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Black History Month 2012

St. Louis, MO… The St. Louis Public Library is proud to celebrate Black History Month 2012 with a full slate of programs throughout the system. This year’s national theme is “Black Women in American History and Culture.”

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 commemorative Black History Month booklet available at St. Louis Public Library locations throughout the city or visit the Library’s website at slpl.org.

February 1 | Schlafly | 225 N. Euclid Ave., 314-367-4120 | 10-11 a.m. | Family Night: Miss Tillie’s Corner | Children participate in owning, working in, and shopping in Miss Tillie’s pretend store. A fun way to learn history as well as utilize math, reading, and writing skills. Participation surprises. Grades 2-5

February 2 | Schlafly | 225 N. Euclid Ave., 314-367-4120 | 4-5 p.m. | Jump Around! | “Let’s Move!” is First Lady Michelle Obama’s fitness initiative. Try jump rope, hula hoop, and Dance Dance Revolution. Grades 6-12

February 2 | Julia Davis | 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 314-383-3021 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Book Talk/Panel Discussion | Dr. Priscilla Dowden-White leads a discussion on the role of black women in American history and culture.

February 4 | Schlafly | 225 N. Euclid Ave., 314-367-4120 | 3-5 p.m. | Book Discussion & Signing | Jamala Rogers discusses and signs her book, The Best of the Way I See It. Adults

February 6 | All Branches | All Day | African-American Read-In Chain | Celebrate African-American authors.

February 6 | Barr | 1701 S. Jefferson Ave., 314-771-7040 | 10-11 a.m. | Where Would We Be Without Thee? | Storyteller Loretta Washington portrays Phyllis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman in this original program that celebrates the contributions of African-American women. Grades 3-6

February 6 | Machacek | 6424 Scanlan Ave., 314-781-2948 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Our Eyes Are Watching Zora | View the documentary Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun. Hurston was a path-breaking novelist and anthropologist who established the African-American vernacular as one of the most vital, inventive voices in American literature. Adults

February 6 | Cabanne | 1106 Union Blvd., 314-367-0717 | 4-5 p.m. | Jump Around! | “Let’s Move!” is First Lady Michelle Obama’s fitness initiative. Try jump rope, hula hoop, and Dance Dance Revolution. Grades 6-12

February 6 | Schlafly | 225 N. Euclid Ave., 314-367-4120 | 6-8 p.m. | Film: Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues | Depicts how the blues were born out of the economic and social transformation of African-American life. All ages

February 7 | Carpenter | 3309 S. Grand Blvd., 314-772-6586 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Book Discussion & Signing | Jamala Rogers discusses and signs her book, The Best of the “Way I See It.” Adults

February 7 | Julia Davis | 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 314-383-3021 | 6-8 p.m. | Film: Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders | This documentary tells the story of the three Mississippi women who in 1965 walked into the U.S. House of Representatives seeking their civil rights. Adults

February 8 | Cabanne | 1106 Union Blvd., 314-367-0717 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Film: At the River I Stand | Documentary of two 1968 events in the Civil Rights Movements—the Sanitation Workers Strike in Memphis, Tennessee, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Adults

February 8 | Kingshighway | 2260 S. Vandeventer Ave., 314-771-5450 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Seeking the Past | Learn more about African-American women of achievement by completing a fun scavenger hunt throughout the Branch. Grades K-5/Families

February 8 | Baden | 8448 Church Rd., 314-388-2400 | 4-5 p.m. | Writing Away the Blues | Write and enjoy poetry while listening to Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, and other female African-American performers. Grades 6-12

February 8 | Walnut Park | 5760 West Florissant Ave., 314-383-1210 | 4-5 p.m. | Jump Around! | “Let’s Move!” is First Lady Michelle Obama’s fitness initiative. Try jump rope, hula hoop, and Dance Dance Revolution. Grades 6-12

February 9 | Barr | 1701 S. Jefferson Ave., 314-771-7040 | 4-5 p.m. | Jump Around! | “Let’s Move!” is First Lady Michelle Obama’s fitness initiative. Try jump rope, hula hoop, and Dance Dance Revolution. Grades 6-12

February 9 | Baden | 8448 Church Rd., 314-388-2400 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Bringing Color to the Canvas | St. Louis City Open Studio and Gallery (SCOSAG) presents a hands-on painting workshop featuring the concepts and techniques of celebrated Harlem Renaissance painter, Lois Mailu Jones. [NOTE: Wear an old shirt.] Grades 6-12

