Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali


Octavia E. Butler

Octavia E. Butler


Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates


Viola Davis

Viola Davis


Bill Hamid

Bill Hamid


Charniele Herring

Charniele Herring


Katherine 
Johnson

Katherine Johnson


John Lewis

John Lewis


Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald


Nina Simone

Brian Stokes Mitchell


Nina Simone

Nina Simone


Samuel E. Tucker

Samuel E. Tucker


Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams


Venus Williams

Venus Williams


 Black History Month Events at Alexandria Library
                      

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize the achievements of African Americans.  Please join us throughout February as we celebrate the history and contributions of African Americans. 

 

Beatley Central

Pre-K Story Time Class: African American Heroes
Tuesday, February 7
11:30 AM
Join us for a story time featuring books about the Tuskegee Airmen, Molly Williams (the first female firefighter in the young United States of America), and others. Ages 3-5 with an adult.  

Pre-K Story Time Class: African American Heroes
Thursday, February 9
10:30 AM
Join us for a story time featuring books about the Tuskegee Airmen, Molly Williams (the first female firefighter in the young United States of America), and others. Ages 3-5 with an adult.

Race (2016 © Focus Features) PG-13
Thursday, February 9

6:00 PM
Biographical film about African American athlete Jesse Owens, who won a record-breaking four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.

Story Time Featuring Books by African American Authors
Wednesday, February 15
10:30 AM
Family Story Time celebrates Black History Month with Picture Books written by African American Authors and depicting children of color. Ages 5 and under, with an adult.

Selma (2015 © Paramount Pictures) PG- 13
Thursday, February 16
6:00 PM
Based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. The film will be introduced by writer and educator James Patterson, whose father served with the Alabama National Guard during the integration of the University of Alabama, and for the third Selma to Montgomery march. Patterson also was cast in Selma as a reporter.

Tributes to the Greats by Liberated Muse
Tuesday, February 28
7:00 PM
Liberated Muse Arts Group returns to Charles Beatley Central Library in Alexandria, VA to present "A Walk Down Poetry Lane", a musical and spoken word tribute to the greatest voices in American poetry.  Liberated Muse will highlight the work of some of America's greatest literary figures-- including Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee, Lucille Clifton and Gwendolyn Brooks-- and original work from Liberated Muse company members. Free and appropriate for all ages. 

Barrett

Let’s Talk Books
Monday, February 13
7:00 PM
Join us for a discussion of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Let’s Talk Books
Thursday, February 16
2:00 PM
Join us for a discussion of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Hidden Figures, Open Rockets
Tuesday, February 28
6:00 PM
Hear about the African-American women featured in the book & movie and learn to use Open Rockets, a model rocket design program. Space is limited. Ages 12-18. Registration is required. 

Burke Branch

Blacks in the Civil War
Tuesday, February 7
4:00 PM
Blacks, both free and slaves actively participated in the Civil War. Learn about these unsung heroes and the contributions they made to our region and our country. Ages 8-14.

Southside With You (2016 Miramax) PG- 13
Tuesday, February 14
3:30 PM
Young Chicago lawyers Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) and Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) spend a sweltering summer afternoon visiting the art museum, eating lunch together, watching Do The Right Thing, getting some ice cream and sharing a first kiss in this dramatization of the President and First Lady's fateful first date.

Hyati: Uncovering an African American Neighborhood
Wednesday, February15
4:00 PM
Participants will use maps, excavated artifacts and other primary sources to learn about the 19th century free black community ofHyati, which was located just 5 miles from the Burke Library. Ages 8-14.

Former Slaves Turned Statesmen
Tuesday, February 28
4:00 PM
For a few years between Reconstruction and the beginning of the Jim Crow era, African Americans rode a wave of reform to some of the most important political offices in the land. Roughly 2,000 blacks took office on the state, local and federal level, and nearly a dozen former slaves served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. These trailblazers faced mistreatment and intimidation from both the public and their fellow lawmakers, but they also served as some of the nation’s most prominent advocates of racial equality. From a former manservant to a little-known Civil War veteran, meet five men who rose up from slavery to become part of the United States’ first generation of black congressmen.

Duncan Branch

Movie Monday, The Princess and the Frog (2009 © Disney) G
Monday, February 6
3:00 PM
Join us for a showing of the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog featuring Tiana, Disney's first African American Princess. Rated G. Snacks provided. All ages.

Monday Movie, Akeelah and the Bee (2006 © Lions Gate) PG
Monday, February 13
3:00 PM
Join us for a showing of the movie "Akeelah and the Bee". Meet Akeelah, an 11 year old girl with a gift for words, who earns an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Rated PG. Snacks provided. School age.

Searching for Our Humanity: An Artist’s Response to Racial Injustice
Monday, February 27
7:00 PM
Suzanne Scott Constantine, a visual and spoken performance artist, will present her poetry along with her visual works in order to demonstrate the impact of racial injustice in our community. Suzanne Scott Constantine is a professor at George Mason University’s School of Integrative Studies. She teaches in the social justice and human rights concentration, and her courses focus on racial, ethnic and gender inequities. She also is a studio artist at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, where she is an interdisciplinary visual and performance artist, with a focus on social justice issues. She holds a Master’s Degree from James Madison University in English Literature and a Master of Fine Arts in interdisciplinary art from Goddard College in Vermont.