Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month and we have programs lined up to celebrate. You can also check the events calendar and our Engage! magazine for additional programs throughout the city.

Juanita Gray Community Service Award and Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame Induction
Saturday, Feb. 3, 1:30 p.m., Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
African American community leaders will be honored at the annual Juanita Gray Community Service Awards and biennial Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.

Whittier Neighborhood Walking Tour with Black American West Museum
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m. Ford-Warren Branch Library
Discover the rich history of the neighborhood surrounding the Ford-Warren Branch Library.

Sankofa Storytime
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 4 p.m., Pauline Robinson Branch Library
The word Sankofa comes from the Akan people of Ghana. It means, “to back and get it.” One of the Adinkra symbols for Sankofa depicts a mythical bird flying forward with its head turned backward. Sankofa Storytime brings the African American tradition of storytelling to life. This program is a collaboration of local artists, authors, community organizations and local librarians.

Medicines of the African American Captive 2: The Tree Whisperers
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m., Green Valley Ranch Branch Library
Monday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
African American slaves were forced to endure harsh conditions without many resources. How did they survive? Plants! People within slave communities had knowledge of the medical and spiritual healing powers of plants. Herbalist, Monticue Connally will focus on the medicinal connections between African captives and the trees around them.

The Pillars of African-American Art Song: Compositions of Strength, Love and Justice
Friday, Feb. 23, 7-8:30 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. Experience 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. The melodies will be enhanced by the powerful words of Langston Hughes, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others. Light refreshments to follow the program.

Meet Malcom X
Saturday, Feb. 24, 3 p.m., Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library
Malcom X (1925-1965) was a Black Muslim minister and national spokesman for the Nation of Islam. After rising from an early life of drug abuse and petty criminal behavior, this respected-yet-controversial political figure confronts a personal moral crisis: his own human bigotry. His driving quest for knowledge, self-critique and conversion to Islam changes him into a spokesman for the cause of universal human rights. Colorado Humanities Presents, as part of their Black History Live Tour 2018, a portrayal of Malcom X by eminent national humanities and Chautauqua scholar Charles Everett Pace.

Written by ChrisH on February 6, 2018


Rhonda on February 6, 2018


I really enjoyed the blues program at the main library.