Black History Month 2022

Join us this month to celebrate the many amazing contributions to the entertainment industry made by Black filmmakers, writers, composers and performers. We’ve put together a few examples of what we have in our catalog along with some other great resources that we hope you will enjoy.

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Best known for his works with director Jordon Peele, such as: Get Out (2017) and Us (2019).

Notable works include: BlacKkKlansman (2018), 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006), Da 5 Bloods (2020).

Composed for films such as: Clemency (2019), Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019), Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021), Women of the Movement (2022).

Known for his work on: Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021), Bridgerton (2020), When They See Us (2019), and Respect (2021).

An up and coming film composer known for her works on: Dreamland: The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street and A Black Lady Sketch Show.

Brooklyn-born composer known for her works on: Mudbound (2017), The Assistant (2019) and Shirley (2020).

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Ongoing Tours & Activities

Big Objects, Big Stories

Thursday, February 10, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm
This program is free for participants. Registration is required.

Community + Conversation with a Docent, Freedom Struggles

Thursday, February 17, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm
This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests.

Community + Conversation, Making A Way

Thursday, February 24, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm
This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests.

Movie Night

Here Are a Few Ways You Can Enjoy Movies by Black Filmmakers

Within Our Gates by Oscar Micheaux

Within Our Gates was produced and directed by Oscar Micheaux in 1919. He is considered to be the first African-American director of feature films and this is the first such film still in existence.
I found the plot difficult to follow, and he does not give full play to the “money” scenes at the conclusion but it is certainly of historic interest.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House), she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.

With unprecedented access, filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack trace Dr. Angelou’s incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos and her own words.


Black History Celebration Drive-In Movie in Pasadena


Black Com!x Day in San Diego

National Black Movie Day

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Library Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2022

Here are some amazing resources to help celebrate the life and work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take a moment to explore our curation of media dedicated to the memory of the iconic civil rights activist.

Video Footage from The Internet Archive Moving Image Collection

Martin Luther King Clip Reel


Nine short stories on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stories include: King Holiday; MLK Wreath-Laying; Jackson/MLK; King/Civil Rights; Reagan/Kids; MLK Bust/Capitol; Andy Young Reflects; MLK Celebration/Atlanta; MLK Celebration/Washington, D.C.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech


A clip of the last speech that MLK ever gave.

The March on Washington


Scenes from Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C., August 1963. Speakers including Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Women at podium singing We Shall Overcome. Crowd swaying, singing, holding hands.

Speeches from The Internet Archive Audio Collection

1957 How To Love Your Enemies

I Have a Dream / Anti-War Demonstration / Artists Concerned with Vietnam

...Free At Last

Video Footage from EBSCO

Dr. Martin Luther King accepts 1964 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

The Reverend Martin Luther King is in St. Augustine Florida helping with anti-segregationist protests.

The Reverend Martin Luther King has been arrested in St. Augustine, Florida, while taking part in a demonstration against segregation in the resort, specifically the Monson Motor Lodge. Reverend Ralph Abernathy was also arrested.

US civil rights leader Martin Luther King has been released from Alabama jail

The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 10 Locations from Google Arts & Culture