Heart of a People: Black Women in Society and Culture

Posted Feb 24th, 2012 by Rhonda Sewell  Category: Community Interest, Toledo.com


The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library proudly observes Black History Month in February with a family program titled, Heart of a People: Black Women in Society and Culture, scheduled from 2-4 p.m. this Saturday, February 25 in the McMaster Center at Main Library, 325 Michigan St. This lively program isFREE and open to the public. Please join us in the celebration of local African American women and their contributions.


· Another Branch of Life featuring Storyteller Robin Echols Cooper. This interactive program traces a family’s roots from sharecropping days in Spring Creek, Alabama to their eventual migration to Cleveland, Ohio. The importance of family history and values are shared.

· Signature Songs of African American Icons featuring noted jazz vocalist Ramona Collins accompanied by pianist Eric Dickey.

· Cotillion History: Debutantes in Toledo presented by retired Toledo City Councilwoman Wilma Brown. Also, enjoy a display of Cotillion history featuring dresses, photographs, and accessories from cotillions through the years presented originally by the Bronze Raven, and later by the Toledo Club of the National Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc., of which Brown is an active member. The Toledo Club of NBPWC has presented the annual Debutante Cotillion for the past 47 years. This year will mark the Club’s 48th presentation whereby area college-bound African American high school senior young ladies are presented to society as women.

· Area Spoken Word Artists: Hear spoken word from area poets and artists Elevated Thinkin’ (Norris Finley), Huntor Prey, Kesha Machaeterre, and Ky Learic

· Connect with the Past by Creating a Hat. Have fun while creating your own grand hat made of paper as we celebrate the African-American tradition that blends high fashion, deep spirituality and respect for ancestors.

Light refreshments will be served.

FREE PARKING in the underground lot of Main Library

The annual observation of Black History Month was originated in 1926 by African American historian Carter G. Woodson, as “Negro History Week.” Woodson chose February because it marked the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, two Americans who Carter believed influenced the lives of black Americans. Discover more on Black History Month at Your Library.

This event is generously sponsored in part by The Library Legacy Foundation

NOTE: For additional information visit toledolibrary.org, or call 419.259.5209

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