Area kicks off celebration of Black History Month


Published: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 10:11 p.m.

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Area Black history events

Activities during the next week

  • An African-American Author Read-in, Sunday, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave., and Alachua branch library, 14913 NW 140th St.
  • Stories, Games, Songs and Poems African-American Style, Monday, 7 p.m., Waldo branch library, 150 SW 2nd Place, all ages.
  • African-American Tales with storyteller Windell Campbell, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Headquarters Library, all ages.
  • A hands-on demonstration called "Home, Health and Hearth," Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th Ave.
  • Film: "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," Feb. 8, 2 p.m., Millhopper branch library. A dramatic portrayal of the life and works of Lorraine Hansberry, author of "A Raisin in the Sun."
    Activities later in February and in March
  • African-American Tales with Vivian Filer, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m., Millhopper Branch library, 2145 NW 43rd St., all ages. Vivian Filer entertains with tales, poetry and songs for "just folks."
  • Zora Neale Hurston: A One-Woman Show, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., Thomas Center.
  • Lynda Johnson presents: A Literary Evening, Feb. 18, 7 to 9 p.m., Thomas Center.
  • Pajama Party! Langston, Ella and Friends, Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m., Tower Road branch library, 3020 SW 75th St. Poetry, stories and songs from the African-American tradition will be shared with children of all ages.
  • African American Woman Authors, Feb. 19, Headquarters Library, 7 p.m.
  • Storytelling with Daba Oma, Feb. 20, Alachua branch library, 3 p.m., all ages.
  • Tony Burroughs, genealogy expert, Feb. 22. Headquarters Library, room A, fourth floor. Burroughs' workshops are for anyone with interest in genealogy research: 10 a.m. Black Roots: Tracing the Family Tree; 11:30 a.m. Black Biographies, Autobiographies and Family Histories; 2 p.m. Researching Vital Records such as birth, death and marriage certificates; 3:30 p.m. Locating Obituaries for African-Americans.
  • The LaVern Porter Dancers, Feb. 22, 2 p.m., Millhopper Branch library. At the ages of 3 and older these dancers combine elements of African dance, jazz, ballet and praise dancing.
  • The Washington Sisters, a gospel group, Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m., Millhopper Branch library.
  • Black History Month Celebration of Literature, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., Tower Road branch library. Bring passages from your favorite books and poems by African-American authors and share them in our celebration of the rich heritage of African-American literature.
  • Local African-American Poets, Feb. 26, Thomas Center, 7 p.m.
  • Modern African Cinema Series. Film: "Guimba un tyran, une époque" (Guimba, a Tyrant in His Time), 1995 film that won the Pan-African Film Festival Grand Prize, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Headquarters Library, Room A, fourth floor.
  • Black History Month culminating event, March 2, Martin Luther King Center, 5 to 8 p.m.

  • A month of black history events begins with song and speech today in downtown Gainesville.
    This year's kickoff event at the Downtown Community Plaza will be "a family affair," said Alachua County Commissioner Cynthia Chestnut, chair of the Black History Month Celebration Committee.
    "We're hoping that parents will bring their children to participate in (today's) events," she said. "One of the most important features (of this month) is to educate children and the community.
    "Were trying to encourage people that black history is not just a one-month affair," she said.
    Today's celebration, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is expected to feature a performance from Duval Elementary school drummers and songs from Prairie View fourth-graders with community members sharing information about the rest of the events planned for February.
    Also, City Commissioner Charles Chestnut will speak on the status of black Americans today and area publisher and artist Patricia Hilliard-Nunn will speak about ancient Egyptian history and the movement of Africans to the United States and other parts of the world.
    This year, the area will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events, including films, poetry and book readings, storytellings and gospel concerts. This year's theme is African Culture and History.
    The Black History Month Committee has been working together with the Alachua County Library District to plan this month's events since March, Cynthia Chestnut said.
    Many of the events will be held at branch libraries, and Chestnut said that "serves as a catalyst for bringing people together."
    Sunday afternoon, the downtown and Alachua branch libraries will hold the "African-American Author Read-in," described as an opportunity for adults to share a book they've read by an African-American author while encouraging children to read.
    Patricia O'Donnell, spokeswoman for the library district, said two highlights of this year's activities will be when storyteller Windell Campbell will use puppets to tell African stories at the downtown library on Tuesday and the four workshops on Feb. 22 about tracing by genealogy researcher Tony Burroughs of Chicago State University.

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