CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

January 19, 2007

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) invites the entire community to celebrate Black History Month with a variety of free cultural programs that range from musical performances to panel discussions, from author talks to film screenings.

The following programs and events are free and open to the public.

A complete list of Black History Month events is available on our website, www.brooklynpubiclibrary.org.

ART EXHIBITIONS AND ARTISTS’ TALKS

Brooklyn Beats
Images of old school Brooklyn hip hop stars, by Al Pereira, one of the pioneers of hip-hop photography. Featuring images of Jay-Z, Big Daddy Kane, Salt-N-Pepa, among others.
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Jazz in Brooklyn: A Community of Visions
Photographer Lourdes Delgado presents intimate portraits of jazz musicians in their homes.
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Exploring the African American Quilt-Making Tradition
Join artist and quilt-maker Edward Bostick for an illustrated discussion of the African-American quilt making tradition.
Saturday, February 3, 4 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Chesstizing
Sculptor Daniel Blake invites children to play an educational game called Chesstizing with his original wooden chess pieces that he carved to represent people who have played significant roles in African-American history.
Saturday, February 10, 1 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing Program Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2119

A Drum Beats in Brooklyn
This photographs featured in this exhibition celebrate Brooklyn’s drum-based and African-influenced traditions. game helps educate young people and each piece can help inspire them to be and do whatever they want in life.
February 13 through April 21, 2007
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

FILMS
Unless noted otherwise, all films will be screened in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room of Central Library located at Grand Army Plaza.

Daughters of the Dust
See this film about the descendants of slaves on the Sea Islands off the Georgia coast. Filmmaker Julie Dash introduces the film with Dr. Robert Farris Thompson, an expert on African and Afro-Atlantic cultures.
Sunday, February 4, 2 PM

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
This four-part documentary series offers a comprehensive look at race relations in America between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement.

The first segment details the beginning of Jim Crow as Reconstruction ended.
Tuesday, February 6, 7 PM

Part two illustrates the determination of white supremacists to destroy African-American political power.
Tuesday, February 13, 7 PM
Central Library, Trustees Room, Third Floor, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Part three chronicles the years between the World Wars as a time of massive African-American migration from the South.
Tuesday, February 20, 7 PM

Part Four examines African-American after World War II.
Tuesday, February 27, 7 PM

All on a Mardis Gras Day
This account of New Orleans’ African-Creole carnival traditions includes classic New Orleans music, previously-unseen film footage and interviews with major Carnival players. Director Royce Osborn will introduce the film.
Saturday, February 17, 2 PM
Central Library, Trustees Room, Third Floor, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

MUSIC AND DANCE

Troupe Da-Da: African Dance & Drum Ensemble
Troupe Da-Da celebrates the dance and music traditions of West Africa and Cuban cultures. Performing in masquerade with live drums, their exhilarating performance will include storytelling and fire dancing.
Tuesday, February 6, 6 PM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

Tuesday, February 20, 6 PM
Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718.773.1180

African-American Stilt Ballet
Stilt dancers performing in elaborate costumes with live drumming enliven audiences of all ages with an exciting form of dance.
Wednesday, February 7, 6 PM
Brower Park Library, 725 St. Marks Avenue, 718.773.7208

African/Latin Drumming/Percussion Workshop

During this hands-on workshop, musician Shawn Banks explains how traditional African, Latin and Caribbean rhythms are relevant to contemporary music. Audience members may bring their own percussion instruments to participate in a group drumming performance.
Friday, February 9, 3:15 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792

Wednesday, February 14, 3:30 PM
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718.455.3898

Monday, February 26, 4 PM
Midwood Library, 975 East 16th Street, 718.252.0967

Chanda Rule: Songs of the African Diaspora
Saturday, February 10, 4 PM
Vocalist Chanda Rule performs a broad range of material drawn from African, African American, Caribbean, and Latin American sources.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Patricia Adams
Vocalist Patricia Adams interprets jazz and blues standards from renaissance Harlem and Tin Pan Alley.
Thursday, February 15, 7 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Philharmonic: A Piece of Cake
Enjoy ragtime composer Scott Joplin’s lively music performed by a string band.
Saturday, February 17, 4 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

A World of Beat
This highly interactive lecture is energized with live drummers and dancers.
Saturday, February 17, 1 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Wednesday, February 14, 6 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012

