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Commemorate Black History Month at the San Antonio Public Library

San Antonio Public Library hosts a variety of programs and events that include film screenings, dance workshops, book clubs, and more.

Commemorate Black History Month at the San Antonio Public Library

San Antonio Public Library hosts a variety of programs and events that include film screenings, dance workshops, book clubs, and more.

 

SAN ANTONIO (February 7, 2020) –  In honor of Black History Month, San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) will be hosting a line-up of free, fun and educational programming for all ages that celebrate diversity and inclusion. During the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month, a time to recognize and honor the central role of Black Americans in U.S. history.

The San Antonio Public Library is proud to be hosting a variety of events and discussions throughout the month at several branch locations that offer a contemporary look at Black History Month while addressing the historical narrative. For a complete list of library events, visit www.mysapl.org.

Black History Month Events will take place at the following Library locations:   

George Crum Potato Chip Teen Party
Saturday, February 8 | 3:30 – 5:30pm
Carver Branch Library (3350 E. Commerce St., 78220)
Let’s celebrate the life of George Crum, the inventor of the potato chip, for Black History Month. We will have a variety of potato chips and refreshments to enjoy!
TEENS ONLY (13-18) (While supplies last)

Movie: Remember the Titans
Monday, February 10 | 3 – 4:45pm
Memorial Branch Library (3222 Culebra Rd., 78228)
Summary: The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. Starring Denzel Washington. Rated PG.          

Move!
Wednesday, February 12 | 3 – 4pm
Cody Branch Library (11441 Vance Jackson Rd., 78230)
Explore movement, dance and books in this interactive program celebrating Black History Month.

Black Fortune Book Discussion
Wednesday, February 12 | 5 – 6pm
Igo Branch Library (13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy., 78249)
Between the years of 1830 and 1927, as the last generation of blacks born into slavery was reaching maturity, a small group of industrious, tenacious, and daring men and women broke new ground to attain the highest levels of financial success. Director of African American Studies of UTSA Karla Broadus will discuss the book, Black Fortune by Shomari Wills.     

Adult Movie Time - Glory
Sunday, February 16 | 1 – 3pm
Cody Branch Library (11441 Vance Jackson Rd., 78230)
In honor of Black History month, join us for a showing of Glory. Starring: Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick, Andre Braugher, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freemen. Rated R: Contains some adult material.

Story Time: Move!
Tuesday, February 18 | 11am – 12pm
Brook Hollow Branch Library (530 Heimer Rd., 78232)
Explore movement, dance and books in this interactive story time celebrating Black History Month. For children ages three to five years.           

Opening Doors: A Black History Month Exploration of Dance
Thursday, February 20 | 5 – 6pm
Potranco Branch Library (8765 State Hwy. 151, #102, 78245)
Explore and express yourself through movement using a guided creative process that encourages individual/group problem solving and cooperation. Led by choreographer/educator, Jennifer Edmonds-Jones, this journey is great for the whole family to discover the dancer within all of us. All ages and abilities are encouraged to attend.     

Walk on the River: A Black History of the Alamo City
Saturday, February 22 | 1 – 4pm
Central Library (600 Soledad St., 78205)
San Antonio Public Library will be hosting a showing of the independent, locally produced film, Walk on the River: A Black History of the Alamo City. This documentary recounts the path of freed Blacks, from the founding of Black communities, churches and schools in the 1800s to the Black-owned businesses that prospered during the Jim Crow era. The showing will feature an introduction by the film’s producer Aundar Ma’at and director Born Logic Allah. After the film, Ma’at and Allah will host a brief Q&A session.    

African American Read-In at Carver
Saturday, February 22 | 2 – 3pm
Carver Branch Library (3350 E. Commerce St., 78220)
Celebrate Black History Month and join us in our first African American read-in. Listen to stories written by African American authors.

Adult Movie - Waiting to Exhale
Sunday, February 23 | 1 – 3pm
Cody Branch Library (11441 Vance Jackson Rd., 78230)
In honor of Black History month, join us for a showing of Waiting to Exhale. Starring: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon, Dennis Haysbert and Gregory Hines. Rated R: Contains some adult material

Celebrate! Black History Month
Monday, February 24 | 4 – 5:30pm
Great Northwest Branch Library (9050 Wellwood, 78250)Celebrate Black History Month with some family friendly self-directed learning activities for all ages.

Read It. Love It! Discuss It Book Club
Wednesday, February 26 | 6 – 7:30pm
Encino Branch Library (2515 East Evans Rd., 78259)
Please join us for a discussion of the novel, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.

Opening Doors: A Black History Month Exploration of Dance
Saturday, February 29 | 2 – 4pm
Carver Branch Library (3350 E. Commerce St., 78220)
Interactive performances and art activities bring books to life at this culminating Black History Month event.

Black History Observance Movie Screening
Saturday, February 29 | 2 – 4pm
Pruitt Branch Library (5110 Walzem Rd., 78218)
Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, the movie tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of Americas greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Sunday Cinema Presents: Harriet (2019)
Sunday, March 1 | 3 – 5:05pm
Schaefer Branch Library (6322 US Highway 87 East, 78222)
The true story of how Harriet Tubman freed slaves through the Underground Railroad.

 

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