African American History Month Programs & More
There are many ways to celebrate the achievements and contributions made by African Americans, and to honor their struggles for freedom and equality. Discover the rich cultural influence of African Americans in Northeast Florida and beyond through books, pamphlets, photographs, newspapers, documents and multimedia available in our African-American Collection.
We will also have a variety of programs scheduled throughout the month to highlight the historical, social, civic, religious, economic and cultural life of African-Americans. Mark your calendar for the major programs listed below:
Freedom, Slavery, and the Roots of American Music – Feb. 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Highlands Regional Library
Join us for this lecture and concert where Ray Kamalay will put African American and American music in the perspective of world history. With both story and song, Ray will trace the development of slavery from ancient Rome to its links with American society. He will intersperse his own live performance of the music between astonishing stories from that history. Learn how Ponce de Leon and Anna Kingsley played roles in this history. Join us on Feb. 12 from 7 – 8:30 p.m at Highlands Regional Library in the Auditorium.
(Re) Present Yourself: The Self-Love Edition – Feb. 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Let’s come together to educate and give awareness to cultural issues that affect the African American Community! February will serve as the Self-Care edition, highlighting themes around health inequities and mental health stigma. The African American community is disproportionately affected by health disparities having higher rates of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. We are inviting attendees to learn different techniques on how to take time out to give self-care and love on themselves by providing access to hands-on information by having representation from vendors, artistic performances, panel discussions, demonstrations, and more. Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Main Library.
Pathways to a People: Gullah Geechee Culture – Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Regency Square Branch
Meet some of the people and learn about the histories, cultures and locations of some of Jacksonville’s unique and surviving Gullah Geechee communities. Learn about Florida's rich Gullah Geechee heritage from the residents of our Gullah Geechee communities -- and the people and organizations who are helping them to document their history and preserve their culture. Small communities such as Cosmo and Gilmore are featured in this program along with Kingsley Plantation. Presented in partnership by the U.S. National Park Service and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA. Join us on Feb. 8 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Regency Square Branch.
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Also, be sure to check out these recommended reading materials: