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Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

freedom feast

Freedom Feast

Deanwood Library

6 p.m.
Feast on the delicacies of African-American history through dance, drama, music and poetry. For all ages.
We March by Shane Evans

Black History Month Family Story Times

Anacostia Library

6 p.m.
The Anacostia Neighborhood Library is proud to present special family story times every Thursday at 6 p.m. in February as part of our celebration of Black History Month.
Black Space Exhibit

Black Space Artist Talk & Closing Reception

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6 p.m.
Join Michelle Joan Wilkinson, curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the artist Holly Bass in a public conversation about the Black Space project.
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 
Michael W. Brookins

Michael W. Brookins and Friends in Concert

Capitol View Library

6:30 p.m.
Calling all music lovers in celebration of 2015 Black History Month! Please join us at the Capitol View Library on Wednesday, Feb. 4 or the Tenley-Friendship Library on Thursday Feb. 26 for a gospel/jazz concert featuring pianist Michael W. Brookins.   Mr. Brookins has played piano for the last thirty years in the Washington, D.C. and Chicago Metropolitan areas. He has been involved in the formation of several local bands that play a gospel/jazz fusion, better known as "Jazzpel." 
Book Cover

Black History Month Book Discussion: 'King Hedley II'

Takoma Park Library

7 p.m.
Celebrating Black History Month!  Join us for a discussion of King Hedley II, written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, August Wilson. For more information, call (202) 576-7764.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Photo of Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial

Inspiring the Me I Want to Be: Marian Anderson

Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library

10:30 a.m.
Teaching artist Tom Minter and DC Public Librarians will lead an interactive program for all ages about Marian Anderson, a renowned African American singer who overcame discrimination to be trained and perform in noted venues such as the Metropolitan Opera House. The audience will have many opportunities to sing along and participate.

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Collection of Gospel Sheet Music

Gospel Music in American History

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

1 p.m.
For our final celebration of Black History Month, we will explore the gospel music tradition, a striking influence on American popular music and this nation's history. The event will feature musical guests La Bella Voce Ensemble, The Metropolitan AME of Washington Choir the First Baptist Church of Randolph Gospel Choir, and the go-go based gospel ensemble, 24/7.
Marian Anderson concert at the Lincoln Memorial

Inspiring the Me I Want to Be: Marian Anderson

Rosedale Library

1:30 p.m.
Teaching artist Tom Minter and DC Public Librarians will lead an interactive program for all ages about Marian Anderson, a renowned African American singer who overcame discrimination to be trained and perform in noted venues such as the Metropolitan Opera House. The audience will have many opportunities to sing along and participate.
FREED Reenactors

FREED Historical Reenactment

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

2 p.m.
In honor of Black History Month and the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, you are invited to travel back in time and experience the lives of the Female RE-Enactors of Distinction (FREED), a historical group portraying freed women and men of the Civil War era who contributed to our history. This distinguished group will transport you with their mission to celebrate the accomplishments of the African American Civil War soldiers and the women who supported their fight freedom.
Painting by C.R. Wells of the Jackson Family Art Show

Celebrate Black History Month with the Jackson Family Art Show!

William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library

2 p.m.
The Jackson Family Art Show celebrates three generation of greatness in art! Come to the Bellvue 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.