, contact Laura Henry at

Check out the 2022 Virtual Living History Museum of African American Heroes held on Sunday, February 27, 2022:

Featuring video portrayals by children of their heroes, the museum is a celebration of the important African Americans who fought against adversity, who work towards equality, who create music and art, and who demonstrate the power of sports in society. In 2022, 18 children ranging in age from preschool to 8th grade portrayed their heroes, which included James Jamerson, Katherine Johnson, Nick Gabaldon and more. Winners for the Living History Museum, Inc. Scholarship Competition awards were also announced.

Watch the official 2022 Living History Museum announcement here:

Check out Living History Museum of African American Heroes event from 2021 here

Meet Walter Scott, Katherine Dunbar, Langston Hughes, and more at the The Living History Museum of African American Heroes! Thirty-six children from 4th - 8th grade created and submitted outstanding videos in which they portrayed their heroes. The first Living History Museum Essay Award winners were also announced.

Photos from past Living History Museums: 20182017

This program is presented in partnership with: The Living History Museum, Inc. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority - Rolling Hills/Palos Verdes Alumnae Chapter The Links Inc. of Palos Verdes jack and Jill South Los Angeles Chapter

Black History Month - Read, Watch, and Listen


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  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (Book, Overdrive eBook)
  • Static Season One by Nikolas Draper-Ivey (Book, Hoopla eBook)
  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles (Book)
  • The Davenports by Krystal Marquis (Book)
  • Dark Testament: Poems by Crystal Simone Smith (Book)
  • Make it Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life by Marcus Samuelsson (Book)
  • A Long Time Coming: a Lyrical Biography of Race in America from Ona Judge to Barack Obama (Book)
  • Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert (Book)
  • Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles (Book, Hoopla eAudiobook, Hoopla eBook)
  • We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson (Book)

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African American Couple Kayaking