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2021 Black History Celebration - Enriching Culture with Hope and Healing

All events will be held virtually via Zoom or on the Library's Facebook page. Registration information and more details are below. 
 

Keynote Address

Frankie Freeman Inspirational Address: Walter Mosley, “Blood Grove: An Easy Rawlins Mystery”
Thursday, February 11, 7: 00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

In conversation with suspense author Rachel Howzell Hall

Suspense writing legend Walter Mosley presents the crowning achievement in the iconic Easy Rawlins detective series: a crackling, moody, and thrilling novel of vast scope and intimate insight, and a soulful call for justice by any means necessary.

James Clark will receive the Frankie Freeman Inspirational Award during the program featuring the keynote address. Mr. Clark is the Vice President of Public Safety and Community Response, for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.   


Highlighted Events

Virtual Author Event: Catherine E. McKinley, “The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women”
Thursday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

In conversation with renowned photographer Dario Calmese
Writer and curator Catherine McKinley presents an unprecedented visual history of African women told in striking and subversive historical photographs. 
Artist, writer, and director Dario Calmese made history as the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for Vanity Fair. He is also the host of the widely-acclaimed podcast “The Institute of Black Imagination.”

 

Virtual Author Event: Vivian Gibson, “The Last Children of Mill Creek”
Tuesday, February 2, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Vivian Gibson grew up in Mill Creek Valley, a segregated working-class neighborhood of St. Louis that was razed in 1959 to build a highway, an act of racism disguised under urban renewal as "progress." “The Last Children of Mill Creek” depicts the families, friends, shop owners, church ladies, teachers, and others who made Mill Creek into a warm, tight-knit African American community. 

 

The Black Rep presents “Freedom Songs”
Thursday, February 4, 7:00 p.m.

Follow along as we journey from Africa to the United States weaving the story of an African American's fight for civil rights. After this compelling journey, you will see how far we've come and how far we have yet to go.
All ages. This virtual program will be available on the library's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary) Tuesday, February 4 through Wednesday, February 5. 

 

Poetry Workshop with Pacia Anderson
Saturday, February 13, 1:00 p.m.

Local poet and word artist, Pacia Anderson, will present a poetry workshop exploring creative presentation, Black history and poetic form. Patrons can submit their poetry via chat. Please keep vocabulary family friendly. 
All ages. Registration required. Participants will receive Zoom information via email immediately after registering. 

 

Set the Night to Music
Friday, February 19, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for an online performance featuring the saxophone melodies of Rhoda G.
All ages. Registration required. Participants will receive Zoom information via email immediately after registering. 

 

Draw Your Own Black Hero
Saturday, February 20, 1:00 p.m.

Local artist Cbabi Bayoc will teach you how to draw your own Black hero. 
All ages. Registration required. Participants will receive Zoom information via email immediately after registering. 

 

The Black Rep presents “The Incredible Jungle Journey of Fenda Maria”
Thursday, February 25, 7:00 p.m.

Based on an African folktale, nothing goes right in this little village since the Prince has fallen victim to the terrible witch, Takaya, and has been sent into a long sleep. It falls upon a young girl, Maria, to cross the jungle and cry 12 jars of tears in order to release the Prince from his sleep.
All ages. This virtual program will be available on the library's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary) Thursday, February 25 through Friday, February 26. 

 

Gift of Gospel
Saturday, February 27, 1:00 p.m. 

Join us for an inspirational afternoon of gospel music. Performers include Gregg Haynes and the Happy Guitar, singers Frank and Stephanie Thompson, and saxophonist Angelo Shaw.
All ages. Registration required. Participants will receive Zoom information via email immediately after registering.