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Monday, Feb. 18, 2019
Celebrate Black History Month at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library. Please join us on Monday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. for "The Legacy of Harriet Tubman" featuring the brilliant actress Cortenia Kay 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 Smith, it tells a story of survival, endurance and faith.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3-5 years as we celebrate Black History month and the continent of Africa. Children and their caregivers, will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These 30-to-40 minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children’s imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them.
Inspired by the app "Heads Up!", children, teens and families will play a game of charades. The special key to this game, however, is that all of the objects in the game will be inventions created by Black inventors. Join us for a fun game that will also expand your knowledge of Black history and engineering.
If you're curious about the work of African American writers or want to support their work, we have the perfect event for you. The National African American Read-In was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to highlight books written by African American authors.
30th Annual Black Film Festival: DC Public Library's Celebration of Black American Cinema Daughters of the Dust Drama about a community of descendants of West African slaves living on an island near South Carolina in 1902. Starring Cora Lee Day and Alva Rogers. Directed by Julie Dash. 112 minutes, 1991, rated PG.
Many Black astronomers, physicists, astronauts and scientists have guided our way to the stars. Let's take a look in their honor for Black History Month! Woodridge Library will host a week of open observation time with our telescopes on our Children's Room patio. Inside, we'll have books on Black scientists and connections to online resources so you can learn more about the brilliant minds who contributed to our understanding of the heavens.
In observance & celebration of Black History Month, the Lamond-Riggs Library is happy to host local Author/Activist E. Ethelbert Miller on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Mr. Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the author of several collections of poetry and two memoirs. For fourteen years he has been the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019
The 2019 theme "Black Migrations" emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and to new social realities. Join us as we explore the art of Jacob Lawrence and express our creativity through art. All school age children are welcome.
Rogelio Maxwell is a multimedia artist who fuses on painting, drawing, sculpture, and music with performance art, film and video. Join us for this eight week series as Maxwell discusses why we make art, a brief look at the path some of us take to make art, and how art affects and defines our culture through architecture advertising, fashion, and design.
The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. Join us at the library for an evening of lively displays, warm reads and good company to participate in the Read-In! For all ages.
C. R. Gibbs African American History and Culture Lecture Series Soul Journeys: Black Migrations in America How we got to be where we are today, and slavery was not the only reason. Historian C. R. Gibbs brings his lively and engaging lecture style to the library in celebration of Black History Month. Passionate and knowledgeable, his talks are always informative and his scholarship accessible.
Come to listen and enjoy a lecture by Mr. Donnie Gooden as he gives an oral history and arts exhibit in color prints of the giants in Jazz and Politics. This program is free and open to the public in the Large Meeting Room on the lower level. Light refreshments will be served. Rain/Snow date is Wednesday, Feb.27, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019
In honor of Black History Month, children and their families are invited to drop in and quietly read a book of their choosing by an African American author. Snacks and book recommendations will be provided. Children under 9 must be accompanied by a caregiver. Questions? Call 202-724-4691.
Join us at West End Library for a screening of I Will Follow! Maye is a successful artist who has put her work on hold to care for aunt, Amanda, who is ill. As Maye reflects on her aunt—following her passing—and other relationships in her life, she moves out of the house she once shared with Amanda, and experiences a series of encounters that force her to ask tough questions about her life, her career and her future.
Africa is often portrayed as one dimensional in the media, which leaves many Americans with very little knowledge about the second largest and second most-populous continent in the world. With 54 countries, over 2000 languages, up to 1500 diverse ethnic groups and cultures as well as unprecedented mineral wealth - there are several reasons to get a more balanced outlook on Africa. Learn about the beauty and diversity of Africa from people who have traveled, visited and lived in Africa.
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
Come to the Black History Month Jeopardy Showdown where you can have some fun learning more about Black History Month and why history itself is important. There will be a big game of Jeopardy, refreshments and PRIZES! The winning team will get an awesome mystery prize that will be worth the wait! So come on down!
Award-winning radio producer and author Sonja D. Williams draws on archives and hard-to-access family records, as well as interviews with family and colleagues like Studs Terkel and Toni Morrison, to illuminate Richard Durham's astounding career. Incisive and in-depth, "Word Warrior" tells the story of a tireless champion of African American freedom, equality, and justice during an epoch that forever changed a nation.
Celebrate Black History Month at the Southeast Neighborhood Library! In costume and using monologue and original poetry, Marcia E. Cole will recount dramatic and imaginative escapes on the Underground Railroad with her performance, 'Going for Freedom'. Tales highlight the daring exhibited and the importance of collaboration with black and white sympathizers. Marcia E. Cole is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia. She is passionate about literacy, history and all art forms and believes the arts are particularly effective as teaching tools.
Dive into STEAM based activities designed to build cultural awareness, critical thinking skills and promote collaboration through creative play. This February, we will be experimenting with Chinese New Year, celebrating National Inventor's Day by designing marshmallow shooters, and rounding out the month with an interactive exploration of themes from Black History. Recommended for ages 5-8.
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