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Black History Month 2010

St. Louis, MO… The St. Louis Public Library’s Diversity Committee is proud to celebrate Black History Month 2010 with a full slate of events throughout the system. This year’s national theme is “The History of Black Economic Empowerment.”

All Black History Month activities are FREE, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call the appropriate Branch to reserve space.

For more information, see the special Black History Month booklet available at all St. Louis Public Library locations, or visit the Library’s website at slpl.org.

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

February 1 | All Branches | All Day | African-American Read-In Chain. Celebrate African-American authors.

February 1 | Central, 1301 Olive St., 539-0380 | 4-5 pm | Grades 6-12 | A Taste of Black History. Enjoy a sweet treat made possible by an African-American inventor.

February 1 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 6-8 pm | All ages | Film/Discussion: John Hope Franklin. Historian John Hope Franklin looks back at his life and work. The film covers his contributions as a scholar, activist, and advocate for reparations.

February 2 | Carondelet, 6800 Michigan Ave., 752-9224 | 10-11 am | All ages | Pan-African Drum Ensemble. Celebrate with rhythms from the River Niger to the Mississippi! Dennis Lebby and his ensemble demonstrate how African rhythms continue to influence modern day music.

February 2 | Cabanne, 1106 Union Blvd., 367-0717 | 4-5 pm | Grades 6-12 | A Taste of Black History. Enjoy a sweet treat made possible by an African-American inventor.

February 2 | Buder, 4401 Hampton Ave., 352-2900 | 7-8 pm | Meet the Artists: Zuka Visual Arts Guild. The Vaughn Cultural Center of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis presents “Generation to Generation,” an exhibit by the Zuka Visual Arts Guild. (Featuring Andrea Hughes and Ronald Young)

February 3 | Barr, 1701 S. Jefferson Ave., 771-7040 | 4-5 pm | Grades 6-12 | A Taste of Black History. Enjoy a sweet treat made possible by an African-American inventor.

February 4 | Carondelet, 6800 Michigan Ave., 752-9224 | 4-5 pm | Grades 6-12 | A Taste of Black History. Enjoy a sweet treat made possible by an African-American inventor.

February 4 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 6-7 pm | Film: History of Black Achievement in America – Parts 1 & 2. Presented by James Avery, this eight-part series documents the many contributions of black Americans that have influenced our culture, enriched our society, and shaped the history of the U.S.

February 6 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 2-4 pm | All ages | SweetArt With Cbabi Bayoc. St. Louis’ own Cbabi Bayoc discusses illustrating Young Cornrows Callin’ Out the Moon. Bayoc’s artwork will be on display throughout February at the Schlafly Branch.

February 8 | Buder, 4401 Hampton Ave., 352-2900 | 10:30-11:30 am | Grades K-6 | Bobby Norfolk Presents Rhythms, Rhymes & Raps. Kids discover the joy of poetry through a rollicking multicultural tour of raps and traditional verse.

February 8 | Walnut Park, 5760 West Florissant Ave., 383-1210 | 10:30-11:30 am | Ages 4-8 | Add It Up! With Mr. Music and Bebop. Learn life skills through the kid-friendly language of music. Singing and participation encouraged. Instruments provided.

February 8 | Divoll, 4234 N. Grand Blvd., 534-0313 | 4-5 pm | Grades 6-12 | A Taste of Black History. Enjoy a sweet treat made possible by an African-American inventor.

February 8 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 6-8 pm | All ages | Film/Discussion: Goin' to Chicago. Chronicles one of the most momentous yet least heralded sagas of American history—the great migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North and West after World War II.

February 9 | Cabanne, 1106 Union Blvd., 367-0717 | 1-2 pm | All ages | More Than Music. African-American music didn’t just reflect the times—it helped shape the 20th century. Join Barbara Henderson for a multimedia presentation illustrating the impact of African-American music on American and world culture.

