SACRAMENTO – From appreciating the innovations that have sprung from African American minds to celebrating how African dance has spread across the world, the Sacramento Public Library system has dozens of events planned at its area branches for Black History Month. We’ve highlighted a few here.
Area artist Daphne Burgess will present a number of creative sessions including “African Instruments” at the McKinley Library, 601 Alhambra Boulevard on Saturday, February 1 at 2:30 p.m. The session is aimed at school age school. Burgess will create “Paper Beads” with children at the Galt Library, 1000 Caroline Avenue on Tuesday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. and she’ll delve into mask making for all ages at the Southgate Library, 6132 66th Avenue, on Friday, February 28 at 4:00 p.m.
The Fenix Dance and Drum Company presents “Drumbeat! Heartbeat!” on Saturday, February 1 at Belle-Cooledge Library, located at 5600 South Land Park Drive. The family-friendly event is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. The group also performs at the Courtland Library, 170 Primasing Ave., Courtland, at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26. The group presents its From Africa to the Americas for all ages at the Elk Grove Library on Wednesday, February 19 at 3:30 p.m. The branch is located at 8900 Elk Grove Boulevard, Elk Grove.
Baseball historian Alan O’Connor presents “Breaking The Color Barrier In Baseball” on Saturday, February 1 at 3:00 p.m. at the Central Library, located at 828 I Street. Jackie Robinson broke Major League baseball’s ‘color barrier’ when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. How was that barrier broken locally in Sacramento professional baseball? O’Connor will discuss the history that led to the events of 1947 and Sacramento’s story in breaking the color barrier when Negro League players joined the Sacramento Solons in 1950.
Sacramento State professor Robin Datel presents Sites of Black History in Sacramento: Oak Park and Beyond at the MLK Library (7340 24th St. Bypass) on Saturday, February 1 at 3:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, February 8 at the Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Boulevard, at 3:00 p.m.
Area chef, Richard Pannell presents Soul Food, Barbecue, Jazz and Haute Cuisine at the Valley Hi North Laguna Library on Saturday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. The branch is located at 7400 Imagination Parkway. Pannell also brings his culinary skills to the Ella McClatchy Library on Wednesday, February 19 at 6 p.m. The session is designed for adults. The branch is located at 2112 22nd Street.
The Puppet Company shares the classic tale, “Anansi, the Spider” at the Fair Oaks Library, 11601 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, on Saturday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. The family-friendly event will be repeated at the Rio Linda Library, 631 L Street, Rio Linda
on Thursday, February 6 at 4:30 p.m.
Magician Forrest Barnes pulls African American Inventors and Their Inventions out of his hat throughout February. He presents the session at the Valley Hi North Laguna Library on February 1 at 2 p.m. and again at the McKinley Library on February 22 at 2:30 p.m
It’s Classic Movie Night at the Central Library, 828 I Street, on Tuesday, February 4. Event starts at 5:30 p.m. and in celebration of Black History Month, the 1961 film “A Raisin In The Sun” starring Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil and Ruby Dee will be shown. Thereafter, drama, comedies, westerns and romances filmed between the 1930s through the 1970s will be screened the first Tuesday of the month beginning at5:30 p.m. in the West Meeting Room.
Poet Lawrence Dinkins (aka NSAA) and Friends present Urban Poetry at the Valley Hi North Laguna Library, 7400 Imagination Parkway, on Tuesday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. and at the Rancho Cordova Library on Thursday, February 20 at 6:00 p.m. The Rancho Cordova branch is located at 9845 Folsom Boulevard.
Storyteller/performer Kirk Waller presents “African American Stories, Legends and Myths” at the Valley Hi North Laguna Library on Friday, February 7 at 4:00 p.m. The library is located at 7400 Imagination Parkway. Waller brings his session to the Del Paso Heights Library, 920 Grand Avenue, on Friday, February 28 at 4:00 p.m.
Author and activist David Covin discusses his book “Princes of the Road” at the Arden Dimick Library, on Saturday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m. The branch is located at 891 Watt Avenue.
Explore the rich tradition of the Afro-Cuban culture as the Ebo Okokan Dance Ensemble performs at the Central Library, 828 I Street, on Sunday, February 9. All ages are invited to come out at 2:00 p.m. for drumming, dance and song with this exciting folkloric ensemble.
The UC Davis School of Education presents its 10th Annual Words Take Wing Children’s lecture on Wednesday, February 12. Come here award-winning author and illustrator team Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney talk about their efforts to present books that celebrate Black culture and achievements. The lecture runs 6-7 p.m. at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, Sacramento Main Library, located at 828 I Street. Book sale, author signing and refreshments following the presentation. Admission is free, but registration is required. To attend, visit www.saclibrary.org/home/events/?eventId=90861
Storyteller Angela James presents Get On the Bus: The Rosa Parks Story on February 13 at 4:00 p.m. at North Highlands Antelope Library, 4235 Antelope Road, Antelope. The session is designed for school age children.
Genealogy expert Karen Burney leads “Exploring Your African American Roots” on Sunday, February 16 at the Central Library at 1:00 p.m. Learn how to recreate the lives of African American ancestors and document their contributions through various records in order to pass down their stories as a lasting legacy.
Jazz vocalist and recording artist Vivian Lee and her quartet will celebrate the divas of jazz at the Central Library on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. “Here’s to the Ladies” will feature the music of Shirley Horn, Nina Simone, Blossom Dearie and Sarah Vaughn. – Shirley Horn, Nina Simone, Blossom Dearie and Sarah Vaughn. The Central Library is located at 828 I Street.
Author and historian William Burg presents “Civil Rights Before the Civil War at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive, Wednesday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m.
ArtBeast explores Show Way Freedom Quilts in a session for all ages on at the Sylvan Oaks Library, Friday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m. The branch is located at 6700 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights.
For more information, call (916) 264-2700 or (916) 264-2920 or for a complete list of activities, visit www.saclibrary.org/About-Us/News/2014/January/Black-History-Month.