African-American History Month

February 2016

Theme: Hallowed Grounds - Sites of
African-American Memory

The history of African-Americans unfolds across the canvas of America, beginning before the arrival of the Mayflower and continuing to the present. From port cities where Africans disembarked from slave ships to the battle fields where their descendants fought for freedom, from the colleges and universities where they pursued education to places where they created communities during centuries of migration, the imprint of Americans of African descent is deeply embedded in the narrative of the American past. These sites prompt us to remember and over time, became hallowed grounds. One cannot tell the story of America without preserving and reflecting on the places where African-Americans have made history (ASALH 2016 Theme).

This February, Norfolk Public Library (NPL) has planned a variety of events in recognition of Black History Month. Events include an opening celebration honoring prominent African-Americans in the Hampton Roads community, a lecture by Dr. E. Curtis Alexander, an art exhibit highlighting the work of local artists, a variety of concerts, and more!

Today I Met a Rainbow

Storytime: Today I Met a Rainbow with Dr. Patricia Turner of the Norfolk 17, African-American History Month Event

Civil rights pioneer and educator, Dr. Patricia Turner, will read her recently published book, Today I Met a Rainbow. It depicts the true story of young “Pat’s” journey from segregation to integration as part of the original Norfolk Seventeen. Q & A to follow reading. Registration is required. (Preschool & School Age)

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