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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

black history  month

C.R. Gibbs Presents Crossing the Rubicon

Southwest Library

7 p.m.
In honor of Black History Month, internationally noted lecturer, author and historian C.R. Gibbs will present “Crossing the Rubicon,” a lecture in which he discusses the battle for Black public education in Washington, D.C.  
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C. R. Gibbs Presents a Lecture on "Crossing the Rubicon: The Battle for Black Public Education in the District of Columbia"

Southwest Library

7 p.m.
C. R. Gibbs, noted author and researcher, will present a series of lectures at several DC Public Libraries throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month. The presentations "Crossing the Rubicon: The Battle for Black Public Education in the District of Columbia" will begin at 7 p.m. at the following branch libraries: Feb 2, Thursday, Southwest Neighborhood Library

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

Cortenia Smith as Harriet Tubman

The Legacy of Harriet Tubman: A One-Woman Performance by Cortenia Smith

Southeast Library

1 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month at Southeast Neighborhood Library! Please join us on Saturday, February 4, at 1 pm for "The Legacy of Harriet Tubman" featuring Cortenia Smith. This one-woman performance reveals the true spirit of Harriet Tubman, a legendary former slave, abolitionist and hero who defined courage and strength.  Drawn from the pages of history and passionately retold by brilliant actress, Ms. Cortenia Smith, it tells a story of survival, endurance, and faith. 
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Black History Month Film Series: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Georgetown Library

1 p.m.
Black History Month Film Series presents "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner". Georgetown Neighborhood Library, February 4, 1 p.m.
Patsy M. Fletcher Book Cover

African American Leisure Activities Discussion and Exhibit with Patsy M. Fletcher & Marya McQuirter

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

2 p.m.
Author and historian Patsy Mose Fletcher, Historically African American Leisure Destinations around Washington, D.C., and historian Marya McQuirter will discuss the history of African American leisure activities. A Q&A will follow the discussion.   A photography exhibit related to the discussion will be on view at the Shaw library during the month of February 2017.

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

the lion and the mouse

Story Time: Jerry Pinkney

Parklands-Turner Library

10 a.m.
In honor of Black History Month, the Parklands-Turner library will host a special story time and information display featuring books written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Jerry Pinkney is an African American author and illustrator who has been the recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King awards, and four Coretta Scott King Honor awards. The Parklands-Turner library staff is excited to share these wonderful works at Children's story time on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 10 a.m. 
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Black History Month Movie Night

Rosedale Library

4 p.m.
To kick off Black History Month, families can enjoy a movie about a teacher named Dorothy who gets whisked away from her intercity neighborhood to the mysterious land of Oz. This G-rated movie stars Diana Ross and Michael Jackson and runs for 134 minutes.  

Chevy Chase Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Chevy Chase Library

7 p.m.
The February selection for the Chevy Chase Library's Book Club is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

Paint Supplies

Books to Brushes: Strengthening Literacy Through Art

Takoma Park Library

10 a.m.
Release your inner artist this Black History Month! "Books to Brushes" couples participatory reading activities with instructor-led painting sessions. In honor of Black History Month, children will read and discuss a black history related book and paint a picture inspired by it. The session will be led by founder and teaching artist, Anike Robinson. Ms. Robinson is a Washington, D.C. based interdisciplinary artist with a master's degree in secondary education. She uses art as a means to support literacy in the classroom for grades K-12.
Image of the words "Black History Month"

Black History Month Storytime

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

11 a.m.
In honor of Black History Month, join us for a special story time with books and songs to learn about African-American history and celebrate the skin you're in. For ages 3-5 and their caregivers.
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Black History Jeopardy

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

4:30 p.m.
Test your knowledge about the contributions of Black Americans and win glory!  For ages 6-12, in the children's programming room.  

Black History Month: Robert J. Patterson

Georgetown Library

6:30 p.m.
The Georgetown Neighborhood Library is proud to have Dr. Robert J. Patterson give a special talk for Black History Month
harlem renaissance

"The Harlem Renaissance: A 21st Century Reappraisal."

Woodridge Library

7 p.m.
Join author and historian C.R.Gibbs for this engaging presentation on a second look at the Harlem Renaissance.
I Have a Dream Journals

I Have a Dream Journals

Chevy Chase Library

7 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month with us and make your own "I Have a Dream" journals. ​Using art supplies, children will create their own square, accordion books with words and art inspired by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

buttons, movie, munchies

BHM Teen Fun: Buttons, A Movie & Munchies

Woodridge Library

4 p.m.
Teens come on out and celebrate Black History Month with us - Have fun making big, creative, wearable buttons that make a positive statement about you, your heritage and your community!! We'll also watch a great movie together and enjoy some special BHM munchies!!      
Jackie Ormes & Black Panther book covers

