Celebrate Black History

Exhibit • Programs


Telling a People’s Story
Arts & Culture Center through February
WPL is hosting Telling a People’s Story: African-American Children's Illustrated Literature, the first major museum exhibition devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children’s picture books. Curated by the Miami University Art Museum, the exhibition emphasizes the strength of the illustrations as visual narrative representations of the African-American experience.
View the Virtual Exhibit for Telling a People’s Story
Check out these African-American children's picture books

Programs for Children

Black History Read Alouds
February 3, 8, 18, 23 at 4 pm | Grades K-6
Celebrate Black History Month as we read some picture book biographies over Zoom. Each week, we'll introduce you to an important historical figure.
Register for each session: Feb 3 | Feb 8 | Feb 18 | Feb 23

Programs for Adults

Talking About Race: Community Conversations
Thursday, February 4 at 7pm | Register
Join your fellow community members for a facilitated discussion in small groups to reflect on the issues brought up in the Talking About Race program series. In partnership with DEI200.

Local Author Glennette Tilley Turner
Monday, February 8 at 7pm | Register
Join local author, educator and historian Glennette Tilley Turner for a retrospective of her children's books. She will discuss the importance of documentation and exposing young readers to the role of African-American history in the context of American history.

African American Art of the Twentieth Century
Tuesday, February 16 at 7pm | Register
Art historian Jeff Mishur presents a lecture on a selection of African American artists of the twentieth century. Mr. Mishur will discuss works by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Aaron Douglass, Walter Ellison, Archibald Motley Jr., Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold and others.

The Long Shadow Q&A
Wednesday, February 24 at 7pm | Register
WPL is proud to be partnering with several Illinois libraries to offer a live Q&A on Zoom webinar with The Long Shadow Director Frances Causey. Register for the Q&A and stream the film for free between February 19-26 at http://thelongshadowfilm.com/libraries/

Wheaton Community Relations Commission

Wheaton's Community Relations Commission encourages the community to learn about Black History Month and explore some of the many local events offered for the community throughout the month. Learn more