Libraries Celebrate Black History Month With Special Online Programs
Feb 1, 2021 –
In recognition of Black History Month in February, Fort Bend County Libraries will have a variety of special online programs celebrating the history and cultural contributions of African-Americans in the United States. These virtual events will be online; they will NOT be in person.
“Before 1619: Why Black History Month Matters” -- Monday, February 1 (pre-recorded video)
With the help of genetic testing and historical evidence, many African Americans are finding that they are modern descendants of the Igbo people from the African continent. During the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade of the 1600s, a large number of Igbo people were abducted and forced into slavery. This presentation will focus on the rich cultural heritage of the Igbo people before 1619. Learn about the culture, religion, food, and traditions of the Igbo people, who were the ancestors of many African-Americans today.
“A Tour of African-American Cemeteries in Fort Bend County” -- Monday, February 8 (pre-recorded video)
Genealogy and Local History department manager Daniel Sample will highlight some of the African-American cemeteries in the county, including the recently discovered burial ground in Sugar Land. Learn about the history of the cemeteries, notable people buried there, and more.
“Black History Month Digital Scavenger Hunt” -- Thursday, February 11 (all day)
History sleuths must use their knowledge of African-American history and their research skills to complete this scavenger hunt. This online activity can be accessed through FBCL’s website on the day of the event; registration is not required.
These online events are free and open to the public. Registration is required for the livestreamed Webex programs only; a link to the Webex meeting will be emailed to all who register. To view the programs or to register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the programs.
For more information, call FBCL’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.