Celebrate Black History Month the entire month of February with AADL events for all ages. Click for a full list of AADL Black History Month events this year.
Al Paca and Bobby Cat
Puppet neighbors Al Paca and Bobby Cat celebrate Black History Month by exploring what Black History Month is all about and celebrating stories of some of the most influential, interesting, and amazing Black Americans through history.
Carter G. Woodson • Tuesday, February 9 • 11am • AADL.TV
Ida B. Wells • Thursday, February 11 • 11am • AADL.TV
Madam C. J. Walker • Tuesday, February 16 • 11am • AADL.TV
Althea Gibson • Thursday, February 18 • 11am • AADL.TV
Bayard Rustin • Tuesday, February 23 • 11am • AADL.TV
Billie Holiday • Thursday, February 25 • 11am • AADL.TV
2021 Washtenaw Read Book Discussions: All American Boys
Recorded AADL Staff Discussion | Wednesday, February 3 • 6-7pm • AADL.TV
Live Community Book Discussion | Wednesday, February 10 • 7-8pm • Zoom
Watch a recording of AADL staff discussing this year's Washtenaw Reads selection, All American Boys, or participate in a live un-recorded discussion of the book with AADL staff members and the community on Zoom. These events are part of the 2021 Washtenaw Read. For more information, see https://aadl.org/washtenawreads.
Quote of the Day: Black History Month
Each day during Black History Month, watch a quote come to life as AADL staff use their skills to make powerful words pretty. Click for a full list here.
More Black History Month Events
Book Discussion | Black on Both Sides—A Racial History of Trans Identity by Riley Snorton
Tuesday, February 2 • 6-7pm • Zoom
Join AADL staff for a discussion of Riley Snorton's book Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity. No registration is required.
First Chapter Friday | The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
Friday, February 5 • 4pm • AADL.TV
Join Lucy as she reads the first chapter of Black Flamingo. First Chapter Friday features the first chapter of new of favorite Middle Grade or YA books and is a great way to get ideas for new titles and to jump start reading! Titles highlighted will be available from Overdrive and AADL. The Black Flamingo is a Young Adult book recommended for ages 14 and up.
Author Event | Rochelle Riley
Thursday, February 9 • 7pm • AADL.TV
Rochelle Riley, author and former award-winning columnist at the Detroit Free Press, gives an inside peek at her latest book, That They Lived: Twenty African Americans Who Changed The World. Also join Rochelle Riley on Friday, February 12 for a live event with Q&A!
Biblio Files #20 | All American Boys
Thursday, February 11 • 6pm • AADL.TV
Each week, a few AADL staff members have a brief chat to answer one question–from "What's your favorite classic?" to "What book didn't live up to the hype?" This week we break from that format to have a brief discussion of the 2021 Washtenaw Read, All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. This event is part of the 2021 Washtenaw Read. For more information, see https://aadl.org/washtenawreads.
Author Event | Live Q&A with Rochelle Riley
Friday, February 12 • 6-7pm • Zoom
Rochelle Riley, author and former award-winning columnist at the Detroit Free Press, discusses her latest book, That They Lived: Twenty African Americans Who Changed The World. No registration is required to participate. Check the link on the day of the event for the Zoom link and phone number.
Washtenaw Reads Author Event | Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
Tuesday, February 16 • 7pm • AADL.TV
Join Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely for a special conversation about the 2021 Washtenaw Reads selection, All American Boys. They discuss how they came to write All American Boys together, the importance of the book's themes in their own lives, and how we can create meaningful inter-racial dialogue around issues like police brutality. This event is part of the 2021 Washtenaw Read. For more information, see https://aadl.org/washtenawreads.
Album Discussion: To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
Thursday, February 18 • 6:00-7:00pm • Zoom
Join AADL staff and other community members for a discussion of To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar. No registration is required. Joining us for this discussion is Will Jones III, a Black creative who has spent most of his life in predominately white spaces. He is also a descendant of William Tucker, recognized as the first African child born on American soil.