Black History Month

Film -- The Help

Come view the movie, The Help.

Palisades Film Club

Please join us to view the film "The Help." Based on the book "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.

Body and Soul: An Evening of Jazz and Art

To kick off our 2012 Black History Month celebration, DC Public Library is delighted to host an all-star evening of music and art. The Herman Burney Trio, with special guest Akua Allrich, will perform music by female African-American jazz greats. And we host the opening reception of Body and Soul: Paintings by J'Nell Jordan and Desiree Sterbini. Ms. Jordan and Ms.

African American Quilt Craft for Teens

In observance of Black History Month, learn to make a traditional African American quilt -- with a twist. The quilt will be made of paper!  Participants will create individual patterns of traditional designs from paper, magazines and other mixed media items to make the most beautiful quilt imaginable.Ages 12-19.

"The Silence of Our Friends"

A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.

Martin Luther King Jr. Film Series

Reflect on the legacy of Dr. King.

Haiku to Hip-Hop

Open Mic night for aspiring performing artists and writers of all ages! Share your talent from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Southwest Public Library on January 11, February 8 and March 14.See Southwest Library page for details!

Preserving Treasures with National Museum of African American History and Culture

This is a two-part preservation program for children to strengthen their historical thinking skills as they explore original historical artifacts. This program gives students the tools they need to preserve their own history for generations to come.

In Her Words

Liberated Muse Arts, in association with Soul Pixie Productions and the DC Public Library, presents "In Her Words", a series celebrating the lives of African-American women. Join us first for a theatrical musical presentation, "An Artist Speaks" examining the lives of artists Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Zora Neale Hurston and Lucille Clifton -- creative women who used their artistic prowess to ignite and support social and political movements. Music and spoken monologue from the legendary women, culled from transcripts of speeches, autobiographical excerpts and interviews.

Crossing a Barrier of Footlights: Opera Demo for Kids

Learn about two exceptional African-American women of D.C., Mary Cardwell Dawson and Madame Lillian Evanti, who made history and international news in crossing a barrier of footlights in the opera world. The program will include musical selections from Verdi's La Traviata and Aida performed by Washington National Opera artists, and will highlight Washington, D.C., cultural history and local historic African-American accomplishment in opera. All programs are free and open to the public.Ages 8-12.