Brown Bag Lunches At The Central Library

February 5
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.

February 12
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

February 19
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.

February 26
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.

March 5
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.

March 12
Praying and Organizing: Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham
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 struggle.

March 19
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.

March 26
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 Central Library.

April 2
Frank Sikora
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.

April 9
Cecil Whitmire
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.

April 16
Robert McCammon

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.

April 23
Jo Kittinger

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.

April 30
Joan Broerman

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.