BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2006 PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITIONS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

January 13, 2006
Join Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) in February for intellectually stimulating and exciting programs celebrating the past, present and future of black culture. This Black History Month, BPL is offering free events and programs for the whole family, including author talks, concerts and theatrical performances.

All events are free and open to the public.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – THEATER
Unless otherwise stated, programs will be held in BPL's Central Library's 2nd Floor Meeting Room.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS FREE
Written and directed by Richard Haase with Michael Leonard James
Thursday, February 16, 4 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Ave., 718.265.3220
Friday, February 17, 3:30 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Ave. nr. Lafayette Ave. 718.398.8713
Monday February 20, 4 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Ave., 718.368.1435
Tuesday, February 21, 3:30 PM
Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Ave. at Watkins St. 718.498.9721
Tuesday, February 21, 6 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Learning Center, 718.230.2100
Friday, February 24, 4PM
Canarsie Library, 1580 Rockaway Parkway, 718.257.6547
Tuesday, February 28, 3:30 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Ave.,718.638.1531
Watch this rendition of Frederick Douglass' fiery speech at the A.M.E Zion Church in Harlem, as he grapples with the country's transition from slavery and with his own transition from illiterate servant to intellectual trailblazer. Presented by Urban Stages.

AUTHOR TALKS
All of BPL's Author Talks will be held in BPL's Central Library's 2nd Floor Meeting Room.

JIMMY BRIGGS:
INNOCENTS LOST: WHEN CHILD SOLDIERS GO TO WAR
Thursday, February 16, 7 PM

Author Jimmy Briggs brings six years of investigative journalism to life as he chronicles the personal stories of several child soldiers who participated in conflicts within Afghanistan, Uganda, Rwanda, Columbia and Sri Lanka. Brooklyn photographer Damaso Reyes will present a slide show of photographs he contributed to the book.

ANNE BAILEY:
AFRICAN VOICES OF THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE:
BEYOND THE SILENCE AND THE SHAME
Saturday, February 18, 2 PM

In her new watershed book, Anne Bailey gathers stories from African chiefs and other elders in an area of southeastern Ghana once famously called “the Old Slave Coast.” Their memories reveal that reveal that Africans were both victims and conspirators of the trade.

THULANI DAVIS:
MY CONFEDERATE KINFOLK
Saturday, February 18, 4 PM

Black novelist and playwright Thulani Davis searches for her white roots in My Confederate Kinfolk, a genealogy memoir that picks up where Davis's grandmother left off before her death in 1971.

FELA KUTI:
FROM WEST AFRICA TO WEST BROADWAY
Presented by Trevor Schoonmaker
Thursday, February 23, 7 PM

Cherished rockstar Fela Kuti created a unique blend of socio-politically aware music that often times railed against a corrupt Nigerian government. Repeatedly targeted by police and military for his rebellious, counter-culture lifestyle, Kuti's persona combined the elements of Bob Marley, Malcolm X and Patrice Lumumba. Mourned by millions after his death from AIDS in 1997, Kuti was a cultural icon and hero of the pan-African world. Join Trevor Schoonmaker as he explores a collection of essays that pay tribute to Kuti’s life and legacy.

DONNA WALKER-KUHNE:
INVITATION TO THE PARTY
Sunday, February 26, 4 PM

Join author Donna Walker-Kuhne as she discusses her strategies and methods to engage diverse communities as participants for arts and culture.

FREE FILMS
Unless otherwise noted, all of BPL's screenings will be held in BPL's Central Library's 2nd Floor Meeting Room.

FRIDAY NIGHT @ THE MOVIES: AFRICANS IN AMERICA
PART THREE: BROTHERLY LOVE (1781-1834)
Friday, February 17, 6 PM

As free blacks and fugitive slaves seek full participation in American democracy, a new African-American leadership for freedom and rebellion emerges inspired by the successful slave revolution in Haiti.
PART FOUR: JUDGMENT DAY (1831-1865)
Friday, February 24, 6 PM

Africans in America concludes as slavery expands to the West despite heavy challenges from black and white abolitionists. Tensions mount as a divided nations moves toward civil war.

DOCUMENTING BROOKLYN: DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES
Examine Brooklyn through a camera lens and see what informed observation can reveal as filmmakers present and discuss their works with scholars and a live audience.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WATER
Tuesday, February 21, 7 PM

The Other Side of the Water is a documentary-in-progress that explores Rara, an acoustic walking music dating to the times of slavery in Haiti. Watch as young musicians, Djarara, rehearse in a scrap yard and Crown Heights, and lead 8,000 people in processions through Prospect Park. Screening will be introduced by co-director Jeremy Robins.

