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Black History Month is a particularly great time to enjoy library resources that provide depictions of the rich history, contributions, and achievements of Black individuals in our community and throughout the world. From research databases to books on our shelves, you can find the perfect material to learn, discover, and explore!

We have a short sampling of some titles by Black authors you may enjoy that your library currently has available (but check them out now because they are sure to fly right off the shelves!). You can request any of these materials via the RPL online catalog ( If you don’t have time to read them all during Black History Month, don’t fret. You can check them out anytime!


Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis

The Trayvon Generation by Elizabeth Alexander

South to America by Imani Perry


How We Got Over: Growing Up in the Segregated South: A Collection of Narratives Edited by Dr. Helen Benjamin

Nature Swagger: Visions of Black Joy in the Outdoors by Rue Mapp


Yonder: A Novel by Jabari Asim

Kindred  by Octavia E. Butler

Black Cake: A Novel by Charmaine Wilkerson

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Children’s Books:

Martin’s Big Words: The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

Hidden Figures: The untold true story of four African American women who helped launch our nation into space by Margot Lee Shetterly

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

In addition to these titles, there are Black History Month programs, crafts, and events at RPL locations during the month of February. And don’t forget that our annual Candied Yams & Cornbread event with celebrated storytellers Ms. Sylvia Davis and Ms. Rosa Metoyer is set for noon on Saturday, February 25th at our Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch.

We hope to see you at your Rapides Parish Library celebrating Black history this February and beyond!


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