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January 30, 2012
Celebrate African American History Month 2012
The Houston Public Library invites the community to celebrate African American History Month and learn about the achievements and contributions of African Americans throughout the nation’s history and in our city. The Library will offer presentations by authors, films, exhibits and more for the entire family. All events and programs are free and open to the public. For more information on African American History Month Events, visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313. The programs are supported by a grant from the Houston Public Library Foundation.
For More Details on African American Culture Visit Houston Public Library’s Special Collection Libraries:
The African American Library at the Gregory School is the newest of three special collections operated by the Houston Public Library. Located in Houston’s historic Freedman’s Town, the Library is housed in what was once the Edgar M. Gregory School, which served as the first public school for African Americans in Houston. As the first library of its kind in Houston, and one of the few African American libraries in the country, The African American Library at the Gregory School serves as a resource to preserve, promote, and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans in Houston, the surrounding region, and the African Diaspora. To accomplish its mission, the African American Library at the Gregory School preserves and makes accessible to historians, researchers, and the public an incomparable collection of multi-type resources including, but not limited to, reference books, rare books, archival materials, exhibits, artifacts, oral histories and innovative programs. The African American Library at the Gregory School is located at 1300 Victor Street, 77019.
Families can also learn how the influences of African Americans reached across the city of Houston as well as the state of Texas by visiting the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) in the historic 1926 Julia Ideson Building. The HMRC provides researchers a variety of materials such as manuscripts, archival records, maps, films, tapes, photographs, architectural drawings and more. The Julia Ideson Building is located at 500 McKinney, downtown.
For those customers wanting to trace their families’ history, they can visit the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. Founded in 1921 as a special collection for genealogical research at the Houston Public Library, Clayton Library is one of the top 10 genealogical libraries in the country. Customers can find information through the Library’s extensive collection of U.S. and foreign books, CD-ROMs, microfilm, and more than 5,000 family histories. Specially trained reference staff is available to assist all levels of genealogist, from those new to the hobby, to experienced professional researchers. Clayton Library is located at 5300 Caroline, in the museum district.
About African American History Month
Ballet Talks with Lauren Anderson
Lauren Anderson, the first African American principal dancer in the Houston Ballet, will give a one-hour presentation on The Nutcracker.
Lauren Anderson, the first African American principal dancer in the Houston Ballet, will give a one-hour presentation on Sleeping Beauty.
Baba Alafia and the Magical Storytime
Floyd Cooper, Children’s Book Illustrator
The Life of Harriet Tubman starring Hope Shiver
Film Screening and Filmmaker Q&A with Jon Schwartz: “This Is Our Home, It Is Not For Sale”
Book Discussion and Presentation
Screening of “The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975”
“An Afternoon with…” Author Daniel Black
About the Author: Daniel Omotosho Black is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, yet spent the majority of his childhood years in Blackwell, Arkansas. He was granted a full scholarship to Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he majored in English. He was awarded the Oxford Modern British Studies Scholarship and studied abroad at Oxford University, Oxford, England. Upon graduation from Clark College (magna cum laude in 1988), he was granted a full graduate fellowship to Temple University in pursuit of a Ph.D. in African American Studies. Completing this phase of his academic career in 1993, with Sonia Sanchez as one of his dissertation advisers, Dr. Black returned to his alma mater in order to help establish the tradition of topnotch scholars who publish and remain at historically Black institutions. As a tenured associate professor, he now aims to provide an example to young African Americans of the importance of self-knowledge and communal commitment. Omotosho, as he prefers to be called, is the founder of the Nzinga-Ndugu rites of passage (or initiation) society -- a group whose focus is instilling principle and character in the lives of African American youth
“An Afternoon with…” Mignette Patrick Dorsey
About the Author: A Los Angeles, California native, Dorsey is the youngest child of Charles and Rutha Patrick. She is an award-winning print journalist who has worked as a city spokesperson and a high school journalism educator. Dorsey, who holds a Masters Degree in English Literature from the University of Houston, teaches writing classes at a community college. She enjoys exercising, bicycling and travelling with her husband.
“For Preserving a Legacy: A Tribute to Houston’s Blues”
Society for the Performing Arts’ Education in partnership with the Houston Public Library presents, “For Preserving a Legacy: A Tribute to Houston’s Blues.” Part of a month-long project to celebrate Houston’s rich blues history. Lecture demonstrations and panel discussion open to the public and led by local blues musicians with the purpose of highlighting the history of blues in Houston. Public performances by local blues and jazz musicians and photography exhibition to showcase the Houston blues scene.
Lecture and Demonstration (for teen audience)
Lecture and Demonstration
Panel Discussion Featuring Local Blues Musicians and Roger Wood
Photography Exhibition: Down In Houston: Documenting a Blues Community
About the Houston Public Library
For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.