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Celebrate Black History Month!

A reading list celebrating Black History Month (February). Also includes local educational events and celebrations.

About Black History Month

February is Black History Month! We use this time to honor the history, celebrate the contributions, and recognize the influence of Black people to the history and culture of the United States.

CCC Library has curated a list of eBooks and streaming videos celebrating Black History Month.

  • Visit the Print Books page to view a selection of books new to the CCC collection related to Black history. Come to the library to see our Black History Month display.
  • Visit the eBooks page to view a collection of eBooks CCC library has chosen to highlight during Black History Month. 
  • Visit the streaming videos page to view a collection of videos CCC library has chosen to highlight during Black History Month. 
  • Are we missing something? Visit the suggest a purchase page to request that we add something to our collection.

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2024 Black History Month events at CCC

  • Feb. 10 | Creating Connections for Kids of Color - LEGO Build
    • Dr. Tory Blackwell, Science Department Chair, is hosting a family-friendly event to build with LEGO sets!
    • Saturday, Feb. 10, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    • Oregon City campus, CCC Stem Center, Pauling-165
    • FREE, send questions to
  • Feb. 27 | Truths & Transitions: Living His-Story, As Experienced by Black Men

Black History Month events in the community

  • Feb. 10, Portland | Afrofutures: Designing the Black Aesthetic
    • Saturday, Feb. 10, 10:00am - 2:00pm (high school students only)
    • A workshop for high school age youth exploring Afrofuturism, design practices and Black inventors. In-person event.
    • FREE, registration required
  • Feb. 11, OREGON CITY | Oregon's Civil Rights Years
    • Sunday, Feb. 11, 2:00pm - 3:15pm
    • A special presentation by the Oregon Black Pioneers on the history of the Black civil rights movement in Oregon. This a hybrid event with both in-person and Zoom webinar options.
    • FREE, register required
  • Feb. 12, LAKE OSWEGO | It Did Happen Here: An Antifascist Peoples History
    • Monday, Feb. 12, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    • It Did Happen Here is an independently produced podcast and a collectively written book about anti-fascist struggles that took place in Portland, Oregon following the 1988 murder of Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Seraw by racist skinheads. This is the story of how disparate groups used a diversity of tactics to fight neo-nazi violence and right wing organizing in the Rose City in the 1980s and 90s. This a hybrid event with both in-person and Zoom webinar options.
    • FREE, registration required 
  • Feb. 15, Portland | Oregon’s Black History: York, The Man
    • Thursday, Feb. 15, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (doors open at 5:00pm)
    • York was an enslaved man who took part in the Lewis and Clark Expedition from 1803-1806. But what is known about York besides his participation in this journey? Zachary Stocks of Oregon Black Pioneers will present a detailed biography of York which reveals his experiences during the Expedition, his life before and after, and his place within national African American history.
    • FREE, learn more; registration recommended
  • Feb. 15 - 18, Portland | Northwest Black Comedy Festival
    • Thursday, Feb.15 - Sunday, Feb. 18, times vary
    • This annual festival features live storytelling, LGBTQ+ performers, live podcasts, new and upcoming comedians as well as headliners from around the country.
    • Learn more; buy tickets
  • Feb. 21, Portland | Homecoming: Black Soirée
    • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6:00pm - 9:00pm (adults-only event)
    • Presented by Brown Hope, celebrating Black Joy as we commemorate Black History Month. This is an opportunity to connect with community in celebration of Black History month, while also extending gratitude to Brown Hope’s continuous work towards healing and racial justice.
    • FREE, registration recommended
  • Feb. 28, LAKE OSWEGO | Lake Oswego's MLK Community Celebration
    • Wednesday, Feb. 28, 5:30pm - 6:30pm (in-person and online event)
    • Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings with a family-friendly celebration that features artwork created by LO youth, Katharine Phelps as emcee, welcoming remarks by Mayor Joe Buck, a poetry reading by Emmett Wheatfall, musical performances by Alonzo Chadwick, Sr. and The Godsistas, and closing remarks by City Councilor Massene Mboup.  This event was rescheduled from Sunday, Jan. 14 due to inclement weather.
    • FREE, learn more

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that the Clackamas Community College campuses reside on the traditional homelands of the Clackamas, Cascades, and Tumwater bands of Chinooks, as well as the Tualatin and Pudding River bands of Kalapuya and the Northern Molalla people. It is important that we acknowledge the ancestors of this place and to recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices they endure. Without them, we would not have access to this gathering and to this dialogue. Please join us in taking this opportunity to thank and honor the original caretakers of this land, their lives, and their descendants still caring for the land today.

Labor Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that our nation has benefited and profited from the free enslaved labor of Black people. We honor the legacy of the African diaspora and Black life, and the knowledge, skills, and human spirit that persevere in spite of violence and White supremacy.

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