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Celebrate African American History Month at the Houston Public Library

African American History Month is celebrated throughout the nation during the month of February and in honor of this celebration the Houston Public Library joins with diverse presentations for adults, teens and children at various neighborhood libraries and the Central Library. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. For a list of programs and location information visit or call 832-393-1313. These programs are free and open to the public.

Adult Program Presentations Include

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Life and His Legacy – Panel Discussion
Reverend William Lawson and Dr. Virgil A. Wood will share their experiences working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.
Saturday, January 26 | 2 PM
The African American Library at the Gregory School, 1300 Victor St., 77019, 832-393-1440

Ensemble Theate
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Along with excerpts from Dr. King’s speech, the Ensemble Theater will highlight songs and poems by Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rosa Parks, and Medgar Evers.
Saturday, February 2 | 2 PM
Central Library, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832,393-1313
Emancipation: A Journey Back in Time with Frederick Douglass – A Workshop for Teachers
A workshop for teachers that introduces creative methods and techniques for teaching youth as the facilitator provides a participatory climate with fun activities to keep everyone engaged as they learn. A brief question and answer session will follow the event.

Wednesday, February 13 | 10:30 AM & 1 PM

The African American Library at the Gregory School, 1300 Victor Street, 77019, 832-393-1440

“An Evening with…Author Attica Locke”

Meet and greet award winning author Attica Locke. She will discuss and sign copies of her latest novel, “The Cutting Season,” a riveting thriller that boldly tackles the charged themes of race, class, and justice in contemporary America.

Wednesday, February 13 | 6 PM

Julie Ideson Building, 550 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1662
One False Step: Muhammad Ali and the Critical Study of Culture and Freedom in American Society
Dr. Malachi Crawford, Assistant Director of UH African-American Studies, will discuss Muhammad Ali’s legal battle to obtain conscientious objector status and a ministerial exemption from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces as being a key moment in redefining the meaning of civil rights, freedom and self-determination. Specifically, from 1966 to 1971, Muhammad Ali’s resistance to the military draft came to represent — perhaps more than any other person or event at the time — the evolving notion of freedom among African Americans as the ability to know one’s self and the right to act in one’s self-interest.
Saturday, February 16 | 2 PM
The African American Library at the Gregory School, 1300 Victor Street, 77019, 832-393-1440
Community Cinema Presents “The Power Broker”
“The Power Broker” follows Whitney Young’s journey from segregated Kentucky to the national campaign for equal rights. This complex tale explores the public and private trials of the man at the center of the storm.

Wednesday, February 20 | 6 PM

Central Library, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313
“An Afternoon with….Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Isabel Wilkerson”
Meet and greet Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson as she discusses and signs copies of her masterwork on the “unrecognized immigration” of African Americans in her first novel “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.”
Saturday, February 23 | 2 PM
Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1662

Children and Teen Presentations Include
Baba Alafia and the Magical Storytime
This program incorporates stories and games involving African drums and various percussive instruments of Africa.

Pre-K Audience.

Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library
3223 Wilcrest, 77042, 832-393-2011
Tuesday, February 5 | 12 PM

Looscan Neighborhood Library
2510 Willowick, 77027, 832-393-1900
Wednesday, February 6 | 10:30 AM

Central Library
500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313
Saturday, February 9 | 2 PM

Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library
4100 Montrose, 77006, 832-393-1800
Tuesday, February 12 | 10:30 AM

Mancuso Neighborhood Library
6767 Belfort, 77087, 832-393-1920
Wednesday, February 13 | 10:30 AM

Jungman Neighborhood Library
5830 Westheimer, 77057, 832-393-1860
Tuesday, February 19 | 2 PM

Kendall Neighborhood Library
609 N. Eldridge, 77079, 832-393-1880
Wednesday, February 27 | 12:30 PM

Ballet Talks with Lauren AndersonLauren Anderson will discuss the challenges she faced on her journey to become the first African American principal dancer with The Houston Ballet.

McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library
7405 Stella Link, 77025, 832-393-2630
Wednesday, February 20 | 12:30 PM

Morris Frank Library, a HPL Express Location
10103 Fondren, Brays Oaks Towers Building, 77096, 832-393-2410
Monday, February 25 | 12:30 PM

Express Children’s Theatre
“Dream of Doors” focuses on the struggle of some of the most iconic figures from the Civil Rights era. Four doors on stage symbolize equality, justice, education, and jobs. The story is the journey to open each door which will test endurance and self-determination. This is a musical odyssey written by Thomas Meloncon.

The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor St., 77019, 832-393-1440
Saturday, February 6 | 10:30 AM

Central Library
500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313
Saturday, February 16 | 11 AM

The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor St., 77019, 832-393-1440
Saturday, February 27 | 10:30 AM

Jazz and Poetry Series, Jazz Education Inc.
Jazz and Poetry delivered by a four-piece band and a poet, teaches vital skills while uplifting students with an “I CAN” message – “I Can be president, an engineer, a teacher, a doctor, etc.” all the while discovering that “learning can be fun.”

Elementary School Audience

Shepard-Acres Homes Neighborhood Library
8501West Montgomery, 77088, 832-393-1700
Tuesday, February 5 | 4 PM

Walter Neighborhood Library
7660 Clarewood, 77036, 832-393-2500
Thursday, February 14 | 3:30 PM

Scenic Woods Regional Library
10677 Homestead Rd., 77016, 832-393-2030
Tuesday, February 19 | 4 PM

KoumanKe’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble
KoumanKe’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble, is a dynamic and energetic performance troupe that presents traditional West, South, and Congolese African Dance and culture and its transitions in this country.

Henington-Alief Regional Library
7979 South Kirkwood, 77072, 832-393-1820
Thursday, February 7 | 4 PM

Bracewell Neighborhood Library
9002 Kingspoint Dr., 77089, 832-393-2580
Wednesday, February 13 | 4 PM

About African American History Month
Harvard trained historian Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915 and Negro History Week in 1926 to promote research and awareness of contributions by people of African descent. In 1976, fifty years after the first celebration, the Association’s celebration was expanded to become Black History Month. Woodson originally choose the week in February which includes the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, reflecting his belief that the history of African Americans was American history.

The Association, now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, honors Woodson with this year’s theme, “Black Women in American Culture and History.” For more information go to the Association website

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.


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