Library events celebrate Black History Month

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This year's national theme focuses on the 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation and the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington to bring the public's attention to important developments that merit emphasis. These historic events and local programs help us to explore historical issues of importance to people of African descent and race relations in America. 

Both Alachua and Hawthorne branches will participate in the 24th Annual National African American Read-In. Other pgorams across the District will feature events such as Black History Outside the Book: An Evening of Dance at Headquarters. This program will showcase some of the most talented and diverse dance groups and individuals in the community including Divine Gentlemen (Praise Group), Noni Jones' African dance group, Angela M. Holmes Dancers (group of teens and tweens), and the Lavern Porter Dancers (jazz, modern, Praise - mixture).

This year's Black History Month events include:

Alachua Branch

African American Read-In

Feb. 10, 2-4 pm, All Ages

This long held tradition weaves the spoken word with music and is celebrated by the entire community.

It Takes A Village featuring Educator Joe Louis Clark

Feb. 7, 6:30 pm, All Ages
Join us in celebrating Black History Month with Educator Joe Louis Clark, who inspired the award winning film Lean On Me, starring Morgan Freeman

Archer Branch

Celebrating Black History with Spirit Dancers of Jordan Glen School

Feb. 10, 3 pm, All Ages

Dances, songs, and music representing the African diaspora that will inspire and heal your spirit.  

 

Cone Park Branch

Special Storytime

Wednesdays, 10 am, for children 5 & under

Stories, fingerplays, songs, and crafts.

 

Hawthorne Branch

National African American Read-In 

Feb. 9, 2-3:30 pm, All Ages

Featured readers include local community members and leaders in the fields of religion, government, education, and the arts.

 

HeadquartersAn Evening of Dance

Black History Outside The Book: An Evening of Dance 

Feb. 10, 2 pm, All Ages

This year’s program will showcase some of the most diverse and accomplished dance groups in the community including Divine Gentlemen (Praise Group), Noni Jones' African dance group, Angela M. Holmes Dancers (group of teens and tweens), and the Lavern Porter Dancers (jazz, modern, Praise - mixture).

 

An Evening with Sharon Draper

Feb. 19, 6 pm, All Ages

Join acclaimed author Sharon Draper as she discusses her life, inspirations and her writing.

Natural Hair Care

Feb. 27, 6 pm, All Ages

Are you overwhelmed with selecting the right hair products for the texture of your hair? Thinking about going from a relaxer to a natural hair style? Then this program might be for you!

 

High Springs Branch

An African-American History of High Springs

Feb. 7, 6:30pm, Adults & Seniors

Listen to African-American members of our community tell you what it was like growing up in High Springs.

Who Am I?

Feb. 19, 4 pm, Teens

Test your knowledge of famous African-Americans.

Book & a Blanket

Feb. 25, 11 am, Ages 3-5

Sit out in the sunshine on a blanket and listen to books by African-American authors.

 

Library Partnership

Up-and-coming local African American Authors

Feb. 6, 5 pm, All Ages

Hear local authors, including Shereka O’Neal, Terence Pollard, LaTasha Holcy and Sunnie Williams, tell their stories and what inspired them to write.

Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society

Feb. 28, 4 pm, All Ages

Learn about the legacy of the Jacksonville Buffalo Soldier Historical Society and the role these honorable military men played in American history, and how the motorcycle club keeps their memory alive.

Special Movie Wednesday

Feb. 27, 3:30pm, All Ages

Celebrate with a special movie from the Library’s collection.

 

Micanopy Branch

Movie: Sounder

Feb. 17, 2 pm, All Ages

Based on the Newbery award winning book of the same name, this Oscar-nominated film shows a fairly accurate portrayal of southern life during the depression of the 1930s.

 

Millhopper Branch

African Dance & Drums

Feb. 9, 1 pm, All Ages

Noni Jones will teach basic movement/dance steps of a traditional African dance and give basic updates on current African history.

Black Superheroes and the Superman Paradigm

Feb. 16, 3-5 pm, All Ages - This program is a panel discussion on the history of African Americans in comics led by University of Florida graduate student Melissa Loucks.

Tuskegee Airmen

Feb. 23, 2-4 pm, All Ages

Dr. Daniel L. Haulman of the Air Force Historical Research Agency will speak about the Tuskegee Airmen and the book he co-authored, The Tuskegee Airmen: An Illustrated History 1939-1949.

 

Newberry Branch

Wild Buffalos, Wild Wheels?

Feb. 8, 3 pm, Ages 5-18

Talk about the Legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers. Hear stories about these honorable military men, the role they played in American history, and how the motorcycle club keeps their memory alive.

Black History Month Guest Speaker: Jamal Sowell

Feb. 19, 6 pm, All Ages

Jamal Sowell is a former UF student-body President and served in Afghanistan as a Marine Corps officer. He is currently a Special Assistant to University of Florida President Bernie Machen.

 

Tower Road Branch

African Dance & Drums

Feb. 16, 1 pm, All Ages

Noni Jones will teach basic movement/dance steps of a traditional African dance and give basic updates on current African history.

Tuskegee Airmen

Feb. 24, 2 pm, Adults & Seniors

Dr. Daniel L. Haulman of the Air Force Historical Research Agency will speak about the Tuskegee Airmen and the book he co-authored, The Tuskegee Airmen: An Illustrated History 1939-1949.

Posted by NickieK on February 6, 2013