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Black History Month 2009

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library is proud to celebrate Black History Month 2009 with a full slate of events throughout the system. This year’s national theme is “The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas.” Support for the Library’s celebration of Black History Month 2009 is provided by CW-11 KPLR-TV.

All Black History Month activities are FREE, but seating is limited. Please call the appropriate Branch to reserve space. For more information, see the special Black History Month brochure available at all St. Louis Public Library locations, or check out the Library’s website at www.slpl.org.

 

February 2 | Walnut Park Branch, 5760 West Florissant Ave., 383-1210 | 4-5 pm | Ages 12-17

African-American History Bingo. It’s your thing! Shout out your knowledge!

 

February 3 | Carondelet Branch, 6800 Michigan Ave., 752-9224 | 10-11 am | Grades K-5

Healing Hands Drummers. The group play drums and tell stories. Children can play the smaller drums and other musical instruments with the performers.

 

February 3 | Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 4-5 pm | Ages 12-17

African-American History Bingo. It’s your thing! Shout out your knowledge!

 

February 4 | Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave., 352-2900 | 1:30-3 pm

Film: In the Heat of the Night. Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, and Lee Grant. A black cop from Philadelphia is accused of killing a Mississippi town’s most prominent citizen. After proving himself innocent, the prejudiced chief of police coerces him into helping solve the murder. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, it won 5 including Best Picture.

 

February 4 | Cabanne Branch, 1106 Union Blvd., 367-0717 | 4-5 pm | Ages 12-17

African-American History Bingo. It’s your thing! Shout out your knowledge!

February 4 | Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 7-8 pm | All ages

Gitana Productions Presents Doing the Dream: The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas. A variety show intertwined with contemporary music, dance, and drama that focuses on Martin L. King, Jr. and the major themes of his peace movement. Addresses the common struggles of African Americans and immigrants to legally gain full citizenship and to actively participate as citizens. Presents youth discussing how to achieve Dr. King’s dream.

 

February 5 | Divoll Branch, 4234 N. Grand Blvd., 534-0313 | 4-5 pm | Ages 12-17

African-American History Bingo. It’s your thing! Shout out your knowledge!

 

February 5 | Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 6-8:30 pm

Film: Gordon Parks’ In Black & White. Written by Gordon Parks and Russ Karel. Documentary that explores the inception, struggle, suppression, and survival of black cinema from the 1920s through the 1950s. Delivers an indictment of racism in the arts and American culture and examines the lives of Josephine Baker, Countee Cullen, Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, Oscar Micheaux, Paul Robeson, and Richard Wright and their influence on Afro-American cinema.

 

February 6 | Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 9:30-10:30 am | Grades K-5

Healing Hands Drummers. The group play drums and tell stories. Children can play the smaller drums and other musical instruments with the performers.

 

February 6 | Walnut Park Branch, 5760 West Florissant Ave., 383-1210 | 10-11 am | Grades 6-8

Bobby Norfolk Presents Lincoln & the Civil War. Norfolk portrays a freed slave named Jacob, circa 1865. Includes first person narratives, poetry, and song to highlight the key players, events, and political forces that brought ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances.

 

February 7 | Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 2-4 pm | Adults

Lorrice Edwards Presents Decorating With an African Flair. Ideas to bring a touch of Africa to your home. This workshop offers a chance for hands-on decorating. Materials and instruction provided. Limit: 25 participants. Advance registration required. Call Branch to register.

 

February 9 | Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave., 352-2900 | 6-7 pm | Grades K-5

Healing Hands Drummers. The group play drums and tell stories. Children can play the smaller drums and other musical instruments with the performers.

 

February 9 | Central Library, 1301 Olive St., 206-6779 | 7-8:30 pm | All ages

Keynote Speaker: Donna Brazile. Groundbreaking political activist Donna Brazile discusses the Black History Month theme and signs her book Cooking With Grease: Stirring the Pots in America. A book signing follows. Seating is first-come, first-served.

 

February 10 | Kingshighway Branch, 2260 S. Vandeventer Ave., 771-5450 | 4-5 pm | Ages 12-17

African-American History Bingo. It’s your thing! Shout out your knowledge!

