February 21, 2024

ABOVE PHOTO: BILLY DEE WILLIAMS (l) in dialog with award-winning journalist and broadcaster Tracey Matisak.

The Free Library of Philadelphia invitations patrons to take part in its celebration of Black Historical past all through the month of February. Neighborhood libraries all through the town have scheduled packages, together with craft and music workshops, and movie screenings that highlight the outstanding accomplishments of Black Individuals.

“Throughout Black Historical past Month we honor the wealthy heritage, tradition, and achievements of African Individuals,” stated Kelly Richards, president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. “We invite the group to discover our various assortment of supplies, in addition to particular occasions that may entertain and encourage.”

Programming additionally features a various array of noteworthy occasions that commemorate tradition and historical past, soul meals cooking, African American storytelling, and songs for households. Guests may also benefit from the vibrant rhythms of such musical occasions as bucket drumming, hip-hop jazz musicology, and a live performance that includes the legendary old-school R&B trio, the Girls of SKYY.

The Library’s that includes of writer occasions embody display icon Billy Dee Williams, who will share charming tales from his Nineteen Thirties Harlem childhood, outstanding profession, and overcome Hollywood racism and typecasting. This collection may even embody different authors resembling Bryan Collier, Ruha Benjamin, Shayla Lawson, and Maura Cheeks. Some writer occasions require paid admission.

Exhibitions obtainable to the general public embody “The Artwork and Affect of John Dowell,” “James E. Dupree: Stolen Desires,” and “The In-Between Areas,” every delving into the profound struggles confronted by Black artists. Moreover, the Library is to unveil its new digital vignette, “Mini Jawns,” an exploration of Philadelphia’s Black historical past.

Go to your neighborhood library to see what packages are coming close to you or to view the Library’s in depth collections of books, motion pictures, and music. For a whole up-to-date itemizing of all upcoming occasions, go to: www,freelibrary.org/blackhistorymonth.