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Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

photo of Shaw Library

Black History Month: Celebrate Shaw!

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

2 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month and the rich African-American history of the Shaw neighborhood! Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library and Shaw Main Streets, we will have special coloring and activity books featuring notable African Americans and historic sites of the Shaw neighborhood at our I Made It Myself craft time. Color in the pictures and learn something new!

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Amina Hassan

Dr. Amina Hassan discusses biography about Civil Rights Attorney Loren Miller

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6:30 p.m.
Please join us in the Black Studies Center for an author talk and discussion with Amina Hassan, Ph.D. as she presents her new book, Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist. Loren Miller was one of the nation's most prominent civil rights attorneys from the 1940s -1960s, successfully arguing cases before the U.S. Supreme Court with co-counsel, Thurgood Marshall.
Selma Alabama Protest

Selma: The Struggle for the Voting Rights Act

Northeast Library

6:30 p.m.
The struggle between the protesters and the police at Edmund Pettus Bridge was the centerpiece of the struggle for voting rights in the Civil Rights Movement. Behind the event lay many attempts to gain the right to vote for the people. That is why Selma became a scene of intense confrontation with police and officials. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership was what made the difference. Come to a power point presentation and discussion on the style and meaning of his leadership.  Open up the inner logic of Dr.
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, Feb. 9, 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
Christian Addison

The History of the Addison Family

Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library

7 p.m.
Join us as Christian Addison discusses the history and legacy of his family. Christian is a seventh generation Washingtonian who descended from the Addison family of the Addison plantation in Washington, DC. It's the oldest plantation in the city and the Black Addison branch is the oldest family of record in the city. They helped found the first churches East of the Anacostia River including Allen Chapel and St. John’s C.M.E.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

corey morgan  face painter

The Art of Face Painting with Corey Morgan

Capitol View Library

6:30 p.m.
Are you interested in the history of face painting and taking part in a demonstration? In celebration of 2016 African American History Month, face painter Corey Morgan will give a talk on this art form from an African American perspective at the Capitol View Library on February 10 beginning at  6:30 p.m. You do not want to  miss this lecture and demonstration by Morgan who serves as an instructor for the online classroom FABA TV.  
chrisjenkins

Is It a Challenge Today to Discuss Race in America, Publicly?

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6:30 p.m.
On May 21, 2014, in a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, retiring Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) observed that opposition to President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act might be due to the the President being " . . . the wrong color."  

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

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."

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

MOM2

FRINGE Music in the Library: Mind Over Matter Music Over Mind

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

12 p.m.
MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND, or MOM², is an intrepid trio of improvising musicians: Bobby Hill on record players, Luke Stewart on bass and sequencer, and Thomas Stanley on electronics and effects.

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

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.
These first-class commemorative postage stamps were issued in 1995 by the U.S. Postal Service.

Frederick Douglass/ Harriet Tubman: Parallel Lives From the Eastern Shore

Georgetown Library

1 p.m.
Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to USNEWS.com, discusses how Frederick Douglass worked by day under the sun and Harriet Tubman worked by night under the stars.      
Michael W. Brookins

Michael W. Brookins and Friends in Concert

Capitol View Library

2 p.m.
Calling all music lovers in celebration of 2016 Black History Month! Please join us at the Capitol View Library on  Saturday, Feb. 13 for a gospel/jazz concert featuring pianist Michael W. Brookins.   Mr. Brookins has played piano for the last thirty-one  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."  You do not want to miss this free "food for the soul" concert.

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

Stitched from the Soul

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

Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library

1 p.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.
Shaw Junior High School

Saving Shaw School

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

3 p.m.
Screening of short film (22 minutes, 2015) by Shaw historian and critically acclaimed playwright Carole Mumin ("Where Eagles Fly"). Using dialogue and characters from Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin in the Sun," Mumin dramatizes the neighborhood's struggle to keep an important institution open. The screening will be followed by a discussion with some of the film's actors.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

Abstract Art Project

Rosedale Library

4 p.m.
Inspired by the African-American contemporary artist, Jacob Lawrence, children will be able to make their own art of bright patterns and shapes with recycled construction paper and other material. Children can display their art at Rosedale for the rest of the month, or take their art home. Appropriate for ages 6-12.
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.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

davidtaylor

Crime Prevention in the District of Columbia

Capitol View Library

6:30 a.m.
Safe neighborhoods represent a major concern for District residents. Last year, there was a total of 105 killings in the city.  According to the Metropolitan Police Department's (MPD) District Crime Data at a Glance, this year's homicide count stands at 124 as of October 19, 2015 with two months remaining in the calendar year.    What are the causes of violence in the District of Columbia? Has MPD initiatied any new strategies aimed at reducing homicides?

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.
Shadow Leagues (Ken Burns' Baseball) VHS cover.

Shadow Ball: Ken Burns' Baseball Series 5th Inning

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

1 p.m.
"I don't break bats, I wear them out."  — Josh Gibson Come celebrate the era when Black baseball reigned as we screen Shadow Ball on Wednesday, February 17 at 1 p.m. in Room A-5.
Book cover for "African-American poetry : an anthology, 1773-1927" edited by Joan R. Sherman.

Game Show Live: BHM Edition

Petworth Library

4 p.m.
Come out and become the star of your own game show. And if you don't want to be a contestant, feel free to be a part of our live studio audience. All games will be based on Black History and Civil Rights Movement trivia.  
Black Explorers

Black Explorers: 2300 BC To the Present

Woodridge Library

7 p.m.
Noted author, lecturer, and historian C. R. Gibbs will lecture on Black explorers. Join us for this engaging and educational lecture and presentation.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Cry, the Beloved Country

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

6:30 p.m.
Alan Paton's bestselling novel, Cry, the Beloved Country, is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance. Join us for a book discussion on Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 207.
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."

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

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.
Women at Carrs Beach Maryland. Joseph Owen Curtis Photograph Collection. c.1939. DigDC

Memory Lab Launch

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

10 a.m.
The Memory Lab officially launches today! Take a tour of 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. Tours will last 20 minutes and will begin at the following times:10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m.