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Celebrates Black History Month

The Palm Beach County Library System invites you to a month long celebration. We will be offering events that honor the heritage, contributions and achievements of our African-American community. Enjoy musical performances, book discussions, films and more. Check Happenings, our monthly calendar of special events, for additional Black History Month activities.

Enjoy the Culture

Upcoming Events

The Greensboro Sit-Ins Bingo
Belle Glade Branch
Wed, Feb 01, 4:00 pm
The Greensboro sit-ins were a series of nonviolent protests in North Carolina and were a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality.
(45 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month: Zora's Roots
Lantana Road Branch
Thu, Feb 02, 2:00 pm
"Zora's Roots: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston." ©PBS. (60 min.) Watch this documentary on the author best known for her 1937 novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God."
Preregister. Shown with permission. TV-PG
Black History Month: Book Discussion
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Thu, Feb 02, 2:00 pm
Join a lively discussion of "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race," by Margot Lee Shetterly. Copies will be available at the member services desk.
(60 min.) Preregister.
"Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns"
Lantana Road Branch
Fri, Feb 03, 10:30 am
Episode 3: Our Language.
©PBS. Celebrate the music of America - from blues and ragtime to swing, bebop and fusion.
(120 min.)
Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.
Black History Month Kickoff
Main Library
Sat, Feb 04, 1:00 pm
Kicking off this special day is a performance by the Bak Middle School of the Arts Step Team. Jazz Saxophonist, Shenole Latimer, will lead an exploration of jazz and will be followed by Dr. Naima Johnston Bush, who will delve into the music of the civil rights movement and other events that shaped our nation. All ages.
(2.5 hr.) Preregister.
Black History Month Kickoff
Main Library
Sat, Feb 04, 1:00 pm
Kicking off this special day is a performance by the Bak Middle School of the Arts Step Team. Jazz Saxophonist, Shenole Latimer, will lead an exploration of jazz and will be followed by Dr. Naima Johnston Bush, who will delve into the music of the civil rights movement and other events that shaped our nation.
(2.5 hr.) Preregister.
Black History Month
Clarence E. Anthony Branch
Sat, Feb 04, 2:00 pm
"Creed." ©New Line Cinema. (132 min.)
PG-13
Black History Month Documentary Series
Clarence E. Anthony Branch
Mon, Feb 06, 5:00 pm
"The Loving Story." ©Icarus Films. (77 min.) This documentary brings to life Mildred and Richard Lovings' marriage and the legal battle that followed their arrest for violating a state law that prohibited interracial marriage.
Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.
"Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns"
Lantana Road Branch
Tue, Feb 07, 10:30 am
Episode 4: The True Welcome.
©PBS. Celebrate the music of America - from blues and ragtime to swing, bebop and fusion.
(120 min.)
Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.
Soul Line Dancing
Lantana Road Branch
Wed, Feb 08, 10:30 am
Dennis Mobley, from Soul Line Dancing class, will help you to dance your way to better health and fitness.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Clarence E. Anthony Branch
Wed, Feb 08, 10:30 am

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Belle Glade Branch
Wed, Feb 08, 1:00 pm

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
"Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns"
Lantana Road Branch
Thu, Feb 09, 10:30 am
Episode 5: Swing: Pure Pleasure.
©PBS. Celebrate the music of America - from blues and ragtime to swing, bebop and fusion.
(90 min.)
Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.
Book Discussion
Greenacres Branch
Thu, Feb 09, 1:30 pm
Join in a lively discussion of the award-winning novel, "Someone Knows My Name," by Lawrence Hill.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month Documentary Series
Lantana Road Branch
Thu, Feb 09, 6:00 pm
"The Loving Story." ©Icarus Films. (77 min.) This documentary brings to life Mildred and Richard Lovings' marriage and the legal battle that followed their arrest for violating a state law that prohibited interracial marriage.
Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Gardens Branch
Fri, Feb 10, 10:15 am

