Virtual Events:

Black, Queer, and Aging 02/10/2022, 7:00-8:00 PM What is it like to live at the intersections of Blackness, queerness, and aging? Simmons University Professor Gary Bailey, DHL, MSW, ACSW, has decades of professional and lived experience with this topic. Join us as Gary facilitates a panel of Black queer people who are at various points on the aging spectrum. This will be a lively, heartfelt, informative, and humorous presentation, sponsored by LexPride as part of our Celebrating LGBTQ+ Seniors project, which is supported by a grant from the Dana Home Foundation, and cosponsored by Lexington Senior Services, Arlington Council on Aging, and Arlington LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission.

Book talk with Anita Hill, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, 02/10/2022, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Frederick Douglas in Winchester, 02/16/2022, 7:00-8:30 PM

Celebrate Black History Month with archivist Dr. Ellen Knight & author Nathan Richardson to learn about Douglass’s 1862 talk in Winchester

Inclusive Innovation Economy | The Actual State of Corporate Pledges Post-George Floyd, 02/17/2022, 12:30 – 1:30PM

In Person:

Sound of Soul 2022: Ron Savage Trio with Guests Bill Pierce, Bobby Broom, and Gabrielle Goodman at Berklee College David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street Boston, 02/10/2022, 7:30PM

Olivia Butler’s Parable of the Sower at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 02/17-02/20/22

Melinda Lopez’s Young Nerds of Color debut play at Cambridge’s Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,  02/17-03/20/202 

Aura: Black History Month Fashion Show at Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Watson Auditorium, 02/19/22, 6:00-9:00 PM

Museum of African American History for a special documentary screening “Jubilee, Juneteenth and the Thirteenth” which explores the role that African Americans in Massachusetts played in abolition. 46 Joy St, Boston, 02/23/2022, 7:00-9:00 PM

Dreaming Zenzile at Emerson Paramount Center, Robert J. Orchard Stage, 02/23-02/27/22


The Boston Globe Black History Month Film Festival 2022


Black Is… is a list of books published in the previous year for all ages concerning the African American experience. This printing is part of the Boston Public Library’s annual observance of Black History Month. These titles may be available in other formats or languages. Check the catalog for availability.

Boston Public Library Black Is… 2022

Resources for Further Reading & Reference

Adult Age:

Killing Rage Ending Racism

By Bell Hooks

The Will to Change

By Bell Hooks

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story

by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Redefining Realness

by Janet Mock

PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America

 By Dr. Claud Anderson

Middle school Age:

A Good Kind of Trouble

by Lisa Moore Ramée

Elementary School Age:

Something Happened in Our Town

by Marianne Celano

The Day You Begin

by Jacqueline Woodson

High School Age:

Dear Martin

By Nic Stone

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas


by Tami Charles

(Please visit any of these hyperlinks to view information on the book, or feel free to search the Noble catalog in order to find them in our collection to borrow!)

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