Black History Month: Events at NYPL Branches

February 7, 2012 2:23:13 PM PST
Connect with events all through February at the New York Public Library's branches around the city. ADULT PROGRAMS:
Spoken Word with Bob McNeil
Countee Cullen Library - Tuesday February 14 6pm
Harlem Library - Saturday February 4 2:30 PM
Bob McNeil will present A Versified Voyage with the assistance of Brother Aswad, a talented guitarist and former star of Rent. Bob McNeil, a spoken word artist, will share poems and songs that celebrate Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Malcom X.

Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America, with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
Mid-Manhattan Library -- Feb 16 at 6:30 pm

Examining the epic Harlem of official history and the personal Harlem that begins at her front door, the author introduces us to a wide variety of characters, past and present. At the heart of their stories, and her own, is the hope carried over many generations, hope that Harlem would be the ground from which blacks fully enter America's democracy.

Behind the Bench XV -- Black History Month
Harlem Library -- Feb. 16 at 5pm
A Community Forum to address the laws and legal issues that affect our communities and the world. Hosted by Monique Washington

Mixed Bag: Story Time for Grown-Ups Celebrates Black History Month with Zora Neale Hurston
Mid-Manhattan Library -- Feb 22 at 1pm

Listen to a librarian read aloud! Zora Neale Hurston is famous for her novels and stories and also for her anthropological research on black folklore and folktales. From her autobiographical work Dust Tracks on a Road, we learn about her early years and how she became interested in black folktales. Mules and Men details the folktales she discovered and her experiences finding them.

Films Celebrating Black History Month:
Port Richmond Library -- Feb 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 at noon
Roots tells a story of an African American family's journey from an African village through American history to the emancipation of slaves.

King: Man of Peace in a Time of War
Harlem Library - Feb 7 at 5:30 pm
A fascinating and revealing look at the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. filtered through the prism of three major conflicts: the struggle between black and white America, divisiveness with the civil rights movement itself, and an undeclared war in Vietnam.

When We Were Kings
Countee Cullen Library -- Feb 8 at 4pm
A documentary on the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

New Orleans
City Island Library -- Feb 11 at 2pm
A musical starring Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and featuring many big band musicians including Woody Herman, just to name one of many.

A Soldier's Story
Countee Cullen Library -- Feb 15 at 4pm
An African American officer investigates a murder in a racially charged situation during World War II.

The Color Purple
Port Richmond Library -- Feb 16 at 4pm
Author Alice Walker's intimate story of suffering, endurance, and triumph, set in early 20th century rural South, is brought to life by cast members Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover.

Jim Brown-All American
115th Street Library -- Feb 18 at 1pm
A documentry on the NFL hall a famer Jim Brown.

City Island Library -- Feb 18 at 1pm
Directed by Clint Eastwood, Forrest Whitaker brilliantly portrays Charlie Parker, a musical genius.

Harlem Library -- Feb 18 at 2pm
Countee Cullen Library -- Feb. 22 at 4pm
Flashing back intermittently to dream-like scenes from his hardscrabble rural childhood, "Ray" chronicles Ray Charles' remarkable rise from sideman and Chitlin' Circuit fixture to innovator, icon, and international superstar.

The Help
Port Richmond Library -- Feb 18 at 2pm
Kips Bay Library -- Feb 28 at 4pm
Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives -- and a small Mississippi town -- upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families.

Ghosts of Mississippi
Harlem Library -- Feb 25 at 2pm
A riveting true story of the 1994 murder conviction of Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith (James Woods) for the 1964 slaying of civil rights activist Medgar Evers (James Pickens Jr.).

Round Midnight
City Island Library -- Feb 25 at 2pm
This dark but realistic drama tells the story of a small African-American community living in Paris, performing be-bop jazz in the late 1950s. Dexter Gordon plays himself along with a very large cast of contemporary jazz performers.

Daughters of the Dust
Bronx Library Center -- Feb 25 at 2:30 pm
A large African-American family prepares to move North from the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia at the dawn of the 20th century.

Black History Month Writing Contest
Countee Cullen Library, Teen Space -- Month of February
Teens are invited to write and submit a two-page essay on a well-known African American historical figure. Explain his or her significance to the history of the United States. Best essay will receive a prize. A winner will be announced on Feb. 27 at 5:00 PM. For more info, contact the Library: (212) 491-2070.

TeenLIVE presents Tracy Brown
St. George Library Center -- February 16 at 5:30 pm
Create an African-inspired mask with Susan Hale
67th Street-- February 9 at 4:00 pm
Great Kills - February 10 at 3:30 pm
Harlem - February 17 at 3:30 pm
Battery Park City - February 23 at 4:00 pm
West Farms-- February 29 at 4:00 pm

World Beat and Percussion
Tremont Library -- February 27 at 4:00 pm

Fierce and Fabulous Fashion
Sedgewick -- February 3 at 3:30 pm
Westchester Square -- February 21 and 28 at 4pm
Port Richmond-- February 23 at 4:00 pm

Well Versed: Urban Word
Van Nest -- February 8, 15, and 22 at 3:30 pm

We're Open, Step Up: Urban Word
Van Nest - February 29 at 3:30 pm

Learn to Dance with the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theatre
Bloomingdale - February 28 at 4:00 pm

African Dance
Get up and feel the rhythm! Learn the styles and history of African Dance! Caren Calder, master storyteller and dancer, along with a live drummer, will have you out of your seats and shaking a leg. Caren's dynamic style of teaching promises a good time for everyone involved. All dance levels are welcome; no experience is necessary. Presented by Urban Stages. For ages 5 and older.
Morningside Heights -----Thurs, Feb 2; 4pm
Soundview -----Mon, Feb 6; 3:30pm
Melrose -----Tues, Feb 7; 4pm
Sedgewick -----Wed, Feb 8; 3:45pm
Kingsbridge -----Thurs, Feb 9; 4pm
St. Agnes -----Fri, Feb 10; 3:30pm
Morrisania ----- Mon, Feb 13; 3:30pm
Eastchester -----Tues, Feb 14; 3:30pm
Francis Martin -----Wed, Feb 15; 4pm
Clason's PointThurs, Feb 16; 3:30pm
125th Street -----Fri, Feb 17; 4pm
Port Richmond ----- Tues, Feb 21; 3:30pm
Great Kills -----Wed, Feb 22; 3:30pm
St. George Library Center -----Thurs, Feb 23; 3pm
Baychester -----Fri, Feb 24; 2pm
Belmont -----Mon, Feb 27; 4pm
New Amsterdam -----Tues, Feb 28; 3:30pm