This year, during Black History Month, Chesapeake residents can find out all about the life of Frederick Douglass – writer, orator and abolitionist.  Presented by Nathan R. Richardson, the program Frederick Douglass Live! will be held at four library branches.

     Greenbrier             Sat Feb 3rd          2:00pm-3:00pm

    South Norfolk       Wed Feb 7th     6:30pm-7:30pm

     Major Hillard        Sat Feb 24th      2:00pm-3:00pm

     Indian River          Wed Feb 28th   6:30pm-7:30pm

Connect with history as the amazing life story of this formerly enslaved person is re-enacted for us!


Some great quotes from Douglass:

  • “In a composite nation like ours, as before the law, there should be no rich, no poor, no high, no low, no white, no black, but common country, common citizenship, equal rights and a common destiny.”
  • “A smile or a tear has not nationality; joy and sorrow speak alike to all nations, and they, above all the confusion of tongues, proclaim the brotherhood of man.”
  • “No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.”
  • “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
  • “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

And the favorite quote of Librarians everywhere:

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

Find these books at any Chesapeake Public Library:

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave, written by himself

Frederick Douglass : selected speeches and writings

Frederick Douglass, in his own words

Escape from slavery : the boyhood of Frederick Douglass in his own words

Frederick Douglass on Reconstruction

When visiting any Chesapeake Public Library branch in February be sure to also check out our Discovery Stations

where we will have additional information pertaining to Black History Month. 


Be sure to check out some great books by black authors too!


Born to read, forced to work.

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3 thoughts on “Black History Month – February 2018

  1. Programs should be ongoing.
    Diversity and knowledge make all of us better.
    Libraries are essential in thriving communities.
    Thank you for all you do,

  2. I agree. The more we learn about each other, the more we see how alike we all are. The Earth is our home and we are all part of the same family. Check out our book clubs featuring black authors at both Indian River and Russell Memorial, and bring your family to our Dia de los Ninos celebration at Major Hillard in April.

  3. I have read many biographies about great men and women. But, I learned anew that nothing can compare to reading another’s story by the individuals themselves. I have read of Booker T. Washington by other authors, but the greatest moment was reading his OWN autobiography. He was so very articulate and had such deep insight into the hearts and minds of people. His strength of character and understanding of true values has been minimized by pulling quotes and putting them into someone else’s narrative. This autobiography has now become a part of my all time favorites. I will be reading it to the young folks who roam my house! His message given in the post Civil War south has a reasoning voice for today as well.

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