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Black History Celebration 2019 - Community Empowerment Begins at the Library

Keynote Speaker

Anthony Ray Hinton - photo

Anthony Ray Hinton, Author of “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row”
Friday, January 25, 7:00 p.m. - Headquarters - Main Reading Room

Oprah’s Book Club’s 2018 selection, “The Sun Does Shine” begins in 1985 when Anthony Ray Hinton is falsely arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. For the next 30 years Hinton becomes a beacon on Death Row—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates. Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor or joy.

Highlighted Events

The Black Rep Presents, “Freedom Songs”
Friday, February 1, 7:00 p.m. - Lewis & Clark Branch

In this production, four friends take a journey through time learning what Freedom Songs are and why they are important. All ages.

Dimbayaa Arts African and African Diaspora Dance Performance and Lecture
Saturday, February 2, 2:00 p.m. - Bridgeton Trails Branch
Saturday, February 9, 2:00 p.m. - Indian Trails Branch

Join the Dimbayaa Arts performers as they guide patrons in traditional African and African Diaspora dance. All ages. Registration required.

“Pies from Nowhere” Story Time and Pie Tasting
Monday, February 4, 6:00 p.m. - Weber Road Branch
Thursday, February 21, 6:00 p.m. - Lewis & Clark Branch

Join library staff for a reading of the book “Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott” by Romito Dee and Laura Freeman. Afterward, sample pies from area restaurants. All ages. Registration required.

Set the Night to Music
Friday, February 8, 7:00 p.m. - Florissant Valley Branch

R&B and soul ensemble Plush Band STL featuring Dana Austin hosts a night of soulful and infectious music as they perform the classics. All ages.

Emily Bernard, “Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine”
Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. - Headquarters

Emily Bernard’s fearless and penetrating memoir begins with an episode of violence: while a graduate student at Yale, she was working in a coffee shop when a stranger stabbed her. That shocking attack would eventually unleash the storyteller in her, and in these pages she seeks to find a language to capture the complexities of her experiences as a victim.

Delta Sigma Theta Black History Month Author Celebration
Saturday, February 16, 12:00 p.m. - Lewis & Clark Branch

Meet authors from the Delta Sigma Theta St. Louis Alumnae Chapter as they discuss their books. Featured authors include Jo Lena Johnson, author of “Broken Conditions;” Candice Cox, author of children’s book “Please Oh Please Be Patient With Me;” Yvonne Yvette Thomas, author of “Matters of the Heart: Ten Episodes of Purpose;” Kim Burke, author of “It’s Growth Time!: 6 Intentional Personal Growth Strategies That Will Set You Up For Greatness;” and Dr. Camesha Hill-Carter, author of “I Am Woman: Defining Womanhood and Identity (Volume 1).” Books will be available for purchase. Adults.

Gift of Gospel
Saturday, February 23, 1:00 p.m. - Florissant Valley Branch

Singer/songwriter, Stellar Award nominee and Billboard chart topping gospel artist Cheneta Jones performs to a hometown audience for this special event. Joining Cheneta is The Youth Gospel Music Conference Choir for an unforgettable showcase. Local artist and musician, Pastor Shaun Williams will emcee the program. All ages.

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