Black History Month 2023

The month of February marks the national recognition of Black History Month. Spokane Public Library has a variety of book lists, events, and films to recognize and celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of the Black community. We encourage you to show your support and reflect on these recommendations all year long.


Book Lists

Picture Books & Middle Grade

Young Adult

Adult Fiction | Adult Nonfiction

Movies (Courtesy of Kanopy – 8 film credits available per month for free with your library card)

Browse Black History Month Films

Killer of Sheep

Focusing on everyday life in Black communities rarely featured in American cinema, Burnett’s films combine lyrical storytelling with a starkly neorealist, documentary-style approach most famously seen in KILLER OF SHEEP, the chronicle of a slaughterhouse employee’s daily struggles and the emotional baggage he carries home.

Rise Up: The Movement that Changed America

This special explores the key battles in the Civil Rights Movement that transformed American society from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to the Chicago Campaign which led to the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

Subjects of Desire

SUBJECTS OF DESIRE explores the cultural shift in North American beauty standards towards embracing Black female aesthetics and features while exposing the deliberate and often dangerous portrayals of Black women in the media.