Celebrate African American History Month 2015 at the Houston Public Library

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 1/23/2015, 12:42 p.m.
The Houston Public Library invites the community to celebrate African American History Month and learn about the achievements and contributions ...
See Congressman John Lewis on Feb. 8th during Black History Month

The Houston Public Library invites the community to celebrate African American History Month and learn about the achievements and contributions of African Americans throughout the nation’s history and in our city. The Library will offer presentations by authors, exhibits and more for the entire family. All events and programs are free and open to the public. For all listings of African American History Month of activities, displays, and events, including the “Organized Love” exhibit at The African American Library at the Gregory School, visit houstonlibrary.org/aahm or call 832-393-1313.

Visit Houston Public Library’s Special Collection Libraries to learn about African American history, genealogy and archival materials. Special Collection Libraries include:

The African American Library at the Gregory School is the newest of three special collections operated by the Houston Public Library. Located in Houston’s historic Freedman’s Town, the Library is housed in what was once the Edgar M. Gregory School, which served as the first public school for African Americans in Houston. As the first library of its kind in Houston, and one of the few African American libraries in the country, The African American Library at the Gregory School serves as a resource to preserve, promote, and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans in Houston, the surrounding region, and the African Diaspora. To accomplish its mission, The African American Library at the Gregory School preserves and makes accessible to historians, researchers, and the public an incomparable collection of multi-type resources including, but not limited to, reference books, rare books, archival materials, exhibits, artifacts, oral histories and innovative programs. The African American Library at the Gregory School is located at 1300 Victor Street, 77019, 832-393-1440.

Families can also learn how the influences of African Americans reached across the city of Houston as well as the state of Texas by visiting the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) in the historic 1926 Julia Ideson Building. The HMRC provides researchers a variety of materials such as manuscripts, archival records, maps, films, tapes, photographs, architectural drawings and more. The Julia Ideson Building is located at 550 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1662.

For those customers wanting to trace their families’ history, they can visit the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. Founded in 1921 as a special collection for genealogical research at the Houston Public Library, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research is one of the top 10 genealogical libraries in the country. Customers can find information through the Library’s extensive collection of U.S. and foreign books, CD-ROMs, microfilm, and more than 5,000 family histories. Specially trained reference staff is available to assist all levels of genealogist, from those new to the hobby, to experienced professional researchers. Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research is located at 5300 Caroline, 77004, 832-393-2600.

HPL Upcoming African American History Events:

Enjoy a month of free programs to celebrate the history and achievements of African Americans. Learn about the culture through authors, films, exhibits and more.

Presentation by Congressman John Lewis and Co-Author Andrew Aydin

Sunday, February 8, 2015│6:30 PM