African American History Month. African Americans and the Right to Vote. Image: Evelynn Butts

African American History Month

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February 2020

Theme: African Americans and the Right to Vote

African American History Month is celebrated each February since 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson sought to commemorate the contributions of people of African descent in the United States. The national 2020 theme is African Americans and the Right to Vote.

"The year 2020 marks the centennial [100th anniversary] of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement.  The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial [150th anniversary] of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War." (Association for the Study of African American Life and History)

Join us throughout the month of February for celebratory and educational programs and events, including concerts, theatrical and dance performances, speakers, crafts and more.

Van Wyck Book Club

If you're interested in the Van Wyck Book Club, join our Facebook Group. We're a fun group that meets monthly and enjoys a lively book discussion.

January: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

February: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

March: The Source of Self Regard, by Toni Morrison

April: Inland by Tea Obreht

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