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Black History Month at Your Library

Feb 19, 2010 1:19 PM | 0 comments

To honor Black History Month, there are several exciting events coming up this weekend and later on in the month.


This Sunday at Central Library’s Dweck Center, you can catch two documentaries: Willa Beatrice Brown: An American Aviator, which documents the life of the first African American woman to fly a plane, and A Child Shall Lead Them, which recounts the story of 11 first-graders sent to desegregated Nashville Public Schools in 1957.


On February 27 at the Dweck Center, you can also enjoy a musical tribute to Nina Simone, featuring original arrangements of some of her classic songs.


If you’re more of a get-out-of-your-chair person, head to Kings Bay Library on February 23 for African dance by accomplished dancer/storyteller Caren Calder and a live drummer.

Check out our website for a listing of all Black History Month events. You can also access databases that can help you find all kinds of information, from the history of African American music to genealogy resources.

And here’s some great news: The work we’ve done on similar past events has been recognized! Anthony Loum, Brooklyn Public Library’s coordinator of adult services, was recently awarded the Zora Neale Hurston Award by the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. He was honored for his work with a key partner in 2009 to plan and promote events and discussions that focused on Their Eyes Were Watching God. This book and many others are recommended on our website for some great, timely reads this month.


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