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Coloring Club for Adults: Black History Month!
Lantana Road Branch
Fri, Feb 10, 2:00 pm
Coloring is not just for children! This fun activity fosters creativity and has stress-relieving benefits. Join us for an hour of relaxing and coloring beautiful pictures and mandalas. Bring friends and meet new people!
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month Documentary Series
Belle Glade Branch
Fri, Feb 10, 3:30 pm
"Mighty Times – The Children’s March." ©Teaching Tolerance|Southern Poverty Law Center. (40 min.) This Academy Award-winning documentary demonstrates how young people can be catalysts for positive social change like the young people of Birmingham, Alabama did when they braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 which led to the end of segregation. Snacks provided. Grades 5 & up.
Shown with permission. Not rated.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Jupiter Branch
Fri, Feb 10, 4:30 pm

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month: Teen Movie Matinee
Belle Glade Branch
Sat, Feb 11, 10:30 am
"Remember the Titans." ©Walt Disney Pictures. (114 min.) Ages 12 & up.
Preregister.
PG
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Lantana Road Branch
Sat, Feb 11, 10:30 am

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Trivia Contest: Black History Month Edition!
Lantana Road Branch
Sat, Feb 11, 2:00 pm
Teams of 2-6 will answer trivia questions and compete to win prizes. Bring your friends to form a team, or join others and play along.
(90 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Greenacres Branch
Sat, Feb 11, 3:00 pm

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Celebrate Black History Month: Jazz Saxophone Performance by Randy Corinthian
Acreage Branch
Sun, Feb 12, 2:00 pm
Honored as one of South Florida’s “40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow,” by Legacy Magazine, Randy Corinthian will share soulful and scintillating sounds of the jazz saxophone.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Sunday Cinema
Gardens Branch
Sun, Feb 12, 2:00 pm
"Race." ©Focus Features. (134 min.)
Preregister.
PG-13
The Storm of 1928 & Pioneer Life on Lake Okeechobee
Wellington Branch
Sun, Feb 12, 2:00 pm
Butch Wilson, Clewiston Museum Director and a sixth generation Floridian, will share the history of the people who lived in the Southern Shores of Lake Okeechobee: the pioneer settlements, land restoration, and the impact the 1928 hurricane had on the population.
(60 min.) Preregister.
African Craft Day!
Lantana Road Branch
Sun, Feb 12, 2:00 pm
Discover African culture as we make musical instruments, tribal face paint, and jewelry. Ages 8 & up.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Okeechobee Boulevard Branch
Mon, Feb 13, 10:00 am

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month Documentary Series
Gardens Branch
Mon, Feb 13, 2:30 pm
"The Loving Story." ©Icarus Films. (77 min.) Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in July 1958, in Virginia, for violating a state law that banned marriage between people of different races. This documentary brings to life the Lovings' marriage and the legal battle that followed. "Loving v. Virginia changed America." —The Washington Post.
Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Main Library
Mon, Feb 13, 3:00 pm

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
My Culture!
Lantana Road Branch
Mon, Feb 13, 3:30 pm
Your children can learn a new dance, speak a new lingo and create a new style. Discover what has been influencing these changes by learning about African American culture. All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Soul Line Dancing
Lantana Road Branch
Wed, Feb 15, 10:30 am
Dennis Mobley, from Soul Line Dancing class, will help you to dance your way to better health and fitness.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month: Book Discussion
West Boca Branch
Wed, Feb 15, 2:00 pm
Join a lively discussion of "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race," by Margot Lee Shetterly. Copies will be available at the member services desk.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Cinema
Main Library
Thu, Feb 16, 2:00 pm
"Southside With You." ©Miramax. (84 min.)
PG-13
Black History Month: Book Discussion
Main Library
Thu, Feb 16, 6:00 pm
Join a lively discussion of "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race," by Margot Lee Shetterly. Copies will be available at the member services desk.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month Documentary Series
Tequesta Branch
Fri, Feb 17, 2:00 pm
"America’s Music - The Blues." ©TrAGiK Entertainment. (80 min.) This documentary explores the impact the Blues has had on our society, our culture, and the entertainment industry.
Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.
"Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns"
Lantana Road Branch
Fri, Feb 17, 2:00 pm
Episode 6: Swing: The Velocity of Celebration.
©PBS. Celebrate the music of America - from blues and ragtime to swing, bebop and fusion.
(105 min.)
Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.
Black History Month: Movie Matinee
Acreage Branch
Fri, Feb 17, 2:30 pm
"42." ©Warner Bros. (128 min.)
Preregister.
PG-13
Celebrate Black History Month: Jazz Saxophone Performance by Randy Corinthian
Greenacres Branch
Sat, Feb 18, 2:00 pm
Honored as one of South Florida’s “40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow,” by Legacy Magazine, Randy Corinthian will share soulful and scintillating sounds of the jazz saxophone.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month Family Fun
Wellington Branch
Sat, Feb 18, 2:00 pm
We'll learn some dance moves, enjoy a snack, play Black History bingo, win prizes, and have fun as a family!
(2 hr.) Preregister.
Adult Book Discussion
Clarence E. Anthony Branch
Sat, Feb 18, 2:00 pm
Dr. Esther Berry will present a book discussion of "Between the World and Me," by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
(90 min.)
Coloring Club for Adults: Black History Month!
Lantana Road Branch
Sun, Feb 19, 2:00 pm
Weekend Edition: Need a stress-reliever after the work week?
Coloring is not just for children! This fun activity fosters creativity and has stress-relieving benefits. Join us for an hour of relaxing and coloring beautiful pictures and mandalas. Bring friends and meet new people!
(60 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
West Boca Branch
Wed, Feb 22, 10:30 am

