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2019 Black History Month Events

(Note that some events take places at locations other than FLPL)

Expressions from the Soul: Art Exhibit by Linda Thompson
On display throughout February
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library (2nd floor)

Several paintings by local African American artist Linda Thompson are on display on the 2nd floor of the library. Thompson is a self-taught artist who grew up in rural Mobile, Alabama. She has been painting for over 29 years and has recently shifted her focus to abstract art.

Film Screening - John Lewis: Get In the Way
Saturday, February 9, 1:00-2:00 pm
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
FLPL will host a free African American History Month screening of the PBS documentary John Lewis: Get In the Way.

This film by Kathleen Dowdey is the first biographical documentary about John Lewis, an inspiring portrait of one man cast into extraordinary times and his unhesitating dedication to seeking justice for the marginalized and ignored. The film spans more than half a century, tracing Lewis’ journey of courage, confrontations and hard-won triumphs.

Gospel Music: When Praises Go Up and Blessings Come Down
Sunday, February 10, 2:00-4:00 pm
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
African American History Month continues with this exploration of African based spirituals and gospel music, and of the music's rich tradition and relevance in the African American church, past and present. Learn about the history of the African American church through music as soloists, ensembles, and church choirs perform.

HipHop: Ya Don't Stop
Saturday, February 9, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Children's Museum of the Shoals

Join us for a hip hop demonstration along with discussions about the music and African American culture. Museum entry ticket required.

Black Migration: A New Song
Saturday, February 16, 12:00-2:00 pm
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

This special African American History Month event is aimed at children and families. Youth will learn about black history through the visual arts, literature, performance art, and music.

Desegregation and Education in the Quad Cities: A Panel Discussion
Sunday, February 17, 2:00-4:00 pm
Burrell Slater

Explore local African American history with this panel discussion about desegregation and education in the Shoals. Presented by the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library African American History Month Committee.

Black Migration: A New Song (Repeat Presentation)
Saturday, February 23, 12:00-2:00 pm
Handy Recreation Center
A second presentation of this African American History Month program for children and families, this time at the Handy Recreation Center. Youth will learn about black history through the visual arts, literature, performance art, and music.

Celebrating Poetry, Blues, Motion, and Jazz
Sunday, February 24, 2:00-4:00 pm
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
Our celebration of African American History month continues with this special event. Join us for joyful performances exploring African American music, poetry, and dance.

Film Screening: The Rape of Recy Taylor
Sponsored by the UNA Center for Women's Studies and the League of Women Voters
Saturday, March 2, 1:00-3:00 pm
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

Join us for this documentary screening that bridges Black History Month and Women's History Month. Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang-raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. The Rape of Recy Taylor exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks intimate role in Recy Taylor's story.  The Rape of Recy Taylor tells the story of black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to take back their bodies that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and movements that followed.