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Donna Brazile to Speak @ Central

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present senior political strategist and former presidential campaign manager Donna Brazile as the keynote speaker for its celebration of Black History Month 2009. The national theme for Black History Month this year is: The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas. The event takes place at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street, on Monday, February 9, at 7 p.m. A book signing follows. Copies of Brazile's book, Cooking With Grease: Stirring the Pots in America will be available for purchase. The book chronicles her rise in politics and her experiences as an African-American woman forging change in our country. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Groundbreaking political activist Donna Brazile has been involved in politics since the tender age of nine. Back then she was fighting for a new playground-today she is encouraging young people to vote and to run for political office.

She was the first African-American woman ever to manage a presidential campaign. Before advising Bill Clinton and Al Gore, she was involved in every presidential campaign since 1976. Her political savvy has won her numerous awards and honors, including Washingtonian magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, D.C.; Essence Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in America; and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Award for Political Achievement.

Donna Brazile grew up one of nine children in a working-poor family in New Orleans, a place where talking politics comes naturally. Her witty style and innovative political strategies have garnered her the respect and admiration of colleagues and adversaries alike - she is as comfortable trading quips with Karl Rove as she is with her Democratic colleagues.

Brazile's keynote address is the highlight of a month-long series of programs at the Library celebrating African Americans. For a complete listing of activities, see the February issue of Check It Out!, (the Library's monthly newsletter), our Black History Month booklet, or visit our website at www.slpl.org.

Support for the Library's celebration of Black History Month 2009 is provided by CW-11 KPLR-TV.

For more information, call 314-206-6779.

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1/27/2009