City Library Celebrates Black History Month 2016 With Full Slate of Fascinating Programs

St. Louis, MO ... The St. Louis Public Library is proud to celebrate Black History Month 2016 with a full slate of fascinating programs throughout the Library system. This year's national theme is "Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African-American Memory."

Through out February, each St. Louis Public Library Branch's programs focus on specific, St. Louis-area hallowed grounds.

In addition, the Library is hosting three special events. Author, publisher, and editor Andrea Davis Pinkney is the Featured Guest Speaker on February 4 at the Schlafly Branch at 7 p.m..

Central Library, 1301 Olive St., hosts the Library's Black History Month Keynote Speaker Sonia Sanchez. The poet and playwright speaks on Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m.. In addition to Sanchez, visitors can step aboard a 1958 Trailways bus to take a historic journey with the St. Louis Freedom Riders between Noon and 2 p.m..

All Black History Month activities at the St. Louis Public Library and 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 program details, pick up 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 1-29
Baden: Calvary and Bellefontaine Cemeteries | 8448 Church Rd., 314-388-2400 |
Branch Hours
Display: View photographs of famous African Americans buried in the Calvary and
Bellefontaine Cemeteries. Read about Dred Scott and his case at the Old Courthouse;
about Rev. John Berry Meachum, who founded the Freedom School on the Mississippi
River; and more. All Ages


February 1
Carpenter: Sumner High School | 3309 S. Grand Blvd., 314-772-6586 | 6 p.m.
Pilot Pruitt and Soaring With Other Sumner Alums
Soar with alumni of Sumner High School—Wendell O. Pruitt of the Tuskegee Airmen,
Roscoe Robinson Jr. of the U.S. Army, and Edward Bouchet, PhD—as you learn about
their achievements. Build model airplanes and learn the physics behind a good paper
airplane. Families


February 3
Central Library: Harris-Stowe State University | 1301 Olive St., 314-241-2288 |
4 p.m.
Celebrate Harris-Stowe State University and other historically black colleges by
decorating school pennants to show your school spirit. Kids


February 4
Julia Davis: Old Stone Meeting House | 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 314-383-3021 |
3 p.m.
Creative Kids: African-American Quilt Board
Use fabric to make a quilt board with Underground Railroad codes. Kids


February 4
Central Library: Harris-Stowe State University | 1301 Olive St., 314-241-2288 |
4 p.m.
Celebrate Harris-Stowe State University and other historically black colleges by
decorating school pennants to show your school spirit. Teens


February 4
Authors @ Your Library Presents Featured Guest Speaker Andrea Davis Pinkney
Schlafly | 225 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.4120 | 7 p.m.
The New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 books for
children and adults has been named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in
Business” by The Network Journal, and one of the “25 Most Influential People in Our
Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health magazine.

Pinkney teamed up with her husband, acclaimed illustrator Brian Pinkney, to create
Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation, a rhythmic, bluesy, compelling
picture book about the 382 days before the Supreme Court sent Jim Crow flying.
Boycott Blues presents a poignant tribute to the men and women of the Montgomery
Bus Boycott, who refused to surrender until they received justice.

She was recently selected to deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, which recognizes
her significant contributions to literature for young people provided through a body of
work that brings a deeper understanding of children’s books and their impact. Her most
recent novel, The Red Pencil, is set during the height of the Darfur genocide and the
war in Sudan.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Barnes & Noble.


