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Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

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Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln: How They Ended Slavery and Saved The Union

Southeast Library

6:30 p.m.
In early recognition of the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass's birth in 2018, you won't want to miss an engaging presentation and discussion by author Paul Kendrick about the relationship between Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

The Blackest Market: Kidnapping and the Domestic Slave Trade

'The Blackest Market: Kidnapping and the Domestic Slave Trade'

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6:30 p.m.
The reverse underground railroad — the black market underworld in which legally free people were kidnapped and traded as slaves — has been thrust into the public spotlight with the recent release of the critically acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave. This practice, which has since been largely forgotten, is one of slavery’s darkest secrets. University of Maryland History Professor Richard Bell will present a lecture on the subject in the Black Studies Center, Room 316, at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

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Kenneth Daigler, 'Spies, Patriots, and Traitors'

Cleveland Park Library

7 p.m.
Kenneth Daigler will be speaking at Cleveland Park Library about material from his book Spies, Patriots, and Traitors.  In conjunction with Black History Month, he will emphasize in his talk the contributions of African Americans in intelligence operations during the American Revolutionary War.

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

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Reading Like a Writer: Author Talk with Hannah Sternberg

Southeast Library

7 p.m.
Join us for a discussion and book talk with local author Hannah Sternberg. Hannah will discuss ways that being a writer enriches her appreciation of books and literature. She will also discuss and share from her book Bullfinch. Those who attend will be entered into a raffle for a Kindle preloaded with Hannah's books. There will be other fun Medieval giveways as well!

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

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Rodney Jordan Author Talk: 'Tired of Being Black'

Northwest One Library

6 p.m.
Join us at Northwest One Neighborhood Library for an author talk and book discussion of Rodney Jordan’s book Tired of Being Black, which offers a fresh perspective on the struggles and stereotypes of the black race from a man who personified most of them.
The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s

'The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s'

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6:30 p.m.
University of Maryland Professor and author Mary Helen Washington presents her new book The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library's Black Studies Center.
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'Saving Our Sons' Revisited: 20th Anniversary

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

6:30 p.m.
Saving Our Sons: Raising Black Children in a Turbulent World sparked national discussion about the fate and lives of young Black men when it was published in 1995.

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Painting by C.R. Wells of the Jackson Family Art Show

Celebrate Black History Month with the Jackson Family Art Show!

Parklands-Turner Library

2 p.m.
The Jackson Family Art Show celebrates three generation of greatness in art! Come to the Parklands-Turner Library to celebrate Black History Month with an art exhibit, reception, and hands-on art demonstration and art show.  The Jackson Family Art Show will also visit: King Memorial Library on Feb. 5, 6 p.m. Rosedale Library on Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

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Issa Rae: 'The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl'

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

7 p.m.
Join us for an awesome evening with Author, Blogger and Producer Issa Rae as we discuss her new book Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Being an introvert in a world that glorifies cool isn't easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert-whether she's navigating love, work, friendships, or "rapping"-it sure is entertaining.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

African American Medicine in Washington, D.C.: Healing the Capital During the Civil War Era

African American Medicine in Washington, D.C.: Healing the Capital During the Civil War Era

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

6:30 p.m.
A short walk from the old site of Freedmen's Hospital at Howard University, where a talented and groundbreaking group of physicians and doctors formed the National Medical Asocation, author Heather Butts will present and discuss her new book 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Pearl that Broke its Shell

Celebrate International Women's Day

Georgetown Library

2 p.m.
Nadia Hashimi celebrates International Women’s Day by discussing her debut novel,The Pearl that Broke its Shell, a luminous tale of destiny and identity in Afghanistan. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, young Rahima dresses as  a boy and gains freedoms that were previously unimaginable… freedoms that transform her forever.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Wild Women of Civil War Washington, D.C.

Cleveland Park Library

7 p.m.
Local author Canden Schwantes Arciniega will be talking about the women who fascinated and shocked Washington, D.C. society during the Civil War.