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Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

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. 
Black history month clip art

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.  

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

Jeopardy logo

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.  
wesleylowery

The Obama Years: An Assessment of Race Relations in the United States

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6:30 p.m.
Have race relations in America improved or deteriorated since Barack Obama ascended to the White House? The rash of police shooting deaths of unarmed black men has brought attention to the enduring problem of racial violence in the United States. Join us on Wednesday, Feb 8 at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation on the topic by Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, author of  the forthcoming book, They Can't Kill Us All:  Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement.  
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.

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

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.  
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

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.

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.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Selma

Selma: One Dream Can Change the World

Woodridge Library

6 p.m.
"A film that everyone needs to see to understand the importance of voting in the United States.  Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther 
Marcia E. Cole

Going for Freedom: True Accounts of Flight in Verse

West End Library

6:30 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. 18, 2017

Judge Robert  L. Wilkins

"Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100 Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture"

Woodridge Library

1 p.m.
 Join the Woodridge Library and Friends Book Club and  the community as we celebrate Black History Month through conversation and a book signing with the U.S. Circuit Honorable Robert L. Wilkins.
Wikimedia DC & Black Studies Center

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Black History Month

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

1:30 p.m.
Wikimedia DC will lead a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for Black History Month. Gain skills to improve or update Wikipedia articles relating to Black life and history in Washington, DC. We will also create or revise new entries related to our Black Studies collections. Participants should bring their own laptops for editing articles.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Black history month

Black History Month Story Time

Rosedale Library

2 p.m.
Children can enjoy poems, songs, and stories written by or about famous African Americans in this special Black History story time! Poets include Nikki Grimes and Langston Hughes. Appropriate for children ages 0-6.

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

Black Lives Matter protest in New York City

Make Your Own Protest Signs

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

4:30 p.m.
Join Teen Advisory Group as they host a discussion about protest movements, such as Black Lives Matter. Create your own protest sign to decorate our Teen Space.  Refreshments will be served and community service hours given for attendance.  We will meet upstairs in teen space.
aliciamontgomery

Donald J. Trump: An Assessment of the First 100 Days of His Presidency

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6:30 p.m.
Will Donald J. Trump be the president 'for all Americans' as he pledged in his Victory Speech on Nov. 9, 2016? Mr. Trump's election as  the nation's next President has sparked controversy.  Many minorities and immigrants fear the prospect of a Trump administration, because of the billionaire's campaign promises.   Dismissing post-election despair, Trump's supporters believe that he will revitalize the economy and restore America's standing on the international stage.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

Adult Book Club

Francis A. Gregory Library

6:30 p.m.
Join us in celebration of Black History Month with special selections for February's Adult Book Club on Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed

The Hemingses of Monticello (part 1) by Annette Gordon Reed

Southwest Library

1 p.m.
You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Book Discussion on Sat., Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.  Copies of the February title, The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed, are available for checkout at the information desk.
Rasheedah Phillips Workshop

AfroFuturist Affair: Octavia Butler’s Kindred and Time Travel

Mt. Pleasant Library

2:30 p.m.
Join Rasheedah Phillips of AfroFuturist Affair for an engaging, time travel workshop on Octavia Butler's historical fiction masterpiece Kindred.

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

kente and adinkra book marks

Make Your Own Kente or Adinkra Patterned Bookmarks

Woodridge Library

1:30 p.m.
Did you ever wonder what the patterns mean in Kente and Adinkra cloth? Come join us for an afternoon of learning, fun and creativity as we make our own Kente patterned laminated or pouch bookmarks.  A Genuine Kente and Adinkra blanket will be on display.