Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will celebrate Black History Month with special virtual programs during February.
"MCPL is proud to offer this selection of programs in honor of the achievements, culture and history of Black Americans," said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo.
- The Reported Lynchings in Montgomery County. Saturday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m.: There are three documented cases of lynching in Montgomery County: John Diggs-Dorsey, George Peck and Sidney Randolph. Researcher Sarah Hedlund presents comprehensive narratives on these three cases.
- Historical Perspectives on Slavery in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m. James H. Johnston from Montgomery History discusses how slavery in the Washington, D.C., area evolved differently from other areas due to the crops being grown and the diverse nature of Washington DC.
- Separate but Unequal - History of School Segregation in Montgomery County. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 12:30 p.m. Lecture by the Montgomery History on the history of segregation in public schools.
- George Crum, a Potato Chip STEM Challenge. Monday, Feb. 22, 3:30 p.m. Learn about the man who invented one of America's favorite snack foods and join a potato chip-themed STEM challenge. Elementary school age.
- From Slave Ship to Harvard, Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family. Friday, Feb. 26, 3:30 p.m. Yarrow Mamout was a Fulani Muslim who came to Maryland on a slave ship in 1752. Jim Johnston’s book follows later generations of the family through Robert Turner Ford, who graduated from Harvard in 1923.
- No Pressure! Social Justice Discussion Group. Sunday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m. Each month, participants will meet to discuss social justice and how to make a difference in the world. Discussion is for fourth to eighth grade students with an adult.