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African American History

Celebrating African American History

Virtual Events

Black History Month Reading Challenge

Celebrate with this month-long challenge. Adults log 3 books, and teens and children log 4 hours to complete this challenge.

Discover African American Inventors

Every February we celebrate the work of African American inventors who changed history with their contributions to science, industry, business, and communication while facing difficulties both personally and professionally.

This year we're celebrating virtually with informative videos from your CRRL librarians. View videos about the inventors and their inventions.

African American Inventors: George Franklin Grant

Learn about George Franklin Grant, inventor of the golf tee. Learn more with CRRL librarian Katie!

African American Inventors: Alfred L. Cralle

We have Alfred L. Cralle to thank for the ice cream scoop. Watch this video with CRRL librarian Colleen to find out more about this him.

African American Inventors: Dr. Patricia Era Bath

Watch this video, presented by CRRL librarian Josie, to learn about Dr. Patricia Era Bath, inventor of the Laserphaco Probe.

African American Inventors: James West

Presented by CRRL librarian Alice, learn about James West, inventor of the electret microphone.


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African American Inventors: Lonnie Johnson

Lonnie Johnson invented the summertime favorite, the Super Soaker!

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African American Inventors: Kenneth Dunkley

Kenneth Dunkley invented three dimensional viewing glasses or 3-DVG.

CRRLKids: African American Inventors

Check out these titles for children and teens featuring the life and works of African American inventors, scientists, and innovators.

From Our Collection

Children's eBooks Celebrating African American History

Download an eBook or eAudio to experience the past through the eyes of yesterday's children.

Our Stories: eBooks & eAudio for Teens

Download novels and biographies featuring young African Americans.

African American History Month on OverDrive

Check out eBooks and eAudios that tell about the lives of amazing and inspiring African Americans.

CRRL My Librarian: Celebrating Black Children's Stories

These picture books give voice to the unique stories of African American children who celebrate their differences in a wide variety of ways.

CRRL My Librarian: Teens Against Racism

These books can lead to a deeper understanding of the history of racism and the importance of a movement towards social justice.

African American History Booklists

African American Reading & More

African American eBooks on OverDrive

Check out an eBook or eAudio featuring African Americans' rich heritage.

Black Lives Matter: Always Available eBooks & eAudio

These titles are always available for checkout - no wait!

African American Cinema on Kanopy

Stream videos right now - from the Civil Rights Movement documentaries to stories of African American cinematic pioneers.

Black History in the City's Development

Various resources on the development of black history in the Fredericksburg region.

African American Reading & More

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

ProQuest's new Black Freedom Struggle website features expertly selected open primary source documents.

Black History in the City's Development

Various resources on the development of black history in the Fredericksburg region.

Reading & More

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