Celebrate Black History Month

Posted Jan 27th, 2014 by Rhonda Sewell  Category: Community Interest, Toledo.com


The Kent Branch Library Public @ccess Center and The Art Tatum African American Resource Center observe Black History Month with several programs that are free and open to the public.

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 about Black History Month at the Kent Branch/Tatum Center events below:

· Saturday, February 1
2-3:30 p.m. – The Art Tatum African American Resource Center at Kent Branch presents From Whence We Came … Again. Local History and Genealogy librarian/historian Donna Christian will conduct a workshop that provides useful tools and strategies for African-Americans interested in tracing their roots. The program builds upon The Tatum Center’s 2012 Whence You Came workshop. Registration is requested, please call 419.259.5340.
· 3:30pm – Kent Library & The Tatum Center are co-hosting a reception to kick off an art exhibit that will be displayed throughout the branch. This mixed media exhibit will include paintings, masks, ceramics and stencil drawings. It will feature the works of local African-American artists Novarro Gibson, Alice Grace, Ameldia Mays and Ron Jamison. (The exhibit is scheduled on view in February and March).

· Saturday, February 15
2 p.m. – The Tatum Center presents Brother Outsider, a film /documentary on civil rights hero and strategist Bayard Rustin. Rustin is credited with organizing the historic 1963 March on Washington. A discussion will follow the film lead by Tatum Board member Eugene Washington.

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