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Black History Month 2011

St. Louis, MO… The St. Louis Public Library is proud to celebrate Black History Month 2011 with a full slate of programs throughout the system. This year’s national theme is “African Americans and the Civil War.”

All Black History Month activities at the St. Louis Public Library are FREE and open to the public, 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 |Carpenter, 3309 S. Grand Blvd., 772-6586 | 4-5 p.m. | Remember Fort Pillow | Make a small pillow in honor of this Civil War battle.

February 1 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 6-8 p.m. | Film: Glory. Based on the letters of Colonel Robert G. Shaw, an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers.

February 2 | Barr, 1701 S. Jefferson Ave., 771-7040 | 4-5 p.m. | Remember Fort Pillow | Make a small pillow in honor of this Civil War battle.

February 3 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 4-5 p.m. | Remember Fort Pillow | Make a small pillow in honor of this Civil War battle.

February 4 | Carpenter, 3309 S. Grand Blvd., 772-6586 | 1-2 p.m. | Black Soldiers in the American Civil War (Session I): To Rally With the Hearts of Lions: African-American Soldiers in the Civil War. More than 180,000 black men served in the Union Army. Presentation examines their training and everyday duties, the dangers they faced, and suggests ways their service can be documented.

February 5 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 2-4 p.m. | Book Talk/Panel Discussion | Dr. Louis S. Gerteis leads a discussion about African Americans and the Civil War.

February 5 | Barr, 1701 S. Jefferson Ave., 771-7040 | 2-6 p.m. | Film: Roots (Parts 1 & 2) |The unforgettable 1977 television mini-series. Adults

February 7 | All Branches | All Day | African-American Read-In Chain | Celebrate African-American authors.

February 7 | Barr, 1701 S. Jefferson Ave., 771-7040 | 10-11 a.m. | Susie King Taylor: A Teacher, Laundress, Civil War Nurse & Author. Carole Shelton portrays an African-American nurse who escaped to safety with the Union Army. Grades 3-8

February 7 | Walnut Park, 5760 West Florissant Ave., 383-1210 | 10-11 a.m. | Bobby Norfolk Presents In the Shadow of Lincoln: A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand. Bobby Norfolk portrays a freed slave & performs first-person narratives, songs & poetry highlighting the key players, events & political forces that brought ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances. Grades 3-8

February 7 | Baden, 8448 Church Rd., 388-2400 | 10 a.m.-Noon | Chat ’n’ Brew: Glory | Based on the letters of Colonel Robert G. Shaw, an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers.

February 7 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 6-8 p.m. | Films: Black Communities After the Civil War and A History of the Negro in America.

February 8 | Cabanne, 1106 Union Blvd., 367-0717 | 10-11 a.m. | Bobby Norfolk Presents In the Shadow of Lincoln: A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand. Bobby Norfolk portrays a freed slave & performs first-person narratives, songs & poetry highlighting the key players, events & political forces that brought ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances. Grades 3-8

February 8 | Carpenter, 3309 S. Grand Blvd., 772-6586 | 10-11 a.m. | Sojourner Truth: Spy, Abolitionist & Women’s Rights Activist. Stephanie Boykin depicts Sojourner Truth & her life as a spy for the Union Army. Grades 3-8

February 8 | Kingshighway, 2260 S. Vandeventer Ave., 771-5450 | 4-5 p.m. | Remember Fort Pillow | Make a small pillow in honor of this Civil War battle.

February 8 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 6-8 p.m. | Film: The 54th Massachusetts | This documentary traces the first northern African-American unit in the Civil War.

February 9 | Buder, 4401 Hampton Ave., 352-2900 | 10-11 a.m. | Susie King Taylor: A Teacher, Laundress, Civil War Nurse & Author. Carole Shelton portrays an African-American nurse who escaped to safety with the Union Army. Grades 3-8

February 9 | Cabanne, 1106 Union Blvd., 367-0717 | 1-2 p.m. | Living in the Midst of War | Program uses slave narratives to explore the everyday lives of African Americans during the Civil War. Adults

February 9 | Divoll, 4234 N. Grand Blvd., 534-0313 | 2-4 p.m. | Film: The Civil War (Parts 2 & 3) | Ken Burns’ landmark documentary about the United States’ most destructive—and defining—conflict.

February 9 | Baden, 8448 Church Rd., 388-2400 | 4-5 p.m. | Remember Fort Pillow | Make a small pillow in honor of this Civil War battle.

February 9 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Author Isabel Wilkerson | The Pulitzer-Prize-winning author discusses the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South seeking a better life in northern and western cities in her new book, The Warmth of Other Suns.

February 10 | Machacek, 6424 Scanlan Ave., 781-2948 | 10-11 a.m. | Bobby Norfolk Presents In the Shadow of Lincoln: A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand. Bobby Norfolk portrays a freed slave & performs first-person narratives, songs & poetry highlighting the key players, events & political forces that brought ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances. Grades 3-8

February 10 | Baden, 8448 Church Rd., 388-2400 | 4-5 p.m. | Sojourner Truth: Spy, Abolitionist & Women’s Rights Activist. Stephanie Boykin depicts Sojourner Truth & her life as a spy for the Union Army. Grades 3-8

February 10 | Divoll, 4234 N. Grand Blvd., 534-0313 | 4-5 p.m. | Remember Fort Pillow | Make a small pillow in honor of this Civil War battle.