February 13 | Cabanne | 1106 Union Blvd., 314-367-0717 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Seeking the Past | Learn more about African-American women of achievement by completing a fun scavenger hunt throughout the Branch. Grades K-5/Families

February 13 | Divoll | 4234 N. Grand Blvd., 314-534-0313 | 4-5 p.m. | Jump Around! | “Let’s Move!” is First Lady Michelle Obama’s fitness initiative. Try jump rope, hula hoop, and Dance Dance Revolution. Grades 6-12

February 13 | Schlafly | 225 N. Euclid Ave., 314-367-4120 | 6-8 p.m. | Films: Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend and For My People: The Life and Writing of Margaret Walker | Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend records and relates the lives of the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, who for more than 150 years have made quilts reflecting their history and daily lives. For My People gives long-overdue recognition to one of American literature’s seminal figures. All ages

February 14 | Divoll | 4234 N. Grand Blvd., 314-534-0313 | 10-11 a.m. | Gimme Wings | A one-woman show that centers on Celeste, a young aviation student who longs to fly but hates learning about the history of aviation. Grades 4-12

February 21 | Machacek | 6424 Scanlan Ave., 314-781-2948 | 10-11 a.m. | Gimme Wings | A one-woman show that centers on Celeste, a young aviation student who longs to fly but hates learning about the history of aviation. Grades 4-12

February 21 | Buder | 4401 Hampton Ave., 314-352-2900 | 4-5 p.m. | Jump Around! |

“Let’s Move!” is First Lady Michelle Obama’s fitness initiative. Try jump rope, hula hoop, and Dance Dance Revolution. Grades 6-12

February 21 | Julia Davis | 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 314-383-3021 | 6-8 p.m. | Film: Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey | This documentary tells the amazing journey of the heart, mind, and spirit of the Little Rock Nine. Adults

February 22 | Baden | 8448 Church Rd., 314-388-2400 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Seeking the Past | Learn more about African-American women of achievement by completing a fun scavenger hunt through the Branch. Grades K-5/Families

February 22 | Machacek | 6424 Scanlan Ave., 314-781-2948 | 4-5 p.m. | Jump Around! | “Let’s Move!” is First Lady Michelle Obama’s fitness initiative. Try jump rope, hula hoop, and Dance Dance Revolution. Grades 6-12

February 22 | Schlafly | 225 N. Euclid Ave., 314-367-4120 | 7-8 p.m. | Black Women in Music | Storytellers Rosie “Ms. Felix” Willis and Fred “Jellyjaw” Johnson present contributions of African-American women to music. Families

February 23 | Baden | 8448 Church Rd., 314-388-2400 | 4-5 p.m. | Jump Around! | “Let’s Move!” is First Lady Michelle Obama’s fitness initiative. Try jump rope, hula hoop, and Dance Dance Revolution. Grades 6-12

February 23 | Walnut Park | 5760 West Florissant Ave., 314-383-1210 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Zora Neale Hurston: Black Anthropologist | Jason Vasser discusses the Harlem Renaissance as it relates to the creative arts and serves as a vehicle for social commentary and dialogue. Adults

February 23 | Schlafly | 225 N. Euclid Ave., 314-367-4120 | 7-8 p.m. | Family Night: Stories & Craft | Make an African rain stick. Families

February 26 | Christ Church Cathedral | 1210 Locust St., 314-206-6779 | 2-4 p.m. | Keynote Address: Angela Davis | The social equality activist and author discusses this year’s Black History Month theme, “Black Women in American History and Culture.”

February 27 | Schlafly | 225 N. Euclid Ave., 314-367-4120 | 6-8 p.m. | Film: Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun | Hurston was a path-breaking novelist and anthropologist who established the African-American vernacular as one of the most vital, inventive voices in American literature.
All ages

February 28 | Julia Davis | 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 314-383-3021 | 6-8 p.m. | Film: Rivers of Change: The Legacy of Five Unheralded Women in Montgomery and Their Struggle for Justice and Dignity: A Documentary | Examines the impact of five unheralded women on the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Using first-hand narrative the film highlights those who had personal relationships with the women as well as accounts by surviving members and their families. All ages

February 29 | Walnut Park | 5760 West Florissant Ave., 314-383-1210 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Seeking the Past | Learn more about African-American women of achievement by completing a fun scavenger hunt throughout the Branch. Grades K-5/Families

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1/25/2012