February 9 | Kingshighway, 2260 S. Vandeventer Ave., 771-5450 | 4-5 pm | Grades 6-12 | A Taste of Black History. Enjoy a sweet treat made possible by an African-American inventor.

February 9 | Carondelet, 6800 Michigan Ave., 752-9224 | 4:30-5:30 pm | Grades K-8 | African-American Timelines. Which famous African Americans can you name? Put them all on a timeline to display.

February 10 | Central, 1301 Olive St., 539-0380 | 10:30-11:30 am | Ages 4-8 | Add It Up! With Mr. Music and Bebop. Learn life skills through the kid-friendly language of music. Singing and participation encouraged. Instruments provided.

February 10 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 4-5 pm | Grades 6-12 | A Taste of Black History. Enjoy a sweet treat made possible by an African-American inventor.

February 10 | Barr, 1701 S. Jefferson Ave., 771-7040 | 4:30-6 pm | Meet the Artists: Zuka Visual Arts Guild. The Vaughn Cultural Center of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis presents “Generation to Generation,” an exhibit by the Zuka Visual Arts Guild. (Featuring Gundia Lock Clay and Joe LaMarque)

February 10 | Carpenter, 3309 S. Grand Ave., 772-6586 | 7-8 pm | Black Inventors by Carol Giles-Straight. African-American inventors and their creations.

February 11 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 4-5 pm | Grades 6-12 | A Taste of Black History. Enjoy a sweet treat made possible by an African-American inventor.

February 11 | Divoll, 4234 N. Grand Blvd., 534-0313 | 5-6 pm | Meet the Artists: Zuka Visual Arts Guild. The Vaughn Cultural Center of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis presents “Generation to Generation,” an exhibit by the Zuka Visual Arts Guild. (Featuring Jean Brantley and Alfred Brooks)

February 11 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 6-7 pm | Film: History of Black Achievement in America – Parts 3 & 4. Presented by James Avery, this eight-part series documents the many contributions of black Americans that have influenced our culture, enriched our society, and shaped the history of the U.S.

February 13 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 2-4 pm | Panel Discussion: From Dr. King to President Obama. The St. Louis Urban League Young Professionals and the Friends of Julia Davis co-host this panel discussion. The program focuses on the state of black America as documented in the National Urban League’s 2009 publication “A Message to the President.”

February 13 | Cabanne, 1106 Union Blvd., 367-0717 | 2-4 pm | Meet the Artists: Zuka Visual Arts Guild. The Vaughn Cultural Center of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis presents “Generation to Generation,” an exhibit by the Zuka Visual Arts Guild. (Featuring Robert Campbell and Joseph LaMarque)

February 16 | Machacek, 6424 Scanlan Ave., 781-2948 | 10-11 am | Movie: Where Did You Get That Woman? Screening and discussion of the 1982 documentary about African-American septuagenarian Joan Williams, a washroom attendant in a Chicago bar for twenty years, who reminisces about her life.

February 16 | Walnut Park, 5760 West Florissant Ave., 383-1210 | 4-5 pm | Grades 6-12 | A Taste of Black History. Enjoy a sweet treat made possible by an African-American inventor.

February 17 | Divoll, 4234 N. Grand Blvd., 534-0313 | 10:30 am | Grades K-6 | Bobby Norfolk Presents Rhythms, Rhymes & Raps. Kids discover the joy of poetry through a rollicking multicultural tour of raps and traditional verse.

February 17 | Barr, 1701 S. Jefferson Ave., 771-7040 | 4-6 pm | Movie: The Wiz. Celebrate the “King of Pop” and other black entertainers with this African-American rendition of The Wizard of Oz.