February 12 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 2-3 p.m. | The Music of Charles & Niki Glenn | Songs that celebrate the accomplishments & struggles of African Americans. Adults

February 12 | Barr, 1701 S. Jefferson Ave., 771-7040 | 2-4 p.m. | Film: Roots (Part 3) | The unforgettable 1977 television mini-series. Adults

February 14 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 6-8 p.m. | Film: Forgotten Battle of Fort Pillow and the Birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

February 15 | Divoll, 4234 N. Grand Blvd., 534-0313 | 10-11 a.m. | Susie King Taylor: A Teacher, Laundress, Civil War Nurse & Author. Carole Shelton portrays an African-American nurse who escaped to safety with the Union Army. Grades 3-8

February 15 | Machacek, 6424 Scanlan Ave., 781-2948 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Film/Discussion: The 54th Massachusetts | View and discuss this documentary, which traces the first northern African-American unit in the Civil War.

February 15 | Machacek, 6424 Scanlan Ave., 781-2948 | 4-5 p.m. | Remember Fort Pillow | Make a small pillow in honor of this Civil War battle.

February 15 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 6-8 p.m. | Film: Birth of a Nation | The Stoneman and Cameron families fight on different sides in the Civil War. After the War, they return to a South changed by Reconstruction.

February 16 | Kingshighway, 2260 S. Vandeventer Ave., 771-5450 | 10-11 a.m. | Bobby Norfolk Presents In the Shadow of Lincoln: A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand. Bobby Norfolk portrays a freed slave & performs first-person narratives, songs & poetry highlighting the key players, events & political forces that brought ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances. Grades 3-8

February 16 | Divoll, 4234 N. Grand Blvd., 534-0313 | 2-4 p.m. | Film: The Massachusetts Colored 54th Infantry | Chronicles the formation and battlefield heroics of the first all-black Union regiment in the Civil War.

February 16 | Buder, 4401 Hampton Ave., 352-2900 | 4-5 p.m. | Remember Fort Pillow | Make a small pillow in honor of this Civil War battle.

February 17 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 10-11 a.m. | Sojourner Truth: Spy, Abolitionist & Women’s Rights Activist. Stephanie Boykin depicts Sojourner Truth & her life as a spy for the Union Army. Grades 3-8

February 17 | Walnut Park, 5760 West Florissant Ave., 383-1210 | 4-5 p.m. | Remember Fort Pillow | Make a small pillow in honor of this Civil War battle.

February 18 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 1-2 p.m. | Black Soldiers in the American Civil War (Session II): The Crimes of This Guilty Land: Captain John Brown’s Assault on Slavery. Some abolitionists felt that freedom for blacks in the United States should come gradually through non-violent means. Captain John Brown believed that freedom should occur quickly, and by any means necessary, up to and including lengthy and violent civil war.

February 19 | Carpenter, 3309 S. Grand Blvd., 772-6586 | 2-3 p.m. | The Music of Charles & Niki Glenn | Songs that celebrate the accomplishments & struggles of African Americans. Adults

February 19 | Barr, 1701 S. Jefferson Ave., 771-7040 | 2-4 p.m. | Film: Roots (Part 4) | The unforgettable 1977 television mini-series. Adults

February 21 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 6-8 p.m. | Film: Inside Buffalo | The film tells the story of the 92nd Buffalo Division, the all African-American, segregated combat unit that fought with outstanding heroism in Italy during World War II.

February 22 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 6-8 p.m. | Film: Andersonville | Looks at the atrocities that occurred in the 1864 POW camp run by the Confederacy in Georgia.

February 23 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 10-11 a.m. | Susie King Taylor: A Teacher, Laundress, Civil War Nurse & Author. | Carole Shelton portrays an African-American nurse who escaped to safety with the Union Army. Grades 3-8

February 23 | Cabanne, 1106 Union Blvd., 367-0717 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Film: Glory | Based on the letters of Colonel Robert G. Shaw, an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers.

February 23 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 4-5 p.m. | Remember Fort Pillow | Make a small pillow in honor of this Civil War battle.

February 24 | Cabanne, 1106 Union Blvd., 367-0717 | 4-5 p.m. | Remember Fort Pillow | Make a small pillow in honor of this Civil War battle.

February 24 | Buder, 4401 Hampton Ave., 352-2900 | 7-8 p.m. | Black Soldiers in the American Civil War (Session III): Black Codes and Fugitive Slave Laws. | Black codes and fugitive slave laws were two of the direct causes of the Civil War. Black codes were laws passed by states specifically designed to limit the political and economic power of persons of African descent. Federal fugitive slave laws made it easier for slave owners to secure the return of runaway slaves. Program discusses those laws and the heavy restrictions they placed on black freedom and opportunity.

February 26 | Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 383-3021 | 2-4 p.m. | The Music of Roland “Bob” Harris. | Harris sings soulful songs. Adults

February 26 | Barr, 1701 S. Jefferson Ave., 771-7040 | 2-6 p.m. | Film: Roots (Parts 5 & 6) | The unforgettable 1977 television mini-series. Adults

February 27 | Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust St. | 2-4 p.m. | Keynote Speaker: Eugene Robinson | The Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post columnist and associate editor discusses this year’s Black History Month theme “African Americans and the Civil War.”

February 28 | Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., 367-4120 | 6-8 p.m. | Film: Within Our Gates | A powerful story about racial prejudice and its consequences.

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1/28/2011