Celebrate Black History Month at YPL!

It's More Than A Month!
 Above: The “Periodic Table of Black History” wall and book display on the third floor of Riverfront Library.

Yonkers Public Library (YPL) is pleased to celebrate Black History Month through programs and curated book lists. 

Riverfront Art Gallery Exhibition: The Black Iconic

The new solo exhibition The Black Iconic from Newark-based artist Ricardo Osmondo Francis opens at the Yonkers Public Library, Riverfront Art Gallery on Thurs., Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m.. This exhibit features a wide array of Francis’ luminous paintings and is a brooding elegiac vision of the Black visage delineated in both grand decadence and technically through densely evocative images that are steeped in multicultural symbolism.

Francis’ work is inspired by the complexity of African American identity, mythology, and painting itself, and examines how Black people are perceived both socially and politically on the world stage through a spiritual gaze. The exhibition runs through March 31, 2023 and is curated by Bint-Kadi. Visit the exhibition page.

Black History Month Programs and Events at YPL
Curated Book Lists
YPL Videos

Tracing Your West Indian Ancestors: The Complex History of Slavery in Jamaica with Genealogist Phillip Nicholas

Race and Environment in the City of Seven Hills with Professor Linwood Lewis

African American Heritage Trails with Professor Spruill