Black History Month Events

Black History Month Trivia


Beauchamp Branch

Family Movie Matinees - Ruby Bridges
Saturday, February 8
2:00 p. m.

In 1960, a six-year old African-American girl named Ruby Bridges helped to integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans. (1 hour 36 min)


Quilting Class for beginners – Make an African Queen Quilt Block
Saturdays, February 15 and 22
10:00 a.m. – 12 noon

In celebration of Black History Month, make an African Queen Quilt Block. All materials will be provided. Sewing machines are also available. Call 315-435-3395 to register for the class. Limited space.


Black History Button Making

Thursday, February 20
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate Black History month by making wearable buttons featuring pictures and quotes from historical and modern Black figures in history. Walk-ins are welcome. For Teens and Adults.


The Sundance Film – ‘John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk” 

Narrated by Wesley Snipes
Saturday, February 22 
2:00 p.m.

A young African Americans quest to learn his place in world history. Join us for a movie and discussion with host, Jerome Walker. About the Presenter: Jerome Walker is the founding member of the local chapter of Syracuse of 100 Black Men, a founder of the Dr. John Henrik Clarke historical study group, and one of the founding members of the diversity and inclusion committee at Crouse Irving Hospital (1hr 30 min).


African Americans and the Vote – Selma: Movie & Discussion

Saturday, February 29
1:00 p.m.

Join us for a movie and panel discussion on African Americans and the Vote.

Hazard Branch

Getting Started Searching Your Family Tree  
Saturday, February 22
2:30 pm

Emancipation freed nearly 4 million slaves. The Freedmen’s Bureau was established to help transition them from slavery to citizenship. For the first time in U.S. history, the names of those freed individuals were systematically recorded and preserved for future generations. Join us at the Hazard Branch Library to learn about the Freedman’s Bureau digital records project, other free databases, and the basics of starting the search for your family’s history.

Mundy Branch

Black History Month Celebration
Saturday, February 22
3:00 pm

Learn about the amazing people who fought for equal rights in America. For ages 8-13.

Paine Branch

Black History Month Fact Find
Throughout February

Celebrate and learn about the contributions of Black Americans throughout February with our month-long Black History Month Fact Find. Try to find the answers to all 10 questions about Black history and historical figures. The answers will be hidden on hearts in the children's area. If you can find all 10 answers you can pick a prize from our treasure chest. Each child can play once a week for a prize. For ages 5-12.


Obsessions by Jaleel Campbell
Throughout February

Syracuse native and multidisciplinary artist, Jaleel Campbell will display his work at Paine Branch Library throughout February in honor of Black History Month. He will showcase select pieces of his work spanning the last five years including illustrations, photographs and cloth dolls. Jaleel attained his BFA in Visual Communications with a specialization in graphic design from Cazenovia College and is now pursuing his MFA in Media Arts & Culture at SUNY Purchase in Westchester County. His work has been featured at the Community Folk Art Center, Redhouse Theater, the Everson Museum, the Neuberger Museum and many other art/cultural facilities. Whether it be through his illustration work that showcases the often underrepresented; video work that captures the beauty and essence of Black life and culture; or even his handmade dolls that aim to honor and acknowledge those who came before us, there is no limit to his genius.


Fun with Science: Brilliant Black Scientists
Saturday, February 22
11:00 AM

Our science friends are back again. In honor of Black History Month, we will be learning about some African American scientists who have contributed to science and medicine as we know them today. Come ready to experiment with and learn about their awesome discoveries and innovations. For ages 5-12.


Paine Book Club
Friday, February 28
10:00 AM

If you enjoy reading and want to share thoughts about the books you've read, Paine's Book Club offers an opportunity to exchange ideas and share reading enjoyment. February's title is: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell, which "looks at the complex and surprising ways the weak can defeat the strong, the small can match up against the giant, and how our goals (often culturally determined) can make a huge difference in our ultimate sense of success. Drawing upon examples from the world of business, sports, culture, cutting-edge psychology, and an array of unforgettable characters around the world."