Celebrating Black History Month

Adult Grab-and-Go Craft:
Kente Paper Weaving Kit

Monday, February 7 (while supplies last)

Kente cloth dates back over 400 years to West Africa, in what is now Ghana. Its popularity has grown globally and now Kente cloth is widely available as a symbol of Africa for people of African descent.

Pick up a craft and learn more about Kente cloth at the reference desk.

Virtual Visit with Sojourner Truth
(portrayed by Daisy Century)

Saturday, February 12 at 2PM

Isabella Baumfree, having been promised freedom, but then cruelly denied emancipation, left her current owners, became a devout Christian, and renamed herself Sojourner Truth.

Dr. Daisy Century gives a commanding performance of Ms. Truth, bringing to life a woman undeterred by incredible obstacles, a woman who mixed with the leading figures of her day, including Susan B. Anthony, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Audience members are urged to consider the twin goals of racial and gender parity of equal importance.

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Black Lives: Going Against the Grain
a Virtual Film Discussion with Irv Slifkin

Wednesday, February 16 at 7PM

Author and film critic Irv Slifkin will lead a discussion of several films for Black History Month. Watch the movies ahead of time, then join us on Zoom to discuss. The movies are all available to borrow from the library or to stream on kanopy with a library card.

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Virtual Film discussion of “Little White Lie.”

Thursday, February 24 at 1PM

This 2014 documentary investigates Black identity, racial privilege, and the implications of being white-passing through the personal story of filmmaker Lacey Schwartz, whose mother raised her to believe she was white. Watch the movie ahead of time, then join us on Zoom to discuss. “Little White Lie” is available to stream on Kanopy with a library card.

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Black Freedom Struggle
ProQuest invites you to explore the Black Freedom Struggle website, featuring expertly selected open primary source documents. Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.