February 17 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 7-8:30 pm | Meet the Artists: Zuka Visual Arts Guild. The Vaughn Cultural Center of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis presents “Generation to Generation,” an exhibit by the Zuka Visual Arts Guild. (Featuring Kenneth Calvert)

February 18 | Cabanne, 1106 Union Blvd., 367-0717 | 10-11 am | Grades K-6 | Bobby Norfolk Presents Rhythms, Rhymes & Raps. Kids discover the joy of poetry through a rollicking multicultural tour of raps and traditional verse.

February 18 | Barr, 1701 S. Jefferson Ave., 771-7040 | 10:30-11:30 am | Ages 4-8 | Add It Up! With Mr. Music and Bebop. Learn life skills through the kid-friendly language of music. Singing and participation encouraged. Instruments provided.

February 18 | Carpenter, 3309 S. Grand Ave., 772-6586 | 3:30-4:30 pm | Grades K-8 | African-American Timelines. Which famous African Americans can you name? Put them all on a timeline to display.

February 18 | Walnut Park, 5760 West Florissant Ave., 383-1210 | 4-6 pm | Movie: Akeelah & the Bee. Despite a distracting home life, an unpromising neighborhood, and lack of confidence, Akeelah unexpectedly wins a local spelling bee, which leads her on to bigger things.

February 18 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 6-7 pm | Film: History of Black Achievement in America – Parts 5 & 6. Presented by James Avery, this eight-part series documents the many contributions of black Americans that have influenced our culture, enriched our society, and shaped the history of the U.S.

February 20 | Carpenter, 3309 S. Grand Ave., 772-6586 | 2-3 pm | Gitana “Living the Dream.” A dramatic presentation performed by youth will focus on the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. including relationships in the family, the community, and globally. The program also includes music and dance performances.

February 20 | Baden, 8448 Church Rd., 388-2400 | 2-4 pm | Reception for D’Poet. Poetry performance and reception for multi-disciplinary performer David A.N. Jackson (a.k.a., D’Poet). Jackson’s artwork will be on display throughout February.

February 21 | Central, 1301 Olive St., 206-6779 | 2-4 pm | Keynote Address: Marc Morial. The President and CEO of the National Urban League discusses this year’s Black History Month theme, “The History of Black Economic Empowerment.”

February 22 | Baden, 8448 Church Rd., 388-2400 | 4-5 pm | Grades 6-12 | A Taste of Black History. Enjoy a sweet treat made possible by an African-American inventor.

February 22 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 6-8 pm | All ages | Film/Discussion: The Two Nations of Black America. Utilizing interviews with noted Afro-Americans and historical film footage, this film measures the economic and social success of the Civil Rights Movement and the gap between middle class and poor African Americans.

February 23 | Machacek, 6424 Scanlan Ave., 781-2948 | 4-5 pm | Grades 6-12 | A Taste of Black History. Enjoy a sweet treat made possible by an African-American inventor.

February 23 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 7-8 pm | All ages | Pan-African Drum Ensemble. Celebrate with rhythms from the River Niger to the Mississippi! Dennis Lebby and his ensemble demonstrate how African rhythms continue to influence modern day music.

February 24 | Buder, 4401 Hampton Ave., 352-2900 | 4-5 pm | Grades 6-12 | A Taste of Black History. Enjoy a sweet treat made possible by an African-American inventor.

February 24 | Baden, 8448 Church Rd., 388-2400 | 4-5 pm | Ages 4-8 | Add It Up! With Mr. Music and Bebop. Learn life skills through the kid-friendly language of music. Singing and participation encouraged. Instruments provided.

February 25 | Carpenter, 3309 S. Grand Ave., 772-6586 | 4-5 pm | Grades 6-12 | A Taste of Black History. Enjoy a sweet treat made possible by an African-American inventor.

February 25 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 6-7 pm | Film: History of Black Achievement in America – Parts 7 & 8. Presented by James Avery, this eight-part series documents the many contributions of black Americans that have influenced our culture, enriched our society, and shaped the history of the U.S.

February 27 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 2-3 pm | Black Inventors by Carol Giles. African-American inventors and their creations.

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