Visit all of the Woodbridge Public Library locations to view book displays in our adult, teen, and children's departments honoring the literary achievements of black authors. Our monthly book box programs, which gives adults and teens the chance to read a library book they may not have picked themselves, will also honor black history month with selections written by black authors.
Learn more about black history through our database Black Life in America. This resource highlights the experience and impact of African Americans, as recorded by the news media from 1704 to today. Through comprehensive coverage sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 current and historical Black publications.
You are also welcomed to join the library virtually over Zoom on February 7 at 3:30PM as we host the American Labor Museum. A representative from the museum will present A. Philip Randolph, Walter Reuther and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This virtual presentation will provide a look at how A. Philip Randolph, President of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and Walter Reuther, President of the United Auto Workers, along with many other labor unionists; lent support and became active in the Civil Rights Movement. To attend please register here or call 732-634-4450.
Next, we will be joined by Sanford Josephson, author and editor of the Jersey Jazz magazine, February 28, 7PM at the Woodbridge Main Library. Josephson will give us a look into black history through the lens of jazz. He will take a deep dive into the Harlem Renaissance and jazz legends in the music scene such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, and Fats Waller. Check out an article Josephson wrote this month on page 5 of the Jersey Jazz titled "Remembering Jazz’s Black Expatriates," he gives more detail on what will be covered during this exciting presentation! To attend this program, please register here or call 732-634-4450.