Celebrate African American History Month @ Your Library

Harris County Public Library invites you to celebrate African American History Month with us. All HCPL branches will be presenting programs that celebrate the contributions people of African ancestry have made and continue to make to this country. Programs range from discussions of books by African American authors to learning to play the ancient strategy game Mancala. You'll learn about astronauts, inventors, soldiers, scientists, performers and artists--the whole gamut of the African American experience.

Find out what's going on at all of libraries on our African American History Month Calendar

HCPL is proud to present these featured programs:

Main Street Theater presents
"Speak of Me as I Am": a Celebration of African American Contributions to Shakespeare

In this one of a kind reading created by Main Street Theater especially for HCPL, actors from Main Street Theater’s Shakespeare for All program  will share historic recounts, stories, and of course, scenes and speeches from Shakespeare, in an interactive, audience friendly presentation that reminds us that Shakespeare is indeed for ALL.

Katherine Tyra Branch Library
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 6:30 PM
Maud Marks Branch Library
Friday, February 15, 2019, 3:00 PM
Evelyn Meador Branch Library
Monday, February 18, 2019, 11:00 AM

Barbara Bush Branch Library
Thu. Feb. 21, 2019, 7:00 PM

Parker Williams Branch Library
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 2:00 PM

Da Camera presents
The History of Jazz with Sam Dinkins III

From ragtime and Dixieland to the blues, swing, and more, "The History of Jazz" traces America's contribution to the world of music as it developed late in the nineteenth century from African-American work songs, hymns, and spirituals.

Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library
Monday, February 11, 2019, 6:00 PM
Spring Branch Memorial Library
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 6:30 PM

Express Children's Theater presents
Rhyme & Reason: A Poetic Celebration of Black History

Written by Houston’s Poet Laureate Deborah DEEP Mouton, and the Houston VIP Slam Poets, Rhyme and Reason is a play for children and families that celebrates Black history from ancient Africa to modern day Houston. Come and be a part of history!

Aldine Branch Library
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 2:00 PM
Katherine Tyra Branch Library
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 10:30 AM

Young Audiences of Houston presents
I Hear the Drum with Jalia Movement Arts

Galena Park  Branch Library
Monday, February 4, 2019, 4:00 PM

Jalia Movement Arts takes you on a journey through history and culture with this program highlighting different styles of African dance and music. 

Wiggle with Words

Young movers will expand their vocabulary and bring words to life through the medium of dance.

Evelyn Meador Branch Library
Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 11:00 AM
Katy Branch Library
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 10:30 AM

Drum & Strum with JAWAD

 Through the use of voice, drum, banjo, and guitar, guitarist JAWAD and African drummer, Joseph Dixon demonstrate two basic elements of music: rhythm and melody. The history and evolution of the drum and stringed instruments are discussed, as well as their contribution to these basic elements. Students learn the meanings of tone, pitch, rhythm, and melody as they become part of a collective, interactive performance piece.  

Evelyn Meador Branch Library
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 4:00 PM
Spring Branch Memorial Library
Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 4:00 PM

Dr. Donetta Goodall on the Importance of Celebrating African American History

Dr. Donetta Goodall, Vice President, Prairie View A&M Foundation Board of Trustees will discuss the origins, historical importance and reasons we celebrate African American history each February.

Katherine Tyra Branch Library @ Bear Creek
Wednesday, Febrary 6, 2019, 1:00 PM

African American Business Fair

Join us for this celebration showcasing businesses, services, entrepreneurs, authors and other successful African Americans in our community. We'll have games and snacks and give you the opportunity to mingle with successful professionals.

Aldine Branch Library
Saturday, February 16, 1:00 PM

African American Read-In

Join us for this annual celebration of local African American authors held in partnership with E.B.O.N.Y. We'll have author talks, a storyteller for the kids, kid's crafts, and our Curiosity Cruiser will be here! After the author talks, there will be refreshments and a chance to buy the author's books. 

Barbara Bush Branch Library
Saturday, February 23, 1:00 PM

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum presents the Life of Cathay Williams

Come learn about Cathay Williams, the first African American woman to enlist in the U.S. Army.

Fairbanks Branch Library
(NOTE: This eventat Jersey Village Civic Center - MAP)
Saturday, February 23, 1:00 PM

African American Genealogy Workshop

Our genealogy specialist will discuss the unique challenges for African Americans researching their ancestry.

La Porte Community Library
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 10:30 AM
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