Celebrate Black creators and activists this Black History Month with "African Americans in the Arts." This year's theme explores the unbroken chain of Black art passing between generations and the power that art has to drive change. This month, you are invited to trace Black art’s evolution and influence with your library card.
Feb. 3, 10 and 24, 11 a.m. | Black History Revealed: Navigating African American Genealogy and Celebrating Family Legacies Workshop Series | MLK Library
Join us for a three-part genealogy workshop series, Black History Revealed: Navigating African American Genealogy and Celebrating Family Legacies, designed to guide you from getting started in building your family tree, to applying advanced research strategies to extend it, to uncovering the lives and contributions of your ancestors. Live discussion and Q&A will follow each session. All sessions are limited to 25 participants and registration is required for each session. Registration will close two days before the workshop.
Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. | What Have We Here? With Billy Dee Williams | MLK Library
The iconic Billy Dee Williams will discuss his life and new memoir "What Have We Here?: Portraits of a Life" at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Hear Billy Dee Williams reflect on key milestones from early stereotype-busting roles to pop culture phenom status with Jummy Olabanji, anchor of NBC 4 TODAY.
Monday, Feb. 19, 3:30 p.m. | Pulse of the Capital: A Free Go-Go Anniversary Concert | Howard Theatre
On Feb. 19, we will be celebrating the 4th Anniversary of the Go-Go Music Designation Act at The Howard Theatre, the home of Go-Go since the 1970s. Come join hosts De De Folarin and Kapri as they welcome EU, Junkyard Band, Backyard Band and R&S Band to the stage with beats by DJ Frank White.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m. | Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray | MLK Library
Join the United States Mint, the National Women’s History Museum, and DC Public Library to celebrate the life and legacy of Reverend Doctor Pauli Murray and commemorate the release of the 2024 Pauli Murray quarter, the eleventh coin to be released in the U.S. Mint’s American Women Quarters™ Program.
Friday, Feb. 23, 4 p.m. | International Spy Museum: James A. Lafayette, Revolutionary War Spy | Southwest Library
James A. Lafayette was a spy for the Patriots in Virginia during the fight for American Independence. Working closely with Marquise de Lafayette, this enslaved man undertook “important commissions” and gathered “intelligences from the enemy’s camp.” This talk will explore how we know about James and his work as a spy for the Patriots—from speculation to documentation.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m. | Free the People Film Screening and Panel Discussion | MLK Library
Join us for a special screening of Free The People, a 3-part docuseries detailing D.C.'s 2020 Black Lives Matter uprising from the frontlines Following the screening film makers Kintsugi Kelley-Chung and Andrew "Jazzy" Jasuira will discuss the making of the film and why they thought it was important to tell the story.
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. | Bitter Crop: The Heartache and Triumph of Billie Holiday's Last Year | MLK Library
Biographer, Paul Alexander will discuss his book Bitter Crop:The Heartache and Triumph of Billie Holiday’s Last Year with a moderator, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of the book. Register for your seat and learn more about the author and book below.
Thursday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m. | Sito: An American Teenager and the City that Failed Him | MLK Library
Join the Library and Loyalty Bookstores for a special conversation with Princeton University's Laurence Ralph for his new book Sito: An American Teenager and the City that Failed Him. In conversation with poet and author Clint Smith, Ralph will discuss this new account of the lived experience of urban danger, and about anger, fear, grief, vengeance, and ultimately grace.
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