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Keynote Address

Valerie Jarrett, “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward”
Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. - Headquarters

From her work ensuring equality for women and girls, advancing civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system, and improving the lives of working families, to the real stories behind some of the most stirring moments of the Obama presidency, Valerie Jarrett shares her forthright, optimistic perspective on the importance of leadership and the responsibilities of citizenship in the 21st century.

Health Advocate Valeda Keys will receive the Frankie Freeman Inspirational Award during the program. Ms. Keys advocates for cancer awareness through the Valeda’s Hope organization.


Highlighted Events

Rev Run and Justine Simmons, “Old School Love: And Why It Works”
Saturday, February 1, 7:00 p.m. – Headquarters

RUN DMC’s iconic rapper Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons and his wife, Justine, share their secrets to lasting love and the guiding principles that have kept them together for more than 20 years. In this homage to classic courtship, Rev and Justine reveal the secrets to their marriage’s longevity and happiness. 
Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters.
 

The Black Rep presents “Character Building”
Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 p.m. – Lewis & Clark

This one-man musical is adapted from the talks Booker T. Washington gave students and faculty at Tuskegee University. The performance includes negro spirituals intertwined with hymns of encouragement. 
All ages.
 

Jerry Mitchell, “Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era”
Monday, February 10, 7:00 p.m. – Headquarters 

Presented by the Westfall Politics and History Series
On June 21, 1964, more than 20 Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers—killings that would become known as the “Mississippi Burning” case. It took 41 years before the mastermind was finally convicted. Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell unearthed secret documents, found long-lost witnesses, and built up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan.
 

Gabriel Bump, “Everywhere You Don’t Belong”
Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. – Headquarters

In this powerful, edgy, and funny debut novel about making right and wrong choices, Gabriel Bump gives us an unforgettable and lovable protagonist, Claude McKay Love, a young Black man in search of a place where he can fit. But as he discovers, there’s no escaping the people and places that made him.  
 

Set the Night to Music 
Friday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. – Florissant Valley 

Set the Night to Music is back with the wonderful melodic sounds from Love Jones the Band. Join us for a toe-tapping, finger-snapping good time. A sampling of food from a local St. Louis restaurant will be provided.
All ages.
 

Gift of Gospel 
Saturday, February 29, 1:00 p.m. – Florissant Valley

Featuring emcee Pastor Shaun Williams, gospel music artist Jean Vann and additional performances by Christ Pilgrim Rest Children’s Choir, violinist Andrea Bell Darris and others. 
All ages.

Upcoming Black History Month Events