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Honoring Black History at the Dayton Metro Library

From a little-known story of African Americans who helped with Dayton flood relief in 1913, to vibrant performances by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the Dayton Metro Library is celebrating Black History Month in February and beyond. All programs and performances are free.

How Much Do You Know About Black History?


These great, short videos are shared with us from Sinclair Community College. More videos will be added throughout the month. Recommended Daily Allowance: At least one video per day will make your brain shiny and bright!

Special thanks to Michael Carter, Jason Carter, Alex Parks, Dr. Jessica McKinley and students.

Dayton Metro Library Programs


Forgotten Heroes of the Flood

In March 1913, Dayton’s flood would forever change its landscape and its people. Did you know that African Americans played a major role in the cleanup and rescue efforts? Johnnie Freeman, author of The Forgotten: Hidden Heroes, shares the story of 500 African Americans who came to Dayton from Chicago in the relief effort. Adults

Friday, January, 24, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Huber Heights
Friday, February 7, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Trotwood
Saturday, February 29, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Vandalia
Wednesday, March 4, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Northwest

Sunday Movies @ Main: I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

Raoul Peck’s radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America uses James Baldwin's original words and flood of rich, archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. Ultimately, it challenges the very definition of what America stands for. Adults

Sunday, February 2, 1:30 p.m. - Main Library, Eichelberger Forum

Early African Ohioans: Gist Settlers and Randolph Freedmen

Before the Great Migration North, before the Emancipation Proclamation, and before the Civil War, there were already established communities of African-Americans in Ohio. Discover these vibrant communities from which some local residents are descended.

Monday, February 24, 6 - 8 p.m. - Main Library, Conference Rm 1B


DCDC’s Women Behind King

Many historical narratives minimize the contributions of women in the Civil Rights movement. In the spirit of inclusiveness, the acclaimed Dayton Contemporary Dance Company interprets the role of women in supporting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s enduring legacy.

Tuesday, February 4, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (This performance is for Teens, with a talkback session afterwards)
Tuesday, February 4, 7 - 7:45 p.m. (For adults and all ages)
Both performances in the Main Library, Bassani Theater

Dianne Coble and The Gospel Sounds

Celebrating Black History Month with the melodic voices of the Gospel Sounds.

Saturday, February 8, 1 - 2 p.m. - Madden Hills

The Way Home Through Textile Art And Design

Yetunde Rodriguez’s Nigerian heritage inspires her joyful fabrics and accessories. Her celebration of culture through pattern and color will inspire you! Adults

Saturday, February 8, 3 - 4 p.m.- Southeast
Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Northwest
Monday, March 30, 7 - 8 p.m. - Trotwood

Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta The Underground

This one-woman interactive storytelling experience is presented by the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati for families and all ages. Harriet Tubman, the most recognized conductor of the Underground Railroad, gained her own freedom, then travelled back and forth from North to South over 19 times to free many more. Hear her story.

Saturday, February 29, 2 - 3 p.m.- Main Library, Eichelberger Forum

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