Black History Month at Joplin Public Library

(Joplin, MO) – February is Black History Month! Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans, honoring their central role in U.S. history, and recognizing their sacrifices.

At Joplin Public Library (JPL), we celebrate this month in various ways. We have a list of recommended books, movies, and streaming documentaries we’re excited to share, and book and movie displays as well.

On February 11, we’ll be hosting our third annual Black History Fair from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  This year’s fair will feature the Alexander/Madison Chapter of the Kansas City Buffalo Soldiers! The Alexander/Madison Chapter of the KC Buffalo Soldiers’ presentation, titled “From Slave to Soldier” will begin at 10:35 am, in the Library’s community room. Presenters will perform in full period dress while telling the story of soldiers in the United States Colored Troops, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Their presentation will detail the evolution of the USCT from the Civil War to World War II and the Korean War.

Following this presentation, attendees may visit interactive displays and booths from the Library, community members, and local organizations. Participating organizations include the Emancipation Committee, George Washington Carver National Monument, the Langston Hughes Cultural Society, East Town Dreams District, and more.

“In it’s third year, the Library’s Black History Fair continues to grow thanks to the hard work of staff and vital partnerships with community organizations and members,” said Library Director Jeana Gockley. “This year, we look forward to the added element of the Kansas City Buffalo Soldiers presentation to kick off the event.

This event is free and open to the public, no Library card required. All ages are welcome to attend. For more information about this program, please contact Christina Matekel-Gibson at 417.623.7953 or

About Joplin Public Library: 

Since 1902, JPL has been fulfilling the information needs of citizens of Joplin and the surrounding community. JPL opens tomorrow’s doors today through diverse opportunities to learn, create, explore, and have fun.


Christina Matekel-Gibson, Children’s Librarian
Joplin Public Library

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