 

February 10 | Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Ave., 772-6586 | 7-8 pm | Adults

Tom Pearson Presents To Rally With the Hearts of Lions: African-American Civil War Soldiers. Learn about the hardships suffered by and the triumphs of the men of the United States Colored Troops and discover how to research ancestors who served in the U.S.C.T. Approximately 180,000 black men served in the U.S.C.T. after it was established in May 1863. Includes a discussion of the service of black men in all-white state volunteer regiments.

February 11 | Cabanne Branch, 1106 Union Blvd., 367-0717 | 1-2 pm | Adults

Tom Pearson Presents To Rally With the Hearts of Lions: African-American Civil War Soldiers. Learn about the hardships suffered by and the triumphs of the men of the United States Colored Troops and discover how to research ancestors who served in the U.S.C.T. Approximately 180,000 black men served in the U.S.C.T. after it was established in May 1863. Includes a discussion of the service of black men in all-white state volunteer regiments.

 

February 11 | Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave., 352-2900 | 1:30-3 pm

Film: Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, and Sidney Poitier. When the daughter of well-to-do liberal parents plans to marry a black doctor, both families must sit down face-to-face and examine each other’s level of intolerance. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards. This film is one of the AFI’s 100 Greatest Movies.

 

February 11 | Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 4-5 pm | Ages 12-17

African-American History Bingo. It’s your thing! Shout out your knowledge!

 

February 12 | Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 4-5 pm | Grades 6-8

CHiPS in Motion Presents Madame Wright’s Place. Presented by Community Health-in-Partnership Services (CHiPS). In this dramatization, teens who have died of AIDS are “brought back to life” (via audience participation) to tell their stories. CHiPS in Motion is a component of Community Health-in-Partnership Services’ Health Education and Outreach Department, which uses creative techniques to empower participants.

 

February 12 | Baden Branch, 8448 Church Rd., 388-2400 | 4-5 pm | Ages 12-17

African-American History Bingo. It’s your thing! Shout out your knowledge!

February 12 | Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 6-8:30 pm

Film: Oscar Micheaux’s Body & Soul. Written by Oscar Micheaux. In his first screen role, Paul Robeson plays two roles—an evil preacher and his good brother—who wage a personal war for the body and soul of the heroine. Silent film with English subtitles. Background music by 1998 post-modern jazz group Honk, Wail and Moan. Includes introductory notes discussing Micheaux’s battle with the New York Censor Board.

 

February 17 | Machacek Branch, 6424 Scanlan Ave., 781-2948 | 10-11 am

Film: Sisters of Selma. Looks back at 1965 and the unsung soldiers of the voting rights marches. Catholic nuns from across the country answered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to join the protests in Selma, Alabama. See how the experience changed them.

 

February 17 | Central Library, 1301 Olive St., 206-6779 | 4-5 pm | Ages 12-17

African-American History Bingo. It’s your thing! Shout out your knowledge!

 

February 17 | Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 7-8 pm

Pan African Drum Ensemble. Experience the rhythms of Africa, the Caribbean, and American contemporary music with percussionist Dennis Lebby and his ensemble.

 

February 18 | Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 10-11 am | Grades K-5

Healing Hands Drummers. The group play drums and tell stories. Children can play the smaller drums and other musical instruments with the performers.

 

February 18 | Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave., 352-2900 | 1:30-3 pm

Film: Glory. Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, and Matthew Broderick. This film is considered one of the finest historical dramas ever made. It is the story of black soldiers in the Massachusetts 54th Regiment during the American Civil War. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards, it won 3.

 

February 18 | Barr Branch, 1701 S. Jefferson Ave., 771-7040 | 4-5 pm | Ages 12-17

African-American History Bingo. It’s your thing! Shout out your knowledge!

February 18 | Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Ave., 772-6586 | 6-7 pm | All ages

Gitana Productions Presents Doing the Dream: The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas. A variety show intertwined with contemporary music, dance, and drama that focuses on Martin L. King, Jr. and the major themes of his peace movement. Addresses the common struggles of African Americans and immigrants to legally gain full citizenship and to actively participate as citizens. Presents youth discussing how to achieve Dr. King’s dream.

 

February 19 | Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Ave., 772-6586 | 4-5 pm | Ages 12-17

African-American History Bingo. It’s your thing! Shout out your knowledge!

 

February 19 | Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 6-8:30 pm

Film: Kasi Lemmon’s Eve’s Bayou. Written by Kasi Lemmon. When Eve witnesses her father’s philandering behavior, she turns to other family members to help her deal with it, but fear of the truth keep them from helping her. Unable to find the understanding she is looking for, Eve decides to take matters into her own hands.

