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Ormond library celebrates Black History Month

Posted On: February 1, 2019

The Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., will celebrate black history and culture with six programs in February cosponsored by community advocates Linda Epps and Lawrence Green.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. 

The free lineup includes:

  • Doing our part: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. How can we be more involved? What can African-Americans do to uplift each other? What legacy are we leaving for our children and grandchildren? Former News 13 anchor Jackie Brockington will address these questions.
  • Let the ancestors speak: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Nile Valley historian Rob Whiting will take the audience on a journey starting 200,000 years ago and discuss the impact Africa has had on the world’s civilization.
  • Emigration vs. assimilation: Views of the African-American press: 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Dr. Kwando Kinshasa, professor emeritus from John Jay College, will explain how the issue of emigration and assimilation is framed today within and outside the African-American press. From 1827 to 1861, most Africans in America were enslaved or without property or citizenship. Yet, during that period, at least 28 African-American newspapers were published. Their mission was to examine the issue of whether free Africans should strive to assimilate or emigrate to Canada, the Caribbean or the African continent.
  • Valentine’s Day special – Love songs: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Enjoy presentations by singers Diana Lewis, Lois Williams and Simply Robin along with line dancing led by Tweetye and poetry presented by Imani Kinshasa.   
  • Forging the past: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Participants will create stories using data and information from wanted posters about enslaved people who ran away from their oppressive living conditions. Dr. Clara Bivens of the National Association of Black Storytellers will lead the program. After the program, the African-American Genealogical Society will be introduced and Mary Jackson Fears will be honored. Fears is an author, historian, genealogist, storyteller, Civil War re-enactor and film producer who has worked tirelessly to change the way African-Americans think about their history for the past 38 years.
  • Black-owned media in the 21st century: 11 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Charles W. Cherry II will present the history of America's black press and 21st century black media ownership. Cherry is the publisher of his family-owned statewide African-American newspapers, the Florida Courier and the Daytona Times. He is also a speaker, writer, radio broadcaster, strategic business planning consultant and attorney.

Reservations are not required. For more information, call the library at 386-676-4191, option 4.