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Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

Birmingham Jail Players

Birmingham Jail Players Present

Palisades Library

7:30 p.m.
You are cordially invited to a performance by the Birmingham Jail Players in celebration of Black History Month.  We will be presenting readings by African Americans from the District of Columbia.  Please join us at Palisades Library on Monday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m. The same program will be offered at Bellevue Library on Tuesday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m.
Photo of the Birminham Jail Players

A Literary Celebration with the Birmingham Jail Players

Palisades Library

7:30 p.m.
The Birmingham Jail Players accompanied by staff from Palisades Library will recite works by notable black authors, poets, artists and intellectuals in celebration of Black History Month. 

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

Films with a Purpose

Films with a Purpose: Black Studies Center Documentaries for Black History Month

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

5:30 p.m.
The DC Public Library Black Studies Center proudly presents the following documentaries that tell the rich story of African American life, culture and history from the 1920s through the mid 2000s.   Films will be screened in the Black Studies Center, Room 316. For more information, please contact Kenneth Despertt, Special Collections Librarian,  at 202-727-1211 or 202-727-1213.     Tues Feb 2 – 6 p.m.
27th Annual Black Film Festival logo.

27th Annual Black Film Festival

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate and explore African American history, culture, and issues of the day:February 2 Straight Outta Compton  The emergence of seminal hip-hop performers, NWA, is chronicled in this powerful bio-pic. With O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre. Paul Giamatti co-stars as Jerry Heller.  Directed by F. Gary Gray. 147 mins. 2015, R  February 9 Chi-Raq

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Memory Lab Drop-in

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

10 a.m.
​The Memory Lab is our latest DIY space where you can digitize your home movies, scan photographs and slides, and learn how to care for your physical and digital family heirlooms. Want to learn more about the Memory Lab? Come to the Digital Commons from 10-11 a.m. to get a tour of the lab and ask questions about your personal archiving project.
Stitched from the Soul

Black History Month Quilt Making with the William O. Lockridge/ Bellevue Library

Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library

10 a.m.
Join the William O. Lockridge/ Bellevue Library as we celebrate the rich history of quilt making in the African- American and African Diaspora tradition by embarking on a 2-week quilt making experience.The Main Meeting Room will be open and available during the following dates and times for Quilt construction:Saturday, February 13, 2016, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.Sunday, February 14, 2016, 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Black Strugle

Black History Movie Mania

Parklands-Turner Library

10:30 a.m.
The Struggle Continues every Wednesday Morning during the month of February, as the Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library presents films that showcase African American heritage.  All films will screen in the Children's reading room, which will be open to all adults during the showtimes of the film screening.
Joseph Owen Curtis Photograph Collection | DigDC

This Black History Month, Save Your Own History

Mt. Pleasant Library

6:30 p.m.
In celebration of Black History Month, we invite families to attend this special presentation on preserving your history through personal archiving. Learn why personal archiving matters for Black History, and learn how to save Home movies Photographs Social media accounts Papers Audio recordings Email And more Attendees are encouraged to bring in examples of their family's precious heirlooms.    

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

Home movie cover

Disney Movie Night

Rosedale Library

5 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month with a special showing of Disney/Pixar’s Home, which is rated PG and runs for 94 minutes. 
C.R. Gibbs

African American History and Culture Lecture: "The Underground Railroad in Washington, D.C."

Takoma Park Library

7 p.m.
In celebration of African American History Month, noted historian and author, C.R. Gibbs presents an African American history and culture lecture, "The Underground Railroad in Washington, D.C."   Don't miss this thought-provoking and engaging discussion! The Takoma Park Library is located 3 blocks from the Takoma Metro Station.  For more information, call 202-576-7764.  

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016

Whole-World-in-His-Hands

Welcome to the World of Kadir Nelson

Northeast Library

10:30 a.m.
In celebration of February as Black History Month, today’s story time will feature the great work of African American author, illustrator, 2012 Coretta Scott King Award Winner, and two-time winner of the Caldecott Honor Award, Kadir Nelson.
The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois

The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois

Southwest Library

1 p.m.
You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Book Discussion at 1 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 27, 2016.  Copies of this month's selection, The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois are available for checkout at the information desk.
Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois

The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois

Southwest Library

1:30 p.m.
You are cordially invited to attend the monthly Southwest Book Discussion at 1:30 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 27.  Copies of this month's selection, The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois are available for checkout at the information desk. 

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

Memory Lab Drop-in

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

1 p.m.
​The Memory Lab is our latest DIY space where you can digitize your home movies, scan photographs and slides, and learn how to care for your physical and digital family heirlooms. Want to learn more about the Memory Lab? Come to the Digital Commons 1-2 p.m. to get a tour of the lab and ask questions about your personal archiving project.
African American Inventions

Black Inventions Party

Woodridge Library

2 p.m.
Come in any day in the month of February, randomly choose an invention by an African American from our inventions bowl, and bring that invention or a photo of that invention to our Black Inventions party. This is a fantastic learning project for the entire family. Inventions will be on display during library hours beginning on Saturday, February 27 through Sunday February 28, 2015.

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

Films with a Purpose

Films with a Purpose: Black Studies Center Documentaries for Black History Month

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

5:30 p.m.
The DC Public Library Black Studies Center proudly presents the following documentaries that tell the rich story of African American life, culture and history from the 1920s through the mid 2000s.   Films will be screened in the Black Studies Center, Room 316. For more information, please contact Kenneth Despertt, Special Collections Librarian,  at 202-727-1211 or 202-727-1213.     Tues Feb 2 – 6 p.m.
C.R. Gibbs

C.R. Gibbs Lecture Series on African American History and Culture

Capitol View Library

7 p.m.
In celebration of 2016 African American History Month, noted historian C. R. Gibbs will deliver a presentation from his African American History and Culture Series at two neighborhood libraries:   Capitol View Library, Monday, Feb. 8: "A Matter of Justice: Mass Incarceration and Its Effects on African American Families." Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, Thursday, Feb. 11: "The Underground Railroad in Washington, DC."

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Films with a Purpose

Films with a Purpose: Black Studies Center Documentaries for Black History Month

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

5:30 p.m.
The DC Public Library Black Studies Center proudly presents the following documentaries that tell the rich story of African American life, culture and history from the 1920s through the mid 2000s.   Films will be screened in the Black Studies Center, Room 316. For more information, please contact Kenneth Despertt, Special Collections Librarian,  at 202-727-1211 or 202-727-1213.     Tues Feb 2 – 6 p.m.