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Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month at the Jacksonville Public Library by attending a variety of programs at locations throughout the city.



Jan 17

30th Annual Unveiling of the Jacksonville Black History Calendar

Jan 17 2019 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Main Library

You are cordially invited to attend the 30th Annual Unveiling of the Jacksonville Black History Calendar! A timely keepsake for Black History Month, the calendar also serves as a vital resource and inspiration to celebrate black history year-round. The title sponsor for the calendar is Burger King, in collaboration with Florida State College at Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Public Library, WJXT News 4 Jax and the James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. Free and open to the public. No registration required. Blackhistory1 JPL50

Feb 2

Tome Talks: Herodotus

Feb 2 2019 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
University Park Branch Library

Join Tome Talks at the University Park Library to engage in a polite discussion on the following challenging topic: An Account of Egypt by Herodotus. bookclub1 blackhistory1

Feb 4

American Beach: Documentary Screening and Discussion

Feb 4 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Brentwood Branch Library

Did you know that a beach designated for black people was established by the founder of the first insurance company in the state of Florida? Learn more about this special place and its challenges in a special screening of the WJCT documentary, an American Beach, followed by a discussion with former WJCT producer Lisa Buggs. Free and open to the public. blackhistory1 JPL50

Feb 6

Teen Art Club: Radiant Child-Basquiat

Feb 6 2019 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
West Branch Library

This teen program will introduce the life of an unconventional artist and encourage participants to tell their own stories through art. For teens ages 12-18. Blackhistory1

Feb 6

ART-rageous!: Augusta Savage

Feb 6 2019 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Main Library

Join us to celebrate the life and work of homegrown sculptor Augusta Savage. We'll snack, learn about her life, and make our own plaster casts. Teens will be able to take home their art after this program. Blackhistory1

Feb 6

"The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross."

Feb 6 2019 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Webb Wesconnett Regional Library

In celebration of African American Heritage month, we will explore the "tragedies, triumphs, and contradictions of the black experience. We will watch portions of this beautiful documentary by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and have a discussion afterward. blackhistory1 jpl50 movie1

Feb 9

An American Beach: Screening & Discussion

Feb 9 2019 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
San Marco Branch Library

This documentary highlights the history of a beach located in north Florida for African-Americans. Former and present residents of the enclave share stories of the glory and challenges of their “piece of heaven.” The life of MaVyne “The Beach Lady” Betsch is featured. Former WJCT (PBS/NPR-affiliate) producer Lisa Buggs will discuss the film with the audience. Free and open to the public. blackhistory1 JPL50

Feb 9

PRIDE Book Discussion

Feb 9 2019 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Main Library

Local author Reuben Keith Green is the featured writer for the February PRIDE Book Club meeting. He will discuss his memoir, "Black Officer, White Navy." Free and open to the public. JPL50 Blackhistory1

Feb 9

Saturday Surprise: Books and Bricks

Feb 9 2019 -
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Olga L. Bradham and Etta L. Brooks Branch Library

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Join us for fun and informative African American History Month program all about Booker T. Washington. Join us as we read a story, construct our own schools and discuss the importance of access to education.
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Feb 11

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Book Discussion

Feb 11 2019 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Maxville Branch Library

In celebration of African Heritage Month, we will have a book discussion of "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" by Harriet Jacobs. This autobiographical account chronicles the remarkable odyssey of Harriet Jacobs (1813–1897) whose dauntless spirit and faith carried her from a life of servitude and degradation in North Carolina to liberty and reunion with her children in the North. blackhistory1 jpl50

Feb 11

Teen Art Club: Radiant Child - Basquiat & Teen Advisory Board

Feb 11 2019 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Webb Wesconnett Regional Library

This teen program will introduce the life of an unconventional artist and encourage participants to tell their own stories through art. Teen Advisory Board will give teens the opportunity to provide input into library programs and earn volunteer hours for school. For teens ages 12-18. Blackhistory1 TeenAdvisoryBoard1

Feb 12

Teen Art Club: Radiant Child- Basquiat

Feb 12 2019 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Highlands Regional Library

Teen Art Club: Radiant Child- Basquiat
This teen program will introduce the life of an unconventional artist and encourage participants to tell their own stories through art. For teens ages 12-18. Blackhistory1

Feb 12

Recovering Manhattan Beach: Florida's Oldest Beach Resort for African-Americans

Feb 12 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Beaches Branch Library

The memory of Northeast Florida's first African American beach in the segregated South is fading as time passes.Join Brittany Cohill, Museum Operations Manager, Beaches Museum to learn about the creation of Manhattan Beach and how archival sources, oral histories and a few historic photographs were knitted together to create the community's timeline from 1900-1940, the factors which contributed to its demise, all within the context of African American tourism in the Jim Crow South. blackhistory1

Feb 13

Artrageous: The Power of Friendship

Feb 13 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Maxville Branch Library

Think friendship can change the world? Come learn about Martin Luther King Jr and Mahalia Jackson’s powerful friendship and create a bracelet to share with a friend of your own. For children ages 5-12. Blackhistory1 Artscrafts1 Art1

Feb 13

Mid-Week Movie Matinee

Feb 13 2019 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Olga L. Bradham and Etta L. Brooks Branch Library

How did a black police officer infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan to take it down from the inside? Find out as we watch Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, the phenomenal true story, in honor of Black History Month. blackhistory1

Feb 13

ARTrageous: The Power of Friendship

Feb 13 2019 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
University Park Branch Library

Think friendship can change the world? Come learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahalia Jackson’s powerful friendship and create a bracelet to share with a friend of your own. For children ages 5-12. Blackhistory1

Feb 13

Books and Bricks: With Books and Bricks

Feb 13 2019 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Graham Branch Library

Join us for fun and informative African American History Month program all about Booker T. Washington. Join us as we read a story, construct our own schools and discuss the importance of access to education. For children ages 5-12. Blackhistory1

Feb 14

Teen Art Club: Radiant Child- Basquiat

Feb 14 2019 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Main Library

This teen program will introduce the life of an unconventional artist and encourage participants to tell their own stories through art. For teens ages 12-18. Blackhistory1

Feb 16

Adulting: Madam CJ Walker

Feb 16 2019 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Argyle Branch Library

Do you want to be a self-made millionaire? Come learn how Madam CJ Walker did just that, and see whether you can follow in her footsteps! For teens ages 12-18. Blackhistory1

Feb 16

Books & Bricks - Augusta Savage Sculpts! (And So Can You!)

Feb 16 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Main Library

This program will introduce school age children to local sculptor Augusta Savage, her role in the Harlem Renaissance, her work for equal rights in the arts, as well as her teaching studio fostering a rising generation of artists. Children will create a collaborative Lego display and discuss her life and career. All materials will be provided, just bring your creativity and excitement. This program will be limited to 25 participants. For children ages 5 – 12. STEM1 Blackhistory1

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