Brown Bag Lunches At The Central Library
Celebrate the 77th annual observance of African- American History and the
26th Anniversary of the United States Postal Service Black Heritage
Series. This year's honoree is Justice Thurgood Marshall. Thurgood
Marshall (1908-1993) is best remembered for being appointed the first
African- American Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Prepare to learn more
about this year's subject and the other 25 honorees of the Black Heritage
Series. The program will be both entertaining and informative.
How far can you trace your family history? Come and be introduced to
African-American Genealogy. Ann Gilbert and Josephine Govan will present
this fascinating program
You will be amazed at the commonality that crosses race and time. Jim
Baggett will show slides and discuss the Birmingham snapshot photos
exhibit on Common Bonds. Plus, learn how to preserve you family photos.
Be dazzled by the prolific, creative, and one of a kind jazz performers.
Listen to the jazz beat with Jothan Callins Duo as we celebrate the final
program during Black History Month.
Looking Back at Gee’s Bend
To accompany the photo exhibition Looking Back at Gee’s Bend author and
storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham will share her memories of this unique
African American community.
Praying and Organizing: Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement in
As part of the symposium series Before You Travel On: Reflections on the
Fortieth Anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement, historian
Tara White will discuss the role of women in Birmingham’s freedom
Justice Brought Home: The Sixteenth Street Church Bombing Cases
Decades after the bombing of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
the final two suspects in the case were tried and convicted. Former United
States Attorney Doug Jones will discuss his role in reopening and
prosecuting the cases.
The Black Power Movement in Birmingham
Emory University historian Robert Widell will explore the Black Power
Movement in late 1960s and early 1970s Birmingham.
“I’m Alabama Bound”
Join us for programs that focus on
Alabama authors and their works. These will serve as an introduction to
the Alabama Bound book fair to be held on Saturday, April 26th at the
Please join us today to hear Frank Sikora tell how he came to write
the extraordinary story of Lionel F. Pinn, Sr., professional soldier and
Native American. Hear the Bugles Calling: My Three Wars as a Combat
Infantryman written by Frank Sikora as told to him by Pinn is about a
man who dedicated his life to military service and the training of
soldiers. Mr. Sikora is an award winning author and journalist who
recently retired from the Birmingham News. He has written several books
and this one is a must read.
Cecil Whitmire, President of the Alabama Theatre and house organist
since the 1970s, will talk about his experiences with the theatre. His
recently published book, The Alabama Theatre: Showplace of the South,
traces the colorful history of this venerable Birmingham landmark from its
heyday as a movie palace, its decline along with the rest of downtown, and
its restoration to its former glory.
After a 10 year hiatus Birmingham's own Robert McCammon has written a new
novel, Speaks the Nightbird. At the end of the 1980s McCammon
turned from writing horror novels to writing novels that were more
mainstream. In 1999 he decided to retire from publishing and has spent the
past few years enjoying family life and catching up on things he never had
time to do while writing. Mr. McCammon’s works have always been popular
and although he has no plans to write any more books it will be
fascinating to hear how he as grown and changed during his several years
out of the spotlight.
Come hear Jo Kittinger talk about writing children’s books. Ms.
Kittinger’s latest book is Moving Day and is as interesting as her
previous books that she wrote about rocks, minerals, and stones. She is as
curious about the world around her as the children for whom she writes
are. Ms. Kittinger will talk about her easy reader books, the publishing
process and the joys of research and revision.
Please join us to hear Joan Broerman talk about her writing and traveling
in Alabama. Ms. Broerman and her husband traversed the state of Alabama
from end to end seeking out interesting places to spend weekends. Her
book, Weekend Getaways in Alabama is a must for those who are looking for
the perfect place to see in Alabama.