The historical past of the USA of America can’t in truth be informed with out Black historical past. Nevertheless, the official narrative in class books and media has lengthy lifted some voices whereas silencing others. Black Historical past Month was launched as an effort to set the document straight. Throughout Black Historical past Month we shine a highlight on the experiences and accomplishments of Black People.
Historian Carter G. Woodson believed sharing the accomplishments and perspective of Black People may assist scale back prejudice and break down limitations between folks. Constructing on this concept, the Affiliation for the Research of Negro Life and Historical past (ASNLH) hosted the primary Black Historical past Week in 1926. There was speedy enthusiasm and engagement on this week. Fifty years later, in 1976, President Ford introduced the primary month-long celebration as a time to share, hear and study. Uncover extra about Black History Month.
Occasions & e-book discussions
Black Cake Learn-Collectively | Feb 1-28, 2023
Throughout February learn and focus on Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson with the Top City Reads Together Facebook group. In February Black Cake will probably be obtainable with no holds on Libby, and we may even have a number of print copies obtainable. This e-book is a journey via the lifetime of a household with Caribbean heritage. The story exhibits how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets and techniques, recollections and even names can form relationships and historical past.
Learn this nice e-book and go to our Fb group throughout the month to talk about the e-book, and share recipes and read-alikes. E mail firstname.lastname@example.org for extra data or to order a replica of the e-book. If you wish to chat in regards to the e-book in individual attend our TALK E-book Dialogue on the library on Feb 15 or be part of us through Zoom. Register for a reminder or zoom link or e mail email@example.com.
The National African American Read-In encourages communities to learn African American books and authors. In 1990 the Black Caucus of the Nationwide Council of Lecturers of English established the Learn-In to make literacy a big a part of Black Historical past Month. Greater than 6 million folks around the globe have participated within the Learn-In. We’re internet hosting a neighborhood occasion with the Topeka Chapter of the Hyperlinks, Inc. on Sat, Feb 4 in Marvin Auditorium 1-3pm.
African People in Manhattan, Kansas |Mon, Feb 6 | 6-7pm
David Baker will inform his story via the lens of historic Manhattan, Kansas, and Yuma St the place he grew up. Yuma St is registered as a historic district. Register for Zoom link. The Kansas Chapter of the Afro-American Historic and Genealogical Society (KAAHGS) is internet hosting this on-line occasion.
TALK Book Discussion: Black Cake | Wed, Feb 15 | 7-8:30pm
Let’s focus on Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson. In present-day California, Eleanor Bennett’s dying leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two youngsters, Byron and Benny. Eleanor go away them a black cake, created from a household recipe with an extended historical past, and a voice recording. In her message Eleanor shares a tumultuous story a couple of headstrong younger swimmer who escaped her island house underneath suspicion of homicide. Because the heartbreaking story unfolds, Eleanor holds again secrets and techniques and opens a thriller of a long-lost youngster. This story challenges all the pieces the siblings thought they knew about their lineage and themselves. Black Cake’s journey via the lifetime of a household with Caribbean heritage exhibits how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets and techniques, recollections and even names can form relationships and historical past.
TALK e-book discussions immerse you in highly effective tales & new views. Talk about with open-minded group in individual on the library or nearly (register for link). Sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Want a e-book? E mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
YWCA Racial Justice Book Club | Tue, Feb 28 | 7-8:30pm
Be part of considerate discussions on matters of racial justice. Everyone seems to be welcome. Our February title is We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This e-book options Coates’ iconic essays first revealed in The Atlantic, together with Worry of a Black President, The Case for Reparations and The Black Household within the Age of Mass Incarceration.
We Have been Eight Years in Energy additionally contains eight contemporary essays that revisit every year of the Obama administration via Coates’s personal experiences, observations and mental improvement. Coates’ capped the e-book with a bracingly authentic evaluation of the election that totally illuminated the tragedy of the Obama period. We Have been Eight Years in Energy is a crucial account of recent America from one of many definitive voices of this historic second.
Shades of Greatness | Feb 24 – Might 7, 2023 | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
Shades of Greatness is a surprising touring artwork exhibit from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas Metropolis that options works created by native artists impressed by Negro Leagues Baseball historical past. This exhibit honors and celebrates African American historical past and sports activities, and is funded by Nationwide Endowment for the Humanities.
Studying that celebrates Black Historical past & experiences
Add work by Black authors to your TBR (to be learn) listing all yr round to embrace new views, study the reality of our historical past and have fun Black voices.