MUSIC AT BPL

GIFTS FROM MY ANCESTORS

Presented by Calvin Earl
Sunday, February 26, 2 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Second Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100
Musician Calvin Earl plays spirituals and plantation songs, the original music that enabled slaves to secretly communicate with each other, teach their young, record their history, and heal their pain.

BROADWAY JAZZ, PLUS!
Featuring Emme Kemp
Thursday, February 23, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 86th St. at Bay 17th St., 718.236.4086
Monday, February 27, 6:30 PM
Sunset Park Library, 4th Ave., at 51st St., 718.567.2806
A piano prodigy at the age of three, seasoned performer and composer Emme Kemp comes to BPL for a musical showcase featuring a variety of styles from ragtime to jazz.

DIAMOND REDD'S LEGENDS OF HARLEM
Saturday, February 18, 12 PM
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West at Tillary St., 718.623.7100
Come enjoy monologues, songs and skits about the legendary people of Harlem's golden age, as told by. Performer Diamond Redd will portray legendary showman Cab Calloway and will perform his songs and other great tunes of the time.

BROOKLYN COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Saturday, February 18, 12 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Ave., near Ave. W, 718.368.1709
Tuesday, February 21, 6 PM
Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Ave., at Watkins St., 718.498.9721
The Brooklyn College Jazz Ensemble presents a special concert in honor of Black History Month, featuring compositions by major African-American jazz musicians such as Count Basie, Theolonius Monk, and others.

SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS

BLACK HISTORY MONTH SCAVENGER HUNT
Wednesday, February 22, 10 AM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Ave. at Crystal St., 718.277.6004
Participants will use the library resources to answer questions in this Black History Month scavenger hunt that will allow teens 13-18 to test their knowledge of the holiday and the people who made it what it is today.

I REMEMBER: CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISM IN BROOKLYN 1960-65
Sunday, February 19, 4 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Second Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100
Learn or reminisce about local activism in Brooklyn during the 1960s as gospel singer Sandi Blair performs a remembrance with protest songs from the period and activists recount their stories. Moderated by Dr. Brian Purnell, Fordham University.

MALCOLM X, MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE CARIBBEAN CONNECTION
Thursday, February 23, 7 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Trustees' Room, 718.230.2100
Join us for the Caribbean Dialogue to learn more about the Caribbean community, and share your own perspectives on relevant and engaging topics. The topic of this Black History Month discussion is Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and their connection to the Caribbean region.
YOUNG ADULT BLACK HISTORY MONTH BOOK DISCUSSION
Friday, February 24, 4pm
Stone Avenue Library, 581 Mother Gaston Ave., 718.485.8347
Teens meet to talk about important figures in history in honor of Black History month. Special attention will be paid to Madam C.J. Walker and there will be a special screening of a short film about Harriet Tubman.

EXHIBITIONS, ARTIST TALKS & WORKSHOPS
LEGACY: A JOURNEY THROUGH SPIRIT, LIFE & ART:
WARREN L. HARRIS, SR. (1917-1988)
February 1 through March 26
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Drawing since age six, Warren L. Harris Sr. has created numerous watercolors of Brooklyn's landscapes. He became a member of the Graphic Sketch Club in Philadelphia and later took courses at Cooper Union in New York City. From 1937 to 1940, he was trained as a draftsman in the Works Progress Administration and interacted with other WPA artists, including Richmond Barthe, Charles White and Romare Bearden. This retrospective Harris' work will feature oil paintings, water colors, collages and drawings.

WHEN WOMEN PURSUE JUSTICE
February 1 through March 26
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Created and organized by Artmakers Inc., Community Muralists, this mixed media exhibition features books and photographs that document the creation of the public art mural, "When Women Pursue Justice." Located in Bedford Stuyvesant, this mural highlights 90 women who have committed their lives to social change. A select group of books about some of the women represented in the mural will complement the photographs.

WHEN WOMEN PURSUE JUSTICE: FAMILY ART WORKSHOP
Saturday, February 25, 1 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Following an illustrated explanation of the public art mural "When Women Pursue Justice," which portrays 90 women who have worked for social change, muralist Janet Braun-Reinitz conducts a free lesson on how to draw a human face. Kids and parents may keep the portraits that they create with art supplies provided by BPL.
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