Press Release - Detail
Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
personal cell (205)572-1359
2018 Black History Month at the Birmingham Public Library 
Civil rights author Janice Kelsey to speak Friday, Feb. 16 at Powderly Library

Birmingham, Ala.- Civil rights author and Birmingham native Janice Kelsey will visit the Powderly Branch Library at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 to talk about her childhood experiences growing up during the civil rights struggle in Birmingham, Ala. She will also read excerpts from her book, “I Woke Up with My Mind on Freedom.”
Her talk is among over 80 free programs taking place in February as part of the Birmingham Public Library’s 2018 Black History Month celebration.  Kelsey earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Miles College and an educational specialist degree and master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has been married for over 40 years to her husband Rufus, and is the proud mother of two children and five grandchildren.

Also Friday, Feb. 16, at 3:30 p.m., North Avondale Branch Library will show an inspirational movie about a young girl who dreams of becoming someone special. Refreshments will be served. You can view the full list of Black History Month and other programs and services at BPL’s 19 libraries by clicking on this link:

Here is a sample of some of the other programs taking place (by date) between Feb. 16-Feb. 28: 
•     Soundtrack for “Revolution”, Titusville Branch Library, Monday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m. – This documentary studies the civil rights movement through music that influenced it. Read more at this link:
•    Heritage Corner with Ms. Candice, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. at Pratt City Branch Library – Ms. Candice Hardy will present an African dance performance. 
•    Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) Music Department Salutes African American History Month, Tuesday, Feb.  20, 4-5 p.m. in Linn-Henley Research Building Arrington Auditorium – Concert by the Music Department of ASFA, under the leadership of Kim Strickland, Department Chair. 
•    Black History Month Research-Using BPL Databases to Connect to Our Past, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Regional Library Computer Center in Linn-Henley Research Building – Attendees will learn how to combine historical and genealogical research using BPL’s databases, African American History Online and Ancestry Library Edition.   
•    Our Musical Journey Through Faith, Thursday, Feb. 22, 3:30 p.m. at West End Branch Library – Broadway singer extraordinaire Royce Brown presents a medley of historical African-American songs of faith and the struggles of the civil rights movement. 
•    East Ensley Presents Katrina Pigler, Thursday, Feb. 22, 5-6 p.m. at East Ensley Branch Library – Join us for an inspirational concert featuring Katrina Pigler singing a variety of jazz and gospel songs.  
•    In the Garden with Dr. Carver, Thursday, Feb. 22, 3:30 p.m. at North Avondale Branch Library – Storytime will honor George Washington Carver as participants read and discuss historical facts about his inventions. Peanut butter and jelly snack sandwiches will be served. 
•    “African Americans in Times of War Spoken War,” Friday Feb. 23, 3:30 p.m. at Inglenook Branch Library – Recite a poem acknowledging the National Black History Month Theme  “African Americans in Times of War Spoken War” or recite a poem on African American heroes and events. Register in advance at 205-849-8739. 
•    Crown & Tea church hats program, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2-3:30 p.m., Pratt City Branch Library-During and after slavery, black women took off their maid and servant outfits and wore decorated hats to church. Join this cherished African-American custom. Adorn your favorite church hat and join us for tea as we see who has the best “hattitude.” 
•    A Taste of Black History with Chef E, Saturday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. at Titusville Branch Library – Join Chef E for a healthy cooking demonstration. This program is free and limited to 25 adults. Call 205-322-1140 to register.  
•    Heritage Corner African dance with Ms. Candice, Saturday, Feb. 24, 3-5 p.m. at Five Points West Regional Library - Join us for an afternoon of cultural enrichment as 2e explore the art and history of African dance and the history of “stepping.”
•    The Beyond Kin Project: Making the Slave Connection, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m.,  Linn-Henley Research Building – Project co-founders Donna Cox Baker and Frazine K. Taylor will teach a software method and research techniques for handling the unique complexities of helping African-Americans research their slave connections using common genealogy tools. 
•    Powderly Annual Black History Musical and Program, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m. at Powderly Branch Library-Call 205-925-6178 for more information. 
•    Share Your Dream, Feb. 1-28 at East Lake Branch Library – Children and adults are invited to share their dream in writing at East Lake Library. Entries will be added to the library’s Martin Luther King display.
•    The Race Card (all ages), Feb. 1-28, Pratt City Branch Library – Discussions about race can often be difficult and enlightening. Express your thoughts on race into one sentence using only six words. Your six-word sentence will be on display on the Race Card Wall. 

For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library experience to our community for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 130 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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