February 6
Buder: Old Courthouse | 4401 Hampton Ave., 314-352-2900 |
10:30 a.m.
Dred Scott and Sacred Sanctuaries
Descendant of Dred Scott, Lynne Jackson, presents “Dred Scott and Sacred
Sanctuaries.” She discusses her ancestor’s life and significance in local, regional, and
national African-American history. Adults


February 6
Baden: Calvary and Bellefontaine Cemeteries | 8448 Church Rd., 314-388-2400 |
11 a.m.
Search for facts, pictures, and books in the Library’s scavenger hunt and learn about
the famous people buried there. All Ages


February 6
Central Library: Central Cinema Presents Black History Month | 1301 Olive St.,
314-241-2288 | 1 p.m.
Freedom Riders (2011)


February 9
Machacek: George Washington Carver Monument, Diamond, MO| 6424 Scanlan
Ave., 314-781-2948 | 4 p.m.
Creative Kids: George Washington Carver Monument
Make a monument to George Washington Carver like the one in Diamond, Missouri.
Kids


February 9
Walnut Park: Scott Joplin House | 5760 W. Florissant Ave., 314-383-1210 | 4 p.m.
Creative Kids: Discover the Life and Music of Scott Joplin
Move your feet to the ragtime beat on the world’s biggest piano ever! Kids/Teens


February 9
Carpenter: Sumner High School | 3309 S. Grand Blvd., 314-772-6586 | 7 p.m.
Sumner and Vashon High School
Several Sumner High School and Vashon High School alums participate in a Black
History Month 2016 reunion. Enjoy a brief history of each institution and watch as the
alums participate in a trivia game. Adults


February 10
Cabanne: Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center | 1106 Union Blvd.,
314-367-0717 | 4 p.m.
Annie Malone’s House: Make It and Take It Hair Product
Be like Annie Malone and make a natural haircare product simply for the love of
chemistry and haircare. Teens


February 11
Schlafly: Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center | 225 N. Euclid Ave.,
314-367-1210 | 6:30 p.m.
WORLD PREMIER: Voices of Experience, Voices of Hope: Personal Hallowed
Grounds in St. Louis’ Past, Present, and Future

Created by Cabanne, Divoll, and Schlafly Branch staff, this short documentary
highlights ordinary people and their powerful and unique stories of past experiences
and how their refusal to accept the status quo changed the history of St Louis one piece
at a time. Families


February 13
Central Library: Central Cinema Presents Black History Month | 1301 Olive St.,
314-241-2288 | 1 p.m.
Malcolm X (1992)


February 16
Divoll: Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center | 4234 N. Grand Blvd.,
314-534-0313 |
4:30 p.m.
Creative Kids: Annie Malone Hope Floats
The Annie Malone May Day Parade has been a St. Louis tradition for over a century.
Construct a mini parade float to honor Annie Malone’s contributions to the culture,
community, and business of St. Louis. Kids


February 16
Kingshighway: Sumner High School | 2260 S. Vandeventer Ave., 314-534-0313 |
4:30 p.m.
Sounds of Sumner!
Discover rock & roll greats Chuck Berry and Tina Turner and learn the dances they
popularized. Families


February 16
Buder: Old Courthouse | 4401 Hampton Ave., 314-352-2900 |
5:30 p.m.
This Case is Dred Scott’s: A Fight for Freedom
See artifacts from the actual time period of this historic case tried in the Old Courthouse
downtown. Families


February 18
Carondelet: Greenwood Cemetery | 6800 Michigan Ave., 314-752-9224 |
4 p.m.
Creative Kids: Historic Headstones
Discuss St. Louis’ historic African-American cemeteries and some of the people buried
there. Make a headstone with words and pictures. Kids


February 18
Barr: Famous Alumni of Sumner and Vashon | 1701 S. Jefferson Ave.,
314-771-7040 | 5 p.m.
Creative Kids: Play historical bingo and learn about famous alumni of Sumner and
Vashon High Schools. Kids


February 18
Schlafly: Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center | 225 N. Euclid Ave.,
314-367-1210 | 6 p.m.
Annie Malone Hope Floats
The Annie Malone May Day Parade has been a St. Louis tradition for over a century.
Construct a mini parade float to honor Annie Malone’s contributions to the culture,
community and business of St. Louis. Families


