More Than A Month at the Oak Park Public Library celebrates black history, art, and culture all year long. Inspired by filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman, who called for Black History Month to be expanded beyond its typical February observance, we offer programs and conversations that promote year-round enrichment for all.
A global look in 2019
“This year we are bringing light to the experiences of people of African descent all around the world,” said Niki Yeldell, Dole Branch Supervisor and More Than a Month co-creator. “Not only in the United States, but also in places like Haiti, Cuba, South America, and Europe.”
In 2019, we’re focusing on the African diaspora, the mass scattering of peoples from Africa starting with the transatlantic slave trades, in which more than 10 million people were taken from Western and Central Africa to regions throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.
“It’s important to recognize the horrors and atrocities committed in the transatlantic slave trades,” said Naomi Priddy, Multicultural Learning Librarian. “But I really love that More Than a Month shines light on opportunities to celebrate as well. It balances the bitter with the sweet, and honors the ways new traditions came out of terrible circumstances.”
It’s for everyone
“You don’t have to be black or African-American to learn about and celebrate black history and culture,” said Larry Nance, Maze Branch Supervisor. “Everyone is invited and welcome.” Join us to learn, ask questions, have meaningful discussions, and discover related books, movies, magazines, and music at your library.