 

February 20 | Walnut Park Branch, 5760 West Florissant Ave., 383-1210 | 2-3 pm

Pan African Drum Ensemble. Experience the rhythms of Africa, the Caribbean, and American contemporary music with percussionist Dennis Lebby and his ensemble.

 

February 21 | Kingshighway Branch, 2260 S. Vandeventer Ave., 771-5450 | 1-2 pm | All ages

Gitana Productions Presents Doing the Dream: The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas. A variety show intertwined with contemporary music, dance, and drama that focuses on Martin L. King, Jr. and the major themes of his peace movement. Addresses the common struggles of African Americans and immigrants to legally gain full citizenship and to actively participate as citizens. Presents youth discussing how to achieve Dr. King’s dream.

 

February 21 | Divoll Branch, 4234 N. Grand Blvd., 534-0313 | 2-3 pm

Pan African Drum Ensemble. Experience the rhythms of Africa, the Caribbean, and American contemporary music with percussionist Dennis Lebby and his ensemble.

 

February 23 | Machecek Branch, 6424 Scanlan Ave., 781-2948 | 4-5 pm | Ages 12-17

African-American History Bingo. It’s your thing! Shout out your knowledge!

 

February 23 | Central Library, 1301 Olive St., 206-6779 | 7-8:30 pm

The Quest for Black Citizenship in St. Louis: An Evening With Sylvester Brown. St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Sylvester Brown, Jr. speaks about his career as an African-American journalist covering the Black Quest for Citizenship in this region and gives his perspective on the contributions of the NAACP and other key players in local civil rights history.

 

February 24 | Cabanne Branch, 1106 Union Blvd., 367-0717 | 4-5 pm

Pan African Drum Ensemble. Experience the rhythms of Africa, the Caribbean, and American contemporary music with percussionist Dennis Lebby and his ensemble.

 

February 25 | Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave., 352-2900 | 1:30-3 pm

Film: The Long Walk Home. Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek. Odessa Cotter is a quietly dignified woman who works as a housekeeper for Miriam Thompson. When Odessa honors the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott by walking an exhausting nine miles to and from work, Miriam offers her a ride. This act puts their lives in danger for civil rights. In a difficult world of black versus white, together they manage to discover a common ground. This film won several awards including the Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for Goldberg.

February 25 | Cabanne Branch, 1106 Union Blvd., 367-0717 | 1:30-2:30 pm

Film: At the River I Stand. A documentary of two 1968 events in the Civil Rights Movement—the sanitation workers strike in Memphis, Tennessee, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The film illustrates how the black community, local civil rights leaders, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees mobilized behind the strikers in mass demonstrations and a boycott of downtown businesses.

 

February 25 | Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave., 352-2900 | 4-5 pm | Ages 12-17

African-American History Bingo. It’s your thing! Shout out your knowledge!

 

February 25 | Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 6-7 pm | All ages

Gitana Productions Presents Doing the Dream: The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas. A variety show intertwined with contemporary music, dance, and drama that focuses on Martin L. King, Jr. and the major themes of his peace movement. Addresses the common struggles of African Americans and immigrants to legally gain full citizenship and to actively participate as citizens. Presents youth discussing how to achieve Dr. King’s dream.

February 26 | Carondelet Branch, 6800 Michigan Ave., 752-9224 | 10-11 am | Grades 6-8

Bobby Norfolk Presents Lincoln & the Civil War. Norfolk portrays a freed slave named Jacob, circa 1865. Includes first person narratives, poetry, and song to highlight the key players, events, and political forces that brought ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances.

 

February 26 | Carondelet Branch, 6800 Michigan Ave., 752-9224 | 4-5 pm | Ages 12-17

African-American History Bingo. It’s your thing! Shout out your knowledge!

 

February 26 | Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 6-8:30 pm

Film: Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. By Spike Lee. Traces the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. The story takes place on the hottest day of the year—a day that will change the lives of the residents forever.

 

February 28 | Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 2-3 pm | All ages

Vocalist Chi Mathias Presents Music of the Struggle. Inspirational soul music and contemporary ballads of the ’60s and ’70s. Includes Q&A session. CDs available for purchase.

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