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The Cobb County Public Library System has a diverse staff and is committed to serving the needs of the multicultural public of Cobb County. For more information on the diversity of Cobb County, please see the Demographic Profile.

African American History Month, also called Black History Month, is a month-long commemoration of African American history and achievement that takes place each February in the United States. It was begun in 1976. Read more in the online Encyclopedia Britannica.

 

Upcoming Events: 2013

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Saturday, 2/2

  • 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM African American History Month Film Festival West Cobb Regional Library. This month we are showing some wonderful films that feature African American actors. Films shown have various ratings. 2/2: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (G)

Monday, 2/4

  • 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM African-American Heritage Month film series Central Library. February is African-American Heritage Month so please join us as we're showing a variety of films to celebrate at the library. On February 4 we will screen Cabin in the Sky. This Broadway musical adaptation is one of the first films featuring an all African-American cast and includes such heavyweights as Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Lena Horne. It was released in 1943 and is 98 minutes long.

Tuesday, 2/5

Thursday, 2/7

  • 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM Discover Georgia's African American History Powder Springs Library. Georgia's African American history is rich in adversity, challenge and triumph.  Through stories, film, and art we’ll travel through time across the state discovering our unique heritage.  Families are invited to attend together.  Registration required.

Saturday, 2/9

  • 01:00 PM Hattie Gaines Wilson Youth Services Dedication Central Library. Please join us as we honor the legacy of Hattie Gaines Wilson with a dedication of our Youth Services Department at the Central Library.
  • 02:00 PM African American Heritage Month Celebration Central Library. Please join us for our third annual African American History Month Celebration! Scheduled performers and special guests include Ravan Durr, the AL Burruss Unity Drummers, Reverend Cassandra Marcus, and the South Cobb High School Platinum Steppers.
  • 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM African American History Month Film Festival West Cobb Regional Library. This month we are showing some wonderful films that feature African American actors. Films shown have various ratings. 2/9: Joyful Noise (PG-13)

Saturday, 2/16

  • 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM African American History Month Film Festival West Cobb Regional Library. This month we are showing some wonderful films that feature African American actors. Films shown have various ratings. 2/16: Men in Black III (PG-13)

Monday, 2/18

  • 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM African American Heritage Month film series: Jackie Robinson Story Central Library. February is African-American Heritage Month so please join us as we’re showing a variety of films to celebrate at the library.  On February 18, The Jackie Robinson Story will be shown. Jackie Robinson plays himself in this biopic drama about his life in the Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball. A native of Cairo, Georgia, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to break the color barrier in baseball when Branch Rickey, the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, asked him to join his team in 1947. A man of indomitable will, superb athletic ability, a U.S. Army officer during WWII and showing great courage throughout his career, Jackie Robinson embodies what it is to be an American hero.

Tuesday, 2/19

  • 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM Our Nation is a Rainbow Vinings Library. Join us as we celebrate our similarities and our differences! We will read stories, sing songs, and make a craft to take home. This is a special program in honor of African American History Month. Ages 5 and up.

Wednesday, 2/20

  • 03:30 PM - 04:00 PM African American History Month Program South Cobb Regional Library. Join us for a special program in celebration of African American History Month! We will celebrate with books, songs, and music. Ages 5 years and up.

Thursday, 2/21

  • 11:00 AM Book Club East Cobb Library. A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines
  • 03:30 PM For Tweens Only: Crafty Readers West Cobb Regional Library. This month we will spotlight  African American authors and make a craft related to African American History.

Saturday, 2/23

  • 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM African American History Month Film Festival West Cobb Regional Library. This month we are showing some wonderful films that feature African American actors. Films shown have various ratings. 2/23: The Help (PG-13)

Monday, 2/25

  • 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM African-American Heritage Month film series: Their Eyes Were Watching God Central Library. February is African-American Heritage Month so please join us as we’re showing a variety of films to celebrate at the library.  On February 25, Their Eyes Were Watching God will be shown.  This film is based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston and stars Halle Berry who, four years earlier, became the first African-American woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. The setting is a small Florida town in the early 1900s and follows the romantic life of free-spirited Janie Starks. Starring Halle Berry, Terrance Howard, Michael Ealy, and Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Wednesday, 2/27

  • 03:30 PM Celebrate African American History Month East Cobb Library. Enjoy African American folktales & stories, songs, short film and a craft. for ages 3 & up
  • 03:30 PM Library Adventures West Cobb Regional Library. The Art Station-Big Shanty will present a craft program related to African American History.

 

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