Visit Peoria Public Library during Black History Month and discover books and movies
that chronicle the strength, tenacity, joy and excellence of Black Americans throughout history.
Each location will feature its own unique book display as well as life-size icons you can come get your photo with, including legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman, Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., current Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama – just to name few. Selfies are encouraged!
In addition to books, Peoria Public Library will also show an acclaimed movie depicting real events and figures from Black History, every Saturday at North Branch from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Free and open to all.
Saturday, Feb. 4 – Harriet (PG-13)
This 2019 biographical film share the life story of the heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman, from her escape from slavery to the dangerous missions she led liberating hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad.
Saturday, Feb. 12 – Hidden Figures (PG)
This 2016 biographical drama is loosely based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about the African American female mathematicians who helped the U.S. and NASA reach the moon during the Space Race in the 1960s.
Saturday, Feb. 19 – Remember the Titans (PG)
This 2000 film tells the true story of a newly appointed African American high school football coach and the team’s first season as a racially integrated team.
Saturday, Feb. 26 – Just Mercy (PG-13)
This 2019 film is based on the memoir of American attorney Bryan Stevenson and his efforts to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.
In addition to some recommended reads for Black History Month from Peoria Public Library staff (listed below), visit the School Library Journal for 28 nonfiction titles specifically for children and teens. Find those here
Celebrate Black Excellence for the Month of February and Beyond with Selected Titles by Award Winning African American Authors