Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                
Director of Public Relations             
Birmingham Public Library                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        
2017 Black History Month programs taking place at the Birmingham Public Library
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is hosting several free Black History Month programs across the city in February highlighting the contributions of African-Americans. Below is a listing, by library alphabetically, of programs by date and title. For other  library events not on this list, go to
Central Library, 2100 Park Place 
Saturday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Linn-Henley Research Building, 4th floor Arrington Auditorium 
Birmingham African American Genealogy Group Black Heritage Fair. Topic: "The Crisis in Black Education" featuring speaker Jackie Smith, Jefferson County Board of Education member. Activities include African dance/music, black genealogy exhibits, African art, vendors. 
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, 3 p.m., Linn-Henley Research Building, 4th floor Arrington Auditorium
Music of African-American Diaspora, a Joint Recital Featuring Jillian Rogers, soprano, and Jeremy McMillian, piano, both doctoral students in musical arts at University of Alabama 
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, 12 p.m., Linn-Henley Research Building, 4th floor Arrington Auditorium
African-American Musical by the Alabama School of Fine Arts Music Department
Five Points West Regional Library, 4812 Ave. W 
African Americans in Education Tour, Feb. 1-24
Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, 6 p.m.
Black History Research - How to find all the information needed to prepare Black History Month assignments.
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2:30 p.m.  
Active Living – Black History Jeopardy

Inglenook Library, 4100 40th Terrance North
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 3:30 p.m.
 Young Leadership Tuesday: Celebrating Black Music  
Thursday, Feb. 9, 3:30 p.m.
A Taste of History: George Crum and the Potato Chip 
Monday, Feb. 13, 3:30 p.m.
 Lego Build: Honoring Black Architects
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 3:30 p.m.
 Readers Are Leaders Children's Book Club
Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:30 p.m.
Negro Baseball League Legend: Henry Elmore
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 3:30 p.m.
Celebrating and Honoring Black Heroes: Open Mic (open to everyone)
Monday, Feb. 27, 3:30 p.m.
Natural Hair Talk featuring Nyesha Marshall

North Birmingham Regional Branch Library, 2501 31st Ave. North
Thursday, Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m.
African-American Folktales
“I Have  Dream” (Entire month of February) –All ages of patrons will share their dreams for the future at North Birmingham Library and for their world.

Powderly Branch Library, 3302 Jefferson Avenue SW
 Friday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.
African American Firsts – Meet Judge Shanta Owens and Judge Shera Grant, the first twin judges to sit on the bench at the same time, and first-time author Pamela Bonner, author of the poetry book “Only Because of God.”
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m.
Wenonah High School Choir Presents Celebrating African American History Through Music

Smithfield Branch Library, #1 8th Avenue W
Friday, Feb. 3, 3:30 p.m.
Smithfield Library kicks off its Black History Month Movies at the Library series- Movie about the first date of future president Barack Obama and his future wife, Michelle.
Friday, Feb. 10, 3:30 p.m.
Black History Month Movie at the Library. Movie about housekeepers in Mississippi.  
Friday, Feb. 17, 3:30 p.m.
Black History Month Movie at the Library. Movie about Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball in the modern era.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m.
10th Annual Black History Month concert featuring J.D. Jackson singing timeless love songs.

Springville Road Regional Branch Library, 1224 Old Springville Road
Black History Movie Series (every Thursday in February at 4 p.m.)- Films featuring Ruby Bridges, Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, and Rosa Parks.
 Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m.
Black History Bingo  
Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.
Creature Feature - Springville Road will feature its African pet, Roderick: the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach and showing of an animated film about Madagascar.
Martin Luther King Jr. Scavenger Hunt, Feb.1-28  
 Monday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m.
African Village Program - African head-wrap session conducted by Shirley Ferrill of Ferrill’s African Wear in historic Ensley, poetry by Karnecia Williams, branch manager at Inglenook Library, and African Dance by Candice Hardy, a storyteller at Five Points West Regional Library.

Titusville Branch Library, #2 6th Avenue SW
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.
 Showing of a civil rights documentary film about a black barber in Birmingham.
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m.  
Teens Black History Trivia  
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m.  
Children’s Black History Trivia

West End Branch Library, 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. SW
Thursday, Feb. 9
Black History: Harriet Tubman Re-enactment Presented by Abayomi Goodall at 9 a.m. at Hemphill Elementary School and again at 1 p.m. at Washington Elementary School.
Thursday, Feb. 9, 3:30 p.m.
Foot Soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement- Gloria Washington Randall, a civil rights child protester. The Carlton Reese Memorial Choir will perform.
Woodlawn Branch Library, 5709 1st Ave. North 
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m.
Black History Month Bingo  
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m.  
Spotlight on Classic Black Films: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
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