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Year-round, and especially in February, we at NPL amplify Black history through our collection, story times, and other events at locations across the system.

A Journey Through Black Music History

With Elliott Robinson of NPL Special Collections

From NPL's own recording studio and the Civil Rights Room, we're proud to share this historical and musical journey with you this Black History Month.

Enjoy! And when you're downtown, don't forget to stop by the Nashville Room on the second floor of the Main Library to get inspired by our city's longtime and ongoing part in strengthening Civil Rights in our country. 

Celebrate Black Authors: New Fiction

Black History Month: New Nonfiction

Inspiring Black Women

Picture Books for Black History Month


Dr. Etta Marie Simpson Ray, Freedom Rider and Nashville Student Movement leader, at the Civil Rights Room.

Visit the Civil Rights Room

The Civil Rights Room is a space for education and exploration of NPL's Civil Rights Collection. The materials exhibited there capture the drama of a time when thousands of African-American citizens in Nashville sparked a nonviolent challenge to racial segregation in the city and across the South.

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