February 19
Machacek: George Washington Carver Monument, Diamond, MO| 6424 Scanlan
Ave., 314-781-2948 | 11:30 a.m.
George Washington Carver National Monument and Carver’s Artistic Origins
Enjoy a National Park Service slide show about Carver’s artistry and its origins in
Diamond, Missouri. Then, paint a version of one of Carver’s plant paintings.
Adults


February 20
Central Library: Central Cinema Presents Black History Month | 1301 Olive St.,
314-241-2288 | 1 p.m.
Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll (1987)


February 20
Julia Davis: Old Stone Meeting House | 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., 314-383-3021 |
4 p.m.
Lila: The Life of a Missouri Slave
St. Louis native and storyteller Angela DaSilva performs Lila: The Life of a Missouri
Slave. Q&A follows. Families


February 21
St. Louis Freedom Riders Bus on Display
Central Library | 1301 Olive St., 314-241-2288 | Noon

A 1958 Trailways bus, identical to the one used by the St. Louis Freedom Riders to test
the “Jim Crow” laws at transportation facilities in Arkansas and Louisiana in 1961, will
be on display. Walk through the bus and explore the historical information of this
landmark journey.

Sponsored by the American Association of Railroaders, Inc., St. Louis Chapter, a non-profit educational and historical organization interested in transportation, especially railroads and tracked systems.


February 21
Authors @ Your Library Presents Black History Month Keynote Speaker Sonia
Sanchez
Central Library | 1301 Olive St., 314-241-2288 | 2 p.m.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Members of the FRIENDS of the St. Louis
Public Library should call 314.539.0359 for limited reserved seating.

A prolific writer, poet, and playwright Sanchez is both serious and original. Her poems
depict the struggles between blacks and whites, between men and women, and
between cultures. Her use of language and structure is innovative; sometimes using
“black” dialects to drive home a point. Her brilliant sense of history and vision helps her
to create expressive poetry.

Sanchez explores the characterization of women, especially the stereotypes that black
women endured in the 1960s and ’70s. A renowned playwright, her work includes the
token black prostitute, a white woman (also sometimes represented as a prostitute),
and a revolutionary sister—charting the transformation of a black woman from soul
sister to old Christian woman. Sanchez examines the lives of women within family and
society as they have changed throughout her lifetime. Poet Maya Angelou deemed her
“a lion in literature’s forest” for her work.

The author of 14 books, including Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems,
Sanchez has received a host of awards, including the Harper Lee Award for 2004. Does
Your House Have Lions? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Sanchez is an internationally acclaimed speaker, having lectured at more than 500
colleges and universities in the U.S., in addition to speaking engagements around the
world.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Amber Books.


February 27
Carondelet: Greenwood Cemetery | 6800 Michigan Ave., 314-752-9224 | 11 a.m.
Historic Greenwood Cemetery: Oldest Commercial African-American Cemetery in
St. Louis
Archivist Etta Daniels and her colleagues from Friends of Greenwood Cemetery
discuss their efforts to clean and restore the cemetery, some of the famous and
unknown people interred there, and how they relate to St. Louis’ African-American
history. Adults


February 27
Walnut Park: Scott Joplin House | 5760 W. Florissant Ave., 314-383-1210 |
12:45 p.m.
A Visit With The King of Ragtime
Forty lucky Walnut Park patrons will tour the Scott Joplin House for FREE, thanks to
the generosity of Scott Joplin House Administrator Almetta Jordan. Includes museum
exhibits that interpret Joplin’s life, an authentic self-playing piano featuring Joplin
melodies, and a small souvenir provided by the Scott Joplin House. Pre-registration at
the Branch is required. Patrons are responsible for their own transportation to and
from the site, located at 2658 Delmar Blvd. Street parking is available. Adults


February 27
Central Library: Central Cinema Presents Black History Month | 1301 Olive St.,
314-241-2288 | 1 p.m.
Ali (2001)

Support for the St. Louis Public Library’s Black History Month programs is provided by
the St. Louis Public Library Foundation.

For program details, call the appropriate Branch.