Cobb County libraries are presenting a variety of free events for all ages in honor of African American History Month 2017. The special programs include lectures, music and songs, crafts for kids and families, movies, adult book discussions and games highlighting prominent and lesser known stories in our nation’s history.
Upcoming events at Cobb libraries in February include:
Black Sea Hawks: The Story of African American Whalers in the Age of Sail at Vinings Library on Thursday, February 2 from 2 pm to 2:45 pm. The adult program on the lives of African American seamen in the 19th and 20th centuries will be presented by historian Willie Mae Bolden. (770) 801-5330.
A Dramatic L’Ouverture: Africans, Americans and the Haitian Revolution at Switzer Library on Tuesday, February 7, 3:45 pm. The program by Dr. Seneca Vaught, Kennesaw State University Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies, will highlight themes of the Haitian Revolution and what the revolt came to represent for Africans, African Americans and the African Diaspora. (770) 528-2320.
African American Authors & Illustrators is the topic for Family Fun Time at East Cobb Library on February 8 from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm. The weekly Wednesday afternoon program – which can include books, activities, a craft and more – is for families and children of all ages. (770) 509-2730.
The next Book Chat, a discussion group that meets at Kemp Memorial Library, will be on February 9, 1 pm to 2 pm. The selection in honor of African American History Month is God Help the Child by Toni Morrison. Refreshments will be served. (770) 528-2527.
African American History Month at the Movies on Saturday afternoons at Switzer Library will feature Selma (2014) on February 11 and Pride (2007) on February 25. Both movie screenings start at 3 pm. (770) 528-2331.
The next African American Author Book Discussion meeting at Stratton Library is Monday, February 13, 7 pm to 8 pm. The book for February 13th is “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. “Just Mercy” focuses on his experience as a lawyer working to help those desperately in need of compassion in the justice system of America. (770) 528-2522.
Black History Month Crafternoon at Kennesaw Library on Thursday, February 16, 3 pm to 4 pm. Drop in any time for the fun and creative craft activity for all ages. All materials will be provided. (770) 528-2529.
African American History Month: Family Bingo at East Cobb Library on Thursday, February 16, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Families with children of all ages are invited to play a special version of Bingo featuring influential African Americans and historical events. (770) 509-2730.
Dr. Oral Moses presents The Story of the Negro Spiritual at South Cobb Regional Library on Saturday, February 18, 1 pm to 2 pm. Kennesaw State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Oral Moses – Singer, Lecturer, Voice Teacher – will give a special presentation on how the Negro Spiritual arose from music used during the slave trade as Africans were moved from West Africa to slave markets in North America. He will also give an overview of the famous Fisk Jubilee Singers and their significance in beginning the tradition of presenting these simple, poignant melodies to audiences throughout the world. (678) 398-5828.
Black History Month – Celebrating Two Famous African-American Inventors at South Cobb Regional Library on Saturday, February 18, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The program for ages 5 through 12 will feature potato chip inventor George Crum and traffic light creator Garrett Morgan. Snacks will be provided. (678) 398-5828.
Celebrate Black History Month: Family STEM! at West Cobb Regional Library on Saturday, February 18, 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm. Bring the whole family for STEM activities inspired by African American inventors. (770) 528-4699.
Winter Break Fun: Black History Month Bingo! at West Cobb Regional Library on Wednesday, February 22, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Learn about influential people and historical events while playing a special version of Bingo. Recommended for children ages preschool and up. (770) 528-4699
Winter Break Kids Create: Celebrate Black History Month! at West Cobb Regional Library on Thursday, February 23, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Make an art project with Miss Linda! All materials provided. All ages, but younger children may need the assistance of their caregiver. (770) 528-4699
Black Inventors – The Long Journey for Recognition, a lecture by Lawrence P. King, at South Cobb Regional Library on Saturday, February 25, 1 pm to 2 pm. The discussion will focus on black inventors, such as George Washington Carver and Dr. Percy L. Julian and the long process to secure their recognition and induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Since 1970, King has promoted greater access to science and engineering education for underrepresented minorities nationally. (678) 398-5828.