From Tap and Jazz to Hip-Hop
Fulton Feet Express, a Brooklyn-based, youth dance company, delights audiences with lively rhythm, tap, and hip-hop performances. Audience members may participate.
Wednesday, February 21, 6 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Monday, February 26, 6 PM
Stone Avenue Library, 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard, 718.485.8347

Wednesday, February 28, 6 PM
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718.455.3898

A Drum Beats in Brooklyn: Connecting the Drum to Brooklyn
Joseph Zoboi entertains with live drumming performances and stories about drums’ importance throughout Brooklyn’s diverse cultures, including Caribbean, Jewish, African, and Asian traditions. Participants will create their own drums.
Dances & Drums of Africa
Sunday, February 24, 1 pm
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


AUTHOR TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS

African Elements in American English
Join Anthony Loum, a recipient of the 2006 New York Times Librarian Award, for an exploration of the lexical impact of various West African languages on American English. Learn about words from Hausa, Wolof and Mandingo languages that have been transmitted through slavery to contemporary English.
Thursday, February 8, 7 pm
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

War Crossed in France and Double Crossed in New York: A Critical Reassessment of the Parade of the 369th Infantry Regiment
New York University professor Jeffrey Sammons discusses this historic parade in which the first African-American Regiment during WWI, known as"Harlem's Hell Fighters," marched before a million fans up Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, from Madison Square to Harlem.
Saturday, February 10, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Caribbean Dialogue: Exploring Bob Marley's place as Jamaica's 8th National Hero
Over 25 years after his passing, people are asking, "should Bob Marley be made an official national hero of his native Jamaica?" Participate in this discussion led Jamaica native Ian Forrest.
Thursday, February 22, 7 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Show Me the Money: A Comparative Look at the Values of African-American Athletes
New York University professor Jeffrey Sammons addresses the changing role of African-American athletes in relation to the larger community.
Saturday, February 24, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Author Talk: Patrik Henry Bass
In 1963, over a million people from all walks of life gathered in Washington, D.C. to demand justice in the struggle over civil rights. Join Essence magazine Editor Bass, author of Mighty Like a Stream: The March on Washington, for a discussion of this important milestone in American history.
Saturday, February 24, 4 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Author Talk: Ellis Cose
Join Newsweek magazine editor Join Cose, author of The Rage of a Privileged Class: Why Do Prosperous Blacks Still Have the Blues? for a discussion of the achievements and disappointments of middle class African-Americans over the past 40 years.
Sunday, February 25, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

JUST FOR KIDS

First Saturday Sigma Storytelling
Members of Brooklyn's Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity entertain children three-years-old and up with stories that highlight America's greatest African-American leaders and historical moments.
February 3, 1 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Silk Scarf Workshop
Participants will create flags by painting pictures of colorful African masks and Ndebele drums on silk squares.
Monday, February 5, 4 PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Friday, February 9, 4 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

Thursday, February 15, 4 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

African Mask Making with Pamela Isaac
Explore your creativity! Learn the traditional African art of mask-making through this interactive and hands-on workshop.
Tuesday, February 6, 3:30 PM
Park Slope Library, 6th Avenue, 718.832.1853

Puppetry in Practice
Enjoy this puppet performance of the West African folktale Anansi the Spider, a "Trickster Tale" about getting what you want.
Friday, February 9, 10:30 AM
Highlawn Library, 1664 West 13th Street, 718.234.7208

African-American Folktales
3bean Children's Theatre Group brings African-American folktales to life for all ages.
Tuesday, February 13, 4 PM
Jamaica Bay Library, 9727 Seaview Avenue, 718.241.3571

African-American Storytelling with Tammy Hall
Fall under the spell of Tammy Hall’s mesmerizing storytelling performance, which will highlight great moments of African-American history.
February 13, 3:30 PM
Cortelyou Library, 1305 Cortelyou Road, 718.693.7763

February 14, 10:30 AM
Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Avenue, 718.498.9721

February 28, 10:30 AM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813

Clay on Wheels
Learn pottery techniques practiced in Central African and create your own unique vessel out of clay in this workshop with artisan P. Oliver.
Thursday, February 22, 3:30 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton 1st Road, 718.946.2917

Many events are made possible by a generous contribution from Xerox Corporation.



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