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Glades Road Branch
Wed, Feb 22, 3:30 pm

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Cinema
Main Library
Thu, Feb 23, 2:00 pm
"More Than a Month." ©PBS. (60 min.) Explore the implications of Black History Month in contemporary America, and the continued fight for one's rightful place in the American landscape.
Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.
Black History Month Documentary Series
Jupiter Branch
Thu, Feb 23, 2:00 pm
"The Loving Story." ©Icarus Films. (77 min.) This documentary brings to life Mildred and Richard Lovings' marriage and the legal battle that followed their arrest for violating a state law that prohibited interracial marriage.
Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.
Harlem Renaissance Artwork Revisited
Royal Palm Beach Branch
Thu, Feb 23, 4:00 pm
Learn all about this special era in Black History and recreate a Harlem Renaissance masterpiece. Ages 10 & up.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Loula V. York Branch
Fri, Feb 24, 10:00 am

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Acreage Branch
Fri, Feb 24, 3:15 pm

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Royal Palm Beach Branch
Sat, Feb 25, 10:30 am

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Celebrate Black History Month: In A Mellow Tone - The Music of Duke Ellington
Glades Road Branch
Sat, Feb 25, 2:00 pm
Sonny and Perley will present some of Duke Ellington's most popular and beloved music, along with interesting and little-known facts about his life.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Black History Month Documentary Series
Belle Glade Branch
Sat, Feb 25, 2:00 pm
"The Loving Story." ©Icarus Films. (77 min.) This documentary brings to life Mildred and Richard Lovings' marriage and the legal battle that followed their arrest for violating a state law that prohibited interracial marriage.
Preregister.
Shown with permission. Not rated.
Celebrate Black History Month: Jazz Saxophone Performance by Randy Corinthian
Royal Palm Beach Branch
Sat, Feb 25, 2:00 pm
Honored as one of South Florida’s “40 under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow,” by Legacy Magazine, Randy Corinthian will share soulful and scintillating sounds of the jazz saxophone.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories
Wellington Branch
Sat, Feb 25, 2:30 pm

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone.

All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Celebrate Black History Month: In a Mellow Tone - The Music of Duke Ellington
Main Library
Sun, Feb 26, 2:00 pm
Sonny and Perley will present some of Duke Ellington's most popular and beloved music, along with interesting and little known facts about his life.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Celebrate Black History Month: In a Mellow Tone - The Music of Duke Ellington
Wellington Branch
Mon, Feb 27, 6:30 pm
Sonny and Perley will present some of Duke Ellington's most popular and beloved music, along with interesting and little known facts about his life.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Meet the Author: Clara Davis
Belle Glade Branch
Tue, Feb 28, 10:00 am
In celebration of Black History Month, strong proponent of lifelong learning, former educator and literacy coach Clara Davis makes a special visit to discuss her book, "Wilhelmina's Butterflies." A book signing will follow. Grades K-6.
(45 min.)
Celebrate Black History Month: Deep in My Heart
West Boynton Branch
Tue, Feb 28, 6:00 pm
Dr. Naima Johnston Bush offers a dynamic presentation that covers the music of the Civil Rights movement while highlighting the historical events that shaped the nation we live in today.
(60 min.)