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The library will be closed on Monday, March 27 in observance of César Chávez Day.

African American History Month

Celebrate African American History Month

Members of the Junior NAACP in 1923. Photo from Los Angeles Public Library's Shades of L.A. Collection: African American Community.
Members of the Junior NAACP / Shades of L.A. Collection

For African American Heritage Month, we reflect on the African American community of early Los Angeles. Arriving in the region in search of the California Dream, African American migrants relied on the institutions they created—particularly churches, Black-owned newspapers, and civic organizations—to strengthen their community against the backdrop of racial discrimination.

When California became a U.S. state, Los Angeles had fewer than two thousand residents, with about a dozen of those being African American. A slow trickle of African American migrants arrived in the coming years, and they formed a small network of friends which planted the seed for a budding community.



From (l.-r.): Jackie Robinson, George Crowe, Joe Black, Sam Jethroe, Roy Campanella and Bill Bruton were dynamic Negro Leagues and Major League players.

Barrier Breakers: From Jackie to Pumpsie

On view through February 19, 2023
Central Library, Getty Gallery

The Barrier Breakers exhibit, developed by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, tells the story of the Negro Leagues and the strong-willed, dedicated athletes, who simply refused to accept the notion that they were unfit to share in the joys of our national pastime.


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March 27, 2023 4:45 PM to 5:30 PM
Join us via Google Meet for a lively film discussion. The March film selection is Mr. Malcom's List (2022). A young woman courts a...