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St. Louis County Library Black History Celebration 2018 - Engaging the Present to Honor the Past

Keynote Speaker

Judge Jimmie Edwards - photoJudge Jimmie Edwards
Friday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. - Headquarters

Judge Jimmie Edwards, newly appointed Public Safety Director for St. Louis City, will deliver this year’s Frankie Freeman Inspirational Lecture. Judge Edwards formerly served as judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis.

Dr. Art McCoy (photo)

Dr. Art McCoy, Jennings School District Superintendent, will receive the second annual Frankie Freeman Inspirational Award.



Highlighted Events

Gentlemen of Vision
Saturday, February 3, 2:00 p.m. - Florissant Valley

Join us for a performance by the nationally acclaimed dance troupe Gentlemen of Vision as they take us on a journey with stepping. All ages.

The Black Rep presents “Letter to Harriet Tubman”
Friday, February 9, 7:00 p.m. - Lewis & Clark

Join us on an adventure with heroine Harriet Tubman, who fought slavery through the Underground Railroad. This production examines the history of Tubman’s times during the Civil War era, through lively period songs and African American spirituals. This performance inspires and encourages the audience to hope, dream and achieve. All ages. 

Amanda E. Doyle and Melanie A. Adams, “Standing Up for Civil Rights in St. Louis
Saturday, February 10, 2:00 p.m.   - Florissant Valley

“Standing Up for Civil Rights in St. Louis” tells the stories of the many ordinary men and women who took extraordinary steps to fight for equal rights in St. Louis. Written for upper elementary school readers, the book presents the long arc of the struggle for civil rights, giving young readers a new perspective. 

Set the Night to Music
Friday, February 16, 7:00 p.m.  - Florissant Valley

Enjoy the soothing jazz vocals of Wendy Gordon and friends. The event will also feature the urban sounds of the Sumthin Soulful band featuring Truenessia Combs and Dakota Pagen. All ages.

Pinx Academy of Dance: Celebration Performance
Saturday, February 17, 3:00 p.m. - Jamestown Bluffs

Lead by Nicole “Pinky” Thomas, Pinx Academy of Dance will showcase young artists performing a variety of styles while embracing their rich cultural traditions.

Tayari Jones, “An American Marriage”
Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. - Headquarters

An onstage conversation with bestselling novelist Curtis Sittenfeld

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream until Roy is sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. As Roy’s time in prison passes, Celestial is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. “An American Marriage” is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.

Gift of Gospel
Saturday, February 24, 1:00 p.m.  - Florissant Valley

Get ready for an inspirational performance by renowned artist Amber Bullock from BET’s “Sunday Best” program. Bullock is a St. Louis native who is recognized across the United States for her vocal ability. All ages. Auditorium.




Upcoming Black History Month Events