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2022 Black History Celebration at St. Louis County Library 

Press Release

Monday, January 24, 2022 - 1:20p.m.

St. Louis County Library will host a Black History Celebration in February 2022 with virtual and in-person programming. The theme for the 2022 celebration is “Still we rise with resilience and brilliance.” CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst Laura Coates will deliver the keynote address on February 4 at 7:00 p.m.at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Masks are required for all attendees. During the keynote event, the Frankie Freeman Award will be presented to Britttany Tur Kellman is the Executive Director of Jamaa Birth Village Other events include performances by the Black Rep, a jazz concert, a gospel celebration and more.

A list of highlighted events is below; a full schedule of events is available at www.slcl.org/black-history-celebration.

Keynote Event:

Friday, February 4, 7:00 p.m. 
IN-PERSON at Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.)
Keynote Event: CNN’s Senior Legal AnalystLaura Coates, “Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor’s Fight for Fairness”
Brittany Tru Kellman will receive the Frankie Freeman Inspirational Award during the keynote program. Ms. Kellman is the Executive Director of Jamaa Birth Village in Ferguson, Missouri.

Highlighted Events:

Tuesday, February 8, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary
Virtual Author Event: Robert Child, "Immortal Valor: The Black Medal of Honor Winners of World War II"

Tuesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. 
IN-PERSON at the Florissant Valley Branch (195 New Florissant Rd. South)
The Black Rep Presents “Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home” 
Inspired by the life of Sojourner Truth, this performance tells the story of her fictitious great-great-granddaughter Lizzie Walker, and her transformation from child to adult activist. 
Registration required.

Thursday, February 17, 7:00 p.m. 
IN-PERSON at Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.)
Author Event: Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano
"Black, White, and The Grey: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship and a Beloved Restaurant." Presented in partnership with Sauce Magazine.

Friday, February 18, 7:00 p.m. 
IN-PERSON at the Florissant Valley Branch (195 New Florissant Rd. South)
Set the Night to Music 
Enjoy a soulful performance and the smooth jazz styles of Robert Nelson & Renaissance. Registration required. 

Tuesday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. 
IN-PERSON at the Lewis & Clark Branch (9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd.)
The Black Rep Presents “Waiting for Martin” 
A poignant and heartfelt tale of three homeless teens living in rural Alabama during the early sixties, patiently waiting for Dr. King to come, with the expectation that his visit would change their lives forever.
Registration required. 

Thursday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. 
VIRTUAL
The Legacy of Dr. Venable 
Celebrate the resilience of Dr. Howard P. Venable, an ophthalmologist and university professor who worked for equity in health, education, and legal justice.
Registration required. 

Saturday, February 26, 1:00 p.m.
IN-PERSON at the Florissant Valley Branch (195 New Florissant Rd. South)
Gift of Gospel
Enjoy the melodious sounds of gospel music with Michelle Sargent, Daphne Rice-Bruce and Kathy Horry, and interpretive dance from Angelica LaGrone. Pastor Shaun Williams will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Registration required. 

Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks’ notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300, or visit www.slcl.org.