Black History Month at JPL

February is Black History Month!  Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans, honoring their central role in U.S. history, and recognizing their sacrifices.

At Joplin Public Library, we celebrate this month in various ways.  We have a list of recommended books, movies, and streaming documentaries we’re excited to share, and book and movie displays as well. 

On February 11th, we’ll be hosting our 3rd annual Black History Fair from 10:30-12:30pm.  This year’s fair will feature the Alexander/Madison Chapter of the Kansas City Buffalo Soldiers! The Alexander/Madison Chapter of the KC Buffalo Soldiers’ presentation, titled “From Slave to Soldier” will begin at 10:35 am, in the Library’s community room. Presenters will perform in full period dress while telling the story of soldiers in the United States Colored Troops, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Their presentation will detail the evolution of the USCT from the Civil War to World War II and the Korean War. 

Following this presentation, attendees may visit interactive displays and booths from the Library, community members, and local organizations. Participating organizations include the Emancipation Committee, George Washington Carver National Monument, the Langston Hughes Cultural Society, East Town Dreams District, and more.