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Black History Month

The 2024 Black History Month theme, African Americans and the Arts, explains that “African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences.”

African American influence has helped set the standards for the visual and performing arts, folklore, literature, film, music, language, folklore, popular arts, and more.

We are pleased to share with you examples of these arts from our collections at the State Library and Archives of Florida.

State Library of Florida

See books and documents in our collection on the Harlem Renaissance, African American woman artists, Florida's famous landscape painters The Highwaymen, choreography, jazz, rock and roll, and more.           Lucille Frances-Fuller tells a Jamaican folk story

State Archives of Florida

Review many digital resources from our collections, including: 

The Versiteers gospel group performing

Florida Department of State Events and Resources

Check out our free Black History Arts and Cultural events, including festivals, nature walks, and history lectures. 

For more Black History Month resources from the Department of State, review our page that includes the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, Folk Heritage Award winners and more

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.