Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month and we have plenty of activities lined up to help celebrate.

Juanita Gray Community Service Award
Saturday, Feb. 4, 1:30 p.m.
@ Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
Please join us as we honor African-American men, women and youth who make outstanding contributions to the Denver Metro area and who exemplify the ideals and spirit represented by Juanita Gray’s commitment to the community. Juanita Gray was a longtime Denver Public Library librarian. Please note venue change.

Rebels Remembered: The Civil Rights Movement in Colorado
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m.
@ Park Hill Branch Library
Rebels Remembered records and preserves the untold stories of the warriors of the 50s and 60s civil rights revolution in Colorado. This first of three one-hour programs illustrates events and circumstance from the viewpoints of those whose time forever changed race relations. Discussion follows with director and activists featured in the film.

World Documentary Film Festival & Cinema
Thursday, Feb. 16, 5:30-8 p.m.
@ Vickers Boys and Girls Club, 3333 Holly St, 80207
Enjoy educational documentaries with a Black History focus for all ages. Plus a Q&A session and live music.

Colorado Humanities Presents: Black History Live - Harriet Tubman
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2:30 p.m.
@ Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
National Humanities and Chautauqua scholar Becky Stone will portray Harriet Tubman, former slave, scout, spy and nurse during the Civil War. Tubman was responsible for leading hundreds of slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

Am I Racist?
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.
@ Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library
Join Dr. Gregory Diggs for an open, safe and honest discussion about race, racism, privilege and the challenges we face regarding these issues in our communities.

Rebels Remembered: Law Not Justice
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.
@ Park Hill Branch Library
Law Not Justice, the second program in a three program series, provides an overview of policing and courts from an African-American perspective. Discussion follows with director and activists featured in the film.

Medicines of the Black American Captive with Monticue Connally
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m.
@ Green Valley Ranch Branch Library
African-American slaves survived in the harshest of conditions without the resources their masters had. So what carried them over when they became injured or ill? Herbs! Slave communities had people with knowledge of the healing powers of plants. Learn how the slaves used these plants and how you can use them today.

The Pillars of African American Art Song: Compositions of Strength, Love and Justice
Friday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
@ Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
Denver Art Song Project presents a performance of African-American Art Songs curated by soprano, Stephanie Ann Ball. She and baritone Dr. Paul Griggsby will take you on a moving journey through art songs written by some of history's most influential African American composers, and the texts of America's most prominent African American wordsmiths. Over the course of the evening you will hear the music of celebrated favorites such as Undine Smith Moore, William Grant Still, Adolphus Hailstork, Hall Johnson and more. The melodies will be enhanced by the powerful words of Langston Hughes, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others. Light refreshments to follow after program.

R.A.D.A — Read. Awareness. Dialogue. Action.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m.
@ Central Library, Conference Center
Can a book discussion change the way people think about race? The Denver Public Library hopes so and is teaming up with the Tattered Cover Book Store for a special discussion of All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (Simon & Schuster, 2016). The authors will join the library’s Read, Awareness, Dialog and Action (RADA) Book Club on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. and apply the novel’s concepts to current events in the U.S. All American Boys  explores police brutality from the perspectives of two high school classmates: one white and one black. The story mirrors contemporary news stories of police altercations and social unrest that follows.

Participants are encouraged to read the book in advance and share their own thoughts, experiences and questions with the authors. Books will be available for purchase at the event and copies can be signed by the authors following the discussion. The event is free and open to the public and an RSVP is appreciated: rada@denverlibrary.org or 720-865-2045.

Rebels Remembered: My Neighborhood School
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.
@ Park Hill Branch Library
The third Rebels Remembered programs explores the last century of education change in Denver area schools and traces the evolution through de facto segregation, busing and white flight. Interviews reveal the forces at work on administrators, politicians, students, teachers and parents as our communities evolved. Discussion follows with director and activists featured in the film.

Written by ChrisH on January 31, 2017