A Reflective Evening

A Reflective Evening with Frankie Freeman and Koran Bolden
Friday, February 19, 7:00 p.m. - 
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Growing up in the Jim Crow-era South, Frankie Freeman learned lessons about discrimination. She also learned how to fight injustice and make a difference. Ms. Freeman is a legendary St. Louis civil rights activist, attorney and author of "A Song of Faith and Hope: The Life of Frankie Muse Freeman." Koran Bolden is a youth motivational speaker and author of "Rock, Paper, Scissors." Together, Freeman and Bolden will discuss the Civil Rights movement and discrimination issues, past and present. 

Event Schedule

North County Branches
Bridgeton Trails, Florissant Valley, Indian Trails, Jamestown Bluffs, Lewis & Clark, Rock Road

Central-West County Branches
Daniel Boone, Eureka Hills, Grand Glaize, Headquarters, Mid-County, Thornhill

South County Branches
Grant's View, Weber Road

St. Louis County Library Black History Celebration 2016  RESPECT PAVES THE WAY February 1 — February 29, 2016

Highlighted Events

Chinelo Okparanta, “Under the Udala Trees”
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 p.m. - 
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Co-sponsored by the University Missouri St. Louis
Natural Bridge Debut Writers’ Series and the International Institute of St. Louis
Inspired by her mother’s stories of war and Nigeria’s folktale traditions, “Under the Udala Trees” is Chinelo Okparanta’s debut novel about the dangers of living and loving openly. Ijeoma is 11 when civil war breaks in Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls.  When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. Adults. 

A Reflective Evening with Frankie Freeman and Koran Bolden
Friday, February 19, 7:00 p.m. - 
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Growing up in the Jim Crow-era South, Frankie Freeman learned lessons about discrimination. She also learned how to fight injustice and make a difference. Ms. Freeman is a legendary St. Louis civil rights activist, attorney and author of “A Song of Faith and Hope: The Life of Frankie Muse Freeman.” Koran Bolden is a youth motivational speaker and author of “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” Together, Freeman and Bolden will discuss the Civil Rights movement and discrimination issues, past and present. 

Set the Night to Music
Friday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. - 
Florissant Valley Branch
Saxophonist Rhoda G is one of the most respected talents in St. Louis. She has opened shows for some of the most celebrated R&B acts of our time, both in
the U.S. and abroad. The evening will also feature Trio Trés Bien and vocalist Danita Mumphard. 

Gift of Gospel Celebration
Saturday, February 27, 1:00–3:00 p.m. - 
Florissant Valley Branch
Enjoy a myriad of gospel artists who will leave you feeling encouraged and inspired. Featuring saxophonist Rod Tate, Meghan Williams with New Spring Church Choir, praise dancer Angelica LaGrone and more. 

“Sweet Jenn, A Living Exhibit”
Performed by Lakeetha Blakeney

Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. - Indian Trails Branch
Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. - Lewis and Clark Branch
Thursday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. - Thornhill Branch
“Sweet Jenn” sheds light on the female slave narratives that have been captured in American literature, yet are rarely explored. Blakeney has expertly woven the various narratives into a dramatically-layered and lyrical one-woman show. All ages.
 

“Blues Unlimited: Essential Interviews from the Original Blues Magazine”
Monday, February 29, 7:00 p.m. - 
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Presented by Bill Greensmith & Mark Camarigg
Bill Greensmith, former host of KDHX’s weekly blues radio program, and Mark Camarigg, publications manager for Living Blues Magazine and chair of the University of Mississippi’s annual Blues Symposium, present interview highlights from the groundbreaking magazine Blues Unlimited. The presentation will focus on the history of blues music in St. Louis. 

Children’s Programs

African Percussion
Expand your cultural knowledge and learn the techniques and rhythms of authentic instruments like the djembe, caxixi, agogo and kalimba. Presented by Freedom Arts and Education. Ages 8 and up. Registration required.

Rhythms and Folklore of Africa
Immerse yourself in the rhythms and stories of Africa as you join Kenya Ajanaku in this exciting program. All ages.

 

 

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