Zine Lab | Black History Month Edition

Mt. Pleasant Library

6:30 p.m.
In celebration of Black History Month, Zine Lab will highlight zines, comics, and writers and cartoonists of African descent. Browse the library's collection including titles by Ta-Nehisi CoatesMarguerite Abouet, Reginald Hudlin, and Jackie Ormes.  
Students in front of Military Road School

The Legacy of the Military Road School

Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library

6:30 p.m.
Join us as we honor Black History Month by celebrating the legacy of the Military Road School, one of the District's first public schools for African American children.
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C. R. Gibbs Presents a Lecture on "The Assault on Jim Crow Education: Black Teens in the Civil Rights Movement"

Southeast Library

7 p.m.
C. R. Gibbs, noted author and researcher, will present a series of lectures at several DC Public Libraries throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month.   This presentation will take place at the following libraries at 7 p.m: Feb 9, Thursday, Southeast Neighborhood Library
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C. R. Gibbs Presents a Lecture on "Crossing the Rubicon: The Battle for Black Public Education in the District of Columbia"

Southwest Library

7 p.m.
C. R. Gibbs, noted author and researcher, will present a series of lectures at several DC Public Libraries throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month. The presentations "Crossing the Rubicon: The Battle for Black Public Education in the District of Columbia" will begin at 7 p.m. at the following branch libraries: Feb 2, Thursday, Southwest Neighborhood Library
Marcia E. Cole

Going for Freedom: True Accounts of Flight in Verse

Lamond-Riggs Library

7 p.m.
In costume and using monologue and original poetry, Marcia E. Cole will recount dramatic and imaginative escapes on the Underground Railroad. Tales highlight the daring exhibited and the importance of collaboration with black and white sympathizers. This will be followed by a discussion of the outfit worn for even clothes have history.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017

TeenTech

DCPL Teen Tech-A-Thon

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

10 a.m.
The Labs at DC Public Library are hosting a Teen Tech-A-Thon for Black History Month featuring professionals in the STEAM fields.  
Cortenia Smith as Harriet Tubman

The Legacy of Harriet Tubman: A One-Woman Performance by Cortenia Smith

Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library

1 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month Bellevue Neighborhood Library! Please join us on Saturday, February 11, at 1 p.m. for "The Legacy of Harriet Tubman" featuring Cortenia Smith. This one-woman performance reveals the true spirit of Harriet Tubman, a legendary former slave, abolitionist and hero who defined courage and strength.  Drawn from the pages of history and passionately retold by brilliant actress, Ms. Cortenia Smith, it tells a story of survival, endurance, and faith. 
Jacob Lawrence

Picturing America Program: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series

Lamond-Riggs Library

1 p.m.
Great art speaks powerfully, inspires fresh thinking, and connects us to our past. Picturing America, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, tells America’s story through its art in large reproductions of selected masterworks of American art​.   Celebrate Black History Month with us by exploring the Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence. We will discuss the masterwork together and its historical significance. An art and craft activity will follow the discussion. All ages are welcomed.

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

Cover of the book Corduroy, by Don Freeman

Book Share: Corduroy

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

2 p.m.
Corduroy lives in the store.  With a missing button, will he ever find his way into a home? Enjoy stories about this bear and the girl who loves him, then make your own Corduroy to take home! For children ages 3 and up and their caregivers.

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

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Black History Month Film Series: Good Hair

Georgetown Library

1 p.m.
Black History Month Film Series presents "Good Hair" Georgetown Neighborhood Library, February 13, 1 p.m.  
Cortenia Smith as Harriet Tubman

The Legacy of Harriet Tubman: A One-Woman Performance by Cortenia Smith

Mt. Pleasant Library

4 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month at Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library! Please join us on Monday, February 13, at 4pm for for "The Legacy of Harriet Tubman" featuring Cortenia Smith. This one-woman performance reveals the true spirit of Harriet Tubman, a legendary former slave, abolitionist and hero who defined courage and strength.  Drawn from the pages of history and passionately retold by brilliant actress, Ms. Cortenia Smith, it tells a story of survival, endurance, and faith. 
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C.R. Gibbs Presents a Lecture on "Black Georgetown Remembered"

Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library

7 p.m.
C. R. Gibbs, noted author and researcher, will present a series of lectures at several DC Public Libraries throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month. This presentation will begin at 7 p.m.      

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Teen Book Club

Northwest One Library

6 p.m.
Jacqueline Woodson has written books for children, teens, and adults.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

Movie Poster featuring Angela Davis

Black Power Mixtape

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

5:30 p.m.
Previously unseen footage of Malcolm X, Stokey Carmichael, Angela Davis and other leaders, set to music with commentary by modern hip-hop artists such as Talib Kweli.  Directed by Goran Olsson.  Adults.